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CME for Doctors working in Saudi Arabia

CME for Doctors working in Saudi Arabia

Did you know that all doctors working in Saudi Arabia are required to undertake a minimum number of hours of continuing medical education (CME) in order to renew their licence to practise?

CME requirements encourage doctors to update their knowledge and skills throughout their career, and learn about the latest developments in research and practice, ultimately improving quality of care for patients.

The Saudi Commission for Health Specialties (SCFHS), the regulatory body responsible for medical education and licensing in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, regulates CME activity and accredits CME programs that meet the required standards for content and quality.

What are CME requirements in Saudi Arabia?

● The number of CME hours required varies depending on the healthcare profession, specialty and professional level. For example, general practitioners and dentists may be required to complete at least 30 hours of CME activity per year, while specialists may be required to complete at least 40 hours.

● CME requirements may vary based on the licence renewal period (which may be 1, 3 or 5 years), with doctors required to submit their CME records prior to licence renewal.

● CME activities must be accredited by the Saudi Commission for Health Specialties or other CME accredited bodies recognised by the SCFHS.

● Usually, around 50% of CME hours may be completed online, rather than in-person.

● The CME activity submitted must be within the relevant specialty or the associated skills, knowledge or common healthcare fields supporting the specialist’s medical practice.

● Healthcare professionals are required to complete an assessment at the end of each CME activity to demonstrate their understanding of the educational content and application to their practice.

● Doctors should keep up-to-date with the CME requirements, as these may change over time.

How can I find accredited CME courses and activities?

The SCFHS recognizes various types of CME activities that healthcare professionals can engage in, including conferences, seminars, workshops, and online courses. Conferences and courses relevant to your speciality can be found through professional membership associations, local hospitals,recommendations from colleagues, or online. Websites and promotional materials should clearly display the amount of CME credits available. Accredited institutions that offer CME credits in Saudi Arabia include the King Saud University College of Medicine, and the King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Centre, among others.

Healthcare professionals can earn CME credits outside of Saudi Arabia, provided the activities meet the SCFHS guidelines. The necessary documentation can be submitted to the SCFHS for credit recognition. Details of Medical Conferences, Courses and Workshops in Saudi Arabia can be found on the following digital platforms:

● CME KSA website https://cme-ksa.com/

● ANAT https://anat.sa/ These online learning platforms offer accredited CME courses, recognised by the SCFHS:

● Digital Learning Platform (SCFHS) https://scfhs.org.sa/en/eservice/digital-learning-platform

● Learning Experience platform (SCFHS) https://learning.scfhs.org.sa/landing ● Virtual Medical Academy https://medicalacademy.org/portal/

● Medscape https://www.medscape.org/?gs=0

● BMJ Learning https://new-learning.bmj.com/

● BMJ Best Practice https://bestpractice.bmj.com/info/clinicians/

● UpToDate https://www.wolterskluwer.com/en/solutions/uptodate

How do I submit my CME records before licence renewal?

You can check requirements, submit your CME records and upload scanned copies of certificates through the SCFHS’s Mumaris Plus platform. Electronic CPD certificates obtained from external parties with joint accreditation agreements with the Saudi Commission for Health Specialties are recognized through the Mumaris system. Doctors working in Saudi Arabia who maintain a licence to practise in their country of origin will also need to check the requirements for that country. In addition to CME hours, healthcare professionals licenced to practise in Saudi Arabia are also required to participate in quality improvement programs. Quality improvement programs help healthcare professionals comply with the standards of practice set by the SCFHS and improve the quality of care they provide to their patients.

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