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ERIC Number: EJ772871
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2003
Pages: 5
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 14
ISSN: ISSN-0894-1912
Postgraduate Educational Program for Primary Care Physicians in Remote Areas in Lebanon
Saab, Bassem Roberto; Kanaan, Nabil; Hamadeh, Ghassan; Usta, Jinan
Journal of Continuing Education in the Health Professions, v23 n3 p168-172 Sum 2003
Introduction: Continuing medical education (CME) is a requirement in many developed countries. Lebanon lacks such a rule; hence, the dictum "once a doctor always a doctor" holds. This article describes a pioneering postgraduate educational program for primary care physicians in remote areas of Lebanon. Method: The Lebanese Society of Family Medicine introduced a 2-year structured CME program to four remote Lebanese areas. Thirteen family physicians provided 33 activities to 1,073 primary care physicians tackling 22 subjects chosen from a list of 53 common clinical problems approved by community medical leaders. Each attendee was requested to complete an evaluation form at the end of each session. Results: The activities were attended by 1,073 physicians, 914 of whom filled out the evaluation forms (85.2% response rate). The analysis of the response of the attendees revealed that 65% of the attendees completely agreed that they benefited from the activities, 68% completely agreed that the presentations were deal; 86% thought that the methods used were adequate, 57% agreed completely that the presenters were prepared, and 69% replied that enough time was available for interaction. Discussion: The CME programs were conducted with minimal costs. They were well received by attendees. It is recommended that the Lebanese health authorities make CME a requirement to promote the knowledge and behavior of primary care physicians and improve health. (Contains 2 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Adult Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Lebanon