Faculty development program: A guide for medical schools in Arabian Gulf (GCC) countries

Khalid A.Bin Abdulrahman, Imran A. Siddiqui, Sami A. Aldaham, Sufyan Akram

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The effective faculty development (FD) program is the most essential component for creating successful educational innovation. The purpose of having any FD program is to enable faculty to accomplish their goals, and through accomplishing these goals, the missions of their departments, colleges, and universities would be accomplished. FD programs will need to provide an extensive set of developmentaleducational skills and strategies in order to serve faculty members who come from various disciplines and at different stages of their careers, have different faculty responsibilities, backgrounds, appointments, and bring unique personal circumstances to their work. Although, there are quite a large number of medical schools in Arabian Gulf (GCC) countries, still the FD programs are extremely lacking. To analyze the situation in Gulf medical schools with regards to FD programs, we would emphasize the following needs: (1) FD committees or departments; (2) formal programs in FD for new or junior and for also senior and established faculty members; and (3) funding support has to be devoted to improve the skills of faculty members in academia. This aimed at presenting a proposed FD program to be considered as a tool for qualitative improvement in medical schools of GCC countries.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)S61-S66
JournalMedical Teacher
Issue numberSUPPL. 1
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2012
Externally publishedYes


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