A group of residents from the Internal Medicine Residency Programme at Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) recently came fourth in an international competition, ‘Doctors Dilemma’, in the US, featuring 59 teams from the US and Canada. The competition was held during the American College of Physicians meeting in Philadelphia and brought together teams of residents from 60 different internal medicine training programmes, with the team from Qatar being the only group competing from outside North America.
“This annual competition is one of the most established and challenging of its kind in the world,” said Dr Ahmed al-Mohammed, director, Internal Medicine Residency Programme. “Throughout the three-day competition, residents were tested on their competence and medical knowledge. This was the first time a group from Qatar had entered the international event and to come fourth out of 60 incredibly strong teams is a remarkable achievement,” added Dr al-Mohamed.
The first stage of the competition saw all 60 teams compete against each other, with the strongest six teams then going through to a final round to decide the winning teams. “Our residency programmes at HMC provide trainee doctors with the skills and knowledge required to make them into excellent healthcare professionals capable of playing leading roles in the delivery of clinical care to patients. For our internal medicine residents to perform so well and to be formally recognised in this competition is an enormous credit to them and to the standard of training we provide at HMC,” stated Dr Dabia al-Mohanadi, deputy programme director.