The physician practicing in the 21st century will need an array of competencies to deal with the increasing complexities of health care delivery, rapid advances in medical knowledge, and changing societal and patient expectations. In the not-so-distant past residencies were considered to be periods of “training” whose goal was to produce medical experts.
It is increasingly recognized that in addition to being medical experts, tomorrow’s doctors must be effective communicators, advocates, scholars, professionals, collaborators and managers. In the apprenticeship model of residency training these skills were assumed to have been acquired by role-modeling or self-instruction. It is now clear that these competencies can, and indeed must be taught and evaluated in the same way that the medical expert role has been assessed.
Residency training has become residency education! Many jurisdictions have developed curricula and evaluation methods for these “new” competencies. Those promulgated by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, called CanMEDS, have been refined and validated over the past two decades, and are being adopted directly or in modified form in many countries around the world.
The goal of SACRE 2010 is to help those responsible for and involved in residency programs in Saudi Arabia and the adjacent countries deal with these new challenges, and to move towards excellence in the education of the next generation of physicians.
SACRE 2010 will be a landmark event which will highlight the first time such a cooperative venture involving the Royal College, National Guard Health Affairs/ KSAU-HS and the Saudi Commission for Health Sciences will be held in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.