Paediatric continuing medical education needs and preferences of UNRWA physicians in Jordan

A. Nasir, A. Khader, L. Nasir, I. Abuzayed, A. Seita

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Most physicians who work in the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) infant and child health programme in Jordan are general practitioners with no postgraduate training in paediatrics. Furthermore, in resource-poor or remote settings, the ability to deliver live continuing medical education (CME) is often limited. A questionnaire exploring the resources available for accessing CME, preferences for types of CME, current sources of CME and topics of interest in the field of paediatric care was sent to all 92 physicians practising in UNRWA clinics in Jordan. Of the 89 respondents 80% had attended live medical lectures for CME and 70% CME meetings. Despite most physicians having access to the Internet only 52.8% were interested in Internet-based courses for accessing CME. There was a statistically significant relationship between year of graduation from medical school and preference for Internet-based CME. Implications for CME participation and paediatric CME topics are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)48-52
Number of pages5
JournalEastern Mediterranean Health Journal
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2016

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


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