Year : 2009  |  Volume : 3  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 29-34

Update in anaesthesia service and residency training programme in KSA how far from the target?

Professor of Anaesthesia, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Correspondence Address:
Mohammed Abdullah Seraj
Professor of Anaesthesia, Riyadh
Saudi Arabia
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DOI: 10.4103/1658-354X.51832

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The Kingdom of Saud Arabia provides one of the best health care delivery systems in the Arab world. Both government and private sector have spent vast sums of money to establish, maintain and provide medical facilities all over the Kingdom, Primary, Secondary and Tertiary. The health care system is provided by the ministry of health hospitals (MOHH), the private sector hospitals (PSH) and other government hospitals (OGH). In (2005 G), the total numbers of anaesthetists in all hospitals were 1449 (688, 350 and 411 respectively). The workload of anaesthetist/year was 735 cases, while in (2007 G), the total numbers of anaesthetists were increased to 1640 (806,344 and 490 respectively). The workload of anaesthetist/year was 479 (average 467,313 and 739 cases).There is a slight increase in the numbers of anaesthetists in total but it is still beyond the international recommended number of 1 anaesthetist: 10000 populations The residency training programmes started in the late eighties and the early nineties. Several modern programmes were established in the Arab world. They are:
  1. The first was King Saud fellowship started in 1989 by the author
  2. The second was King Faisal Fellowship in 1993 but the programme ceased.
  3. The Arab Board for the specialty of anaesthesia and intensive care in 1993
  4. The Saudi scientific council for the speciality in anaesthesia and intensive care in 1998.
Recently four post-anaesthetic fellowships were approved. They are cardiac anaesthesia, critical care, paediatrics anaesthesia and pain management.

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