Number of DHA residency doctors doubles in the last 7 years

DHA discloses it's residency programme's latest statistics and acceptance and assessment process

Number of DHA residency doctors doubles in the last 7 years
  • Residency doctors are recruited based on eight structured interview scenarios.
  • The DHA received 200 applicants and accepted 48 residency doctors in 2010
  • The DHA received 451 applicants and accepted 80 residency doctors in 2017
  • The DHA offers 16 specialities for residency programme doctors 

UAE, Dubai: The number of residency doctors training at Dubai Health Authority (DHA) facilities doubled in the last seven years, the authority revealed.

The DHA received 200 applicants and accepted 48 residency doctors in 2010, this number doubled in 2017 totalling the number of applicants received last year to 451 out of which, 80 were accepted.  

Residency doctors are recruited based on the Multiple-Mini Interview (MMI) system, which consists of eight stations, each consisting of eight-minute structured interview scenarios.

The department of Medical Education & Research Department has been implementing the MMI system since 2012, in collaboration with McMaster University in Canada.

Once accepted, the residency doctors will be able to get hands on experience across DHA facilities that include: Dubai Hospital, Latifa Hospital and Rashid Hospital as well as the DHA’s seven specialized centres and 12 primary healthcare centres.

The DHA offers 16 specialities for the residency programme that include: emergency medicine, family medicine, general surgery, internal medicine, obstetrics and gynaecology, ophthalmology, orthopaedics and trauma, paediatrics, psychiatry, radiology , neurology, neurosurgery, dentistry and ENT.

The DHA’s residency programme has received a number of regional and international accreditations from the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, the Royal College of General Practitioners, the German Board and the Saudi Commission for Health Specialities, to name a few.

To enrich the residency programme, the DHA ensures to provide academic day activities that include case-based discussions, random case analysis, prescribing, etc…

Residency doctors can also take advantage of the authority’s electronic library to access 16.3 million articles, 4.7 million images and videos, 176,091 e-books, 154,100 Exams, as well has thousands of journals and databases.

The e-library received around 1.5 million visits and downloads last year.  The database can be used to support the residency doctors’ researches. A total of 190 resident research proposals were approved.

They tackled various topics that include neurology (3), psychiatry (7), radiology (8), surgery (9), obstetrics and gynaecology (20), emergency (16), internal medicine (38), family medicine (56) and paediatrics (33). A number of DHA’s residency doctors won the Medical Research Award for the resident category.

The authority also provides residency doctors with an opportunity to attend medical courses, conferences and awareness health campaigns on polio, measles, breast cancer, and smoking cessation campaigns to name a few.

Upon the completion of the programme, the residency doctors will be assessed through a mid and end of year assessment, Saudi Board EOY exam, American Board in-training examination and Arab Board exam to name a few. The feedback from residents on hospital and PHC clinical supervisors, training and rotations are also taken into consideration.


For further information, please contact:

Mahmoud Al Ali

Head of Media

Dubai Health Authority 

+9714 219 7260

Kamakshi Gupta and Noor Nazzal

Communications Analysts- Media Dept.

Dubai Health Authority 

+9714 2197455

About the Dubai Health Authority:

The Dubai Health Authority (DHA) was created, in June 2007, by Law 13 issued by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE, Ruler of Dubai, with an expanded vision to include strategic oversight for the complete health sector in Dubai and enhance private sector engagement. 

Prior to the establishment of the DHA, the Department of Health and Medical Services, which was established in 1973, was the functioning authority that almost exclusively focused on health service delivery.

In May 2018, H.H Sheikh Mohammed, issued Law No. (6) Of 2018 of the DHA. The new Law further enables the DHA to achieve its objectives including regulating medical services in Dubai, enhancing competiveness and transparency, improving medical services and products based on international best practices and achieving the sector’s objectives according to approved strategic plans.

According to the Law, DHA will ensure the availability of quality medical insurance programmes, improve medical services according to the highest international standards, contribute to providing attractive infrastructure for investments, boost Dubai’s position as a global hub for medical tourism and medical education, encourage innovation in the healthcare sector and improve preventive healthcare measures.

The Law specified DHA’s responsibilities to include preparing a comprehensive strategic plan for Dubai’s healthcare sector, conducting studies and surveys to define Dubai’s future needs and matching the results with future investments, licensing and monitoring medical workers and medical facilities according to DHA’s approved regulations. Its responsibilities also include regulating medical education and medical research in collaboration with competent local and international authorities and drafting and developing policies and procedures for the healthcare sector in Dubai.

The Law authorises DHA to regulate and approve the prices of medical services offered by private healthcare facilities in Dubai and ensure the quality of medical services. DHA is also responsible for regulating and facilitating the sending of patients for specialised medical treatment to healthcare facilities both within and outside the country, regulating and overseeing medical tourism in collaboration with concerned authorities, managing and developing policies that govern medical insurance and regulating medical advertising in Dubai.

H.H Sheikh Mohammed also issued Decree No. 17 of 2018 establishing subsidiaries of the DHA: the Dubai Healthcare Corporation and Dubai Health Insurance Corporation to further enhance healthcare services in Dubai and enable DHA to fulfil its responsibilities and obligations.

Three new strategic sectors were also added as part of the decree; they include Strategy and Corporate Development, Health Regulation, and Shared Support Services.

In addition to overseeing the health sector for the Emirate of Dubai, the DHA also focuses on providing services through DHA healthcare facilities including Latifa, Dubai, Rashid and Hatta Hospitals, its 12 primary healthcare centres, 17 medical fitness centres and its 6 specialty centres.

For more information, visit DHA’s website:   

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