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Medical Research in the Middle East: is there something missing? by Mind Map: Medical Research in the
Middle East: is there
something missing?
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Medical Research in the Middle East: is there something missing?

Clinical Epidemiology The Essentials

Ease of access to patient medical records for research purposes

Ability to access articles and previous work

A necessity in universities and major hospitals


with focus in medical field

Enable access to international medical databases

OVID with, Medline, Psych info, Others

Publishers, Scince web, Springerlink

Access to major and specialized journals

Action steps

Universities, Discuss required databases and journals with interested staf, Specify, Proposal to library deanship to include specific databases

Hospitals, New node

Research Interests

Research Question

Recruiting collaborating centers

Research Instruments/Scales (e.g., Quality of Life Outcomes)

Cultural Validation

Through email

Service already running

More outlets of publication

University based journals

Needs more aknoledgment, Increase accessability, e.g. post online, e.g. journal of taibah university,, Print copies in university hospitals

Include student's work, e.g. journal of taibah university

Simple and basics

Incorporate in required annual CME

Participation in research related activites

Local in same university

Arranged by students for students

Example: KAU Annual Research Day

Beyond the basics

For more interested students


Research clubs, Example: KAU research club

Competitions, National, Regional, e.g. International scientific conference for GCC medical students,, National

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Research Planning

Needs Assessment

Public Awareness & Acceptance

Research Funding


Ethics Board

Research Conduction

Supportive serviceses

Including, Research Assistants, Statisticians, Librarians, Bioinformatic experts

Build databases of available personel

Training courses for available local personnel

Training of new personnel

Proper remuniration

Modify pathway for accepting articles in local journals

(some journals require you pay to submit !!)

More funding opportunities

Build database of available funding organizations, Universities, Dedicated Scientific and Academic Chairs, Consider electronic medical records in major centers and university hospitals, King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology, Clarify regulations of grant applications, Reassess and modify if needed

Recruitment of more funding organizations, Commercial institutions, Depends on focus of research (shared interest)

Wider dissemination of available and new funding opportunities, e.g. posters

Availability of regional research methodology centers

Patient medical databases

Proper setup of patients medical charts, Mandate proper filing of medical history, Quality checks

National Disease Registries

How to access them?

Research Results Dissemination

Medical/Academic Writing Workshops


Media Collaboration

On personal bases

Praise work of others

Research Conferences

National & Regional

Specialty-specific & General

Increase general awareness about importance of research


The Basics, Medical School Curriculum, Courses on Research Methodology & EBM, Requirement of research involvement as part of curriculum, Incorporate articles as part of reading resources, Regular journal club meetings, Add extra-curricular credits for research, Advocate interdisciplinary research, Educate students about different research tracks, Mandate an introductory project management course for students who are interested in research, One project as a residency requirment, Create MD/MSc or MD/PhD prgrams, Mentorship Program by active researchers

Health care practitioners

Residents, Clinician-Scientist Programs, Devise an affiliated national curriculum for a clinician scientist program, Establish a Saudi Association of Clinician Scientists and Investigators (SACSI), Annual National Meeting for the SACSI, Establish a scientific Journal for the SACSI, allocating protected time for research during residency, Establish research residencies and demonstrate their benefits, MSc/PhD tracks within residency

Practicing physicians, Workshops on how to:, Look for articles on a subject, Access and read an article, Conduct a research project, Change and Project Management, Paper and Grant Writing, How to be an effective presenter, getting the massage through?, Clinical, administrative, research and family; finding the right balance?, Journal clubs, Academic staff, Required number of publications, (Annual, biannual??...), Redesign academic promotion system, In particular the "single author point system", Issue need to be raised to Ministry of higher education, Propose a new system

Incorporate E-Learning and Technology, Self paced learning, Feed back, Crowed Source learning, Peer Evaluation

The general public

Advertisement campains, To show importance of research, In developing our country, Show where we (KSA, GCC, middle east,, etc...) currently stand in the world of research, Could be done from available material on the internet, Need to prepare ppt presentation, Specify and show what we aim for, Needs to be specified by a national body that directs research in KSA, to the whole humanity, how it develops the field of medicine, Show how this could help each person's own life (imagine it was you...), Discuss amount of "Ajr and Thawab" in medical research, Benifits, Ease recrutement to variable studies, Fundraising, Praise hardworking researchers, leads to more efforts by them and others, Fund raising to support researches, To connect people who want to help research with researches and research institutes, Consider "wagf for medical research" concept

Engage patients in research, Patients with previous positive experience in research, Include a patient representative in research boards, Be transparent (Report results to patients), Include public education session in scientific conferences

Serious Consideration for Research Involvement during Residency Application

F.Toonsi: Shouldn't this be under Residents section?

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Collaboration of medical scientific societies to promote research, Including Saudi society for medical education, More research activities, Grant competitions, New node

Construct and consolidate medical personell's knowledge about research methodologies

Disseminate available free resources on research

From the internet, Previous articles, youtube videos, Dedicated free websites that discuss how to conduct research, Please feel free to add links

Facebook, Saudi research facebook page???


Topics, How to search for research papers, Research methodologies, The grant winning proposal, How to formulate a research question, EBM

Recommend books

More advanced

Need major bodies that direct research in KSA

Draw a researchers Roadma

To assist self directed learning

A stepwise checklist to clarify required knowledge to publish from A to Z

Include resources to acquire this knowledge

Disseminate and spread