Welcome to the website of Family Practice Residency Program (FPRP) of the Kingdom
of Bahrain. The FPRP is a pioneer training program in the field of family medicine
in the Middle East. In most countries of the world attention is being focused on
the importance and relevance of Primary Health Care.
The family physician is a central figure in this context. In Bahrain, the Ministry
of Health considers the development of Bahraini, family physicians as a major component
of its policy. Accordingly, new career opportunities and training facilities are
being offered in this field.
The FPRP in Bahrain was started in September, 1979 as a three year postgraduate
residency training program which was affiliated with the American University of
Beirut (AUB). The Arab Board Council for Family & Community Medicine recognized
the program in 1989 as a postgraduate specialty program in family and community
Beginning 1996 the program was modified to 4 years training and started an affiliation
with the Irish College of General Practitioners (ICGP) and The Royal College of
Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI).
Upon successful completion of the program, it is expected that the graduated physician
will be able to competently and confidently manage over 90 percent of his/her patients,
and refer the others to the proper secondary care channels when it is needed; these
will include both sexes and all age groups. By this, he or she will be able to contribute
greatly to the planning and execution of community health programs.
The FPRP is a rigorous, dynamic program, strongly supported by the Ministry of Health.
It is responsive to the changing needs of the health care system and is constantly
reviewing the content of the training to make it appropriate to practice needs of
the family physician in Bahrain.
During all four years of training, all trainees are engaged in different educational
activities consisting of hospital ward rounds, clinical bedside teachings, case
discussions, journal clubs, and an integrated core content series of lectures, seminars
The research project is an integral part of Community Medicine curriculum. The aim
of the research is to acquire new knowledge and to broaden understanding. It is
one of the ways to stimulate the mind and develop critical thinking among family
physicians, because it requires a clarity and understanding of the question to design,
methods to apply, analysis to make, writing it professionally and presenting the
A continuous evaluation of the trainees is a unique feature of the program throughout
the four years of training to ensure adequacy of teaching and proper performance
of trainees. The evaluation takes place upon completion of each rotation by the
tutors and the training instructors.
The faculties of the program are ambitious to see a continuous improvement in the
quality of program and an increase in the number of Bahrainis becoming family physicians
in both the public and private sector.
Thank you for visiting our website and we hope you will find valuable information
about Family Medicine training in the Kingdom of Bahrain.
Dr. Ebtisam Mohamed Fakhro
Chairperson & Consultant Medical Tutor
Family Practice Residency Program
Head of Continuous Medical Education for Primary Health Care
Ministry of Health
Kingdom of Bahrain