Knowledge Sharing

Together with government agencies, local hospitals, and universities, Children’s National experts create opportunities for the sharing of knowledge and best practices in pediatric medicine to our partners in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). Through unique partnerships and other educational exchanges in pediatric specialty care, our teams build collaborations with our MENA counterparts that will enhance children’s health around the world today and in the future.

Physician to Physician 

Knowledge Sharing and Exchange

Children’s National offers Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region physicians many opportunities to directly interact with our world-class pediatric experts for the exchange of knowledge and best practices.

Continuing medical education, informational lectures, and seminars in MENA countries

Children’s National specialists frequently travel to the MENA region, including the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, and Qatar for educational exchange sessions. Our physicians lecture at regional hospitals, healthcare agencies, and conferences to share ideas with their counterparts. These sessions allow physicians from MENA face to face interaction with Children’s specialists. Past lecture topics have included:

  • Obesity
  • Asthma
  • Genetics and metabolism
  • Cardiology and congenital heart disease
  • Oncology and hematology
  • Urology
  • General surgery
  • Safety and injury prevention
  • Community health, including childhood vaccinations

Telemedicine for international consultation and education

Children’s worldwide Telemedicine Program reaches 100 partnership sites in 14 countries, including the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, and Qatar. This program provides clinical consultation services for physicians in many service areas including cardiology, neurology, oncology, and radiology. Additionally, the telemedicine team offers distance learning opportunities and provides access to live and pre-recorded patient care conferences and lectures.

Visits, lectures, and observation at the Sheikh Zayed Campus for Advanced Children’s Medicine

Throughout the year, medical professionals from around the world are welcomed to the Sheikh Zayed Campus for Advanced Children’s Medicine in Washington, DC, for a variety of reasons. While in Washington, DC, these honored guests frequently speak on their topics of expertise to our medical and research staff, observe procedures, tour the hospital, and participate in other activities depending on their interest level and time available.

Student and Postgraduate Programs

Children’s National offers several educational opportunities for students and postgraduates from the Middle East and North Africa region, including research and innovation programs as well as traditional clinical training opportunities.

Instilling the spirit of innovation in aspiring physicians, scientists, and engineers

Creating educational programs that develop a working knowledge of business development and innovation in pediatric research and medical development for students at all levels is a key focus of the Sheikh Zayed Institute for Pediatric Surgical Innovation.

  • Summer Student Innovators: A program for graduate, medical, undergraduate, and advanced high school students that offers a rigorous research experience, along with an academic program focused on innovation management.
  • Joseph E. Robert, Jr., Fellowships in Pediatric Surgical Innovation: A unique post-graduate research experience focused on biomedical innovation
  • Sheikh Zayed Scholars: An internship opportunity open specifically to Emirati students to study research and innovation at Children’s National.

Enhancing the next generation of pediatric specialty care providers

Children’s National is a global destination for the training of pediatric specialists. Our Pediatric Residency Program is highly competitive and trains almost 120 students each year from U.S. medical schools. Children’s also offers many Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education-accredited fellowship training opportunities in key pediatric specialties, including pediatric oncology, cardiology, and surgery.

Future programs

In the United Arab Emirates, Children’s National, works with several agencies including the Health Authority Abu Dhabi, and Abu Dhabi Health Services (SEHA) and Khalifa University, to develop pediatric medical educational exchanges and care pathways that will enhance pediatric specialty care for children in the region.