SAMS conducts 10-13 workshops throughout the year. These workshops are designed to help Syrian graduates get into training programs in the US. Workshops cover USMLE examinations, interview skills, how to apply for residency in the US, residency readiness, visa and immigration, and job search. The workshops are offered as webinars and as hands-on workshops.

Lectures are led by highly qualified professional speakers who address the important issues applicants need to know when interviewing for residency positions in the USA. Many of the workshops are conducted in different cities in the US. 

Take a look at more of the online workshops offered through the SAMS Education Committee’s Youtube Channel

Some of the flagship workshops include:

Academic Writing in Medicine Online Course

The online webinar was the first course of its kind in Arabic, targeting Arabic-speaking junior researchers. This course took place between September 19 and October 31, 2015. The course covered the essential skills needed for academic writing in medicine. Course content was carefully designed to help medical students and physicians become more effective, efficient, and confident writers. Additionally, the course covered the format of an original manuscript, writing a case report, writing a literature review, using a reference manager, issues in scientific writing, the publication process, and preparing an abstract for a scientific meeting. All the sessions were recorded and uploaded to the Education Committee YouTube channel for further review. For any questions or suggestion please contact: [email protected]sams-usa.net.

Evidence-Based Medicine Online Course

Following multiple requests from inside Syria for an online course about Evidence-Based Medicine (EBM), the SAMS Education Committee was delighted to create a course to fulfill this need. A team of exceptionally experienced volunteers organized the course and created a carefully crafted EBM curriculum. The result was a 2-month, 18-session online course that covered introductory as well as intermediate level topics in EBM. Each session, all of which were conducted in Arabic, lasted 2-3 hours, were conducted twice a week, with an average attendance rate of about 50 students per session (41-150). The course focused on helping participants advance their skills in critically appraising the literature, and incorporating values and preferences in clinical decision making as well as acquiring an understanding of common epidemiological concepts. Supplemental material and a syllabus of lectures were uploaded to the Facebook group. The top 5 students in the final MCQ exam, who satisfied a 70% attendance rate of the sessions, were offered the opportunity to co-author, and publish a systematic review.

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