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Research Plan

​​ The College of Medicine and Medical Sciences (CMMS), Arabian Gulf University (AGU) was established by a Decree from the General Council of Ministers of Education in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries at their 5th Meeting in Kuwait on 30th March 1980.


CMMS vision

Leadership and innovation for the development of the health sector in the Arab countries of the Gulf and excellence at the regional and international levels.


CMMS mission

Prepare health cadres with global competencies that meet the needs of individuals, families and communities in the Arab Gulf states, conducting research addressing their health priorities, and providing them with strategic studies and consultations, and to build regional and global partnerships.


CMMS goals
  • Graduate competent health professionals committed to excellence and lifelong learning.
  • Enhance graduates’ skills to assume leadership positions.
  • Support scientific research and advance it to international standards.
  • Engage in strategic collaboration and partnership with relevant regional and international institutions.
  • Advance the academic and administrative cadre according to high quality standards.

CMMS values and attitudes

Faculty of Medicine and Medical Sciences is committed to the following:

  • Sincerity, honesty and perfection in the performance of tasks.
  • Promotion of the culture of mutual respect and appreciation of good endeavors, performance and achievements.
  • Commitment to social responsibility in accordance to standards and professional ethics.
  • Transparency in all transactions and procedures.

Research

The University encourages, promotes, coordinates and supports all research activities of academic staff members and students, and collaborative research at local, regional and international levels. The Scientific Council at AGU defines the research strategy, consultations, and scientific innovation; identifies and publicizes the expertise and commercial development opportunities. Two goals have objectives in the 2017-2021 AGU Strategic Plan that address research; Goal1, Objective 3 “Enhance innovation in R&D” and Goal 2, Objective 2 “Attract and retain faculty who are distinguished in teaching and research.” Further, the goals of AGU’s Research Strategy are: Develop the scientific research system and environment, promote areas of innovation and excellence in scientific research, focus on the university's comparative advantages, serve the issues of Arab Gulf countries and collaborate and build research partnerships with universities, scientific research centers and institutions, governments and the private sector.

Faculty members are supported and encouraged to pursue their research interests and conduct research related to their expertise. They conduct research with other AGU faculty members and other researchers at the local, regional and international levels. Their study findings are disseminated through publications in scientific journals, presentations at professional conferences, meetings, and media. The scientific productivity of faculty members has a considerable weight in the promotion of faculty members.

Research is an essential component of the CMMS undergraduate and graduate programs. The office of the Vice Dean of Graduate Studies and Research has been established in 2007 at CMMS to coordinate, promote and support research by faculty and students. The CMMS Research and Ethics Committee is responsible for reviewing and approving research proposals. The committee provides ethical approval of research projects and recommends funding.

CMMS increased its student’s enrollment nearly three folds in the past 30 years. This accelerated growth contributed to the expansion of the research actively and improving the teaching profile. Research activity at the college is an integral part of the undergraduate curriculum of years 3 and 4 medical students. Students conduct their research in their respective countries.

At the graduate level, the college offers the Diploma and Master of Science program in Laboratory Medicine, Personalized Medicine and the PhD program in Molecular Medicine. These programs are based on theses’ preparation and public defense of theses where faculty members act as supervisors and internal examiners.

CMMS students are actively involved in research with faculty, which stimulates their scientific interest and helps them develop professional skills that are required in the future. They jointly coauthor scientific papers and present their research in conferences.

The research component is a major requirement for the academic promotion. It is highly regulated and based on original published work in peer reviewed national and international scientific journals.


Research plan

The CMMS research plan addresses research health priorities of the region and aims to:

  1. Promote an active research culture
  2. Raise the research profile of the University
  3. Provide research training
  4. Promote interdisciplinary research within the college and University
  5. Address the priority health research needs of the region
  6. Assist new researchers to establish a research record
  7. Expand research collaborations with other institutions in the region and internationally
  8. Foster knowledge translation of health research to policy action
  9. Commercialize academic research and encourage fund raising activity.

Goals:
  1. Improve CMMS’s accomplishments, visibility, and recognition as a key provider of health research in the region
  2. Support and improve research collaboration within AGU.
  3. Support and improve international research collaboration
  4. Ensure the quality of learning, teaching, and support services by incorporating current research.
  5. Promote research and publications from Graduate Programs
  6. Promote a productive workplace environment
  7. Expand sources of funding.
  8. Ascertain academic freedom.

Evaluation and assessment of the college research long-term goals will be measured by improvement in quality, increase in quantity, relevance and importance of CMMS research to the CMMS mission and needs of the region. The following are some of the criteria for evaluation and assessment:

  1. Publications:

    1. Number of refereed publications per full- time faculty member during an academic year.
    2. Proportion of full- time faculty member with at least one refereed paper during an academic year.
    3. Number of papers or reports presented at academic conferences during an academic year per full- time faculty member.
    4. Number of publications arising from theses per supervisor in the graduate program
    5. Number of joint publications with students per full- time faculty member during an academic year.
    6. Number of joint publications with junior faculty per full- time faculty member during an academic year.
    7. Number of joint publications with part- time faculty per full- time faculty member during an academic year.

  2. Research awards and other external forms of recognition.
  3. Applications for AGU funding.
  4. Amount and types of research grants from external sources.
  5. Relevance of research to CMMS mission.
  6. Collaborative research.
  7. Membership in scientific committees of conferences.
  8. Membership in Editorial Boards of scientific journals.
  9. Reviewers for scientific journals and grant proposals.
  10. Press coverage of CMMS research activities.

While academics are encouraged to pursue their research interests without institutional restraints, a number of CMMS mission related research themes have emerged based on the CMMS goals and research health priorities of the GCC countries.


Main Research Areas

The main research areas of interest to the College are:

  1. Based on GCC health research priorities:
    • Road Traffic Accidents
    • Diabetes
    • Cardiovascular Diseases (Ischemic Heart Disease and Stroke)
    • Cancer
    • Chronic respiratory diseases
    • Genetics and Inherited Diseases
    • Infectious Diseases
    • Mental Health
  2. Other College Priorities:
    • Medical Education
    • Basic Sciences
  3. University priorities

Factors guiding the development of research
  • Relevance to the region
  • Innovation
  • Inter and intra institutional collaborative potential
  • Impact on teaching and learning
  • Commercialization potential

Undergraduate medical program

The college will continue including research in the medical curriculum and promote further training and involvement of students in research activities. It will encourage them to publish and present their work in scientific journals and conferences. The University will keep sponsoring students involved in such activities.


Graduate programs

The College will continue its efforts to restart the Master of Science in Health Professions Education and the Master of Science in Health Policy and Population Studies programs. The College will continue supporting the existing graduate programs and encourage the development of new programs.


Joint research within CMMS

Efforts will be made to increase joint research projects between full- and part- time faculty. Interdisciplinary research between the various departments will also be encouraged. More attention will be given to involving junior faculty in research projects. This would be reflected in funding consideration of research grants.


Research collaboration

CMMS will strengthen collaboration with industry and will explore the opportunities to commercialize research findings. It will continue collaboration in research with academic institutions, research centers and other organizations regionally and worldwide.


Research knowledge transfer practice

CMMS will develop and promote a health research knowledge transfer practice.


Providing services of expertise

CMMS will seek to provide service of research expertise to regional and international agencies, e.g. WHO/EMRO, GCC ministries of Health, nongovernmental organizations and the private sector.


Research culture and support

CMMS will promote an active research culture, encourage an increase in research funding and publishing, and the recognition of researches. The following will be undertaken:

  1. Funding:
    • Identify and approach funding agencies including governmental and nongovernmental organizations, research foundations and private companies.
    • Identify full- time faculty members who would fit funding opportunities and solicit proposals.
    • Seek out large funding projects, especially those that can be used to attract funding from multiple sources.
    • Utilize scientific meetings, workshops and conferences to identify funding opportunities.
  2. Successful research and publishing:
    • Enhance the reputation of CMMS research output.
    • Support internal and external partnerships in research.
    • Recognize and reward achievement of published researches.
    • Encourage CMMS students and graduates to publish their research with the college’s faculty.
    • Encourage part- time faculty to publish jointly with full- time faculty.
    • Encourage research inactive faculty members to publish.
    • Value sustained research productivity in hiring CMMS faculty.

Planning and approval process for CMMS research plan

The Vice Dean for Graduate Studies and Research, CMMS has drafted this plan and in consultation and contribution of an Ad hoc committee. It has been submitted to the College Council CMMS for official approval. The College Council approves the research plan in its meeting on March 4, 2019.


CMMS Related Research Actions and Targets
GOALACTIONTARGET
Improve CMMS’s accomplishments, visibility, and recognition as a key provider of health research in the region.
  • Continue to provide research training to junior faculty, students in the medical and graduate programs.
  • Focus on research priorities of GCC ministries of health.
  • Strengthen collaborative research with universities and organizations of GCC countries and elsewhere.
  • Continue to organize conferences and scientific meetings
  • Continue conducting research-training workshops for GCC health professionals
  • Disseminate research results to policy makers and the community.
  • Continue considering scientific productivity at contract renewal.
  • Disseminate all research activities to CMMS part time faculty, CMMS students, CGS faculty.
  • Increase the number of CMMS publications by full- time faculty members.25%
  • Have at least 90% of the publications indexed in Scopus:
    • Increase full- and part –time faculty members’ joint publications by 25%.
    • Increase full- time faculty members and students joint publications by 25%.
    • Increase the collaborative publications of full- time faculty members with professionals in regional and international institutions by 25%.
    • Increase the number of citations in refereed journals per fulltime faculty by 10%
    • Increase the proportion of full time member of teaching staff with at least one refereed publication during the previous year to 90%.
    • Increase the number of papers presented in conferences/faculty to 90%
    • Increase by 25% the proportion of research income from external sources per full time teaching staff members in the past year.
  • Increase chapters, books and proceedings published by full- time faculty members to 5 per year.
  • Continue to promote appearance of faculty members’ research work in GCC media.
Support and improve research collaboration within AGU.
  • Increase collaboration between full- and part-time faculty members.
  • Encourage CMMS students’ participation in research conducted by faculty members by disseminating information of interested staff and topics.
  • Increase collaboration with the CGS in research areas of interest.
  • Encourage and increase CMMS publications input in the AGU journal and GCC scientific journals indexed in databases approved by AGU.
  • Increase the number of joint publications by 25%.
  • Increase annual participation in regional and international conferences and meetings of fulltime faculty members by 25%.
  • Establish a CMMS journal.
  • Establish a mentorship program to support young researchers and students.
Support and improve international research collaboration
  • Continue supporting faculty to participate in international conferences
  • Increase the number of publications with international researchers by 25%
  • Establish an AGU grant with renowned institutions
Ensure the quality of learning, teaching, and support services by incorporating current research.
  • Maintain having a five-year comprehensive research plan.
  • Review and analyze the research plan twice during the term of plan.
  • Further promote the research culture at CMMS.
  • Increase the number of research projects and those jointly funded by AGU by at least 25%.
  • Increase the AGU research budget by 25% for both AGU and AGU/RCSI grants.
  • Host at least 2 workshops/ year on relevant research topics.
  • Attain software applications to assist academics conducting research
  • Invite renowned researchers and AGU alumni to present their latest research results at least once a year.
  • Establish a conference policy.
  • Conduct regular journal clubs in each department on latest research topics of interest at least once a month.
  • Build on the existing Research Forum and make it bimonthly whereby a graduate /undergraduate student and a faculty member (full-timer/part –timer) present each month.
Promote research and publications from Graduate Programs
  • Restart the MHPE and MHPPS programs
  • Publish from theses of graduate programs
  • Support and create new graduate programs.
  • Increase by 25% publications arising from theses.
Promote a research productive Workplace environment.
  • Increase number of full-time faculty members.
  • Employ research assistants.
  • Have protected time for research for faculty members.
  • Recognize faculty members research efforts and award them
  • Establish a research professor post
  • Increase the number of faculty by 25%.
  • Allocate a productive time for research at least 5 hours/week
  • Establish an annual research award
  • Establish a work policy based on teaching, research and service duties for each faculty member
Expand sources of funding.
  • Attract intra and extra mural funding
  • CMMS should have mechanisms to support applications for internal and external funding.
  • Disseminate sources of external funding.
  • Conduct fee for service- research to the Ministries of Health, private health sectors and nongovernmental organizations.
Ascertain academic freedom. Further ascertain academic freedom as a core principle of academic activity.

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