Diploma in Field Epidemiology Training Program (DFE)

General Instructions for Residents
Computer and Other Facilities

Computers have become an essential tool for any epidemiologist. Residents are provided the basic training in computers in the
in-class course and are later encouraged to develop their skills in using different computer software in their professional work.
FETP has two computer laboratories, one for the male residents other for the female residents. They are equipped with latest
computers along with printers and 24 hour wide-band internet connection.
Computer laboratory is accessible to residents 24 hours, to do their work as suits them. At the beginning of the program each
resident is allocated a computer in the laboratory, for the rest of duration of training program. However in order to properly
maintain the laboratory following guidelines should be followed:
§ Protecting against computer viruses
Ÿ Do not download software and emails of doubtful nature from internet. If you get such email, simply delete them and
never open them
Ÿ Whenever you put a floppy or CD in the computer, always check it first for virus
Ÿ All the computers are installed with antivirus programs, but they may need regular update for virus definitions.
§ All the computers are linked to the server of the FETP, and can be used for sharing documents among the colleagues which
decrease the necessity of copying on floppy disks and printing.
§ When you are leaving the computer laboratory always ‘shut down’ your computer properly
§ If you are working after the office hours and you are the last one to leave, please always switch off the air-conditioner and
other lights.
§ Printing facility is freely available but please do not misuse it for the benefit of everyone. In this regards following may be
Ÿ Do NOT print documents which you do not need or has no intention to read
Ÿ Majority of the downloaded document can well be read on computer screen, and need not be printed and can be saved on
hard disk for later use.
Ÿ Avoid printing directly from the internet, the format is usually not printer friendly and waste a lot of paper and ink. You
may copy the required text/images into Microsoft word, delete the unnecessary items and print from there.
Ÿ If the first print command apparently does not work, do not give multiple print commands for the same document (It will
print at times dozens of copies, while you only need one). Read the message given by the computer and respond accordingly.
If you can not figure out the reason, ask for assistance from someone who knows computers better than you.
Ÿ For sharing document take advantage of FETP server or floppy disks.

Laptop Computers:
FETP has a limited number of laptop computers which can be issued to the residents, for field assignments and other specific
needs. The resident who need a laptop should contact the computer incharge, while explaining his justification for its issuance.
If computer incharge agrees to the need, a laptop computer can be issued to a resident after filling the required application
form and receipt. A laptop computer may not be issued for more than one month, in any one instance.

Telephone / Fax:
§ Facility for local calls (for official purpose) is available to residents, from the telephone present in computer
laboratories. (dial 9, 81 or 82 to get the external line)
§ In case, a resident need to call outside the city (for official purpose), he/she should contact the operator for the

§ In-house photocopying facility is available only for official purpose and in limited quantity.
§ Residents are not allowed to operate the photocopying machines, they should ask the office boys/ administrative
assistants when the need arise.
§ In case photocopying in bulk is needed, the resident should contact administrative assistant to get the documents
photocopied from outside.
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Ministry of Health, Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia