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HMC Hosts First Annual Emergency Medicine Symposium

Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) hosted earlier this week the First Annual Emergency Medicine Symposium in Qatar. The Symposium was an important platform for around 200 healthcare professionals to share their experiences, foster collaborations with academia and evaluate emerging ideas and technologies in emergency medicine.

 Dr Saleem Farook, Vice Chairman for Emergency Education at HMC, said:

The Symposium features an innovative program that is based on the patient’s journey through the emergency care system and is underpinned by the quality agenda and original research.’

As well as local speakers such as Dr Khalid Al Fyafei, Senior Consultant and Program Director of Paediatric Emergency, Dr Abullatif Al-Khal, Director of Medical Education and Dr Rifat Latifi, Professor of Surgery and Director of Trauma Services at HMC, the Symposium featured presentations from regional and international experts in emergency medicine, including Professor Gregory Larkin, The Lion Foundation Chair of Emergency Medicine at the University of Auckland in New Zealand, Dr Abdel Noureldin, Senior Consultant and Program Director in Emergency Medicine at Al Tawam Hospital in Abu Dhabi and Dr Rip Gangahar, Senior Consultant in Emergency Medicine at the Royal Oldham Hospital in the UK.

The Symposium also included poster and oral presentations, providing HMC staff with the opportunity to discuss their original research in the field of emergency medicine, nursing education and projects aimed at improving quality and service in the areas of patient safety and patient care.

Professor Peter Cameron, Chairman of Emergency Medicine at HMC, said:

Emergency medicine in Qatar has been developing at a rapid pace in order to provide emergency care to the expanding population. Along with the main Emergency Department at Hamad GeneralHospital, satellite emergency departments operate at Al Wakra, Al Khor and The Cuban Hospitals. Additionally, 13 adult and pediatric emergency walk-in clinics are spread across the country and are fully operational and heavily utilized.’

Work is ongoing to develop the quality agenda, educational programs and research strategy specific to emergency care in order to align with HMC’s aim of becoming an Academic Health System. This one-day event supported that objective and was designed to share best practices in emergency medicine research and quality, specifically at HMC and across the region.

The event concluded with a discussion between the audience and an expert panel chaired by Dr Don Mackechnie, Director of Emergency & Acute Medicine Transformation and composed of Professor Cameron, Professor Larkin, Dr Gangahar, Dr Penny Gordon, Deputy Chief of Medical Academic and Research Affairs – Professional Development and Alan Dobson, Assistant Executive Director of Nursing, Emergency Care.

Due to the high demand for the event, a second symposium is being planned for early 2014.

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