The Second Qatar Internal Medicine Conference hosted for the second consecutive year by Hamad General Hospital’s Internal Medicine Department will begin today at The Ritz-Carlton, Doha Hotel.

Taking place from 30 October to 2 November 2014, the conference is in line with HMC’s vision to deliver the safest, most effective and compassionate care to each and every one of our patients.

The conference will be attended by over 800 internal medicine physicians and specialists from within Qatar, the GCC, and other Arab and Western countries. According to Chairman of the Organizing Committee, Dr Abdel Naser Elzouki, approximately 55 speakers will give lectures on the latest developments in internal medicine and related diseases, showcasing their international expertise in the field.

Topics of discussion at the conference will also include various diseases and their complications such as diabetes, high blood pressure, cardiac disease, kidney disease, respiratory system diseases, digestive system diseases, as well as liver and neurology diseases.

Dr Elzouki emphasised that all HMC physicians, primary healthcare doctors and those in the private sector were welcome to attend the conference to participate in scientific discussions and exchange experiences with specialists and participants from all branches of internal medicine. He said that a symposium to discuss the most recent advancement in the treatment of tumors will also take place during the conference hosted by participating doctors in collaboration with Mediterranean Taskforce for Cancer Control (MTCC). There will also be a specialised medical exhibition of around 12 companies specialising in medical equipment and supplies displaying the latest advanced equipment.

Conference steering committee member, Dr Mehdi Errayes, highlighted other activities taking place at the conference. These include 10 different medical workshops covering all internal medicine specialties as well as three interactive training sessions on severe internal medicine cases. These will include the provision of high quality medical care to in-patients with acute coronary syndrome.

The conference will also host a discussion and poster display of various research projects undertaken by HMC resident doctors. The poster display will feature research projects focusing on local diseases in internal medicine based on HMC patient samples. A prize will be awarded to the best participating research project by the conference’s Organizing Committee.

HMC is the principal public healthcare provider in the state of Qatar for over three decades. HMC manages eight hospitals, incorporating five specialist hospitals and three community hospitals. The corporation also manages the National Ambulance Service as well as home and residential care, all accredited by Joint Commission International. HMC collaborates with partners who are key experts in Qatar and beyond, including Weill Cornell Medical College-Qatar, the Institute for Healthcare Improvement and Partners Healthcare, Boston.

For more information about the conference, visit HMC’s website.