A workshop run by Weill Cornell Medicine – Qatar (WCM-Q) provided updates for physicians of Qatar Red Crescent Society (QRCS) on the latest best practice in the diagnosis and management of chronic kidney disease.

The one-day workshop, which was offered on two separate days, was designed in collaboration with QRCS and specifically for QRCS doctors, who frequently encounter chronic kidney disease when providing emergency or primary care to patients.

Two WCM-Q alumni who now work at Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) – Dr Essa Abuhelaiqa, Nephrology and Dialysis Consultant, and Dr Mohamad Alkadi, Nephrology Consultant – were invited as speakers during the event. They explained how to diagnose kidney disease, evaluate kidney function, prescribe medication, and provide education for patients on nutrition and self-management of their condition.

The activity, which was coordinated by WCM-Q’s Division of Continuing Professional Development (CPD), also explained how to manage acute kidney injury, the stages of chronic kidney disease, the burden of kidney disease in diabetes, the effects of nutrition on kidney disease, and the criteria for referral of patients to kidney specialists.

The course directors of the activity include Dr Al Abiad, QRCS Head of Medical Supervision – Medical Affairs Division, and Dr Thurayya Arayssi, WCM-Q Professor of Clinical Medicine/Senior Associate Dean for Medical Education and Continuing Professional Development.

According to Dr Arayssi the large and growing number of people with type-2 diabetes means that chronic kidney disease, which is a complication of diabetes, is becoming more common.

We are delighted that we were able to work with Qatar Red Crescent’s extremely dedicated physicians and to offer them the latest updates on the management of chronic kidney disease. I am very grateful to our alumni, Dr Abuhelaiqa and Dr Alkadi, now of HMC, for returning to their alma mater to give us the benefit of their immense expertise and knowledge.’

The activity was accredited by Qatar Council for Healthcare Practitioners – Accreditation Department (QCHP-AD) and by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME). The workshop concluded with a case discussion, a question and answer session, and a wrap-up summarising the key points covered in the workshop.

For more information about WCM-Q, visit their website at qatar-weill.cornell.edu.