Best Practices in medical education discussed at Dubai Medical College Symposium

Dissemination of best practices in medical education is one of the key objectives of the ‘Medical Education Symposium 2010’ to take place at the Dubai Medical College (DMC) on Sunday, May 23rd. The symposium, accredited by the Dubai Health AuthorityDubai Health Authority as a CME (Continued Medical Education) program, is open to participation from medical practitioners, teaching professionals, residents and interns.

The world-renowned speakers at the symposium include Prof. Parveen Kumar, the co-author of ‘Kumar and Clark’, the standard text book of Clinical Medicine and professor of Medicine and Education at Bart’s and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry. She will offer her insights about ‘The ideal medical curriculum’. Further, Prof. Hossam Hamdy, Vice Chancellor for Medical Colleges and Dean, College of Medicine at University of Sharjah, and Mr. Pradip Datta, Honorary Consultant Surgeon at Caithness General Hospital at Wick, Scotland will address the topics ‘Assessment of clinical competencies’, and ‘Communication in the medical profession’ respectively.

Commenting on her participation in the symposium for the second consecutive year, Prof. Parveen Kumar said, “Dubai is fast becoming a hub for world-class medical services, in-line with the vision of its great leadership that has always encouraged scientific research and development, particularly in healthcare. I congratulate DMC for their role in grooming competent physicians who are excelling globally in their specialised fields. I am very happy to once again be a part of this event and I look forward to coming back for more such programs”. Prof. Kumar is the President – Elect of the ‘Royal Society of Medicine’ and will take over the Presidency in July.

Further, Prof. Frederick Fenech, a well known geriatrics specialist, and the Director of International Institute on Ageing, United Nations at Malta along with Dr. Abdul Hadi Sadiq Al-Hillawi, a consultant physician in Geriatric medicine at Wycombe Hospital in Buckinghamshire will address issues concerning treating the elderly. Other topics include ‘Controversies in the management of Diverticular Disease’ by Prof. Harald Rosen, Professor of Surgery at Vienna Medical School, and ‘Fluid and Electrolyte therapy in surgical practice’ by Mr. S.T. Irwin, Consultant Colorectal surgeon at Royal Victoria Hospital Belfast.

The symposium is organised as part of DMC’s faculty development programs with an aim to provide a platform for internationally renowned speakers to facilitate discussion among the practitioners and teachers in the region. Other objectives include professional development of doctors and showcasing mutual benefits of teaching/learning and clinical practice.

Professor Mohammed Galal El Din Ahmed, Dean of DMC commented, “We are extremely happy to be hosting the symposium for the fourth time bringing together internationally acclaimed professionals to share their valuable insights. The event is a great opportunity to align healthcare professionals to the advances in medical education and clinical practice.”

DMC, a part of the S.S. Lootah GroupS.S. Lootah Group has been setting new standards for excellence in healthcare education. It was awarded the ‘Dubai Quality Appreciation Program’ for its best practices in the medical curriculum delivery process

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