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Posted On: 6 October 2009 01:19 pm
Updated On: 12 November 2020 02:10 pm

Stimulating healthcare

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Qatar’s first medical simulation centre, one of the most advanced in the Middle East, is being planned by Sidra Medical and Research Center and Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) at a joint workshop. The centre, which will allow clinicians and educators to practise their skills and techniques on the latest equipment in a simulated medical setting, is envisaged to be operational in late 2011. The three-day planning workshop will be facilitated by international experts in the field of medical simulation. They include SimHealth Consulting Services president and CFO Dr Michael Seropian, SimHealth Consulting Services CEO Bonnie Driggers, Dr Jose Pliego (director, Simulation Center at Scott and White in Temple, Texas, and professor of obstetrics and gynaecology at Texas A & M College of Medicine), and Dr Paula Gubrud-Howe (associate dean for Academic Partnerships at Oregon Health Sciences University and the Oregon Statewide director of simulation). Dr Jordan J Cohen, a Sidra Medical and Research Center board member and president emeritus of the Association of American Medical Colleges, is a special invited guest. The workshop will be attended by top executives, clinicians and education specialists from Sidra, HMC, Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar, College of the North Atlantic - Qatar, University of Calgary - Qatar, and Qatar University. The workshop will focus on joint planning between Sidra and HMC with the philosophy of “one programme, two facilities”, and to set local and regional priorities for simulation programme and curriculum planning with input from the attendees. Sidra executive project director Dan Bergin said “simulation centres can help Qatar achieve best practice in clinical education and will assist Sidra in providing the best health care,” he said. HMC managing director Dr Hanan al-Kuwari said that the collaboration between Sidra and HMC would ultimately result in benefits to patients in Qatar.