Hamad International Training Center (HITC), a training facility run by Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC), has recently concluded a training course in ultrasound techniques for non-radiology doctors.
The course was organized in conjunction with the College of Emergency Medicine in the United Kingdom (UK CEM).
The HITC and UK CEM ultrasound course is one of very few ongoing ultrasound courses of its type anywhere in the world. It is the only ‘bedside ultrasound’ course taught in the region with clinical governance and patient safety as the central theme, with essential emphasis on training standards and collaboration between emergency medicine and radiology.
Dr. Khalid Abdulnoor Saifeldeen, HITC Director said: “HITC offers numerous courses aimed at continuously improving the efficiency and competence of HMC’s healthcare professionals, in line with the organization’s values and objectives of providing safe and high quality healthcare services in a patient-centered environment. Today’s ceremony is a celebration of the achievement of our physicians’ many months of preparation and effort.”
Professor Peter Cameron, Chief of Emergency Medicine at HMC said: “This course is an essential requirement in ensuring that we train our emergency physicians to maintain high quality skills and clinically-governed practices. This course also brings four different entities together including the Hamad International Training Centre, Emergency Medicine, UK College of Emergency Medicine and Radiology Department. This maximizes the resources available to our doctors so we can provide our patients with the safest and most effective care.”
Dr Lisa Munro Davies, the lead for ultrasound training from UK CEM said: “Our key objective with this course was to train people, not just in the technical skill, but to make sure that it is practiced in a governance structure. We offer this training in only four other countries apart from the UK, however Qatar is the first country in the Middle East to have successfully completed level two training and that is a credit to the people involved who have been motivated to do this.”
“HMC and HITC have been fully supportive of this training and I am extremely proud of the outcomes that have been achieved. It’s a testament to the work ethic and motivation of the trainees and the regard for patient safety and quality of care that people have in the organization”, she added.
Dr. Lubna Andraous, a senior specialist in the Emergency Department who completed the level two training of the ultrasound course said: “The course was great and the instructors were very helpful. The skills that we learnt through this course will definitely help us improve our services for the patients, especially for critically ill patients who are unstable. Through this training, we are now fully qualified to perform an ultrasound by the bedside of the patient to detect life threatening emergencies. This could help us to save lives.”
“A few weeks ago, I had a 50-year-old female patient who was complaining of a stomach ache, but soon went into cardiac arrest. I used the ultrasound technique taught in this course and found a life threatening condition which was obstructing her lungs. We were able to administer the required medication to her in time and it was the ultrasound detection that saved her life,” she added.
Dr. Shatha Alhili, a senior consultant radiologist for HMC said: “The department is very excited to be involved in such a specialized training initiative and we are particularly supportive of it for its emphasis on clinical governance and standards.”
HITC offers around 1,000 courses in various medical disciplines annually, 30 of which are aimed at improving physicians’ efficiency.
Captions: Dr. Saifeldeen and Prof Cameron pose alongside course participants in a group photo
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