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4th Annual Emirates Medical students’ Society Meeting honors SHAMS 21 November 2009
Faculty of Medicine Sharjah University has honored Sheikh Hamdan Bin Rashid Al-Maktoum Award for Medical Sciences (SHAMS) during the closing ceremony of the 4th Annual Emirates Medical Students’ Society Meeting at faculty of Medicine auditorium in Sharjah University.
 
The meeting, whose title is "Today’s Students Tomorrow’s Doctors", was held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan Bin Mohammed Al-Qassimi, Member of the Supreme Council, Ruler of Sharjah and Supreme president of Shajah University.
 
The closing ceremony was attended by Abdullah Bin Souqat Executive Director of the Award, who was delivered the Award’s certificate of appreciation by Prof. Hossam Hamdi Dean of Faculty of Medicine Sharjah University, in the presence of many doctors, professors, and students from UAE faculties of medicine.
 
Abdullah Bin Souqat said that publishing the Abstract Book of 4th UAE Medical Student Conference by SHAMS comes within the framework of achieving the Award’s goals. Among these goals is to support developing young doctors’ skills of conducting and publishing scientific papers through effective communication with the society. Professor Hossam Hamdi, Dean of Faculty of Medicine Sharjah University, said that honoring SHAMS comes within the framework of appreciating all efforts exerted by the award in supporting UAE health sector generally and the student’s conference particularly.
 
"The award has published the Abstract Book, which includes the students’ research papers discussed during the conference", Dr. Hossam Hamdi said. He said that regarding recent global economic circumstances, it becomes difficult to find sponsors for such activities. Sheikh Hamdan Award for Medical Sciences supports faculty of medicine-Sharjah University in order to achieve standard medical services locally and internationally. 
 
Prof. Randa Mostafa chairperson of Basic Medical Sciences Department, collage of medicine, Sharjah University, and chairman of the conference organizing committee, said that this year’s conference is held under the title Today’s Student Tomorrow’s Doctors.
 
"The title means that after a few years, students will be responsible doctors. So, they must be well prepared through learning many basic skills namely conducting research papers. Participating in such science conferences prepares them to play such role", she said. "Sheikh Hamdan Bin Rashid Award has supported the conference by publishing the "Abstract Book", which is considered a practical training course for tomorrow’s doctors", she added. She said that the book supports the idea of considering medicine as a non-profit job of releasing human beings’ pain by doctors’ hearts and feelings rather than medical methods.
 
Dr. zein Merghani, Associate Professor, Basic Medical Sciences Department, Faculty of Medicine Sharjah University, said that the University has provided the place for holding the conference. Financing various activities of the conference must be provided by sponsors.
 
He said that in contrary with international medical conferences, students’ conferences are rarely sponsored by medical institutions as it doesn’t support their marketing plans. "The dream of publishing a high quality Abstract Book was a far-reaching dream, but SHAMS has turned it into a reality", he said. The book is a basic factor for the conference success, as it allows students and professors from all faculties of medicine all over UAE to discuss their colleagues’ papers. "The book urges students to publish more and more research papers in the future", he said.
 
Dr. "Jeremy Jowett" head of Genomics and systems biology, Australia, was among the participants of the conference. He said that during the last few years, UAE health sector has witnessed great improvement through supporting the medical institutions. He added that he was astonished by the significant standard of papers discussed in the conference. "The Abstract Book has given a chance for students to publish their papers and discuss them with their professors and colleagues. This helps them to gain the experience they need as responsible doctors in the future", he said.
 
"Riem Al-Tahrawi", a fourth grade student, faculty of medicine Sharjah University, and the editor-in-chief of the Abstract Book, said that the book documents the conference, and it is the first time for her to work as an editor. "It was impossible to publish such good designed and high quality book without receiving support from Sheikh Hamdan award", she said.
 
Faisal Abdullah Salman, a fifth grade student, faculty of medicine Sharjah University and chairman of the student organizing committee, said that issuing such book is the  most important achievement of the conference. "We are so proud to be able to publish the conference papers in a book which represents us to our colleagues, professors and society", He said.
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