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Under the auspices of Hamdan Medical Award: A training course on Transthoracic Echocardiography kicks off in Dubai 13 September 2014

Under the patronage of Sheikh Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Award for Medical Sciences and organized by the Austrian "123 Sonography", a 3-days training course on transthoracic Echocardiography has begun its activities this morning at Mina AL Salam Hotel, Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai.

The training course is held with the participation of 83 cardiologists, radiologists and technicians from the UAE, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Iraq, Pakistan, India, Thailand, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Greece, Botswana, Romania, Sweden, Austria, France, Germany, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Spain, Austria, Serbia, Azerbaijan, Sudan, Tanzania, Nigeria, Kenya, South Africa and Australia. After completing the program, the trainees will receive 18 CME credit hours accredited from the European board for Accreditation in cardiology (EBAC). 

The EchoDubai2014 aims to train specialists, ranging from junior doctors through to highly qualified specialists, on the diagnosis of common and uncommon heart diseases and heart valves diseases, understanding the dynamics of blood and measuring heart function. Besides reviewing the basic principles of transthoracic Echocardiograph, the program discusses many difficult and complicated cases through about 200 ultrasound records.

Professor Harold Rosen from the University of Vienna, the program’s joint coordinator and Editor-In-Chief of the award’s Hamdan Medical Journal said: The training course emphasizes the important role played by the award as one of the leading institutions in activating the cooperation between the local and international medical institutions.

“Organizing and supporting specialized conferences and training courses contribute to the enrichment of the medical sector institutions”, Prof, Rosen added.

On his part, Professor Thomas Binder, Cardiologist, the head of the Echo Lab in the Medical University of Vienna and the director of the program said that the faculty members of the course include five specialists belonging to major international medical institutions such as Professor Reidar Winter from Karolinska University Hospital, Sweden, Dr. Jacob Dal-Bianco from Harvard Medical School and Dr. Satish Govind from Narayana Hrudayalaya Hospital, Bangalore.

Professor Binder referred to the predominance of the practical side in the program. Many important topics are discussed such as the role of transthoracic echocardiography in the proper diagnosis, taking the right decisions and putting the optimal treatment plan for patients. Also, the course discusses assessing patients before and after cardiovascular surgery and detecting pericardial disease and Clinical decision making based on echo.

“The EchoDubai2014 is held for the first time in Dubai. The Emirate of Dubai is characterized by its strong infrastructure, strategic geographical situation and the updated technologies used in the medical sector. Dubai is the best place to host the medical events whose one of its main targets is to attract specialists from around the Arab region and the world”, Prof Binder added.