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Hamdan Medical Award trains over 100 radiology specialists on improving the safety of imaging techniques 25 March 2018

His Excellency Abdulla Bin Souqat, Executive Manager of the Sheikh Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Award for Medical Sciences, inaugurated a training program organized by the Award in collaboration with the Dubai Health Authority, Harvard Medical School, Massachusetts General Hospital, and Duke University Medical Center titled “Making Patients and Staff Safer in Radiological Imaging”.

The program will take place over two days at the Mohammed Bin Rashid Academy of Medicine and Health Sciences at Dubai Healthcare City, with a third day of workshops dedicated to revising safety protocols for the use of x-rays. Over 100 referring physicians, radiologists, radiographers and medical physicists attended the program, and earned 8.5 CME hours accredited by the Dubai Health Authority.

At the opening, His Excellency expressed his pleasure with the Award’s organization of this important training program under the direction of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai, Minister of Finance, President of the Dubai Health Authority, and Sponsor of the Award. He has played an instrumental role in the fulfillment of the Award’s most important goal, which is to further medical excellence on all levels.

Dr. Jamila Al-Suwaidi, Consultant in Radiation in Medicine Developments at the Dubai Health Authority’s Department of Medical Education, and Associate Director of the training program, extended her gratitude and appreciation towards His Highness Sheikh Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum for his continued support in holding these events, which serve to progress the healthcare sector in the United Arab Emirates.

She added that the Award’s coordination of these programs is important, considering the ever-increasing use of radiological imaging – in particular, the use of x-rays – and has played a significant role in educating and training professionals in the field and improving the overall performance of medical centers in the country. This year’s training program discusses the importance of following safety procedures and taking measures to protect patients – especially younger patients – against the dangers of radiation, as well as the effects of radiation on the physician. Additionally, training will highlight the importance of adequate monitoring, dosing, and a comparison of practice will be made between medical centers across the UAE, Duke University Medical Center and Massachusetts General Hospital.

The Hamdan Medical Award has organized numerous training programs from 2014 till date – in collaboration with the Dubai Health Authority – and strives to contribute towards the education and professional development of practitioners across the nation. One of the Award’s top priorities is to continually refine the quality of services within local medical centers and to accredit clinics across the country. These training programs offer preventive measures in radiological practice that are approved by the Federal Authority for Nuclear Regulation in the UAE.