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Diploma In Regional Anesthesia and Analgesia
Sheikh Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Award for Medical Sciences has created an opportunity for practicing doctors to gain more expertise in their fields by offering professional degrees in Dubai (United Arab Emirates) in collaboration with Montpellier University 1, France and Dubai Health Authorithy. This activity comes in line with the vision of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum to provide quality medical education to medical doctors, which would reflect in their day-to-day practice and ultimately benefiting to the public of the UAE.
The first initiatives took place in year 2004 when 25 medical doctors obtained at the American University of Cairo a professional diploma in Hospital Management and Social Care through a distant education program. Subsequently, more medical courses and workshops were conducted in association with academic institutes, including of University of Sharjah. In 2011, the Award materialized a new collaborative effort with the University of Montpellier l (France) and Rashid Hospital DHA, to offer a Diploma in Regional Anesthesia and Analgesia as a distant education program by visiting faculy members in Dubai, UAE. The first graduates consisted of 31 professional anesthetists from Iran, Kenya, Oman, Qatar, South Africa, Canada, and the UAE.
Importance of Regional Anesthesia in the Anesthesia Practice
Pain-free post-operative care is the patient's utmost right. Over the fast few years, there has been accumulating evidence that post-operative pain control is better managed with regional analgesia than opioids analgesics. In fact, pain can seriously disrupt the quality of life, increases morbidity and the length of stay in hospital In this regard, regional analgesia is superior not only in the relief of pain, but also improves the post operative rehabilitation the outcom and also the cancer surgeries.
Today, the most advenced techniques in continous peripheral nerve blocks are now available for better patient management.This educational program will provide a “Hands-On” Training in these techniques in the region.   
The renowned expertise of the anesthesia team of Rashid Hospital in regional anesthesia and analgesia in collaboration with the University of Montpellier made it possible to realize this training in Dubai. This exclusive collaboration in the Gulf region is aimed at building experience in pain management through regional anesthesia with excellent published outcomes. Besides, acute and Chronic pain syndromes are cared for holistically with a multidisciplinary approach radiating from one central point of referral.This exclusive educational program, organized for the first time in the Gulf region, relies on an ideal design of practical training within a theoretical framework.

About University of Montpellier 1

logoUM1University of Montpellier 1 (UM1) is located in the South of France in the Languedoc-Roussillon District, a traditional cultural and intellectual crossroads, University of Montpellier 1 is striving to enhance and multiply talents. This University is one of the oldest academic establishments of the world (1289). For more than 700 years, the university's history has been distinguished by values of excellence, prestige and a multidisciplinary approach, both in research and education; thus ensuring it an international fame.

The University of Montpellier 1 hosts more than 26,000 students, 950 assistants, associates and full professors or researchers.

The University of Montpellier 1 is very well known for its excellence in regional anesthesia and analgesia. This reputation startes with Louis Gaston Labat, a pionner in regional anesthesia. He was a student at the Faculty of Medicine in 1914. Later, he became one of the founders of the 'original' American Society of Regional Anesthesia and the author of "Regional Anesthesia: Its Technics and Clinical Application", which was considered the definitive textbook on regional anesthesia for at least 30 years after its publication.

Today, Professor Capdevila and his team are one of the leading groups in the world to adapt the concept of regional anesthesia and analgesia.

About Dubai Health Authority

dha logo with gov logoInitially, the Department of Health and Medical Services (DOHMS), which was created in 1973, was the functioning authority that almost exclusively focused on health service delivery.

Therefore, the DHA was created, in June 2007, by Law 13 issued by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE, Ruler of Dubai, with an expanded vision to include strategic oversight for the complete health sector in Dubai and enhance private sector engagement.

His Highness Sheikh Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai and UAE Minister of Finance is the President of the Dubai Health Authority. 
His Excellency Qadhi Saeed Al Murooshid is the Director General of the DHA

The DHA’s aim in Dubai is to provide an accessible, effective and integrated healthcare system, protect public health and improve the quality of life within the Emirate. This is a direct translation of the objectives of the Dubai Strategic Plan 2015 launched by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum. Keeping the strategic plan in mind, the DHA’s mission is to ensure access to health services, maintain and improve the quality of these services, improve the health status of nationals, residents and visitors and oversee a dynamic, efficient and innovative health sector.

The Scientific Program

Theory Part (Attendance Mandatory)
64 lectures of 30 minutes
  • 2 days in January: Local Faculty & Visiting Professor from Montpellier University
  • 2 days in February: Local Faculty & Video Conference with Montpellier University
  • 2 days in March: Visiting Professor from Montpellier University
  • 1 day of clinical cases and training in April and May
Practice Part - 3 days (Validation Mandatory)
  • Workshop "Hands on Model" with Ultrasound and Neurostimulation Guidance - 1 day in January and 1 day in February
  • 10 days of Clinical Attachment in one of the University Hospitals of the Diploma in France or in The Anesthesia Department of Rashid Hospital Trauma Centre of Dubai Health Authority. The validated 5 consecutive days of the intensive course of regional anesthesia organized by the Continuous Education Department of Dubai Health Authority is valid for 5 days out of 10.
  • Individual performance in Regional Anasthesia recorded on a book
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