Last week, more than 300 clinical staff from Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) gathered in Qatar for the Surgical Endocrine Symposium. Organised by the Department of Surgery and held in collaboration with the Qatar Surgical Society, the symposium provided focused training to physicians and nurses involved in the surgical treatment of thyroid disorders.
Dr Hassan al-Thani, head of Trauma and Vascular Surgery at HMC and chair of the Surgical Endocrine Symposia, said the department of surgery has an established track record in offering high-quality education and training opportunities for staff.
He said HMC is committed to developing local expertise to manage the care of patients with complex thyroid disorders.
“We are committed to developing local expertise to manage complex clinical cases, and targeted learning events such as these are an important means for us to build the capacity and capability here in Qatar,” said Dr al-Thani. “I am delighted that we have had exceptional interest from doctors and nurses in the topics covered during our symposia. With each session providing the opportunity for learning to around 300 attendees, we have managed to deliver a significant training programme in surgical endocrinology to many healthcare professionals in Qatar.”
More than 20 highly qualified endocrinologists, surgeons, radiologists, pathologists, anesthetists, and cardiology specialists, as well as radiation and medical oncologists, were among the presenters at the day-long symposium, which included a panel discussion featuring patient case studies.
“We already have highly experienced teams using advanced diagnostic technologies to identify different kinds of endocrine disorders as well as any underlying causes. As a recognized teaching institution, we are committed to supporting the training and education of other healthcare professionals in the pursuit of knowledge, with the ultimate goal of providing better patient care,” added Dr al-Thani.
In October 2015, HMC opened a specialty unit dedicated to caring for patients with thyroid gland disorders. Early detection of thyroid disorders is important as timely access to treatment can prevent the development of additional health problems. The majority of patients treated at the Thyroid Unit, which is located in the Outpatient Department at Hamad General Hospital, have thyroid nodules.