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1,000 medical education experts attend Abu Dhabi conference

ABU DHABI, March 12, 2018

Over 1,000 medical education experts from 56 countries are attending the Joint International Conferences on Medical Education "The 18th Ottawa & The 5th ICME", being held in Abu Dhabi, UAE.

The event being held under the patronage of Sheikh Nahayan Mabarak Al Nahayan, Cabinet Member, UAE Minister of Tolerance, kicked off on March 10 and will run until March 14, at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Center (Adnec).

The event is hosting a record 225 educational sessions, lectures and presentations by over 500 speakers, ranging from courses, workshops, symposia, expert discussions and plenary sessions, marking this as the largest ever medical education conference to take place in the region, said a statement.

This is the first time that RAK College of Dental Sciences - UAE and Riphah International University, the organisers of ICME, have joined hands with Association for Medical Education in Europe, the organisers of the Ottawa Conferences, bringing together two leading conferences in one setting, to cover state of the art and latest innovations in the assessment of competence in medicine and the healthcare professions.

Prof Mohammed Al Houqani, assistant dean for education and academic affairs, United Arab Emirates University, said: “I would like to use the opportunity of such eminent gathering of luminary experts and world leading minds in the fields of medical education, to welcome all faculty members, colleagues and delegates to Abu Dhabi and to re-emphasise the importance of the combined efforts; by the academic, research and healthcare institutions, both regional as well as on an international scale to elevate the highly crucial competency levels required in medicine and healthcare professions, though innovative assessment mechanisms.”

Hassan Muhammad Khan, chancellor, Riphah International University and founder of ICME, said: “I am delighted to see that our efforts to establish a credible platform for interaction between world leading medical educationalists and those from countries on the path of introducing reforms in medical education in the region, has resulted in such a prestigious gathering of world leading experts in the wonderful City of Abu Dhabi, as a unique opportunity to identify and adopt international standards and to apply them across the region, especially in developing countries.”

Prof Ronald M Harden, general secretary and treasurer of the Association for Medical Education in Europe (AMEE) and founder of the Ottawa Conferences, said: “The Ottawa Conference has become synonymous with the state of the art in the assessment of competence in medicine and the healthcare professions.”

“The partnership with ICME is yet another step in the right direction towards bringing together both experts and those new to the area, facilitating networking and international collaboration within the region,” he said.

Ottawa-ICME 2018 is endorsed by the UAE Ministry of Health and Prevention and supported by the UAE University, Gulf Medical University, RAK Medical and Health Sciences University, The University of Sharjah and CLIQ (Centre of Excellence in Leadership and Quality) at RAKCODS, the Abu Dhabi Convention Bureau, The Emirates Medical Association and The Emirates Nursing Association. – TradeArabia News Service

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