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AAHC/I Publications and Resources

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Webinar Series: Regional Perspectives on Covid-19 Pandemic

Qatar's Regional Perspective on COVID 19 Pandemic

As the AAHCI-MENA Webinar series continues, Qatar’s perspective was provided by Dr. Abdullatif Mohamed Al Khal, Deputy Chief Medical Officer and Director of the Department of Medical Education at Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC), in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Dr. Al-Khal discussed the experience of Qatar’s response as well as HMC’s role in mitigating the spread of COVID-19. Dr. Al-Khal also serves in an advisory role to several public health programs under the umbrella of the Qatar Ministry of Public Health, and provided an in-depth perspective of these programs, as well as the Ministry’s role.

Turkey’s Regional Perspective on COVID-19 Pandemic

This webinar focused on Turkey’s perspective in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Dr. Rumeyza Kazanciolgu, professor of Nephrology and rector of Bezmialem Vakif University, discussed the experience of Turkish healthcare providers with COVID-19. She provided an overall description of the preparedness of the Turkish Ministry of Health and the measures that were implemented. She also touched upon the progression of the pandemic in the country and how Bezmialem Vakif University prepared for and is dealing with the pandemic.

UAE’s Regional Perspective on COVID-19 Pandemic

This webinar focused on the United Arab Emirates (UAE) perspective in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Dr. Adil Sajwani, Family Medicine Specialist with the Ministry of Health and Prevention (MoHAP), proactively on the frontline, presented the UAE’s Ministry’s response, tests conducted among citizens and residents, local effort and resilience, and their plans to intensify screening in order to mitigate the spread of the virus.

Kuwait’s Regional Perspective on COVID-19 Pandemic

This webinar focused on the Kuwaiti perspective in response to COVID-19. Ms. Yasmine Rifai, who is part of the Kuwait Public Sector Lead Crisis & Resilience Team with Deloitte & Touche (M.E.), proactively on the frontline to support the government of Kuwait in response to this pandemic, shared the methodology of their response phase and anticipated recovery phase. She also touched on other local initiatives that Deloitte Middle East is working on to help the Kuwaiti government mitigate the spread of COVID19 in the country and protect those among whom are most vulnerable to this disease.

Lebanese Regional Perspective on COVID-19 Pandemic

This webinar focused on the Lebanese perspective in response to the COVID-19, presented by Dr. Georges Ghanem, Chief Medical Officer of AAHCI MENA member, Lebanese American University Medical Center - Rizk Hospital. Dr. Ghanem, addressed Lebanon's overall readiness, response, and anticipated recovery plans. He reviewed efforts to mitigate the spread in the country and protect those who are most vulnerable to this disease.

Webinar Series: The Dynamics of Research in an Academic Health Center

Medical Information Retrieval: Basics

This webinar focused on the scientific method to solve problems by searching resources such as PubMed and Beyond PubMed. The aim was to retrieve information from reliable resources on the internet. The webinar covered the basic techniques for efficient searching of the health literature. Specialists are no longer expected to know everything even in their specialty, but they are expected to know how to effectively find information as and when their patients need it. View the recording here. The webinar was presented by Layal Hneiny, MLIS, MPH-HMP, BSc-Chem, Medical and Health Sciences Librarian at the American University of Beirut.

Scientific Publishing

The main objective of scientific publishing is for researchers and academicians to share their knowledge and results with peers so that research and development can progress. During this webinar, members will learn the different types of scientific publications, the publishing process in scientific journals, the major index databases, and the statistical evaluation of bibliographical data including journals and researchers.

Building the Capacity for Clinical Research in an Academic Health Center

The American University of Beirut (AUB) established the Clinical Research Institute (CRI) to support and promote innovative clinical research and collaborative activities. This presentation will review the capacity building programs as well as the different units and centers established to achieve these goals. The presenter will discuss the challenges, opportunities, and lessons learned.

Other Webinars

Online Teaching and Faculty Development

AAHCI MENA regional office host, American University of Beirut Medical Center (AUBMC), held a Webinar on “Online Teaching and Faculty Development” during COVID-19. Since the pandemic, many instructors and institutions have shifted to deliver their courses online, and the need for quality online instruction is not going away anytime soon. This Webinar included perspectives in the region on recommended approaches, challenges, and lessons learned to the blended instruction of continuing medical education in this time. As medical education moves through a period of great change, this webinar provides valuable resources, including a US-approach.

COVID-Free Hospital: How to do it?

AAHCI MENA Member, Sidra Medicine, is working closely with Qatar’s Ministry of Public Health and Hamad Medical Corporation (also an AAHCI Member) to ensure that they are supporting the nation and its people during this global pandemic. Sidra Medicine, as a healthcare institution, is also taking all precautions for their staff and patients and following the guidance and advice received from the Ministry of Public Health. Dr. Ibrahim Janahi, Chair of Medical Education, Designated Institutional Officer and the Division Chief of Pulmonology at Sidra Medicine, presented in this Webinar on how to make your hospital “COVID-Free”. A COVID-FREE facility is a hospital that has been quarantined throughout the pandemic – a stand-alone building that has never seen a COVID-19 case and is physically separated from those that care for patients with COVID-19.

Impact of COVID-19 on AHCs in the UAE

This webinar focused on the impact of the novel coronavirus in selected academic institutions and healthcare centers in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The UAE recognized the severity of the situation with COVID-19 early on and responded proactively. Dr. Juan Acuña from Khalifa University College of Medicine and Health Science discussed the implications of research done and tools used during the COVID-19 pandemic at selected academic institutions and healthcare centers in the United Arab Emirates.

Humanism, Technology And The Physician Of Tomorrow: Everything Will Change!

The webinar discusses the impending radical transformation of medical and premedical education to prepare future doctors for practicing medicine in the 21st century. The outcomes and recommendations of the AAHCI-MENA regional meeting and the AAHC national meeting, held in Beirut and Chicago in 2018, were presented, as was the resulting proposals to transform medical and premedical curricula in the new era.

Research Challenges in the Middle East

The webinar gives a broad overview of research challenges facing academic health centers and systems located in and working with those in the Middle East. Presented by Ibrahim Janahi, MD, FCCP, FRCPCH, Chair, Medical Education, Division Chief, Pediatric Pulmonology, Sidra-Medicine, and Professor of Clinical Pediatrics, Weill Cornell Medicine, in Qatar

Portrait of Evolving Medical Applicant: Time for Action

The webinar is a direct reponse to last year's conference at AUB that discussed Medical Education, humanism technology, and the physician of the future. It discusses how shaping the physician of tomorrow should start within the premedical years.