The “Hot Topics in Obstetrics and Gynecology” joint Sidra-Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (RCOG) medical conference officially opened in Doha yesterday, hosting more than 400 attendees. Developed as part of the Sidra Symposia Series, the aim of the event was to inform and educate the local and regional medical community, stimulating discussion with international experts about the future of obstetrics and gynecology and the profession’s development in the region.
Helping progress the profession in the Middle East, RCOG initiated discussion on plans to open its first chapter in the region and hold a regular regional meeting under the RCOG banner. RCOG President Dr. David Richmond FRCOG said, “As the population continues to grow and face complex healthcare needs, the region will see an unprecedented growth in healthcare demand in the coming decade. There is now an opportunity to link institutions throughout the region to help provide opportunities for training, collaboration and the promotion of women’s health. We look forward to continuing these discussions with our colleagues.”
Making an important contribution to professional recognition and growth of obstetricians and gynecologists in Qatar, RCOG also named 33 physicians to the coveted status of Fellow during a Fellows’ Admission ceremony yesterday. Fellowships are awarded to those who the RCOG Council considers to have contributed to the advancement of the science or practice of obstetrics and gynecology and furthered the interests of the specialty. Significantly, Dr. Lolwa Mohd AI Alansari CABOG, FRCOG, Senior Consultant of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Reproductive Medicine, Assistant Professor at Weill Cornell Medical College-Qatar was chosen as the first Qatari female clinician to receive the coveted honor.
A key theme emerging from the “Hot Topics” conference was the need for improved patient safety and access to related training for medical professionals in the region. Internationally recognized leaders in patient safety and practical applications in obstetrics and gynecology noted that when moving towards a culture of patient safety, it is crucial to train individuals as part of a team, build a culture of fairness and accountability that analyzes opportunities for improvement in systems, and stay away from focusing on individual faults, while introducing key elements like sound accreditation and quality programs.
“This has been an unprecedented event for the region with some of the world’s foremost experts joining us in Doha this week. The feedback and interest in our vision for the future of obstetrical and gynecological care Sidra and our peers wish to provide to patients in the region has been overwhelming and we are looking forward to formalizing next steps with RCOG for implementing some of the initiatives we discussed during the event,” said Sidra’s Deputy Chief Medical Officer Dr. Joachim Dudenhausen (pictured).