Posted on June 16, 2011

As part of the efforts to improve the quality of care for patients in Qatar, Hamad Medical Corporation and Qatar Robotic Surgery Centre started a collaborative surgical program. Eighty two residents from HMC different surgical divisions including General Surgery, Pediatric Surgery, Urologic Surgery, Thoracic Surgery and OB/GYN celebrated on June 15 the successful completion of their Basic Laparoscopic Skill Course (BLSC) that started a year earlier.

QSTP and HMC have joined forces to design and organize a post graduate surgical training course of a high international standard to train surgeons from the different surgical residency programs in HMC. The BLSC provides a solid introduction to laparoscopic surgery, or minimally invasive surgery, and its basic skills which would yield a positive outcome for the patients taken care by these doctors. This should lead to shorter hospital stay, smaller surgical incisions and most importantly increased patient safety and better outcome.

Dr. Tidu Maini, QSTP Executive Chairman and Science and Technology advisor explained, “We highly value our partnership with HMC, and we are pleased to be working with their surgeons to make this training possible. Whether through robotic or laparoscopic surgery, it is very impressive to see HMC take the initiative of using technology and advanced surgical techniques to better serve their patients and improve their surgeons’ skills. I believe technology will be a key factor in the future of medicine, and HMC is already on that path. The mission continues to be serving to the country and focusing on programs that will have a local impact. QRSC training programs are strongly rooted in local practice and clearly answer the needs of Qatar and the region, while upholding international standards of quality.”

Laparoscopic techniques have become an integral part of the operative management in virtually every specialty of surgery. The well structured program started in June 2010 with 6 courses of training the trainers followed by 14 courses targeting 82 surgical residents that completed by April 2011.

Dr. Hanan Al Kuwari, HMC Managing Director stated; “The modern era of technological advancement in medical education has left no place for students and surgeons to train on humans. Training on the basic surgical procedures should start on simulators and animals before embarking on hands-on training in operating rooms”.

“Providing high quality services with excellent records of patients’ safety is the main goal of our organizations”, she added. “The way of achieving this should start with the proper training of our staff and students utilizing up-to-date technology. Laparoscopy has become a standard surgical approach all over the world; HMC has well established laparoscopic surgical services through its surgical specialties. This course is an excellent example of a well structured program to achieve specific goals. Training such a high number of doctors within ten months is really admirable. We value the dedicated team work, efforts and persistence of the joint team (HMC & QRSC) in their endeavor to devolve surgical technology in Qatar. Our gratitude goes to QRSC and QSTP for their fundamental role in realizing this goal” Dr. Hanan emphasized.

This course is the outcome of dynamic team work between 30 skilled HMC experienced surgeons and QRSC technical staff. BLSC is the starting point in the training of Surgeons to build up their skills in minimally invasive surgery (MIS). This training program will be followed soon by intermediate and advanced courses that will include animal Lab training.