Sayyid Shihab bin Tariq bin Taimur al Said, Advisor to His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said and chairperson of The Research Council patronised over the three-day conference. It was organised by the Ministry of Health (MoH), represented by The Royal Hospital in cooperation with the Oman Medical Specialty Board (OMSB), Oman Medical Association along with a number of government and private health institutions.
The conference included a series of multidisciplinary conferences representing most of the specialties in The Royal Hospital. The conference reviewed the latest developments in medicine, drew upon regional and international expertise and learn about the newest techniques, medications and devices of the pharmaceutical companies.
Dr Qasim al Salmi, director of The Royal Hospital pointed out that in the past year, the hospital has witnessed new achievements, where it launched the National Hyperbaric Center, carried out many critical operations and modern services, activating the National Liver Transplantation Program, as well as activating the LEAN management programme and others.
Dr Salmi also added that such medical conferences are important events to enable Continuing Medical Education and an urgent need to expand knowledge and exchange experiences between the medical cadres, which contribute to providing safe and high-quality health services. Therefore, organising such an international conference is an opportunity for the health workers to participate and take advantage of.
Dr Bassim al Bahrani, chairperson of the organising committee of the conference said that 360 eminent local and international faculty from Australia, Bahrain, Canada, Egypt, France, Germany, Greece, India, Jordan, Italy, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, New Zealand, Pakistan, Qatar, Korea, Thailand, the UAE, the UK and the US deliberated on current topics of interest. Prof Ara Darzi, Lord of Denham, director of the Institute of Global Health Innovation at Imperial College London gave a lecture about innovation in patient safety. He also touched upon the current sultanate’s situation in the map of the world’s countries in terms of patient safety.
During three-day conference 18 workshops, 120 scientific sessions and 400 lectures including anaesthesia, critical care, medical responsibility, paediatrics, internal medicine, hyperbaric medicine, quality & patient safety, histopathology, oncology, nursing, gynaecology, pharmacy, general surgery, urology, radiology & molecular imaging, nuclear medicine, staff health & wellness, as well as administrative and financial affairs.
At the end of the ceremony, Sayyid Shihab also honoured the best scientific posters. In addition, Dr Ahmed bin Mohammed bin Obaid al Sa’eedi, Minister of Health inaugurated the exhibition of the pharmaceutical companies and medical devices and equipment.
A number of workshops related to the urology and scientific research were also held before the inauguration ceremony. Alongside the conference, a Medical Responsibility Seminar was also held over the last two days.