• 10/27/2015
    The Musculoskeletal and Rheumatology division of the Medicine Department at Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) will hold the 2nd Musculoskeletal Imaging Course from 29 October to 3 November at the Qatar Robotic Surgery Center at the Qatar Science and Technology Park – a member of Qatar Foundation for Science and Community Development.

    Dr. Azzat Khanjar, Senior Consultant of Rheumatology, and course organizer and director, said the course is aligned with the Corporation’s efforts in facilitating first-class medical education opportunities for rheumatologists and in enhancing their efficiency, therefore contributing to HMC’s ultimate goal of providing the safest, most effective and most compassionate care to all its patients.

    “Following the great success of the course last year, we have tailored this year's program to ensure maximum benefit to participants, including HMC rheumatologists from the Orthopedics, Orthopedic Surgery and Radiology departments. This group will benefit from the course because the care they provide to patients overlaps with the services being provided by the Musculoskeletal and Rheumatology division,” noted Dr. Khanjar. He said participants from GCC countries will also take part.

    According to Dr. Khanjar, the course will be divided into two parts. The first part will feature a four-day ultrasound training program for rheumatologists through lectures, demonstrations and hands-on training by internationally-acclaimed trainers. The lectures will be conducted at two levels: basic level for beginners in ultrasound practice and intermediate level for rheumatologists who are already practicing ultrasound and would like to improve and upgrade their skills.

    The second part will feature an internationally-renowned rheumatologist at a two-day training program on musculoskeletal magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). Radiologists specialized in the diagnostic imaging of the musculoskeletal system from HMC will also give lectures on methodologies of reading MRI that would assist clinicians in making proper diagnosis.
    For the first time in the region, this year's course will include training sessions on vasculitis and parotid gland ultrasound imaging, in addition to a hands-on workshop on ultrasound guided injection techniques. The last day activities will see a focus on the best practices in the evaluation of musculoskeletal and rheumatoid arthritis cases, Dr. Khanjar added.

    Certificates of attendance will be distributed to participants and letters of appreciation handed to lecturers at the end of the course. The course organizing committee thanked HMC's management, the Medical Education Department and sponsors for their contributions to the success of the course.