3rd Edition of Emergency Medicine Conference

Dubai: Held under the Patronage Sheikh Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Award for Medical Sciences, His Excellency Humaid Mohammed Obaid Al Qatami, and Chairman of the board of the Dubai Health Authority inaugurated the 3rd edition of the Emirates Society of the Emergency Medicine Scientific Conference 2016 (ESEM 2016).

ESEM 2016 is an annual congress organised by Emirates Society of Emergency Medicine with support from leading government and private institutions including Ministry of Health, Dubai Health Authority, Emirates Medical Association and Dubai Corporation for Ambulance Services. The event kicked off on 7th December at Intercontinental Hotel, Festival City, Dubai and will run till 10th December 2016.

His Excellency Humaid Mohammed Obaid Al Qatami, Chairman of the Board and Director-General of the Dubai Health Authority said: “Emergency Medicine is a relatively very new specialty, having been around for only less than sixty years. So, for a country that is celebrating its 45 years marking the unification of its seven emirates and the founding of the country, it gives me great pride to acknowledge that Dubai Health Authority today runs the region’s largest fully integrated Emergency Department across Emirates.”

His Excellency further commented in his inauguration speech that Dubai Health Authority is pushing and advocating its 2016-2021 strategy to have the highest priority in creating a healthy standard of living in Dubai that is consistent with the standards of modern lifestyle living in the city. There is a rising awareness on the importance of proper Emergency Medical Services and the goal is to give the community members the confidence in providing medically-approved and accepted health care attention and services whenever they may unexpectedly find themselves in a crisis.

Following the opening ceremony, His Excellency Humaid Mohammed Obaid Al Qatami toured the exhibition area, where he was introduced to the companies showcasing the latest advancement in the emergency medical services. His Excellency was delighted by hearing from the exhibitors about the latest simulation machines, training cadavers and equipment used to help healthcare professionals to attain the required emergency skills.

Dr. Saleh Fares, President, Emirates Society of Emergency Medicine (ESEM) and Chair of Conference said: “ESEM has helped reshape the UAE’s perspective of Emergency medicine as a whole. We as a society have worked closely to tighten training and clinical practice protocols and have successfully advocated broader recognition and support for emergency medicine from both the people and the government of United Arab Emirates. Scientific activities like ESEM conference and others have helped in improved clinical outcomes and our collaborative efforts are seen in terms of decreased mortality and morbidity in many emergency diseases, such as trauma, acute coronary syndrome and others.”

Dr. Nadeem Qureshi, Head of the Scientific Committee of ESEM Conference also commented on this occasion: “This conference has been carefully designed to provide an innovative and comprehensive overview of the latest developments in Emergency Medicine, primarily in the areas of pre – hospital care, Trauma, Toxicology, Disaster Medicine, Pediatric EM, Emergency Nursing, Research updates and many more. We are also proud to continue improving ESEM’s special tracks like “pick a clue” and the “fulcrum” debates which have been a great success.”

More than 1000 medical professionals from all across the globe, dealing with the complex nature of emergency medicine; engaged in pre-hospital, in-hospital or inter-hospital emergency medical care and disaster planning have gathered in Dubai to attend this conference. ESEM is now widely accepted within healthcare community as an important platform for professionals to exchange expertise and knowledge about the advances and innovations in Emergency Medicine. This conference not only empowers physicians, residents, nurses and paramedics but also raises the level of emergency medical care in the UAE.

The main conference is supplemented by nine exclusive workshops for delegates related to radiological emergencies, wound management, neurovascular emergencies, and disaster preparedness for hospitals, trauma and basic emergency ultrasound course, dental and other. These scientific topics are being presented by more than 103 local and international experts and conference provides delegates with up to 26 CME approved hours by the Ministry of Health and Prevention.

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About The Emirates Society of Emergency Medicine (ESEM)

ESEM is a group of Emergency Medicine Physicians who got together to start the society aiming to reach out to all physicians, nurses and paramedics practicing Emergency Medicine across the UAE. The society’s vision is to be the frontline of Emergency Medicine in the UAE and the region.

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December 9, 2016

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