Doha to host Excellence in Paediatrics meet in 2013

November 19, 2012 - 4:54:41 am

Dr Edward Ogata (centre), Chief Medical Officer, Sidra Medical and Research Centre; Dr Dimitri Christakis (second left), Chairman, Excellence in Paediatrics (EiP) after signing an agreement for Sidra to host Excellence in Paediatrics Conference, at a function held at the Sidra headquarters in Doha yesterday. Kyrakos Griveas (left), of EI Congresses and Communications UK; Irette Ferreira (second right), Sales Manager, Qatar National Convention Centre; and Khalid Al Mohannadi (right), Communications Project Director, Sidra are also seen. Salim Matramkot

By Isabel Ovalle

DOHA: Qatar will hold the Excellence in Paediatrics Conference from December 4  to 7, 2013. Over 3,000 health professionals from 98 different countries will gather for this meeting hosted by Sidra Medical and Research Center. Dr Edward Ogata, Chief Medical Officer at Sidra, and Dr Dimitri Christakis, a US-based pediatrician and Chairman of Excellence in Paediatrics, signed the agreement yesterday to organise the event, that will take place at the Qatar National Convention Center.

The CMO of Sidra said: “We are very proud to be hosting this event in 2013 and look forward to working with the Excellence in Paediatrics Institute (EIPI) to make it an outstanding success. We are particularly excited about sharing our vision for Sidra with those visiting Qatar, and having the opportunity to showcase some of the innovations that will help to make Sidra a beacon of excellence in pediatric care”. About the partnership with Sidra, the chairman of EIPI said : In 2013, the Excellence in Paediatrics Institute will make the Qatar conference one of the most exciting and innovative in the world”. 

More than 90 top academics will take part as speakers in this event. In addition, there will be 10 workshops-interactive case studies and 80 bursaries for clinicians from the developing world to participate in pre-conference workshop and attend the congress, among other activities. 

The EIPI emerged from the Excellence in Paediatrics Conference to attend pediatric academics and healthcare professionals. Operating on a nonprofit basis, EIPI provides medical education to a global network of over 60,000 providers. The fourth edition of the Excellence in Paediatrics Conference will take place this year in Madrid. When this event is closed, organisers will start planning Doha event which will address the particular issues that affect this region.

Ogata, who took over as CMO of Sidra in July, added that the construction of the building that will house this new hospital is “in active mode”, while the recruitment of the senior medical staff is being finalised. Sidra will have seven clinical departments: Paediatrics, obstetrics and gynecology, surgery, anesthesia, radiology, pathology and psychiatry.  According to Doctor Ogata, Sidra is doing especially well in the recruitment of staff for three of these seven departments. So far, over 100 professionals have participated in the screening process after applying for a position.The Peninsula