Monthly Archives: April 2015

Conference on New Challenges in Dentistry Held at College of Dentistry GMU

Dentistry Conference

College of Dentistry, a constituent college of Gulf Medical University organized the 7th Annual Dental Conference on New Challenges in Dentistry on the 24th April 2015 at GMU campus in Ajman. More than 125 dental doctors, healthcare professionals and students from all over UAE attended the conference. GMU Provost Prof. Gita Ashok Raj presented mementos to all the invited speakers.

Earlier in his welcome note, Prof. Mohamed Said Hamed, Dean College of Dentistry, GMU said that “the conference was a distinctive educational event with speakers from renowned institutions like Dubai School of Dental Medicine, University of Sharjah and College of Dentistry GMU”. We strive to maintain high standards of education and impart world class teaching and training to our students, he added. Prof. Abdel Wahab El Hamy, a senior practitioner from Dubai expressed his happiness of being a part of the conference. He said that the college is very active in its scientific activities, just as much as in the academic program that it offers. I am highly impressed with the college, he added.

The scientific session included state-of-the-art lectures delivered by experts from Dubai School of Dental Medicine, and other universities in UAE apart from the faculty from the College of Dentistry, GMU.

“Management of Oral & Maxillofacial Infections” by Prof. Mohamed Said Hamed, Dean & Professor of College of Dentistry & Professor of Oral Surgery,

College of Dentistry, GMU, “Shade Selection & Color Management in Esthetic Restorations” by Dr. Marianna Giantantzopoulou, Assistant Professor, Department of Clinical General & Specialized Dentistry, University of Sharjah,

“Adverse Drug Reactions in Oral Cavity” by Dr. Sura Ali Fouad Al-Bayati, Associate Dean, College of Dentistry, GMU, “Temporomandibular Disorders…….A Diagnostic Dilemma??” by Dr .Wael M. Talaat, Assistant Professor of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, University of Sharjah, “The Changing Field of Temporomandibular Disorders: What Dentists Need to Know?” by

Prof. Mohamed Jaber, Professor of Oral Surgery, Dubai College of Dental Medicine, Pulp Therapy in Primary & Young Permanent Teeth” by  Dr. Mawload Kowash, Associate Professor in Pediatric Dentistry, Dubai College of Dental Medicine, Complex Restorative Cases-Taking the Stress out of Treatment by Professor Samira Al-Salehi, Director of Endodontic Programme.

Hamdan Bin Mohammed College of Dental Medicine, “Update in Pediatric Dentistry from the UAE: The “Hall” Technique from Dundee to Dubai” by  Dr. Iyad Hussein, Assistant Clinical Professor in Pediatric Dentistry, Dubai College of Dental Medicine, “Soft Tissue Lasers in Periodontics” by Dr. Prabhu Manickam Natarajan, Assistant Professor in Periodontics, College of Dentistry, GMU and “Forensic Odontology” by Dr. Prathibha Prasad, College of Dentistry, GMU.

The conference was accredited by the Ministry of Health UAE for 8 CME Hrs and was organized by the College of Dentistry, as part of its professional development programs.

Thumbay Hospital to Host Mother’s Day Out on 2nd May 2015

Mom's Day out

Women’s Health Center at Thumbay Hospital, Dubai is organizing a special Mom’s Day Out on 2nd May 2015 at the hospital premises.

As part of our corporate social responsibility and community service, we have been holding Prenatal and Antenatal Classes for Pregnant women for the last five years in our hospitals in Ajman, Sharjah and Fujairah. This unique event is an extension of our pregnancy classes, which are very popular and have benefited over 2500 women till date, says Akbar Moideen Thumbay, Director Healthcare, Thumbay Group UAE. This will be a regular event at the hospital and we would like as many women as possible to take advantage of this event, he added. We hope that our desire to help expecting mothers to understand pregnancy and take necessary precautions will be successful.

Mom’s Day Out will include health, wellness and fun event for expecting, new and experienced moms. The event is offered free. The activities will include talks and interactive sessions, which will address all queries and misconceptions about pregnancy. Companies will demonstrate useful prenatal and antenatal products. Other products and items on display will be baby strollers, beauty products, nutritional supplements, organic mother and baby food, baby bags ‘n’ shoes, maternity clothes and accessories, baby and mother gifts, pregnancy and parenting books etc.

It is going to be very unique and a different experience for young, expecting and also for experienced mothers. Especially first time mothers will have lot of fun, workshops & talks, exhibition, eat & mingle, exercise demonstration, quiz and children play area, said one of the marketing team members of Thumbay Hospital. Expecting mothers can register for the special maternity packages at the event.

The event will also have gifts and prizes for all participants, beauty and makeup sessions, and ‘Fit & Fab’ contest. The contest has three categories for moms to be, new moms and experienced mothers (with children of 5 yrs and above). The contest details will be announced through the hospital website soon. There are exciting prizes on offer and the contest will also include sunshine face, beautiful hair and super smart mom categories. Eminent doctors and personalities will judge the contest, according to the organizers.

Dutch Healthcare Officials Visit Gulf Medical University

Dutch Healthcare Officials

Delegates from Health Holland visited the campus to explore possibilities for joint collaborative activities.

A high level delegation led by Vice Minister for the Dutch Ministry Economic Affairs, Maarten Camps and Director-General Enterprise and Innovation Bertholt Leeftink  discussed about joint cooperation for research, collaborative medical degree program, Summer Training Program, and Development of Short term courses with the academic leadership of Gulf Medical University, Prof. Gita Ashok Raj.

The delegation was briefed about the academic programs and activities of the university through a presentation and were later taken on a tour of the campus and appraised of the facilities and services on offer. The delegates have expressed high appreciation for the research activities being undertaken by the university. Later they met with the Founder President, Board of Governors Mr. Thumbay Moideen. They mentioned that the team would work out more details of collaboration and set further dialogue about joint activities and collaboration both in education and healthcare services. Mr. Moideen has assured the delegation of his fullest support in all the joint endeavors.

Mr. Jos Wetzels, Director of Business Development, City of Maastricht Health Campus, Dr. Thijs Spigt, Director Technology Transfer Office, Erasmus University Medical Center, City of Rotterdam, Dr. Paul Bilars, Managing Director Internal Medicine Division and Cardiovascular Research, Leiden University Medical Center, Mr. Jan Sikkema, Director Center for Development and Innovation, University Medical Center, City of Groningen.

The delegation was assisted by Prof. Dr. Jan Raaijmakers from the Top Sector of Life Sciences & Health at the Ministry of Economic Affairs, Mr. Niels van Leeuwen, Liaison Officer Life Science & Health and Mrs. Daphne Dernison, Senior Advisor Bilateral Relations as a representative of the Dutch Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport.

About Health Holland:

The Dutch Life Sciences & Health (LSH) sector is one of nine “top sectors” in the Netherlands. The top sectors are designated by the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs and are selected on their ability to contribute substantially to global societal challenges. Health-Holland is the top sector’s communication channel.

The top sector LSH entails a broad scope of disciplines, from pharmaceuticals to medtech, from healthcare infrastructure to vaccination. In order to realize its mission – vital citizens in a healthy economy – the top sector builds on the strengths of the Dutch Life Sciences & Health sector to address the biggest societal challenges in prevention, cure and care: improving the quality of life (vitality) while restraining the costs of healthcare. The top sector LSH initiates and stimulates multidisciplinary public private partnership (PPP) to valorize innovation. By attracting financial means, sharing best practices and the univocal Health Holland sector communication, the top sector boosts a productive infrastructure.

MedSim Olympics Concludes at Gulf Medical University


1st ever Medical Simulation Olympics organized by the Center for Advanced Simulation in Olympics, Gulf Medical University was won by GMC Hospital Ajman team. Such medical simulation olympics are conducted for the first time in entire region.

MedSim Olympics 2015 were held as part the first Annual Conference on Recent Trends in Clinical Skills and Medical Simulation organized by the Center for Advanced Simulation in Healthcare GMU on the 9th of April 2015. The preliminaries were held on the 4th of April. National Ambulance Abu Dhabi, Al Mafraq Hospital Abu Dhabi and GMC Hospital Ajman were the three teams who cleared the prelims and entered finals. Mafraq Hospital and National Ambulance won silver and bronze medals respectively.

The conference held for the first time by CASH was attended by more than 200 delegates from all over the country. His Excellency Dr. Yusuf Al Serkal, Assistant undersecretary Hospital Affairs MoH, was the Chief Guest and Thumbay Moideen Founder President Board of Governors GMU was the Guest of honor.

The finals were judged by Dr. Tim Kristensen, Denmark, Prof Guillaume Alinier, Qatar, Professor Robert O’Brien, Australia, Ms. Carrie Hamilton United Kingdom, Dr. Ayad Al-Moslih, Sharjah University and Prof. Manda Venkatramana, GMU Ajman. Prof. Gita Ashok Raj, Provost GMU gave away the prizes and trophies to the winners.

Ms. Zahra Al Hilali, Territory Director, Middle East & North Africa at American Heart Association who attended the conference and witnessed the Olympics said that she is highly impressed with the event and wished more such events to be organized in the country. MedSim Olympics is an excellent idea and having set the precedent, C.A.S.H can become the leaders in this field and hold many such scientific events in the region. She assured of complete support of AHA for all the educational activities undertaken by C.A.S.H.

One of the speakers Dr. Ayad Moslih felt that the idea of combining Simulation Olympics along with the conference is an Idea beyond excellence. He added that he had a very rich learning experience listening to international experts.

Some of the keynote talks delivered were Simulation – based Team Training – Implementing Best Practices in a Healthcare Setting by Dr. Tim Kristensen, Department of Pediatrics and Danish Institute for Medical Simulation, Herlev Hospital, University of Copenhagen, Integrating Simulation Across Undergraduate Health Professions Education by Prof. Manda Venkatramana, Director, CASH, Gulf Medical University, Ajman, UAE, Immersive Simulation in Advanced Life Support Training by Dr. Ayad Al-Moslih, College of Medicine, University of Sharjah, Sharjah, UAE, Trends in Interprofessional Simulation Learning by Prof Guillaume Alinier, Head of Research, HMC Ambulance Service, Doha, Qatar, Professor of Simulation in Healthcare Education, University of Hertfordshire, UK, Simulated Patients, Hybrid and Multimodal Simulation by Ms. Carrie Hamilton, Simulated Patient Lead, University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust and Trends in Research in Simulation based Medical Education by Professor Robert O’Brien, Clinical Education Fellow, University of Melbourne, Department of Medical Education.

All the visiting dignitaries later attended the first External Advisory Board Meeting for C.A.S.H. they have formulated strategies and plans to enhance the center to one of the leading simulation centers in the region.

Physical Therapy Training by GMC Hospital, Fujairah at Nour Arjaan by Rotana

Physical Therapy Training

GMC Hospital, Fujairah conducted “Physical therapy training” in Nour Arjaan by Rotana on 06.04.2015. The training was attended by 25 employees.

The Physical Therapy department at GMC Hospital, Fujairah provides a range of services by using therapeutic modalities, manual therapy techniques and tailor made exercises to maximize function in patients with a range of problems which includes:

  1. 1.       Musculoskeletal and Sports Rehabilitation
  2. 2.       Pediatric Therapy
  3. 3.       Neurological Rehabilitation
  4. 4.       Cardio-respiratory Physical Therapy
  5. 5.       Geriatric Rehabilitation

The main focus of training was to promote health fitness, body mobility and importance of stretching during short breaks while at work.

The Physiotherapy Department, GMC Hospital, Fujairah caters the needs of Geriatric age group, sorts men categorically for the people having knee pain, shoulder pain, muscular pain, Slip disc, Cervical spondylitis.

GMC hospital Ajman observes earth hour

Earth hour

As part of the CSR activity, GMC Hospital Ajman observed Earth Hour in its administrative wing. Akbar Moideen Thumbay Director Healthcare Thumbay Group participated in the event by joining a number of employees gathered at the hospital’s administrative building area to join millions of people around the globe in turning-off non-essential lights. Once the lights were switched-off, participants switched on hundreds of LED tea light candles to show their support for the environment. GMC Hospital took an active step in supporting a global activity that helps prevent

All the emergency and regular services at the hospital were uninterrupted. Akbar Moideen said ‘the main objective of celebrating Earth Hour is to raise awareness of the adoption of such practices which would contribute significantly to reduce wastage of energy and water consumption and cut emissions’. This is one hour the world unites in a stand against global warming

He also reiterated that energy consumption is one of the most effective factors to achieve objectives of the green economy of the UAE. Earlier in the day, senior administrative staff of the hospital made presentations and created awareness about the Earth Hour.

What was famously started as a lights-off event in Sydney, Australia in 2007 has grown to engage more than 7000 cities and towns worldwide. Today, Earth Hour engages a massive mainstream community on a broad range of environmental issues. The one-hour event continues to remain the key driver of the now larger movement.

With each passing year, Earth Hour is becoming more than just an hour, more than just an action: it is becoming a movement and a platform. Climate change is not just the issue of the hour; it’s the issue of our generation. To join this conservation initiative, organizations and individuals are being encouraged to participate by turning off unnecessary lights and appliances from 8.30pm to 9.30pm.