US-based Stryker, a global orthopedic implants and medical equipment provider, visited Gulf Medical University (GMU) on Feb 4, 2017 to organize a workshop on advanced hip replacement surgery titled, ‘Hip Replacement: Primary and Revision Course’. More than 12 leading Middle Eastern surgeons participated in the workshop organized by leading international orthopedic surgeons, Professor Michael Nogler from the Medical University of Innsbruck (Austria) and Professor Mohammad Ghazavi from the Scarborough Hospital (Toronto, Canada).
Speaking about the workshop, Prof. Hossam Hamdy, Chancellor, GMU, said, “We are delighted to work with Stryker to host this unique platform that provides an opportunity to fine-tune the knowledge and skills of medical professionals in the UAE and GCC countries. Gulf Medical University’s Surgical Training Center is equipped with the latest technology and has ten surgical platforms providing advanced surgical training in all the surgical specialties. Today’s training course is one of the top programs offered and supervised by leading international orthopedic surgeons from Canada and Austria.”
The extensive workshop began with an exclusive demonstration on fresh frozen cadavers, with two professors showcasing innovative new surgery techniques that allow patients to experience lesser pain, quicker recovery and improved mobility. Meanwhile, the participating surgeons from the Middle Eastern hospitals were given an opportunity to interact with the surgical team and seek answers to their queries, as the surgeries progressed.
On selecting GMU as the venue to host the program, Violeta Velef, Marketing Manager Middle East of Stryker said: “Our choice of GMU for this training program is largely due to the high-end cadaver lab facility here, which is quite rare in the region. Many universities do not have cadavers for the students. We firmly believe that trainings provided in cadaver labs are the best way to teach surgical techniques. I want to thank Gulf Medical University for hosting us here. We have done several activities in association with GMU, in the past two years, and all our guests have given excellent feedback on the facilities here. This is one of the reasons we always look forward to collaborate with the University.”