Dubai – MENA Herald: INDEX Conferences & Exhibitions, a member of INDEX Holding, signed an agreement with the London Core Review. The agreement paves the way for INDEX Conferences & Exhibitions to hold the first edition of the Core Curriculum Review Course in Cardiothoracic Surgery in Dubai from 16-19 April 2016, in conjunction with its annual conference, the International Family Medicine Conference & Exhibition – IFM, scheduled to be held from 17-19 April 2016 in Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Center.

Dr. Abdul Salam Al Madani, Chairman of INDEX Holding, signed the agreement with Professor Abdallah Raweh, MD, PhD, Consultant Cardiac Surgeon UK, Vice-Rector of Ludes University, Switzerland, Director of Arab Countries London Core Review, at the headquarters of INDEX Holding in the city of Dubai. As per this agreement, INDEX Conferences and Exhibitions holds the exclusive rights for organizing this training program in the Middle East, North Africa, Korea, and China.

The importance of this agreement stems from the fact that it is the first time for this training program to be organized outside the United Kingdom. Prof. Abdallah Raweh, Director of Arab Countries Core Review, chose Dubai, United Arab Emirates, to be the first international city to host this training program, outside of UK. The London Core Review is located at the Royal College of Surgeons of England, London. The course comprises of lectures from the successful USA course as well as UK and European lectures relevant to syllabus and exam. The London Core Review faculty comprises of a mixture of UK and USA members bringing expertise in various disciplines.

The Dubai Core Review faculty have an immense wealth of expertise in cardiothoracic surgery and their delivery of the course materials is of impeccable standards by world-class speakers, namely from the USA, John Doty, M.D., Rafe Connors, M.D., William T. Caine, M.D., and Ulysse (Lee) G. McCann, M.D. – Intermountain Medical Centre, Salt Lake City, Utah and from the UK, Professor Abdallah Raweh, MD, PhD, Vice-Rector of Ludes University, Switzerland and Consultant Cardiac Surgeon in UK, Mr. Alex Shipolini FRCS (C-Th) – London Chest Hospital, Mr. Aziz Momin FRCS (C-Th) – St. George’s Hospital, Mr. John Edward Pilling and Mr. Kamran Baig FRCS (C-Th) – Guys & St Thomas Hospital.

Dr. Abdul Salam Al Madani, Chairman of INDEX Holding said: “Over the past years, INDEX Conferences and Exhibitions has been a major mediator and active partner in the medical training sector, not only in the UAE but also in the region. Moreover, INDEX Conferences and Exhibitions is today one of the most prestigious companies in the region, specialized in organizing medical and technical exhibitions and conferences. We are very pleased and positive about this exclusive agreement that aims at encouraging the transfer of medical and scientific knowledge and skills to doctors and specialists in the region. Moreover, this partnership will place Dubai on the map of international advanced medical training programs, adding more to Dubai’s list of local and global achievements and accomplishments.”

“I am confident that such advanced medical programs represent scientific added-value for physicians seeking to specialize in the field of Cardiovascular and Thoracic surgery,” said Dr. Al Madani. “Those programs emphasize the ability of INDEX Conferences & Exhibitions to act as a scientific platform to the achievement of a medical renaissance in the region,” continued Dr. Al Madani.

Prof. Abdallah Raweh, MD, PhD, Consultant Cardiac Surgeon, Vice-Rector Ludes University Lugano- Swiss, Director of Arab Countries Core Review, commented saying: “It brings me great pleasure to sign this agreement with INDEX Conferences and Exhibitions. I am quite confident this agreement will pave the way for holding a high-caliber cardiothoracic surgery training program outside London. Since its inception, the program has always been held in the UK. Now and for the first time, it will be held in the city of Dubai. By far, Dubai is among the few cities capable of attracting world-class medical events like this. This is mainly because of the many facilities available, and the support of the UAE government and leaders, to bring such global medical training programs to the UAE. Our decision to choose INDEX as our partner is based on its reputation and expertise in organizing such scientific conferences and events.”

The London Core Review program provides a comprehensive review of the core information required for surgeons preparing for competency written examination to qualify to practice Cardiovascular and Thoracic surgery. The extremely comprehensive course covers numerous topics delivered over 4 days. It conforms to the basic curriculum in thoracic and cardiovascular surgery recommended by the Thoracic Surgery Directors’ Association. Delegates who complete the 4-day event will receive credit hours. The London Core Review course is accredited with the Society for Cardiothoracic Surgery in Great Britain & Ireland.

The third edition of IFM will witness the participation of more than 45 professional speakers in a number of scientific sessions that will improve public health and address chronic diseases. The conference’s agenda this year includes 10 intensive scientific sessions and 4 workshops. The three days conference will touch upon pressing topics such as: Medical Tourism, Non Communicable Disease, Health Checks, Cardiovascular Disease in Primary Healthcare, Respiratory Disease in Primary Healthcare, How to Fight Against Obesity, Women’s Health, Mental Health, Leadership & Quality of Care at Primary Healthcare and Care for Senior Citizen

IFM is held under the patronage of his Highness Sheikh Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai, Minister of Finance and President of the Dubai Health Authority. IFM is organized annually by INDEX Conferences and Exhibitions – member of INDEX Holding. The event is supported by the UAE Ministry Of Health, Dubai Health Authority – DHA, International Hospital Federation – IHF, Health Ministers Council for Gulf Cooperation Council, Global Family Medicine Scientific Alliance, Anti-Smoking International Alliance, INDEX Healthcare Management, and Dubai Sports Council.