Posted on September 22, 2019

A workshop run by Weill Cornell Medicine-Qatar (WCM-Q) provided updates for Qatar Red Crescent Society (QRCS) physicians on the latest best practice in the diagnosis and management of chronic kidney disease.

The one-day workshop, which was offered on two separate days, was designed in collaboration with QRCS and aimed specifically at QRCS doctors, who frequently encounter chronic kidney disease when providing emergency or primary care to patients.

Two WCM-Q alumni who now work at Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) – Dr. Essa Abuhelaiqa, Nephrology & Dialysis Consultant, and Dr. Mohamad Alkadi, Nephrology Consultant – were the speakers at the event. They explained how to diagnose kidney disease, evaluate kidney function, prescribe medication, and provide education for patients on nutrition and self-management of their condition. The activity, which was coordinated by WCM-Q’s Division of Continuing Professional Development (CPD), also explained how to manage acute kidney injury, the stages of chronic kidney disease, the burden of kidney disease in diabetes, the effects of nutrition on kidney disease, and the criteria for referral of patients to kidney specialists.

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The course directors of the activity were Dr. Mohamed Al-Abiad, QRCS Head of Medical Supervision, Medical Affairs Division, and Dr. Thurayya Arayssi, WCM-Q Professor of Clinical Medicine/Senior Associate Dean for Medical Education and Continuing Professional Development. Dr. Arayssi said, “The large and growing number of people with type-2 diabetes means that chronic kidney disease, which is a complication of diabetes, is becoming more common. We are delighted that we were able to work with Qatar Red Crescent’s extremely dedicated physicians to offer them the latest updates on the management of chronic kidney disease for the benefit of their patients. I am very grateful to our alumni, Dr. Abuhelaiqa and Dr. Alkadi, now of HMC, for returning to their alma mater to give us the benefit of their immense expertise and knowledge.”

The activity was accredited locally by the Qatar Council for Healthcare Practitioners -Accreditation Department (QCHP-AD) and internationally by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME). The workshop concluded with a case discussion, a question and answer session, and a wrap-up summarizing the key points covered in the workshop. Dr. Ghanem Al-Sulaiti, Director of the QRCS Training, Research & Development Center (TRDC), said, “We are very happy to collaborate with WCM-Q’s Division of Continuing Professional Development on this important learning activity, which will help our outstanding QRCS doctors to provide even better care for their patients.”