Dubai Healthcare City
Region’s first CAM council established

Dubai Healthcare City, has set up a Complementary & Alternative Medicine (CAM) Council, the first of its kind in the Middle East.

The council set up by DHCC’s Center for Planning and Quality (CPQ) is led by prominent alternative medicine practitioners, responsible for licensing CAM professionals under specific rules and regulations as well as its other regulatory functions.

Dr Muhadditha Al- Hashimi, CEO, Dubai Healthcare City, said: “The establishment of the Complementary & Alternative Medicine Council is our response to global trends, reflecting the growing popularity of alternative medicine and traditional practices.

The council also demonstrates DHCC’s efforts to operate on the global level as an efficient and leading market player.” Dr Ayesha Abdullah, CEO, Center of Healthcare Planning and Quality (CPQ), said: “The use of these alternative therapies is growing.

A survey by the US-based National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, states that in 2002, more than 36% of Americans used one form or the other of alternative therapy during the preceding 12 months, while nearly 50% had used CAM therapies at some point in their lifetime.”

The results of a market survey conducted recently in Dubai generated almost identical numbers at 28% and 48% respectively in 2006.

The same study concluded that 55% of the public prefer the implementation of formal regulations for CAM to increase public confidence and wider use. “There is an obvious need to regulate this market to assure quality and safety. CPQ is proud to be the pioneer in developing CAM regulations with the establishment of the CAM Council, which is unique to this region,” said Dr Abdullah.

The five-member council overseeing DHCC’s CAM is led by Dr Andrew Weil as chairman of the Council, it will include Teresa Hale, Dr David Riley, Dr Nishiti Joshi and Dr Andrew Jeon, as its members.

Dr Andrew Weil is one of America’s leading practitioners in CAM. He is director of the Program in Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona. He is also the founder of the “Foundation for Integrative Medicine” and editor-in-chief of the journal Integrative Medicine. He has authored several books on the subject.

Teresa Hale is a nutritionist, and the founder and managing director of the renowned Hale Clinic in London. Dr David Riley specialises in Homeopathy, and is a clinical associate professor at the University of New Mexico Medical School.

He is also the editor-in-chief of Explore, a journal of science and healing. Dr Nishiti Joshi is a CAM specialist and the founder of the renowned Joshi Clinic in London, and Dr Andrew Jeon is the executive vice-president and CEO of Harvard Medical International.

US medical licensing exam granted to DHCC

Dubai Healthcare City’s (DHCC) regulatory body, the Centre for Health Care Planning and Quality (CPQ), has been granted permission to conduct Step 3 of the United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE).

This is the first time the examination will have been conducted outside the United States. USMLE’s Composite Governing Board, the National Board of Medical Examiners and the Federation of State Medical Boards have all given their approval for the move.

The USMLE is a premier examination that is recognised internationally as the gold standard for medical licensing. The provision to conduct this examination in Dubai will make it possible for CPQ to further certify the quality of physicians licensed within DHCC.

Cosmetic surgery hospital opens

The American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery Hospital (AACSH) has officially opened at Dubai Healthcare City (DHCC).

The launch coincided with the first ‘World Congress on Liposuction Surgery and Advances in Cosmetic Surgery’ in the UAE (29-31 October 2007). The AACS Hospital, the only international accredited operator in the region, provides wide ranging services incorporating modern techniques in cosmetics.

It will also include the AACSH Educational Centre, providing internationally accredited surgical and non-surgical workshops, affiliated to the AACS in the US. The hospital has private entrances to ensure the confidentiality of all patients.

Other facilities include five fully equipped modern operating theatres, post surgical private recovery rooms, with deluxe presidential and royal suites providing a range of services under the personalised care of a team of specialised nurses and AACSH surgeons.

Dental Institute – first for region

Dubai Healthcare City (DHCC), received applications for enrolment in the Boston University Institute for Dental Research and Education, at the FDI Annual World Dental Congress and Exhibition held in Dubai in October 2007.

The Middle East’s first post-graduate dental institute, located at the DHCC healthcare free zone, will offer degree programmes and aim to set new standards in dental research, education and specialised dental care.

Providing premium education to dental professionals in the region, the Boston University Institute for Dental Research and Education Dubai will offer a curriculum comparable to that of The Boston University School of Dental Medicine in the United States.

Specialists, trained in the US and senior faculty members of Boston University, will be delivering lectures and clinical demonstrations at the Institute. The Boston University Institute will offer degrees such as the Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study (CAGS) and the Master of Science (MSD) in various specialties.

The institute and the dental health centre will be serviced by a dental director and 20 full-time faculty and academic specialists. It will include around 50 students in training with about 20 graduates per year.

 Date of upload: 22nd Jan 2008

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