WCM-Q and HMC Heart Hospital team up for ECG course
Weill Cornell Medicine-Qatar (WCM-Q) and Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) Heart Hospital teamed up to deliver a practical course on the effective use of the electrocardiogram (ECG) to diagnose a variety of cardiovascular diseases.
The one-day course, which was aimed at physicians, nurses, students and other healthcare professionals, explained the basics of ECG use in clinical practice through lectures before the participants discussed clinical cases in small groups in order to understand how to apply the theory to practical situations. The participants learned how to identify changes in ECG readings and how to interpret said changes to identify dysfunctions such as atrial and ventricular arrhythmias, coronary artery disease, and electrolyte abnormalities.
The course, titled ‘ECG in Clinical Practice’, was directed by Dr. Mohamed Elshalzly, Assistant Professor of Medicine at WCM-Q, and Dr. Sajad Hayat, Consultant Cardiologist and Electrophysiologist at HMC Heart Hospital. In addition to Dr. Elshazly and Dr. Hayat, the expert speakers at the event were Dr. Nidal Ahmad Asaad, Dr. Nora AlJefairi, Dr. Shahul Hameed Ahammed Khan, Ms. Safia Bibi Sayyed GulKarim, Dr. Mohammed Mohsen, Dr. Islam Elgendy and Ms. Samira Nasrallah.
Dr. Elshazly said: “The ECG is a powerful diagnostic tool that provides great benefits to healthcare professionals and patients in the identification of many forms of cardiovascular disease. All of us at WCM-Q are extremely gratified to have been able to work closely with the expert health professionals at HMC Heart Hospital to help share the most up-to-date guidance on the use of this critically important piece of equipment with the participants. I have no doubt that the knock-on benefits to patients from this course will be very positive and very significant.”
The course was coordinated by the Division of Continuing Professional Development at WCM-Q and was accredited locally by the Ministry of Public Health’s Department of Healthcare Professions – Accreditation Section and internationally by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME).