• By Lee Aase

Mayo Clinic to hold first Middle East Healthcare Social Media Summit in Dubai

November 27, 2019

Mayo Clinic, a global leader in medical care, education and research, will bring the first Middle East Healthcare Social Media Summit to Dubai, United Arab Emirates, in December to promote safe and effective health-related use of social media.

American Hospital Dubai, a member of the Mayo Clinic Care Network, and Mohammed Bin Rashid University of Medicine and Health Sciences (MBRU), are cosponsors of the Summit.

The summit includes:

  • Conference Dec. 9-10
    This conference will feature several speakers from the UAE, as well as representatives from Saudi Arabia, Ireland, New Zealand and the U.S.
  • Optional preconference workshop
    This "Social Media Residency" workshop, which will be held Dec. 8, will provide advanced training and consultation for those interested in practical assistance in applying social media tools in their health-related work.

Mayo Clinic has hosted annual social media conferences in the U.S. since 2010. Mayo Clinic held its first international social media summit in Brisbane, Australia, in 2015. The Dubai summit, also designated #hcsmDXB19, will be the first such event in the Middle East.

Hospitals and health professionals are encouraged to use social media #hcsmDXB19

"Mayo Clinic is the No. 1 hospital in the United States and is the global leader among hospitals encouraging physicians and other health professionals to use social media," says Amer Sharif, M.B.B.S., Ph.D., vice chancellor of MBRU. "We are honored to host this Summit, and to help shape an agenda that reflects social media use in our region as well as best practices from Mayo Clinic’s global network of social media advocates."

Summit organizers met in early September at MBRU to plan the event.

Mayo Clinic also sponsors the Mayo Clinic Social Media Network (MCSMN), which offers resources, training modules and an online community for health care professionals interested in exploring and sharing best practices for using social media in their work. Events like #hcsmDXB19 provide opportunities for face-to-face interaction and cross-cultural sharing.

"We're gratified to have such strong cosponsors who have helped us develop an outstanding program for the summit,” says Farris Timimi, M.D., medical director for MCSMN. “They have identified speakers and panelists from the UAE, and with our international MCSMN members, as well as Mayo Clinic staff as faculty, our course will include diverse perspectives and a thought-provoking curriculum."

The summit is accredited by the Mayo Clinic School of Continuous Professional Development and participants may receive continuing education credit. Registration includes a one-year premium membership in MCSMN.

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About Mayo Clinic

Mayo Clinic is a nonprofit organization committed to innovation in clinical practice, education and research, and providing compassion, expertise and answers to everyone who needs healing. Visit the Mayo Clinic News Network for additional Mayo Clinic news and An Inside Look at Mayo Clinic for more information about Mayo.

About American Hospital Dubai

The American Hospital Dubai is a 254-bed, acute care, general medical/surgical private hospital with a multi-specialty physician group practice, designed to provide a high quality, American standard of healthcare to meet the needs and exceed the expectations of the people of Dubai, the UAE and the surrounding Gulf States.

The American Hospital Dubai became the first hospital in the Middle East to be awarded JCI accreditation in May 2000 and has successfully maintained its accreditation seven times. The Laboratory of the American Hospital Dubai was the first private lab in the Middle East to earn accreditation by the College of American Pathologists (CAP) and was accredited for the ninth consecutive time in 2017.

In June 2016, the Hospital became the inaugural Middle East member of the Mayo Clinic Care Network.

About Mohammed Bin Rashid University of Medicine and Health Sciences (MBRU)

With a mission to advance health in the UAE and the region through an innovative and integrated academic health system, Mohammed Bin Rashid University of Medicine and Health Sciences (MBRU) offers undergraduate and postgraduate degrees through its colleges, Hamdan Bin Mohammed College of Dental Medicine (HBMCDM), The College of Nursing and Midwifery, and the College of Medicine.

The College of Medicine offers undergraduate and postgraduate programs, the Bachelor of Medicine Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) and a Master of Science in Biomedical Sciences. The Hamdan Bin Mohammed College of Dental Medicine (HBMCDM) offers a range of specialty postgraduate dentistry programs, in Endodontics, Orthodontics, Pediatric Dentistry, Prosthodontics and Periodontics.  The College of Nursing and Midwifery offers two postgraduate programs, a Master of Science in cardiovascular nursing and a Master of Science in pediatric nursing. The University’s drive to innovate and enhance healthcare is mirrored in the faculty’s dedication to research with MBRU topping the national average in terms of impact and quality in several indicators.

MBRU is an inclusive educational institution, comprising a diverse faculty and student body featuring more than 32 nationalities. The highly experienced faculty and advanced facilities provide medical students with early clinical exposure from year one, and extensive clinical training to postgraduate dentists, in line with the UAE Centennial 2071 to develop education with a focus on advanced technologies.

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