How to know about forthcoming Medical Conferences in Jordan? معرفة مواعيد المؤتمرات الطبية التي ستعقد في الأردن

As a medical student, I found it very hard to discover about forthcoming medical conferences in Jordan. The website of Jordan Medical Association, unfortunately, doesn’t provide this service.

It turned out that there is a Jordanian website that keeps track of the Medical conferences that are to be held in Jordan. This service is provided by a Jordanian Medical Magazine. This magazine, as they describe themselves in this page, are the “only specialized Medical Magazine in Jordan”. Their magazine is very interesting and is always beautifully designed. I sent a them a message on their facebook group and was sent the following link:

http://www.jo-medicalpages.com/gallery2.php

معرفة مواعيد المؤتمرات الطبية التي ستعقد في الأردن

 لمعرفة المؤتمرات الطبية التي ستعقد في الأردن. لا تتوجه إلى موقع نقابة الأطباء الأردنية لأنهم لا يقدمون هذه الخدمة. على العكس، توجه إلى هذه الصفحة في موقع مجلة طبية أردنية بعنوان: “الصفحات الطبية الأردنية”. الرابط موجود في الأعلى.

 

:تحديث 27-06-2013

حتى لو عرفت أن هناك مؤتمر سيقام بعد شهر أو شهرين؟ كيف ستتذكر ذلك؟ من سيقوم بتذكيرك عندما يقترب موعد المؤتمر؟ ماذا لو تغير موعد المؤتمر؟

Event الآن يمكن لفيسبوك أن يقوم بتذكيرك تلقائيا بكل مؤتمر وذلك من خلال

:خاص بكل مؤتمر وذلك على صفحة خاصة على الفيسبوك أنشئتها لهذه الغاية

Medical Conferences in Jordan صفحة مؤتمرات طبية في الأردن

Medical Conferences in Jordan صفحة مؤتمرات طبية في الأردن

كيف يمكن أن تتلقى تنبيه من صفحة "مؤتمرات طبية في الأردن بمجرد أي ينزل إعلان أي مؤتمر جديد. قم بوضع إشارة صح كما في الصورة.

كيف يمكن أن تتلقى تنبيه من صفحة “مؤتمرات طبية في الأردن بمجرد أي ينزل إعلان أي مؤتمر جديد. قم بوضع إشارة صح كما في الصورة.

Medical Conferences in Jordan Facebook Page صفحة فيسبوك بعنوان مؤتمرات طبية في الأردن

www.facebook.com/MedicalConferencesInJordan

Elective course of clinical training in the USA: My horrible experience!

Elective Reqest- Jameel Khaleel Hijazeen - Mu'tah University*** This is a imaginary letter to a person who will enter my Blog and help me accomplish a dream of mine. Time is runnig out and this dream is most likely not going to be fulfilled… What is most important to me is that when other friends of mine have accomplished this dream, I will not be angry or feeling sorry, simply because I will have asked for help from all those whom I thought they could offer it! My blog is my last place to seek help! What I am requesting might be hard… yes… it is a DREAM! ***

Sir,

My name is Jameel Hijazeen. I am a 5th-year Medical student in Mu’tah University. In the period of June-August 2012, I am required by my faculty to do “two-months of clinical training in two of the major branches of medicine” (Please, to see the elective request, click on the resized image above).

Worldwide, the most advanced country in Medicine is undoubtedly the United States. What is more, if you are a doctor who is to be accepted for residency in the USA, one of the things that will tremendously support your CV is having “US experience”. Therefore, a dream of mine is to do my two months of clinical training in internal medicine in the form of an elective in the United States.

 

How did it all begin?

Starting from exactly 8 months ago, I started searching for how a Jordanian medical student from Mu’tah University can obtain such training.

Soon after my search started, I realized how expensive, complicated, and demanding is such a “dream” is. These are the main reasons:

  1. Most universitieshospitals require expensive application fees and training fees. What is ‘interesting’ is that your application fees are ‘non-refundable’ even if you are not accepted.

  2. Most universitieshospitals require having finished a USMLE step.

  3. Most universitieshospitals require TOEFL (not required if you had finished a USMLE step or are recommended as a good English speaker)

  4. Few universitieshospitals accept students from outside the US (Sometimes, an exception can be made if you are recommended).

  5. Few universitieshospitals acknowledge Jordanian universities. Even fewer universities acknowledge Mu’tah University.

  6. Applying for these universitieshospitals requires hours of papers filing, preparation, and sending.

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I asked older students who know about this issue, all of them summarized the way in which someone can be accepted into two: Pure luck or having someone recommending you for acceptance. Till today, two students in my batch have already obtained an elective via the second way (one in the USA and another in France).  Via the first way, not a single students of the 5th year in Mu’tah University has obtained an acceptance; How surprised am I!.

For the above reasons, I did not contact any universityhospital. As a result, I was left with the second option.

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Here is a list of the people I contacted:

# My faculty: No formal programs are available that are meant for sending faculty students to western countries. Nonetheless, certain efforts have been given. I deduced that because Dr. Omar Nafia Al-Ajarmeh, the vice dean, thankfully, contacted a certain University in the USA to accept some of Mu’tah students. In an email reply hanged on one of the boards in the faculty, a part of the response was, “Your university is not recognized by (certain accreditation committee)… Therefore, students from Mu’tah University cannot be accepted for electives in our university”.

# An uncle of mine: A thoracic surgeon in a western country since the 1980s. He had performed more than 4,500 operations. My uncle apologized and denied the presence of any friends of him in the US who could help. He advised me to seek help from my faculty doctors!

# Dr. Nabil S: An American-Jordanian doctor whom I met in a medical conference that was held in Amman. I took a list of the doctors who participated in that conference and showed them to another Uncle of mine to see if he knew anyone of them. For my huge surprise, he turned out to know the brother of this Dr. Nabil S. My uncle contacted his brother. Dr. Nabil, to my happiness, emailed me showing his readiness to help me. From the beginning, unfortunately, it was a hard road full of multiple obstacles!

The first obstacle that face me was that his hospital only accept students for obeserverships not for electives (It is enough to know that if you are an observer, you are never allowed to be in the hospital unless your sponsoring doctor is. What is more humiliating, you can never touch or simply talk to a patient). Reluctantly, I agreed. Do I have any other options so as to refuse this “great opportunity”?

Nevertheless, things got even worst. The doctor sent an acceptance for a two-month observership in family medicine; a branch which my faculty does not accept. So, I asked for the observership to be changed. Because I thought that I am going to remain under the supervision of the same doctor, I did not specifically talk about my wish to be accepted in the internal medicine department. As a result, I was accepted in the surgery department and at the same time, was told by an administrative in the hospital that I can only be accepted for one month… How worst can things be more than this? I emaild my complaints for two times… Dr. Nabil never responded!

# An American young Jordanian doctor: All my information about this doctor are from a blog that he has. Despite realizing how hard it is for a young doctor to recommend others for such a hard thing as an elective, and despite my little knowledge of him, I rudely contacted him. With a big heart, he showed readiness to help (as I expected). Unfortunately, the hospital where he works did not offer electives. At that point, I decided to bother him no more and so sent him no further requests. If my faculty, my relatives, and the friends of my relatives could not help, why would I bother a person that does not know anything about me to help?

The above is a list of the persons whom I contacted. I do not carry any bad feelings about them for not being able to help. On the contrary, whenever I talked to anyone about my elective, I felt ashamed because of my consuming their time and efforts!

 

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You might consider it a small favor, but with this “small” favor, you are changing the life of a doctor-to-be forever!… It is like the “small step” of Neil Armstrong:

“That’s one small step for [a] man, one giant leap for mankind”[1]

Neil Armstrong, 2:56 UTC July 21, 1969.

 

 

[1] Source: “Neil Armstrong”, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neil_Armstrong, retrieved: 07.02.2012.

Scientific Research in the Arab World: Reality or fiction?

imageLast year, during the period from June 26-30, I attended the 25th conference of NAAMA (National Arab American Medical Association) in Le Meridien Hotel in Amman. During the conference, I heard many Arab American doctors stressing the importance of Medical Research for medical students who want to pursuit their higher studies in the USA and other western countries.

Because of how much this subject was stressed, I went back to my faculty with the goal of starting a research in whatever field of medicine. I set up this goal only to be later on shocked by how unrealistic is such a goal!

Frankly speaking, my university curriculum does not require students neither to prepare nor to publish any medical research as part of their undergraduate studies. In the USA, on the other hand, it is a different story. Dr. Wael K. Al-Delaimy, an Iraqi-American professor told me during the same conference:

Dr. Wael K. Al-Delaimy

Dr. Wael K. Al-Delaimy

“In contrary to the situation in our Arab countries, before graduating, US students are required to prepare at least one research”

The above sad fact is the most important obstacle that faced me. Firstly, I will find hardship in finding a professor that will be available solely for the aim of helping me in doing a research. Secondly, the huge time that any student will spend in doing a research would not be compensated with marks. Certainly, this will affect the university marks of the students who will be subtracting time from studying their university curriculum and investing it in a research.

Dr. Aiman Hamdan, a Jordan Unviersity of Science and Technology graduate (second batch), who is now a cardiologist in the United States and certified with seven boards, had the following to say regarding this sad fact:

Dr. Aiman Hamdan

Dr. Aiman Hamdan

“During my University years in JUST, if my father knew that I am doing a research and not studying to get high marks, he would have KILLED me!”

Source: Dr. Aiman Hamdan said the above comment in a lecture he gave –with other Arab-American doctors- about studying in the USA in King Abdullah University Hospital in Irbid in June 2011 as part of the activities of NAAMA’s 25th conference.

Despite the hardship mentioned above, I enrolled in two researches; lucky me!

image“Finally,” I happily thought, “I will be doing what students in developed country are doing!”.  “But could this be a reality? Is that possible?” I found hardship in accepting this very happy piece of news. But at the end… Why should I not hope? How are students in Harvard university better than me?[3]

I felt like I was finally going to achieve something! I will not only be graduating with a certificate, but also, having mastered how to prepare and publish a research! I felt too proud of the notion of having my name on a published research in a medical journal. Can you imagine how important is this achievement?

imageMy happiness did not last long. The first research ended because we discovered that we were collecting “useless” data that no conclusions can be drawn from it [Update 09.04.2012: This was a wrong conclusion. Things went differently than I and my colleagues calculated… It is one of the times in which you are happy when your calculations turn out to be wrong! Read more!]

The second reserach was very succesfful. However, due to deduction of the amount of credit our supervising doctors will get from including us in the publication, I refused to be included in the publication “initially”. Still, the supervising doctor refused but to include us in the publication. “I have an enlightening plan!” The doctor said. “I came back from abroad with a main aim of letting you do what I was taught abroad”. Truthfully, this doctor is sacrificying a lot by including us in the publication. What he is doing would be normal where he studied abroad, but is the situation the same here in the Arab world? Do universities in the arab wrold care about scientific research? Do our universities provides incentives to both doctors and students to do scientific research?

Frankly speaking, it seems that we have a problem… a big problem… How did I come up with this conclusion? But most importantly, who is responsible?

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Every year, a report is published on the Academic ranking of World Universities (ARWU), commonly known as the Shanghai ranking. During the year 2011, the following statistics came out:

Universities that have been included in the top 500 world universities on the Shanghai ranking 2011:

Arab Universities[1]

Israeli Universities[2]

A. King Saud University (201-300)B. King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals (301-400)C. Cairo University (401-500) A. The Hebrew University of Jerusalem (57)B. Technion-Israel Institute of Technology (102-150)C. Tel Aviv University (102-150)

D. Weizmann Institute of Science (102-150)

E. Bar-Ilan University (301-400)

F. Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (301-400)

G. University of Haifa (401-500)

Total: 3 universities Total: 7 universities
Arab countries v.s. Israel

Arab countries v.s. Israel

To summarize the above table:
Israel, a country with less than 8 million people, has 7 universities among the top 500 universities in the world. While 22 Arab countries with 355 million people, have only 3 universities in the same list!

Finally, and again and again, the first step in solving any problem is to recognize its existence in the first place. Is there a problem in our universities in the Arab world? It is left to your judgment!

So… I belive it is too unfair to attribute the problem to a single doctor, a single university, or a single country! As you can read above, it is a problem of…

[1] “KSU ranked leading arab university by shanghai world rankings”, King Saud University, http://enews.ksu.edu.sa/2011/08/20/ksu-shanghai-world-ranking, retrieved: 05.02.2012

[2] Reuveni, R. “Israel’s Universities are among the 500 top universities in the world” http://thejewishpeopleandisrael-beesting.blogspot.com/2011/09/israels-universities-are-among-500-top.html, retrieved: 05.02.2011

[3] According to 2011 Shanghai Academic Ranking of World Universities, the world ranking of Harvard university is “1”!

شاهد الآن على اليوتوب شرح مادة التشريح في كلية الطب بواسطة الدكتور المصري أحمد مصطفى كمال Faculty of Medicine Anatomy Lectures by Prof. Dr. Ahmed M. Kamal on Youtube

هذه الأفلام التعليمية هي جزء من سلسلة كاملة للدكتور المصري أحمد كمال والتي تغطي كل (خطين تحت هذه الكلمة) متطلبات مادة التشريح في كلية الطب من سنة أولى حتى سنة ثالثة.

السلسلة  كاملة تتضمن الشرح تحت 7 مسميات: (Head & Neck, Upper Limb, Lower Limb, Thorax, Pelvis, Neuroanatomy, and Abdomen).

في أثناء دراستنا لمادة التشريح في كلية الطب في جامعة مؤتة – الكرك – الأردن، وذلك خلال سنة ثالثة ضمن موديول Module CNS، استفدنا كثيرا من هذه الأفلام. ومن ذلك الوقت، قمنا نحن، كدفعة سنة ثالثة للعام الدراسي 2009-2010، بالبحث عن الأفلام وتوزيعها على الطلبة.

أضع هذه الأفلام هنا دون أخذ أية موافقة من الدكتور أحمد كمال. السبب أن البحث في جوجل لا يدل على أية معلومات عن هذا الدكتور ناهيك عن أي وسيلة للإتصال به. ولكن بعد بحث طويل، وصلت إلى إستنتاج أن الدكتور أحمد متوفي! هل لديك أية معلومة عن الدكتور أحمد كمال؟ ماذا لو عاصر الدكتور أحمد كمال ظهور الـYouTube… أستطيع أن أتخيل حجم التغيير الذي سيحدثه لدارسي التشريح في كليات الطب العربية!

أضع هذه الأفلام أمام طلاب الطب العرب في كل الدول العربية وذلك بسبب الصعوبة البالغة التي واجهتني شخصيا في دراسة هذه المادة قبل التعرف على شروحات الدكتور أحمد كمال! كم كنت لأكون طالب طب “أفضل” لو حصلت على هذه الأفلام في السنة الأولى لدخولي كلية الطب!

قمت بالوصول إلى هذه الأفلام من خلال مشاركة في منتديات كلية طب جامعة عين شمس بواسطة العضو )أبـ البراء ـو(- شكرا جزيلا.
يمكنك الحصول على بقية هذه السلسة من خلال الدخول إلى مشاركته هذه: http://1aim.net/fourm/showthread.php?t=1654

# قام بتنزيل معظم هذه الأفلام من الإنترنت (أكثر من 2.5 GB) زميلي في كلية الطب ضياء حامد المبيضين – شكرا يا ضياء!

# عدد المقاطع الكلية في كل مجموعة (اضغط على  كل رابط للوصول إلى Playlist الأفلام المعنية في قناتي على اليوتوب):
1. عدد مقاطع الفيديو الكلية في شرح Upper Limb هو (107) مقطع.
2. عدد مقاطع الفيديو الكلية في شرح Lower Limb هو (156) مقطع.
3. عدد مقاطع الفيديو الكلية في شرح Thorax هو (52) مقطع.
4. عدد مقاطع الفيديو الكلية في شرح Abdomen هو (66) مقطع.
5. عدد مقاطع الفيديو الكلية في شرح Pelvis هو (51) مقطع (اليوتوب لا يتعرف على صيغة الأفلام في هذا الشرح فقط من كل السلسلة. لمشاهدة هذه الأفلام، الطريقة الوحيدة هي تنزيلها من المشاركة المذكور أعلاه في منتديات كلية طب جامعة عين شمس. طبعا، ستكون الأفلام غير مسماة بل مرقمة).
6. عدد مقاطع الفيديو الكلية في شرح Head & Neck هو (85) مقطع.
7. عدد مقاطع الفيديو الكلية في شرح Neuroanatomy هو (81) مقطع.

# المجموع الكلي للمقاطع هو: 598 مقطعا.

# كل المقطاع موجود في قناتي علي اليوتوب ما عدا مقاطع شرح الـPelvis للسبب المذكور أعلاه.

# وبالتالي، عدد المقاطع الموجودة في قناتي هو:  598-51= 547 مقطعاً

# لتنزيل كل مقطاع الفيديو هذه لمشاهدتها دون الحاجة إلى وجود إتصال بالإنترنت (offline)، إقرأ الموضوع التالي عن برنامج يمكننك من تنزيل أي قناة على اليوتوب كاملة بطريقة بسيطة ومختصرة.

# رابط قائمة التشغيل Video Playlist للأفلام على قناتي على اليوتوب:

http://www.youtube.com/user/jameeljo/playlists?sort=dd&shelf_id=8&view=50

Anatomy by Systems - Prof. Dr. Ahmed M. Kamal التشريح حسب الأجهزة - الأستاذ الدكتور أحمد مصطفى كمال

Anatomy by Systems – Prof. Dr. Ahmed M. Kamal التشريح حسب الأجهزة – الأستاذ الدكتور أحمد مصطفى كمال