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B'Here Qatar 2013

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Country : Qatar

Year-on-year Qatar grows and diversifies in line with the National Vision 2030. This year’s publication is nearly 400 pages, reflecting the extraordinary transformation of the country.....

01 Jan 2013 09:13 AM 6 Read More...

Real Estate-Qatar 2013

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Sector : Real Estate Country : Qatar

In this section: Back to the Boom Years- A Healthy Market- The Pearl-Qatar: An Island Home at the Riviera Arabia- Medina Centrale: The Beating Heart of The Pearl- Qatar- Close Up with Ebrahim Al-...

01 Jan 2013 05:23 AM 4 Read More...

ICT-Qatar 2013

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Sector : ICT Country : Qatar

In this section: Speeding into the Information Age- The Broadband Bridge to Tomorrow’s Society- Close Up with Dr Ahmed Elmagarmid- Advancing the Arabic Language Online...

01 Jan 2013 01:10 AM 4 Read More...

Transport and Infrastructure-Qatar 2013

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Sector : Transport & Infrastructure Country : Qatar

In this section: Taking Off Close Up Akbar Al Baker The Future Track Qatar Promotes Sustainable Mobility Solutions A New Maritime Hub...

01 Jan 2013 05:21 AM 3 Read More...

Education-Qatar 2013

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Sector : Education Country : Qatar

In this section: Laying the Foundations for Future Generations- Education First: Fostering Global Citizenship- Close Up with Prof Sheikha Abdulla Al-Misnad- Supporting Youth Employment- Close Up with ...

01 Jan 2013 05:21 AM 3 Read More...
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Qatar’s energy acumen spells prosperity at home and stable prices around the world

Sector : Energy Country : Qatar

Qatar’s gas reserves are estimated at more than 25 trillion cm, equivalent to 14% of the world total In less than a decade, Qatar became the most important force for maintaining global security and pr...

01 Feb 05:01 AM 27 Read More...

Making Doctors Human: The Medical Humanities in Qatar and the Gulf

Sector : Education Country : Qatar

Medical humanities attempts to address the sociological, economic, philosophical and ethical issues that doctors face Humanities and arts may possess their own healing powers Two years ago I rushed into the living room to find my Aunt clutching her chest and wheezing. “Auntie, where is your medication?” “Oh, I threw that out,” she replied between wheezes. “I didn’t like that Doctor,” she continued. “I’m not going to take his medicines.” Similar scenes are played out across the world every day. We ask doctors to find out why we are sick, and to prescribe the proper medication. But do we need to like them? And they to like us? A growing body of evidence does indicate, in fact, that given two doctors with the same technical skills, a more personable doctor can foster better health outcomes. A humane doctor is essentially a better practitioner. In order to develop more human-oriented physicians, an emerging field called medical humanities is increasingly being integrated into medical education internationally. The discipline attempts to address the sociological, economic, philosophical and ethical issues that doctors must face outside of the more technical aspects of medicine such as diagnosis, prognosis, and therapeutics. Traditionally this aspect of medicine has been called ‘bedside manner’ and was taught by apprenticeship. Medical students would shadow experienced doctors and watch how they interacted with patients. In the Gulf, Qatar has been in the forefront of medical humanities education initiatives, beginning at Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar (WCMC-Q) in 2002. The Cornell program teaches one course and one module in medical ethics, the most widespread medical humanity. In addition, communication skills, empathy, professionalism and seeing the world through the eyes of the patient are explored in the “Medicine, Patients, and Society” series of courses. Students in the Premedical Program also take two First Year Writing Courses which not only teach effective writing skills, critical/analytical skills, and interpretation, but also often contain medical humanities content. Examples of Writing Courses related to medicine that have been offered over the years at WCMC-Q include Islamic Medicine, Islamic Medical Ethics, the Story of Medicine, and Healthcare Communications. Other Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) nations have also started experimenting with broadening their curriculum with medical humanities courses. In 2009, doctors Rabie E. Abdel-Halim and Khaled M. Al Kattan at Alfaisal Medical College in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia began teaching a series of medical humanities courses. The topics included Islamic Medical Ethics, Arabic Medical Poetry, and the History of Medicine during the Islamic Civilization. Abdel-Halim explains that the purpose of the poetry course is “to show how poets and poet-physicians have dealt with illness, pain, disability, birth, death and dying, and how the skilled imaginative exploration of these subjects increases understanding of the human condition, especially of human suffering and, thus, contributes to compassionate care.” Going beyond the Hippocratic Oath The “Medhumanities” group, a GCC-wide organization on social media websites Twitter and Facebook, has also recently been promoting and discussing the medical humanities. But outside of a few courses with humanistic content, much of the medical training in the Gulf is primarily technically based. Communication and ethics courses are taught along practical lines – ethics obviously to train physicians to comply with local laws and medical codes and the Hippocratic tradition, and communication skills to allow them to write accurate patient histories and explain treatments to families and patients. Medicine prides itself on being evidence-based. It appears self-evident that providing doctors with knowledge about the history, languages, habits and world views of different cultures would help them to understand individual patients better. Common sense also dictates that the more broadly a physician is educated in different fields of knowledge, the better he will be able to solve complex problems using different cognitive approaches learned from those disciplines. But what is the actual evidence that the medical humanities makes better doctors? In 2000, Peters et al. did a randomized controlled trial at Harvard University between traditionally educated physicians and a group who had followed a humanities-based curriculum called the New Pathway (NP). NP physicians demonstrated greater confidence in handling the psychosocial dimensions of patient illness than the traditionally trained doctors. Other empirical studies have suggested that when medical students are exposed to explicit training exercises in empathy, they display more empathy in their practices. However, as with all outcomes based on educational assessment, the factors that go into preparing a good and competent doctor are elusive. There is also the added dilemma that most medical education programs are already highly intensive courses of study with little time for elective, non-required topics. A potential solution to this problem is to combine communications training, which is required by American, Canadian and British competency frameworks such as CanMEDS and the ACGME, with writing and discussion courses on medical humanities topics. This is one of the functions of the First Year Writing Seminars at WCMC-Q, which often teach skills like public speaking, small group work and other inter-personal and communications skills. Communication, Art and Music Therapy There is ample evidence that physicians with strong communication skills are less likely to be sued for malpractice. Also, patients who have a strong relationship with their practitioner are more likely to follow their doctor’s advice and return for follow-up visits, which results in better health outcomes. In a 2011 research study with my medical colleague Dr. Mohamud Verjee, we confirmed that patients in Qatar’s Hamad Hospital were more satisfied with their medical experiences when they experienced good communication with their doctors. Finally, humanities and arts may possess their own healing powers. James Pennebaker and his colleagues at the University of Texas, Austin have demonstrated in numerous replicable experiments that when patients write about past trauma in their lives, they can improve their general health. Haifa Al Sanousi in Kuwait extended Pennebaker’s work and confirmed the effectiveness of expressive writing (letters, short stories, writing about dreams) in relieving stress in Kuwaiti women. Art Therapists have long been using sculpture and visual art to alleviate a variety of psychological disorders including depression and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). In fact, music therapy was a central element of the medieval Islamic mental institutions called Bimaristans. Several studies from Iran indicate that guided poetry writing helps to decrease depression, stress and anxiety in women. Training in visual art may also hold promise in helping physicians develop the key diagnostic skill of pattern recognition, since they must learn to interpret complex diagnostic images including X-rays and MRI scans to distinguish between normal and diseased tissue. The role of the humanities in medical education in the GCC will probably increase and receive more attention from medical school administrators and faculty. The direct evidence, although inconclusive, indicates that more research and innovation in this emerging area should be done since incorporating more humanities training into medical education could have significant benefits. ...

01 Feb 03:56 AM 9 Read More...

The Strengths and Weaknesses of the Regulatory Environment

Sector : Banking & Finance Country : Qatar

What was good practice in 2005, has been eclipsed by ongoing regulatory enhancements emanating from the crisis Anecdotally, the GCC Regulators’ Summit showed strong support for cooperation across the GCC, including ultimate convergence of regulation Fragmentation of the regulatory structures and resultant inconsistencies probably provide the most succinct synopsis of the greatest weakness in Qatar’s regulatory environment. ...

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Family and corporate governance: A key and developing issue for the future

Sector : Banking & Finance Country : Qatar

In a region where, historically, there has been minimal separation between owners and managers, there has been little need to adopt formal policies Many family businesses are highly concerned about their privacy but will, over time, need to consider how to take the business forward ...

01 Feb 03:56 AM 8 Read More...

Going Public on the QE: Navigating a Path to an IPO and Listing

Sector : Banking & Finance Country : Qatar

The recent Initial Public Offerings (IPO) of Mesaieed Petrochemical in Qatar and Twitter in the USA might be familiar to people tracking the markets but “going public” is not as easy as it may seem. An IPO and admission to a stock exchange require navigating a path through several layers of legal, regulatory, market and performance requirements coupled with a strong motive to succeed....

01 Feb 04:14 AM 206 Read More...