Students from the UAE will take center stage at Arab Health, a leading healthcare exhibition in the Middle East, which takes place from Jan. 30 to Feb. 2 at Dubai World Trade Centre, with the launch of the inaugural Future Doctor Program.
As part of the new initiative, students from the region have developed research addressing key topics within the UAE healthcare industry, including radiology, surgery, emergency medicine, pain management, sustainability and innovation in healthcare, among others.
The top 15 research papers will be showcased in poster format at the show, where students will have the opportunity to discuss their findings and engage in scientific discussion with experts speaking at the Arab Health Congress.
The research covers a broad spectrum of healthcare factors, including the growing prominence of telehealth, where healthcare is carried out virtually through information and telecommunication technology. According to research carried out by students from the American University in Dubai, there is a growing acceptance of this mode of healthcare, and it is becoming a fundamental feature of health plans in the UAE. According to data, 54 percent of expats are likely to use it, which is 14 percent higher than the global average.
Research conducted by students from the College of Medicine-University of Sharjah has revealed a lack of knowledge and understanding among adults in the UAE surrounding kidney stones and their causes. The study revealed that Gulf countries showed an increased incidence of kidney stones due to socioeconomic, environmental and nutritional factors, underscoring the importance of measuring levels of awareness, prevention, early detection and management.
Meanwhile, students from the Gulf Medical University Ajman have compiled research to assess the predictors of the understanding of complementary and alternative medicine among adults in Ajman. The research revealed that age, gender, nationality, and marital and employment status were significant sociodemographic variables in determining complementary and alternative medicine literacy.
Elsewhere, RAK Medical and Health Sciences University students addressed growing concerns around vitamin D insufficiency and deficiency and the skeletal and extra skeletal effects on the human body.
Other research investigated radiographers’ perceptions and attitudes toward AI implementation in radiology.
Cynthia Makarutse, conference director for Informa Markets, said: “We want to establish Arab Health as the place to launch careers for the UAE’s next generation of medical professionals. The Future Doctors Program recognizes and encourages young talent to showcase their latest research and inspires them to pursue their specialized education.”
“This fits well with Arab Health’s mission to support industry transformation and sustainability objectives.”
A total of nine continuing medical education conferences will take place at Arab Health 2023, welcoming an anticipated 3,200 delegates and more than 300 international speakers.
In addition, the exhibition will feature over 3,000 exhibitor companies from 70 countries and include nine product sectors, showcasing the latest technology and innovations in disposables, orthopedics, healthcare and general services, imaging, medical devices, IT, wellness and prevention, and infrastructure and assets.