Saturday, 04 February 2012, 08:27 GMT
Physicians benefit from international expertise

A view of a video conference for Erbil physicians/ GLOBE PHOTO/ Rawaz Koyee

The Kurdish Globe
By Rawaz Koyee--Erbil

Kurdistan's medical college participates in a different method of learning

Monthly medical debates take place via video conference between Kurdistan, other countries, and the United States.

Kurdish physicians are utilizing video conferences to expand their medical ties with international physicians, insisting that this method of communication and learning significantly improves their medical knowledge.

Harem Kamal (not his real name) was severly injured by a landmine near Soran district when he was 9. While he did survive, the incident left psychological effects that still linger. Kurdish physicians came together with foreign physicians from the U.S., Colombia and Ecuador's universities via a two-hour video conference to consult on Harem's case. Based on one of the physician's statements, this is not the first medical video debate that has been carried out, and it won't be the last.

"The video conference is scheduled to be held once a month with the participation of six medical universities from different countries," said Nizar Nuri, one of the physicians participating in the conference.

He explained that each month one of the universities presents a specific case in the conference, which is then discussed among the physicians. "For this month's conference, it is our turn to make a presentation; we have chosen to present Harem's case," he stated.

The video conference is organized free of charge by the U.S.'s Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas, in coordination with six universities including Kurdistan's medical college; all of the universities have applied voluntarily.

Dr. Barzhang Qassim, another participant from Kurdistan, explained to the Globe that they were able to participate thanks to the efforts of Dr. Ramyar Gillii, who is also taking part in the conference from Texas.

The Kurdish physicians consider these international medical ties an opportunity to promote their knowledge. "The ultimate purpose of these medical ties is to promote the healthcare system in Kurdistan Region to a higher level and enhance physicians, knowledge," Dr. Qassim said.

While conferences focus on specific cases, the other side of the negotiations revealed differences in health care systems between the countries and the lack of medical equipment in some countries.

Although Kurdistan region has observed noticeable progress in many sectors over the last decade, there are still shortcomings when it comes to the health sector. "Most of region's medical facilities lack modern tools to investigate specific conditions; for such cases, patients ought to travel to neighboring countries for medical care," said Dr. Shwan Amin.