Suicide and Good Samaritans law passed in UAE

The new law states that “any person who’s committing an act out of good intention that may end up hurting that person will not be punished”.

The Emirates Collaboration for Residents in Emergency Medicine (ECREM) established

Dedicated to promoting the development of Emergency Medicine training among resident doctors in the UAE

The 7th edition of Emirates Society of Emergency Medicine Conference will be held virtually from 10th December and will conclude on 12th December 2020. The virtual conference is coordinated globally from UAE and joined by more than 1500 delegates from around the world.

The COVID-19 has illustrated the pillar role played by Emergency Physicians (EPs) in the healthcare system. As the pandemic broke out, Emergency Departments (EDs) took the lead in the early stages of the medical response to the pandemic, becoming the first port of call for suspected cases. Overnight, EDs became the frontline and took the lead in coordinating the acute medical response nationwide.

Dr Saleh Fares, President, Emirates Society of Emergency Medicine (ESEM) and Chair of Conference said: “Today, we are more than ever proud to call ourselves Emergency Physicians, and be part of a team of healthcare providers that are ready to put themselves at risk for the good of others. Emergency Medicine (EM) professionals, who in the hour of need delivered care to those affected regardless of the exposure risks, and by doing so acted as shields, giving time for the rest of the healthcare system to prepare.

He further added: “It is because of the extensive training and experience, EPs became the leaders in acute response, and we as a society, believe that we all need to convene together and better prepare for potential next COVID-19 wave or a future pandemic. While many educational events got cancelled due to COVID19, we wanted to lead by example to keep the education and training going for our specialists. During these testing times, it is more important than ever to learn from and network with like-minded peers. With a fantastic line up of international and regional speakers, we’re encouraging our colleagues to get signed up and join us for this unmissable virtual conference.”

ESEM20 will run for three days for healthcare professionals to discuss the ever-evolving field of Emergency medicine. More than 90+ leading regional and international experts will cover different aspects of emergency medicine. Delegates and speakers will be assigned an online profile upon registration and available for contact, with meetings held via voice or video call through the event’s platform, harnessing the very latest in networking tools. Participants will also have the luxury to get full access to recordings of every session even after the conference.

This year the conference received a record number over 150+ research abstracts from across the globe which make ESEM a unique global platform for learning and innovation.

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Suicide and Good Samaritans law passed in UAE

The UAE is home to more than 200 nationalities and is accommodating to their needs. The UAE government has embarked on amendments to current laws and introducing new laws to improve the living standards of UAE residents.

One such law, advocated highly be emergency medicine specialists, is the Good Samaritans Law. The law will ensure "Good Samaritans" who intervene in situations where people are in need cannot be held liable for the outcome of those they help. The new law states that “any person who’s committing an act out of good intention that may end up hurting that person will not be punished”.

This will encourage bystanders to get involved in emergency situations without fear that they will be any legal implication, if their actions inadvertently contribute to a person’s injury or death. This is important as seconds often count in an emergency and giving first aid before the ambulance arrives can be the difference in whether someone lives or dies.

The Emirates Collaboration for Residents in Emergency Medicine (ECREM)

Emergency Medicine is a rapidly evolving specialty in the Middle East. Currently, there are 7 active academic programs across the United Arab Emirates (UAE) that conduct post-graduate training in Emergency Medicine for Physicians who wish to specialize in this exciting and dynamic field. Rashid Hospital in Dubai, Tawam Hospital in Al Ain, Sheikh Khalifa Medical Center, Sheikh Shakhbout Medical City, Zayed Military Hospital in Abu Dhabi, Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi and the Ministry of Health and Prevention (MoHAP) program in Sharjah all house a standardized 4-year Emergency Medicine training program that is recognized by and affiliated with the Arab Board of Emergency Medicine. The physicians-in-training enrolled in these programs are referred to as Emergency Medicine “Resident” Doctors.

ECREM is established as a non-profit organization, registered as a sub-group of the Emirates Society of Emergency Medicine (ESEM), dedicated to promoting the development of Emergency Medicine training among resident doctors in the UAE. The platform aims to provide a platform for Emergency Medicine Residents across all programs within the UAE to interact and coordinate with each other to promote knowledge sharing, develop inter-hospital relations, foster innovative new ideas and discussions as well as encourage overall growth of Emergency Medicine as a specialty in the region.


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