Welcome Message from Chairman ​

Dear Colleagues,

It gives us immense pleasure to invite you to the 12th Arabian Gulf Society of Skeletal Radiology (AGSSR). This year, we will host MRI in Practice Course and ISS Regional outreach Program in collaboration with AGSSR. These courses will take place from 18 to 22 February 2020 at The Simulation Center, Doha, Qatar. This course is organized by the Clinical imaging department of Al Wakra hospital with support from Corporate Clinical Imaging Department and Hamad Medical Education Center.

The four-day course will have parallel sessions of 3 components. 
  1. 12th Arabian Gulf Society of Skeletal Radiology (AGSSR) Annual Meeting - Local and international experts on MSK imaging will talk on the role of MRI and other modalities in selected complex MSK disorders with special emphasis on common dilemmas and pitfalls. The target audience includes practicing radiologists with special interest in MSK imaging.
  2. MRI in practice - Comprehensive review of basic and advanced MRI physics relevant to day-to-day practice in MRI. World-renowned authors and lecturers, Dr. Catherine Westbrook and Dr. John Talbot, will be presenting this lecture series. Target audience includes MRI technologists, practicing radiologists, residents and fellows.
  3. ISS Regional outreach program - The International Skeletal Society brings together leaders in musculoskeletal science, education and clinical practice. International experts on MSK imaging will deliver lectures on the state-of-the-art and advanced imaging in the field of diagnosis and management of musculoskeletal diseases with emphasis on radiological and pathological diagnosis. This will focus mainly on residents, fellows and junior faculty. (This course will start on 18th of February 2020).
This type of multi-themed MRI course is being held in a series of Arabian Gulf Society of Skeletal Radiology (AGSSR) for the third time in Doha, Qatar. For those of you who are visiting from outside Qatar, we look forward to welcoming you in Doha. Doha is the capital and most populous city of the State of Qatar, located on the coast of the Arabian Gulf, one of the emergent financial centers in the Middle East. Doha is considered a world city by the Globalization and World Cities Research Network. The city is further developing in an unimaginable pace and is set to host the prestigious 2022 FIFA World Cup. February is one of best months to visit as it is early spring season with warm climate and occasional drizzles permitting outdoor activities. 

Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) is the main provider of secondary and tertiary healthcare in Qatar and one of the leading hospital providers in the Middle East. HMC manages twelve hospitals and AWH is one of them and it is 2nd busiest hospital in the whole of Qatar with more than 30,000 patients treated in AWH emergency every month and more than 20,000 patients cared for in various OPDs every month. 

The whole organizing team is making a concerted effort to make the event the highest standard in scientific content and enjoyable learning. We are sure you will have a memorable meeting. We will keep you updated as we progress further and look forward to your active and engaged participation. We are sure you wouldn't want to miss this golden opportunity. Spread the word around and let's join hands to make this course a huge success.

We look forward to seeing you!

Dr. Mahmoud Al Heidous 
Chairman
Clinical Imaging Department
Al Wakra Hospital
Hamad Medical Corporation, Qatar