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Philips and SAMT to provide medical education and training programmes for Saudis

Philips Medical Systems : 25 June, 2008  (Company News)
Philips and the Specialized Academy for Medical Training (SAMT) have agreed to work together to provide medical education and training programmes for young Saudi high school graduates and staff in hospitals and medical centres across the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
Several programmes will be implemented from October 2008 onwards, covering medical technology disciplines including X-ray, Ultrasound and healthcare IT.
Each programme will consist of a combination of e-learning modules and practical training and will be accredited by the Saudi Commission for Health Specialties.

SAMT was established in 2000 with the aim of providing high-quality medical education and training to young Saudi nationals. The organization currently offers six Diploma programmes in dental technology, medical secretary, medical laboratory, medical records and archiving, radiology technology and nursing. Each programme includes two years of academic study and six months of practical training in a healthcare environment.

“At Philips Healthcare we believe the key to improving health outcomes is to develop strong partnerships with leading healthcare organizations such as the Specialized Academy for Medical Training,” said Dick Bunschoten, country manager Kingdom of Saudi Arabia at Philips. “In the Middle East, as in many parts of the world, the lack of availability of trained medical staff is an increasingly large challenge. This collaboration demonstrates Philips’ commitment to solving the big issues in healthcare, while at the same time actively seeking to respond to the Saudi Community call to develop, train and educate the future Saudi generations in the latest Healthcare Technologies and Solutions.”

In addition to its Diploma programme, SAMT also provides a combination of Continuous Medical Education (CME-accredited) courses and workshops. SAMT operates at the moment from five locations in the Kingdom Riyadh, Medina, Jeddah, Qassim and Taif and is planning to open additional facilities in the coming years. Currently more than 1000 students have enrolled on its courses.
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