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OMI to set up branch in Qatar.

By Noimot Olayiwola/Staff Reporter

The Open Medical Institute (OMI) which offers postgraduate medical education to physicians across the world, will soon establish a branch in Qatar that will cater to those from the Middle East and some parts of Africa, an official said.

OMI, which was established in 2005 by the American Austrian Foundation, was also established to bridge the knowledge gap between East and West, North and South.

The Foundation is a non-profit, non-governmental organisation that seeks to prevent brain drain and foster brain gain in countries of transition through exchanges in medicine, communications, science and the arts.

The Qatar branch is being planned in partnership with the Hamad Medical Corporation and the Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar.

"First of all, Qatar has a unique concept, to create an excellent healthcare system within its own country, and also to be open to the outside world. And we thought, since we have one education hub now in Central Europe, in Salzburg, it might be interesting to create a second international educational hub for this part of the world and also for some parts of Africa," the Foundation's medical director Wolfgang Aulitcky (pictured), who was in Doha recently said.

He said the first two satellite symposiums, which is part of prerequisite to establishing the centre, will be taking place in Qatar this year.

"We already had Qatari doctors in Salzburg participating in the seminars. But if you create a new hub here in Qatar, it depends on the local funding, but I am very optimistic that the local funding will be provided by HMC and other donors," he noted.

He said that more than 13,300 doctors including 12 Qatari doctors have so far participated in OMI's training programmes.

"Qatar in the Gulf region is ideal for countries surrounding Qatar. It's a small, but very ambitious country with modern thinking people, and we thought that Qatar could also help some countries in sub-Saharan Africa and other parts of that continent because it's easier for them to come to Qatar than in the US. But we will also continue to invite people from Africa to Salzburg," Aulitcky said.

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Date:Feb 6, 2012
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