Just came back from Riyadh teaching about eighty Saudi Diabetes Educators. We were invited by the Saudi Society for Endocrinology and Metabolism - with all the appropriate permissions from the Saudi Ministry of Health - to deliver a week-long Diabetes Educator Course. It was thoroughly enjoyable and an honour to meet the many nurses, pharmacists and dietitians in a Diabetes Educators Course. It was a first trial of international collaboration in teaching for the society and only possible because of our association with BMJ Group, University of Leicester and the support of MSD.
|with some of the Diabetes Educators|
|Speaker's view of a Saudi Lecture|
|Drs Al-Ruhaily (president SSEM) and Dr Ba-Essa|
We had to be flexible with the agenda since lunch and coffee breaks were adjusted to match the variable prayer times.
To allow the ladies in the faculty the opportunity to relax in the evenings Annie researched and found a women-only hotel. This means they were able to use the swimming pool which is not possible in any of the other hotels in Riyadh.
The feedback from the course is probably best summed up by one of the students who kindly agreed to being filmed on the last day. He speaks in Arabic first then in English at the end.