Diaverum presents d.ACADEMY in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
Comprehensive learning programme for patients, nurses and doctors
Munich / Al Khobar (Saudi Arabia) – 25 November 2015: Diaverum, one of the leading renal care providers worldwide, presented its innovative educational platform d.ACADEMY in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The core curriculum for physician training was a three-day educational symposium of d.ACADEMY held in Al Khobar, Saudi Arabia. The event addressed Diaverum nephrologists but also attracted press and high officials from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
At the event, Prof Jörgen Hegbrant, Chief Medical Officer at Diaverum, stated that with d.ACADEMY, our new educational platform, Diaverum once more proves to be a “leader in the renal industry” with strong focus on delivering world-class medical quality. “As a product-independent provider, our staff is our key asset. Providing the best education to them as well as to our patients, nurses and management will further improve the quality of life of our patients,” said Prof Hegbrant.
The virtual university d.ACADEMY is a comprehensive, state-of-the-art educational offer aimed at medical staff as well as patients, nurses and managers. As with all Diaverum activities, the programme is first and foremost people-centric.
Prof Giovanni Strippoli, Academic Chairman of d.ACADEMY, said we are very pleased to offer this programme globally and particularly in Saudi Arabia. “Here, we are experiencing large growth and piloting innovative methods to boost medical quality and performance. The d.ACADEMY is our strategic action to improve the level of knowledge within the community, targeted at our internal staff including doctors, nurses, management and also patients,” he explained. “Knowledge is power,” he added, “and success is not counted by how high we climb, but by how many people we bring with us,” said Prof Strippoli.
The physician education programme offers educational modules for existing doctors, both senior medical leadership and junior doctors or physicians who join the group in new countries where medical standards are different compared to Europe. The programme is based on a number of educational classrooms available via a learning management system, and currently covers more than 50 topics in nephrology, dialysis and transplantation, with a strong agenda for future development and scalability.
The nurse education programme focuses on the practical aspects of patient care and includes classroom training, e-learning and tutorials, all available via d.ACADEMY learning management system. This comprehensive and hands-on educational programme has its roots in Diaverum’s Competence in Practice programme, which has been accredited by EDTNA/ERCPA.
The patient education programme guides patients on how to best live their lives with chronic kidney disease. It includes information about kidney disease and the basic procedures for treatment, how to choose between different treatments, how to understand lab results, what to eat and drink as a kidney patient and how to interact with the clinic. The education is offered to all patients in all countries and comes in the form of ‘classrooms’ on the internet, an e-learning platform and a booklet. The roll-out has already started and the programme is highly appreciated by all patients.
Finally, a manager module is in the pipeline, based on existing management training offered by Diaverum to its key management executives.
Commenting on the programme, Prof Ayman Karkar, Medical Director Diaverum Middle East and Head of Physician Education of the d.ACADEMY, said: “We were extremely pleased to see so many Saudi and internationally renowned experts coming together in a specially designed training curriculum to exchange best practices and take their first steps into the d.ACADEMY. The programme will be rolled out globally, making the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia the first to pioneer delivering world-class medical training via high-quality physician education.”
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At Diaverum, our mission is to improve the quality of life for renal patients by revitalising them both physically and emotionally. Being one of the world’s leading renal care providers, Diaverum offers a holistic approach, from preventive and early stage renal care to all renal replacement therapies. As a product independent provider — the largest in Europe — we are able to focus solely on caring for the individual needs of our patients. Our experience in renal care dates back 20 years, when the first dialysis clinic was established, previously under our former name Gambro Healthcare. Today, 8,500 employees care for 26,000 patients in 20 countries in Europe, Latin America, Middle East/Asia and Australia/New Zealand. Diaverum has its roots in Lund, Sweden and a corporate office located in Munich, Germany.