NAAMA convention

Feb. 23, 2012
Session will allow medical trainees to showcase research.

BIRMINGHAM, Michigan--The National Arab American Medical Association has announced ts first international medical convention in a nonArab country.

NAAMA's 26th International Medical Convention will be held July 7-12, 2012, at the Grand Hyatt Istanbul.

The convention theme is "Frontiers in Prevention across Medical Specialties."

NAAMA will provide a week-long series of scientific presentations focused on preventing disease and medical complications.

Abstracts are being accepted through March 7, 2012, for original work, analysis or programs describing disease prevention methodologies in various specialties. This includes internal medicine, surgery, pediatrics, family medicine, obstetrics/gynecology, mental health, public health, nursing, pharmacy, dentistry, and allied sciences.

An addition to the 2012 convention is a special scientific session devoted to medical residents and fellows. From their submitted abstracts, those who are invited to present will receive free convention registration and the opportunity for first, second, and third-place awards and leadership roles in NAAMA.

Physicians, dentists, pharmacists, and other licensed health-care professionals can submit 250-word abstracts for original work or research and presentation summaries online by March 7 to

Continuing Medical Education credits will be granted for the scientific sessions.

Dr. Aziz Shaibani, NAAMA president and convention chair, said, "Our convention is being held at a critical time in history when the winds of change are ushering in a new order in the region.

"Health-care costs are escalating and the number of uninsured is steadily growing," Dr. Shaibani said.

"This global problem is leading to a bankruptcy of the health-care delivery system. Prevention of disease and medical complications is the solution to this dismal fate. Dr. Nicola Hanania and the scientific committee from the U.S, Turkey, and the Arab world believe that it is critical for physicians, dentists, and other medical professionals to understand and employ practices that focus on preventing disease or complications rather than just treating them."

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Expected to attract some 400 attendees from the United States, the Middle East and Turkey, the convention is open to NAAMA members and non-members, physicians as well as other health-care professionals. In addition, an extensive social program will explore the excitement of Istanbul and Turkey in their historic role in connecting east and west.

For more information or to register for NAAMA's 26th International Medical Convention in Istanbul, call (248) 646-3661 or visit

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