Monday, June 9, 2014

Qatar: Go to for Medical Opportunities at the Sidra Medical and Research Center in Doha

According to The Telegraph, The Sidra Medical and Research Center in Doha, scheduled to open next year, is the first of its kind in the Middle East. It will offer groundbreaking research, education and health care for women and children locally and across the Gulf. 

The Sidra Center has been backed by a $7.9 billion (£4.6 billion) endowment from the non-profit Qatar Foundation. It will be equipped with "smart beds" that keep patients moving to prevent pressure sores, automatic guided vehicles (AVs) to transport goods around the hospital and palm-scanning technology to store patient records. 

More than 5,000 people will be employed at Sidra, including 2,000 nurses, 600 doctors, 800 other health care professionals plus managers and support staff. Around 14% of the staff hired so far are British. 

Dr. Tim McDonald MD, who is working on the recruitment drive, is the person to contact. Go to:

COMMENT: Dr. McDonald grew up in the American Midwest, studied at Harvard and lived in Chicago for 25 years before moving to Qatar in January 2014.

Qatar has a population of around two million, of which 70-80% are expats. The country, which is due to host the football World Cup in 2022, is the richest in the world thanks to its gas and oil industries. 

Although emergency services are generally free, expatriates and tourists may have to pay for non-emergency treatment. Expats must purchase a government health card to access services; waiting lists can be long. 

Dr. McDonald said: "Housing is not an issue that potential employees need to worry about. The recruitment system is so organized that they will get a tour of the city and be able to walk through vacant homes."