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Clinical Attachment in Urology

Najaf to Galway

IMI Ireland organized a clinical attachment for Dr Muthanna Abid, an Iraqi native from Najaf. Dr Abid works at the University of Kufa as a full time Urologist. He came to Galway, Ireland for a 21 day clinical attachment, commencing from the 20th January to 17th February, 2011.

Dr Syed Qasim Jaffry pieced together a rigorous working day programme for each day Dr Abid remained in Galway. Dr Abid rotated out of Galway’s three main hospitals, in each of these he got to see a number of Urological cases, these consisted of

  • An in-depth insight into comprehensive CMG studies for patients with both severe stress and urge incontinence.
  • SPARC procedure for incontinence
  • TVT procedure for incontinence
  • Needle less sling for incontinence
  • Green light laser prostate for BPH, this green light laser surgery is the fastest growing Urological intervention in Ireland to date for men with BPH.
  • Brachytherapy seed implantation for prostate cancer
  • External beam radiation therapy for prostate cancer
  • Laparoscopic radical nephrectomies for both renal cell cancer and non functioning kidneys
  • Open & laparoscopic radical prostatectomies
  • Open radical cystectomies
  • PCNL (percutaneous nephro lithotomy)
  • Interventional and diagnostic radiology including PCN & renal embolisation

On a daily basis, Dr Abid attended ward rounds with Dr Jaffry and his team, observing the patients care along with their treatment and further management. He participated in attending the weekly Urological multi disciplinary team meetings gaining a hands on oversight into Urological cases and their consensual outcomes. He liaised with the various urological teams & the general working practices of Urological care in the West. He also observed & discussed in detail the administrative & Nursing care.