Another leader from the worldwide EP community, Saudi Heart Rhythm Society President Abdulmohsen Al Musaad, MD, has come to San Francisco for this year’s Scientific Sessions.
Dr. Musaad, with the King Fahd National Guard Hospital in Riyadh, shared his thoughts on several
Why did you enter the electrophysiology field?
When I was young, I was keen to pursue a career in medicine in which I could utilize my talents to help others. At that time, electrophysiology was quite new in our region of the Middle East, and there was a great need for treatment of heart rhythm disorders. So, it was the perfect time to integrate my clinical and basic science knowledge to better help our patients and society.
Why is it important for you to be at Scientific Sessions?
It is very important for me to attend HRS each year for continuing educational purposes, and to network with other members. It allows me to be abreast of all new developments in the field. I strongly believe that in-person meetings with HRS members strengthen professional relationships, and serve as an avenue to share expertise. This allows me to better serve the Saudi HRS community and ultimately leads to better EP practices in our region.
What are you looking forward to at this year’s event?
I look forward to representing the Saudi HRS members at this HRS Scientific Sessions and helping introduce best EP practices in Saudi Arabia. This will definitely promote productive developments in the EP society in Saudi Arabia and in the Gulf region.
Why is it important for your organization and HRS to work together?
Working with HRS will definitely translate ideas into initiatives to promote better EP practices in our region. We hope to form collaborative efforts in order to effect major change in the EP field as whole in our region. Not only is this of added value for us within the EP community from a clinical perspective, but most importantly it’s a tremendous service to offer our patients. As a society, our vision is to reach the standard of care for all indicated patients.
What’s the biggest challenge or opportunity facing your organization?
I think the biggest challenge facing our organization is the difficulty in attracting young physicians to continue their studies in the field of electrophysiology. The Saudi HRS has worked over the last two years to initiate four EP fellowship programs in Saudi Arabia. These are two-year programs that focus on all aspects of EP (device implantations and complex ablation). Nonetheless, attracting young Saudi physicians remains difficult. We hope in the future to see more fellows enrolling in this program and spreading EP knowledge and practice across Saudi Arabia, especially in the remote and rural areas.
What’s the biggest challenge or opportunity facing the field of electrophysiology?
The biggest challenge facing the field of EP in our region is the lack of regional databases and registries, and hence the lack of knowledge of real-world practices and outcomes publications. During the last ten years, EP practice in our region, especially in Saudi Arabia, has advanced significantly in all aspects. Yet, we still do not have the proper registries or a solid infrastructure to initiate outcomes in research activities. These types of initiatives could highlight our current practices to the international EP community and allow the exchange of best practices in the field.