On July 7- 9, 2017, join SAMS in Istanbul, Turkey for our 17th Annual International Conference held at the Intercontinental Hotel. Please register below! 

This year’s international conference will focus on the theme of “Dilemmas in Healthcare in Syria: Needs Assessment, Dynamics, and Ethics”, featuring presentations and lectures from thought leaders, humanitarian workers and members of the SAMS community.

Take a Look At Our Conference Program

The conference is intended for physicians, dentists, pharmacists, nurses, and technicians providing care in conflict areas and under difficult circumstances.  CME credits are provided to registrants.

Take a Look At Our Conference Speakers 

We will have a reception on Friday evening at 6 pm to 9 pm. The scientific session starts at 8:00 am on Saturday and goes on until 5 pm. The exact same schedule is replicated on Sunday. Our gala will be on Saturday evening at 8pm. All lunches during the weekend and 1 gala ticket are included in the registration fee.

Conference Planning Committee: 

Dr. Mohamed Sekkarie, Conference Co-Chair
Dr. Basel Termanini, Conference Co-Chair
Dr. Maher Azzouz
Dr. Mohamad Katoub
Dr. Mohamad Hamza
Dr. Bassam Awwa
Dr. Lina Murad
Nada Jabri, Social Activity Coordinator
Jeehan Shehrine Binte Faiz, Event Coordinator

Accommodation in Turkey

Discounted hotel rooms for conference attendees can be booked at the Elite World Prestige Hotel in Istanbul. Please reach out directly to the hotel for reservations at [email protected]hotels.com.tr.

Transport and Visa Information 

Information about visas and travel documentation necessary for Turkey can be found here. Instructions for transportation from Istanbul Atatürk Airport can be found here

Conference Social Program

SAMS will offer a unique social program to allow family members of conference attendees the opportunity for meaningful dialogue and interaction with Syrian refugee families and children. Sign up here

Conference Performers

We will be joined by renowned artist Imad Mahouk whose paintings will be on display. The Anadolu Trio will be performing for conference attendees during both nights of the conference. 

Rebuilding the Mental Health System in Syria Workshop

SAMS, in partnership with The Syrian Association for Mental Health (SAMH) and The Union of Medical Care and Relief Organizations (UOSSM), will host a satellite workshop entitled “Rebuilding the Mental Health System in Syria” on July 9. If you’re interested, please register here.    

Post-Conference Excursion

A post-conference 6-7 day excursion to Bursa, Izmir, Bodrum and Cappadocia will also be available, please find out more here.

Please contact Jeehan Shehrine Binte Faiz at [email protected] for any questions regarding the conference.

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