Orthopaedic educators needed in ‘the other Iraq’

By Lynne Dowling

Once, the most advanced medical care in the Mideast was available in Iraq. Now, medical and surgical specialty groups from around the world are helping establish a National Medical Training Center (NMTC) to rebuild a healthcare system devastated by war and upheaval.

The new NMTC will be in Erbil, which is known as “the other Iraq.” Located in the Kurdistan region of Iraq, Erbil is believed to be one of the oldest inhabited cities in the world and is the capital of the Kurdistan Regional Government. Unlike many other large Iraqi cities, Erbil is noted for its safety and “remarkable levels of normalcy” in day-to-day living.

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