Posted on March 29, 2016

Over 112 first-year students from Qatar University (QU) colleges of Pharmacy (CPH), Medicine (CMED), and Health Sciences (CHS), and the University of Calgary-Qatar (UCQ) participated in the recent workshop “Introducing Interprofessional Education”.​ The workshop which was organized by CPH Interprofessional Education (IPE) Committee provided the students with the opportunity to interact and share experiences.

CPH assistant dean for student affairs and IPE Committee chair Ms Alla El-Awaisi welcomed the students and introduced them to the Qatar IPE shared competency document which comprises interprofessional role clarification, communication and shared patient-centered decision-making. Students also participated in activities especially designed to highlight the common values, strengths and differences of their respective future professions. They were also engaged in a case study of a male patient suffering from hypertension with a family history of diabetes and coronary heart disease, and in which they had to identify the healthcare professionals who will be involved in the treatment.

The workshop was facilitated by Ms El-Awaisi, CPH assistant professor Dr Daniel Rainkie, CMED research assistant professor Dr Nadia Al-Banna and assistant professor Dr Farhan Cyprian, CHS human nutrition lecturer Tamara Al-Abdi, MSc pharmacy student and IPE Student Society president Myriam Jaam, and UCQ nursing instructors Katheleen De Leon Demare, Diane White and Carnelle SymesCommenting on the workshop, CPH dean Dr Ayman El-Kadi said: “This workshop is an excellent opportunity for students to interact with their peers and gain greater insight into their respective roles in the healthcare sector. It also aligns with the College’s efforts to foster interprofessional dialogue and provide an environment for collaboration which is in line with the goals of the National Health Strategy.”

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QU VP for Medical Education and CMED dean Dr Egon Toft said: “Interprofessional education is a pedagogical approach of particular importance for QU. The university already has a strong record in leading interprofessional education in Qatar through its College of Pharmacy, and is now moving boldly towards more integration in health education through its programs and collaboration with other institutions in Qatar. I am confident that with time this will result in enhanced performance, increased synergy and ultimately improved patient care.”

Ms El-Awaisi said: “This workshop will ensure the students’ preparation for collaborative practice in their future careers. A culture of shared decision-making and teamwork is essential in the students’ education to clear up any misconceptions they may have about the role of each profession. Even though they are all from different healthcare disciplines, they must learn to work together and respect each other’s strengths.”

CPH student Iqrah Mohammad Qurishi said: “Learning about other healthcare professions will contribute to enhancing our skills and ability to provide the most optimal care to patients. I look forward to participating in more IPE activities.” CHS student Haya Alaayesh said: “It was an interesting activity and I learned a lot about how important it is to work with other health professionals such as doctors, nurses, pharmacists and dietitians in treating patients.”

UCQ student Rubeena Touqif said: “We had the chance to meet students from a variety of health care professions, and to have a look at patient care from different aspects. We also worked together to complete multiple tasks which were very beneficial, and got to appreciate the value of each profession. This was a great experience and I am looking forward to more.”