Posted on May 21, 2018

Over 25 faculty from Qatar University College of Medicine (QU-CMED) received certificates following the successful completion of the third and final session of a series of mentoring training workshops, under the theme “Disseminating the mentoring culture across training programs: A Faculty Mentoring Training Program”.

Organized in collaboration with the Medical Education Department at Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC), the workshops aimed to provide CMED faculty with the necessary core competencies to be effective mentors and role models for medical students. 

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CMED has been running a mentorship program for undergraduate medical students since February 2017, led by Dr. Michail Nomikos, CMED Assistant Professor of Biochemistry and Coordinator of the CMED Mentorship Program. The Faculty Mentoring-training Workshops are an essential element of the mentorship program, helping to build a sustainable base of faculty equipped to be successful mentors. The latest workshop was delivered by Dr. Michail Nomikos, and Prof. Alison Carr, CMED Head of Clinical Sciences, Dr. Shireen Suliman, HMC Consultant in Internal Medicine, and Dr. Margaret Allen, HMC Associate Director for Medical Education and Continuing Professional Development. They discussed a wide range of topics related to concepts of successful mentoring, and attendees had an opportunity to engage in role-playing activities to practice the new concepts.

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QU Vice President for Medical and Health Sciences and CMED Dean Prof. Egon Toft said: “In its pursuit to achieve excellence in education, the College of Medicine acknowledges the importance of faculty development. This mentoring workshop, in collaboration with HMC, aligns with CMED’s vision that emphasizes the importance of recruiting faculty who are life-long learners, seeking continuous professional development and building on  their competencies and experiences, to have this in turn reflected  in our benchmarked medical education and teaching methods.”

HMC Deputy Chief Medical Officer and Director of Medical Education Dr. Abdullatif Al-Khal said: “Mentorship is an essential tool in helping to train Qatar’s next generation of health care professionals and supporting the development of an integrated academic health system. Students benefit immensely from the opportunity to learn from skilled peers and leaders, through the sharing of their experiences, and are able to apply these learnings towards providing safe and compassionate care to patients and families.”