Over 170 students attend Qatar University’s inter-professional education activities

 19 Jan 2018 - 1:27

Over 170 students attend Qatar University’s inter-professional education activities
Students working in teams at the IPE event.

The Peninsula

DOHA: Over 170 students and 20 faculty from Qatar University (QU) colleges of Health Sciences (CHS), Medicine (CMED) and Pharmacy (CPH) participated in the inter-professional education (IPE) activities organised by QU Health IPE Committee (IPEC).
The event engaged students and faculty from various professions aiming to introduce the concept of IPE to students and enable them to learn how to be part of a professional healthcare team and communicate in a collaborative and culturally sensitive manner.
The event’s program featured a lecture on the concepts of IPE and its importance within a health care team by CPH Assistant Dean for Student Affairs and QU Health IPEC Chair Dr Alla El Awaisi.
It also included an icebreaker game during which the students introduced themselves and competed against other teams trying to identify the highest number of healthcare professionals, as well as a case-based discussion led by Ms Dima Arafa, Teaching Assistant at CHS Department of Public Health.
The discussion focused on a 52-year-old Qatari man with an 8-year history of hypertension and lactose intolerance.
Commenting on the IPE activities, QU Vice-President for Medical and Health Sciences and CMED Dean Dr Egon Toft said: “We are fortunate to be part of a well-established and comprehensive university with a considerably broad range of health-related programs such as the award-winning nation-wide Inter-professional Education (IPE) program led by the QU Health.”
CHS Dean and Biomedical Research Center Director Prof Asma Al Thani, said: “The purpose of health care education is to prepare students to become professionals who can competently deliver high-quality care in Qatar. Learning in the IPE context is an important element of preparation for working in multi-professional teams”.
CPH Dean Dr Mohammad Diab said: “Developing an inter-professional culture from early on in the healthcare student learning experience is vital to graduate collaborative practice-ready graduates who will be the future healthcare providers in the State of Qatar, working to promote and foster a collaborative practice environment”.
Dr Alla El Awaisi said: “This was an important activity to mark the launching of interprofessional education into all QU Health first-year health care programs”. More importantly, under the current blockade, health care professionals need to unite efforts together and work hand in hand to improve collaboration and the quality of care delivered to patients as highlighted in the case discussed with students during the event.”
First-year medical student Talal Alyafei said: “The IPE activity was a great experience because I learned that teamwork with different health care students is the best way to solve any case by sharing our perspectives and working inter-professionally to provide optimal patient care.”