QU pharmacy students complete training in Scotland

 28 Feb 2016 - 1:36

QU pharmacy students complete training in Scotland
From left: Sandra Hutchinson, Alya Babiker, Lord Provost, Shorouq Haikal, and Prof Lesley Diack during a meeting.


DOHA: Students at Qatar University  (QU) College of Pharmacy have completed training at Rowlands community pharmacy, collaborating with faculty and students of Robert Gordon University (RGU).
Fourth-year students Shorouq Haikal and Alya Babiker returned from their rotation in Scotland as part of a Structured Practical Experiences in Pharmacy (SPEP) programme. 
They spent one month and met Lord Provost, Governor of the City Council, Civic Head and Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of Aberdeen. 
Dr Ayman El Kadi, Dean of the college, said, “We anticipate sending more students to participate in these rotations as we are not only growing the future pharmacy leaders of Qatar but also advancing our community service efforts to prepare skilled professionals and experts to take their place in the community and provide its members with optimum healthcare in line with the goals of Qatar National Vision 2030.”
The students were introduced to services provided by pharmacies, including smoking cessation, blood pressure monitoring, and diabetes care and prevention. 
They also worked at a pharmacy branch in a rural area for exposure to a wider variety of patients and pharmaceutical services, toured one of the National Health Services (NHS) health villages and met an in-house dietician and medical staff who introduced them to NHS services.
They also spent time at RGU School of Pharmacy and Life Sciences and attended classes on UK legislations and patient counselling and participated in interprofessional education session with students from various academic disciplines. 
They prepared and presented case studies to pharmacy faculty and the professional development coordinator from Rowlands Pharmacy.
Both students received an invitation from Lord Provost to visit and tour Aberdeen Town House — the historical city hall building. Discussions with Lord Provost included experiences in Aberdeen, Rotation at Rowlands Pharmacy and life in Qatar.
They said, “It has been an enriching experience to have a month rotation in Aberdeen, Scotland. Having the opportunity to experience how pharmacies run in Scotland and interact with patients and counsel them has been invaluable. We take back a new breadth of knowledge and be able to compare the differences in pharmacy practice between Qatar and Scotland, giving us more tools to be better pharmacists. It was an experience of a lifetime.” The Peninsula