A delegation from CMED comprising QU VP for Medical Education and CMED Dean Dr Egon Toft, CMED Associate Dean for Academic Affairs Dr Hossam Hamdy and CMED Professor Dr Ala-Eddin Al Moustafa recently visited King Saud bin Abdulaziz University for Health Sciences (KSAU-HS), King Faisal Specialist Hospital & Research Centre (KFSH&RC) and King Fahad National Centre for Children’s Cancer (KFNCCC).
The visit included a meeting with Dr Khawla S Al-Kuraya, Professor of Pathology and King Faisal Specialist Hospital & Research Centre (KFSH&RC) Director of King Fahad National Centre for Children’s Cancer (KFNCCC), to explore opportunities for collaboration between QU Health and KFNCCC. It is part of the college’s commitment to expanding its international collaborations in line with its mission to provide a medical education of international standard with a national focus.
The first day’s program featured a series of presentations delivered by KSAU-HS College of Medicine (COM) Dean Dr Ahmed Al Rumayyan, COM Associate Dean for Academic & Student Affairs Dr Nawfal Aljerian, KSAU-HS Director of Educational Affairs Ms Susan Poskey, COM-Female Branch Associate Dean Prof Hanan Al Kadri, COM Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs Dr Saud Al Jadaan, Professor at COM Department of Medical Education Prof Mohi Eldin Magzoub, and Senior Medical Librarian at COM Medical Library Mr Shakil Khalil. They presented a wide range of topics such as “COM Curriculum”, “Student Academic Management System (SAMS)”, “Assessment Unit”, “Clinical Simulation Center & Clinical Rotation”, “Masters of Medical Education”, “Comprehensive Academic Management System (CAMS) – Curriculum Alignment Project”, and “Learning Resources”.
The presentations were followed by a Q&A session, a campus tour to COM classrooms, laboratories, Assessment Unit, and Clinical Simulation Center, as well as a meeting with Dr Majid Al Salamah, Dean of KSAU-HS College of Public Health and Health Informatics, in which discussions focused on setting up a health monitoring system for the Gulf region to collect data on disease diagnosis.
The second day’s program included visits to KSAU-HS colleges of Dentistry, Pharmacy and Nursing, and King Abdullah International Medical Research Center (KAIMRC). The delegation also had the opportunity to meet with KSAU-HS VPs for Postgraduate Education and Academic Affairs Dr Abdulmajeed Al Abdulkareem, for Development & Quality Management Affairs Prof Mohamed Al Moamary, and for Educational Affairs Prof Youssef Al Eissa. Discussions focused on potential collaboration in areas of postgraduate education, development and quality management, and educational affairs.
During the visit to KFSH&RC and KFNCCC, the delegation addressed prospects for future collaborations with the Middle East Association for Cancer Research (MEACR), and on areas such as cancer research, and staff and faculty exchange.
Commenting on the visit, Dr Egon Toft said: “It was an exciting opportunity for us to get familiarized with the learning approach at King Saud bin Abdulaziz University for Health Sciences, and explore the research activities at King Faisal Specialist Hospital & Research Centre and King Fahad National Centre for Children’s Cancer. This aligns with CMED commitment to advance quality medical education and research in Qatar, and support national aspirations to provide an optimal health care sector for the society by strengthening links with regional and international medical institutions. Such partnerships reflect the College’s core role in driving the momentum of collaboration in the medical field across the GCC countries. They also serve to keep our medical program aligned with international standards and the needs of the health care sector in Qatar and the region.”