Twenty (20) physicians and health care experts from leading health care organizations in Qatar were recently appointed as clinical faculty and clerkship directors at the College of Medicine (CMED).
20 appointees, 5 of whom are Qatari, will join the college from organizations in Qatar such as Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC), Primary Health Care Corporation (PHCC), Ministry of Public Health, and Sidra Medical and Research Center (Sidra), as well as Charles Clinic and Institute of Dermatology at University College Dublin, Ireland.
In their respective roles as full professor, associate professor, assistant professor and lecturer, the new recruits will bring their expertise in internal medicine, surgery, family medicine, pediatrics, dermatology, obstetrics and gynecology, psychiatry, public health and radiology as well as contribute in the future to the planned PhD program.
Clinical faculty are academic appointments made to practicing health professionals with a track record of outstanding teaching, innovative program development, and patient-oriented research.
Among these appointees are clerkship directors, key to the quality of education for the students particularly during the clerkship (clinical training) phase. They are also instrumental in providing a clinical perspective to the pre-clinical years. The clerkship directors also play a key role in setting the policies and standards for clinical experience.
Commenting on the appointments, QU VP for Medical Education and CMED dean Prof Egon Toft said: “I am very pleased that we have secured such an impressive list of experts from leading health care organizations in Qatar which will serve to further cement our partnerships. Faculty in clinical instruction and clerkship roles are crucial to the college’s vision to be a driving force for innovation across the national health care sector and as strong role models and inspirational mentors for Qatar’s future doctors. We look forward to the contributions they will make in the areas of clinical learning, management and leadership, professional development, clinical and translational research, as well as in graduating high-quality, trusted physicians for the country.”
He added: “Strong support from the family physicians has enabled our students to see for themselves, early in their course of study, how clinical care is delivered to patients in Qatar. Students attend 6 primary health centers regularly from year 2 to familiarize themselves with population health and primary care. In addition, these clinical placements will be extremely useful to students allowing them to develop their clinical and communication skills from an early stage of their program in the clinical environment.”
Prof Alison Carr, Head of Clinical Education and Professor at CMED who is leading the clinical education program, said: “Clinical faculty bring their extensive experience in clinical medicine to our MD program allowing our students to benefit from their knowledge and approach to patient care. In year 2 of the MD program we are already introducing our students to clinical medicine in the primary health centers. This early exposure to clinical medicine is an initiative new to the Gulf Region. We are delighted to collaborate with family physicians in Doha to provide our students the opportunity to learn from patient care from the grassroots in the health centers. I am sure the opportunity to interact in clinical settings from such an early stage in the program will inspire our students and provide them optimal circumstances to learn excellent clinical and communication skills from role models in primary health care.”
Dr Noora Al Mutawa, PHCC Acting Clerkship Director for Family Medicine and leading the collaboration, said: “It is our pleasure to be part of the collaboration with QU CMED for curriculum development as we believe that it will add value to the health sector in the state of Qatar. PHCC is the leading organization for primary health care services in the country. Education and professional development are essential elements in our strategy. During the rotation in primary care, medical students will have the opportunity to be trained by highly skilled and experienced family physicians. They will learn about the principles of patient-centered care, biopsychosocial approach and they will have a great chance to learn the fundamentals of history taking and physical examination. Care is not just for the diseased; they will also be exposed to preventive and health promotion services such as screening and vaccination. We are looking forward to helping in training and development of our ambitious future physicians.”
The clinical faculty to date have been appointed under several categories: Interim Clerkship Directors, Associate Interim Clerkship Directors, Special Interim Clerkship Directors and Clinical Appointments. Interim Clerkship Directors include Prof Abdel
Nasser Elzouki in the internal medicine program, Dr Nora Al Mutawa in family medicine, Dr Khalid Bashir in emergency, Dr Madeeha Kamal in pediatrics, Dr Sherif Abdel Azzim in surgery, Dr Nael Kilzieh in psychiatry, and Dr Salwa Abuyaqoub in obstetrics and gynecology.
In addition to Clerkship Directors, the College of Medicine appointed Associate Interim Clerkship Directors including Dr Mariam Al Nesf for internal medicine, Dr Fawzia Al Hor for family medicine, Dr Amr El Moheen in emergency, Dr Mohammed Al Kuwari and Dr Muna Maarafiya in pediatrics, Dr Mohammed Ali Kurer in surgery, Dr Nur Runnazha in psychiatry and Dr Huda Abdullah in obstetrics and gynecology.
Other important clinical appointments are Dr Abdullatif Al Khal (who is also the Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs at the College) for infectious diseases, Dr Ibrahim Janahi in pediatric pulmonology, Dr Martin Steinhoff for dermatology, Dr Alexander Knuth who will be leading the PhD program, Dr Graham Buirski in anatomy, Dr Al-Hareth M Al-Khater to support curriculum development, and Dr Mohammed Al Otaibi for family medicine
Clinical Faculty members are an integral part of the MD program at the College of Medicine. They teach and inspire students and are the role models for the next generation of Qatar’s doctors. They often also make important contributions in administration, professional development, and research. They are helping the College design its clinical program throughout the course: the preclinical phase and the clerkships.
Prof Carr also clarified that for clinicians, appointment as a faculty member provides many exciting opportunities not least of which is interaction with enthusiastic students and the opportunity to make an impact on their education. In addition to this, the appointment facilitates collaboration with other faculty members at the College of Medicine, access to our continuing professional development programs and access to the infrastructure and resources to facilitate research.