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(QU-CPH) set to enroll Male students from next fall | Qatar University

(QU-CPH) set to enroll Male students from next fall

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Qatar University’s College of Pharmacy (QU-CPH) announced official opening for male admission to its current BSc pharmacy program from next fall 2020. The online application process is now open and the college is ready to receive 15 male students alongside the usual number of female students.
Furthermore, current QU male students will have the opportunity to apply to transfer to general pharmacy this May. This major milestone in the college history is in line with the country increasing demand for recruiting male pharmacists especially with the expansion projects in HMC that includes; three hospitals in the Medical City, followed by 400 bedded Emergency Department, Industrial Areas Hospital, Primary Health Centers and pharmaceutical industry.
The College of Pharmacy is the first and only pharmacy degree program in the State of Qatar. The College offers a 5-year BSc (Pharmacy), Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD), MSc (Pharm) degree program and Doctorate in Pharmaceutical Sciences (PhD). The College of Pharmacy accepted its first class of female students in September 2007 and is the first international program to be awarded full accreditation status by CCAPP (Canada). The college mission is to prepare pharmacy students to provide optimal pharmaceutical care and advance health care outcomes, to promote research and scholarly activity, and to serve as a pharmacy resource for Qatar, the Middle East and the world.
Commenting on this important milestone, Dr. Egon Toft, Vice President for Medical, Health Sciences, and Dean of the College of Medicine at Qatar University, said: “Introducing male admission in the only national College of Pharmacy in the country is definitely a vantage point we have been aiming for. This has been done in alignment to QU-health strategy to be recognized regionally for excellence in inter-professional health education and interdisciplinary health research. This initiative will take the future of healthcare to another level and create equal opportunities of learning between all.”
Dr Mohammad Diab, Dean of QU-CPH Dean said: “Since the opening of the College of Pharmacy in 2007, the College has been progressing and have been taking huge steps in climbing the ladder of success. Male admission is a huge milestone and a turning point for the College of Pharmacy. The College has been working hard on this initiative in alignment with Qatar National Health Strategy to provide efficient healthcare for everyone and to build significant expansion of the country’s health services.”
“Our initiative also aligns with Qatar University National Strategy for education and maximizing impact. This is determined also to cover the need for male pharmacists in Qatar being graduated as well from the only national College of Pharmacy in Qatar offering high quality Canadian accredited curriculum. This will, without a doubt, take the future of pharmacy and providing efficient healthcare to another level,” he added.
Dr. Mariam A.Malik-Managing Director at PHCC, said: “We at PHCC support the initiative to have more male pharmacist graduates in Qatar and in the local job market. This program will intensively meet the growing needs for pharmaceutical service expansion in Qatar to align with the national health strategy and PHCC mission to deliver comprehensive, integrated and coordinated person-centered health care services in the community through focusing on disease prevention, health lifestyles and wellness.
Dr. Moza Al Hail-Executive Director of Pharmacy at Hamad Medical Corporation, said: “"Over the last few years we have seen a noticeable gap in the absence of Qatari and non-Qatari male pharmacists in hospital practice, anticipated, due to absence of pharmacy degree program for males in the State of Qatar. This initiative will be a great leap to attract male Qatari and non-Qatari students to join the pharmacy degree".”
“It is an achievement to commence the male admission in the College of Pharmacy. Like other professions in the country, the pharmacy should encompass both male and female candidates to equilibrate the normal services in the healthcare setting. Currently, Qatar depends on male pharmacists from different countries around the world to fill this gap; this can be minimized by graduating more in-country pharmacists. The college of pharmacy with female students is doing great and graduating highly qualified pharmacists who are responsible enough to lead the development of pharma profession in the State of Qatar. We would like to see the same progress to be achieved with our male pharmacists,” said Dr. Aisha Ibrahim Al Ansari-Director, Department of Pharmacy and Drug Control Ministry of Public Health.