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CPH student wins 1st place in the “1st Pharmacy Patient Counselling Competition in Arabic” | Qatar University

CPH student wins 1st place in the “1st Pharmacy Patient Counselling Competition in Arabic”

Nancy Zaghloul receiving a certificate from CPH Dean Dr Mohammad Diab

Part of CPH efforts to provide students with an optimal learning environment

Fourth-year Pharmacy student Nancy Zaghloul won the first place in the “1st Pharmacy Patient Counselling Competition in Arabic” recently held CPH.

Organized by CPH for the first time, the competition attracted over 20 applicants among whom five participants were selected -- Nancy Zaghloul, second-year Pharmacy student Ekram Zoukh, PharmD student Farah Zahrah, PharmD student Nour Isleem, and Fourth-year Pharmacy student Nowran El-Khatib.

The contestants were randomly assigned patient counselling on medication related to asthma, diabetes, glaucoma, heart disease, hypertension, and osteoporosis. They had five minutes to review the prescription, and then, they had to counsel a standardized patient in Arabic for five minutes. They were evaluated by a panel of judges based on different criteria such as usage of Arabic language, communication skills, and professional competencies.

The panel of judges included Director of Research and Graduates Studies at QU Medical and Health Sciences Office Dr Feras Alali, CPH Assistant Professor Dr Banan Mukhalalati, Director of Pharmacy at Al Wakra Hospital, Director of Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) PGY1 Pharmacy Residency and Head of HMC Pharmacy CPD Office Dr Rasha El Anany, Supervisor and Clinical Pharmacist at Sidra Medical and Research Center Dr Maryam Khaja, and CPH PharmD student Noora Al Hamad.

CPH Dean Dr Mohammad Diab said: “Believing in QU mission to be regionally recognized for distinctive excellence in education and research, CPH exerts loads of efforts in bestowing a growing environment for its students through attending conferences, workshops, and competitions such as the 1st Pharmacy Patient Counselling Competition in Arabic. Having faith in the importance of preserving our cultural heritage and the use of Arabic language, and also lining up with Qatar’s national strategy, the college is investing in more Arabic sessions incorporated in professional skills and Structured Multi Skill Assessment (SMSA)/Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) related to Arabic counselling and communication skills. The college also cares about providing students with Arabic disease state terminology to help them deliver the appropriate care when needed in Arabic. Congratulations to all the students who have participated in this competition. CPH is very proud of you.”

CPH Assistant Dean for student Affairs and Chairperson of the competition Dr Alla El-Awaisi said: “The goal of the patient counselling competition is to challenge pharmacy students to demonstrate their counselling skills using the Arabic language and to enhance their use of the language. The competition was designed to reflect real life experiences and to encourage and reinforce the role of the pharmacist as a care provider and communicator. It was an opportunity for the students to discover their ability to counsel patients in Arabic and what they need to do to improve themselves further.”

Dr Rasha El Anany said: “The College of Pharmacy at Qatar University is always a pioneer in coming up with initiatives that help the students to excel and succeed. The idea of the competition is an incentive for all students to identify ways to deliver in Arabic accurate medication information seamlessly which will assist patients to take their medication effectively and safely. Thus, the college prepares students to pursue different career paths in pharmacy.”

Nancy Zaghloul said: “It was an exciting experience knowing that we were evaluated by judges from inside and outside CPH. Also, having the competition with strong contestants in the Arabic language for the first time was quite challenging. I highly encourage more students in the future to participate in this unique competition to overcome any language-related obstacles.”