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Distinguished Participation for QU CPH Students at the 10th Annual Skills Competition | Qatar University

Distinguished Participation for QU CPH Students at the 10th Annual Skills Competition

2019-04-09 00:00:00.0
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Six pharmacy students from Qatar University (QU) College of Pharmacy (CPH) successfully competed at the 10th Annual International Health Sciences Skills Competition. The event featured healthcare students from academic institutions across Qatar including College of the North Atlantic – Qatar (CNA-Q), University of Calgary Qatar and Weill Cornell Medicine. The competition is a unique and exciting way for students to demonstrate their ideas, talent and motivation to succeed, whilst building character, confidence, and self-esteem. Students in their interprofessional teams showcased excellent professional skills and collaborative competence in responding to expertly designed simulated scenarios.

More than 500 college students competed against their peers. One scenario required the students to work collaboratively alongside their pharmacy technician colleagues in CNA-Q and a health aid from DeBakey High School to manage various challenges within a busy community pharmacy environment. This included responding to clinical prescription queries, managing a first-aid situation and delivering pharmaceutical care to various patients visiting the pharmacy. Scores were awarded for communication, collaboration and professional skills.

Final year CPH student Rawan Abouelhassan, achieved first prize as the highest scoring pharmacy student in the competition; her team also finished second in the team performance.

Final year CPH student Shorouk Homs achieved first place with her team in team performance, while Sara Thiab won third place alongside her team in the team performance category.

Commenting on the winner’s achievements, QU CPH Dean Dr Mohammad Diab said, “Aligning with Qatar University’s Strategy and Qatar National Vision for human development, the College of Pharmacy exerts huge amounts of efforts in the professional and mental development of its students. This is clearly shown in the ability of our students to compete in competitions such as the CNAQ Skills Competition and harvest awards. We believe that developing students’ skills is equally as important as educating them about the science and hence we highly encourage our students to participate in national and international competitions. The College of Pharmacy is very proud of its students and wish them more success in the future.”

Assistant Professor of Clinical Pharmacy and Practice in CPH, Dr Zachariah Nazar, who helped prepare and execute the competition said, “This is a wonderful opportunity for students to apply their learning to real-world tasks and by supporting such initiatives we believe that we are making a difference to Qatar’s future workforce by nurturing talent and expertise.”

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