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QU CPH wins Best Poster award at the 7th Kuwait International Pharmacy Conference (KIPC 2019) | Qatar University

QU CPH wins Best Poster award at the 7th Kuwait International Pharmacy Conference (KIPC 2019)

CPH Dean Dr Mohammad Diab

Two College of Pharmacy (CPH) students from Qatar University (QU) as well as CPH Associate Professor Dr Ahmed Awaisu, recently attended the 7th Kuwait International Pharmacy Conference (KIPC) 2019, which was organized by Kuwait University Faculty of Pharmacy. The conference theme was “Medicines – from discovery and delivery to optimal use,” and was under the patronage of the President of Kuwait University, Dr Hussein Al-Ansari.

During the poster presentation portion of the conference, Dr Ahmed Awaisu presented on “Curriculum Mapping and Perspectives of Pharmacy Students on the Development and Implementation of Pharmacist Prescribing in Qatar” on behalf of a research team from CPH, comprised by: CPH Dean Dr Mohammad Diab, Dr Ahmed Awaisu, Assistant Dean for Student Affairs Dr Alla El-Awaisi, CPH Assistant Professor Dr Monica Zollezzi, and pharmacy graduates Rwedah Ali, Wishah El-Khalif and Oraib Abdallah. The project won the best poster award for the clinical pharmacy track.

The objective of the study was to gauge the prescribing competencies in CPH BSc Pharmacy curriculum through mapping the curriculum against international standards and to determine the perspectives of pharmacy students and recent graduates on the potential of pharmacist prescribing in Qatar. This project is part of a larger project, funded by QU under the National Capacity Building Grant, that is aimed at scoping the development and implementation of pharmacist prescribing in the State of Qatar.

The Pharmacist Prescribing Project will be valuable in generating evidence of the feasibility of implementing pharmacist prescribing in Qatar. It will also help in benchmarking with international competency standards and identifying areas for improving pharmacists’ prescribing competencies in order to fully empower them with the skills to prescribe medicines.

The project aligns with the overarching goals of Qatar’s national developmental plans as articulated in Qatar National Research Strategy 2013, National Public Health Strategy 2017–2022, and the National Health Strategy 2018-2022. Pharmacists prescribing, when approved and implemented, will potentially impact public health in the country by expanding the role of pharmacists and improving health outcomes that emulate other developed nations. This will also progress on the developmental work in Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) in the area of anticoagulation, in which pharmacists have been providing service, including medications prescribing under a collaborative agreement with physicians.

Commenting on this achievement, QU CPH Dean Dr Mohammad Diab said, “No doubt that having representation and presentation at the KIPC 2019 highlights the College of Pharmacy’s international collaborations. It was a great opportunity to share our work abroad and show off our excellence in quality, through competing and winning prizes. This also aligns with the quality of teaching and research that Qatar University adopts, and highlights the extended role of the pharmacist.”

In his remarks on KIPC 2019 and on winning best poster, Dr Ahmed Awaisu said, “This conference is a great opportunity to meet colleagues from Kuwait and other countries to share ideas, discuss ways to move forward and to project future advancements in pharmacy education and practice. We need to understand our common denominators in pharmacy education and practice in the region. Networking and learning from other countries’ experiences will have a direct bearing on how we can advance education and practice in our countries. It was a great conference and very informative.”

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