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QU Doctor of Pharmacy students’ complete international internships at US Universities | Qatar University

QU Doctor of Pharmacy students’ complete international internships at US Universities

Iman Abdulrahman and Nowran Elkhatib were engaged in a wide range of activities in Xavier University

As a part of a student exchange agreement between Qatar University (QU) and other overseas universities, two different international internships took place recently with four QU College of Pharmacy (CPH) students. Two Doctor of Pharmacy students completed rotations at Xavier University in New Orleans, Louisiana and two at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana, both in the United States.

Iman Abdulrahman and Nowran Elkhatib, the two PharmD students who completed one of their clinical rotations at Xavier University, were engaged in a wide range of activities such as teaching undergraduate students and shadowing clinical pharmacists in various practice settings. The students were guided by Dr. Sara Al Dahir, Clinical Associate Professor/Fulbright Scholar-Division of Clinical and Administrative Sciences, College of Pharmacy, Xavier University of Louisiana.

Commenting on this rotation, Dr. Sara Al Dahir said: “Xavier University of Louisiana College of Pharmacy was happy to host two students on rotation in 2019. This year, the students participated in an academic rotation with teaching in both the Critical Care Course and accompanying lab. In addition, the students were hosted for clinical exposure at multiple affiliate hospitals and clinics including Tulane Hospital, Ochsner Hospital and Crescent Care Clinic. They were able to witness pharmacy practice in specialty areas such as transplant, a clinic dedicated to immigrant health, an HIV clinic as well as a specialty pharmacy clinic. After eight years of a successful exchange between Xavier and Qatar University, the rotation continues to expand and grow.”

Nowran Elkhatib said: “I was chosen by QU-CPH to have one international rotation in Louisiana, USA. It was one of my best rotations since I gained experience in various aspects that are not common to practice in Qatar. We were able to attend days in the retail pharmacy, specialty pharmacy, polyclinics (which are managed by the clinical pharmacists), HIV clinics and in-patient rounds like ICU and transplant. Additionally, we spent time at the university giving lectures, helping students in their labs, and contributing to the development of quizzes and cases. Furthermore, we helped our preceptor interview students who were interested in having an international rotation in Qatar.”

Dima Al Kawas and Mai Salama, also had the opportunity to complete an academic pharmacy leadership rotation, at a different university in the United States, Purdue University. The PharmD students were engaged in a wide range of learning activities that included participation in the Forensic Diversion Program, contributing in pharmacy related courses, and working in community outreach projects. The students were supervised by Dr. Cynthia P. Koh-Knox Sharp, Clinical Associate Professor, Pharmacy Practice-Faculty Liaison, Pharmacy Continuing Education and Professional Development at Purdue University, College of Pharmacy.

Dr. Cynthia Koh-Knox Sharp said: “Hosting pharmacy students from Qatar University College of Pharmacy is a great experience from all perspectives. During their time with us on campus, there were a lot of activities. Dima and Mai participated in my courses, rotation activities, and interacted with the student pharmacists on many levels. Their presentation about CPH and Qatar was very well received by faculty, students, and staff. The PharmD program at CPH was well represented by these two professional students/pharmacists. It was my pleasure meeting them.”

Dima Al Kawas said: “Participating with the Forensic Diversion Program was such an exciting aspect of my experience, and I was grateful to witness the importance of the pharmacists’ role as healthcare advocates within the program. My colleague and I were able to meet with several faculty members and students, and exchange knowledge about our pharmacy programs, healthcare system and the different cultural backgrounds that we come from. I cannot speak highly enough of the kindness, respect, and overall hospitality that we have received, and I would certainly recommend this rotation to QU-CPH students.”

Commenting on the students’ rotation, CPH Dean Dr. Mohammed Diab said: “It is with great pleasure that we collaborate with Xavier University and Purdue University as part of a student exchange program. These programs offer a tremendous sense of accomplishment upon completion, it encourages students to develop independent viewpoints, make enlightened decisions and strive to attain fresh goals. In alignment with Qatar National Vision 2030 for human development, the College of Pharmacy gives full attention to flourish student’s awareness and professional development leading to graduating professional healthcare providers with enhanced self-confidence and self-esteem.”

Dr. Bridget Javed, Director of QU’s CPH PharmD program stated: “It is a great opportunity to send our students to Xavier University and Purdue University to broaden their practice experiences that eventually will be integrated into Qatar’s healthcare system. These programs continue to inspire our students to become leaders and promote pharmacy advancements within Qatar.”