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Health care students collaborate together on Smoking Cessation activity organized by QU Health Interprofessional Education Committee | Qatar University

Health care students collaborate together on Smoking Cessation activity organized by QU Health Interprofessional Education Committee

أثناء تفاعل الطلبة خلا الأنشطة

The QU Health Interprofessional Education Committee (IPEC) in Qatar University (QU), which consists of representatives of all the different health care schools in Qatar, organized its fourth interprofessional activity (IPE) for this semester on Smoking Cessation. The event was attended by 164 health care students and 18 health care facilitators and involved students from QU’s College of Health Sciences (CHS), the College of Medicine (CMED), College of Pharmacy (CPH) and the College of North Atlantic’s (CNAQ) respiratory therapy program.

The students discussed the impact of smoking on health and wellbeing as well as the role of each of the professions represented in reducing smoking. The students then read a case about a patient with a Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). Health care students, in their Interprofessional teams, interviewed the health care faculty who was playing the role of the patient using a structured approach to provide the appropriate support for smokers interesting to quit. The teams were judged based on their ability to satisfy the IPE competencies including collaboration, interprofessional communication, patient-centeredness, team functioning and role clarification.

Dr. Alla Ell-Awaisi, CPH Assistant Dean for Student Affairs and QU Health Chair of the IPE committee said. “The goal of the IPE smoking cessation activity is to prepare health care students to be competent and confident to support smokers in quitting smoking and realize that each member of the health care team is able to contribute to this and work interprofessionanly. This semester, four IPE activities have taken place across the four professional years starting with introducing junior students to IPE concepts, to this activity on smoking cessation, followed by a case based IPE activity on diabetes and lastly an IPE simulation activity on mental health for senior students. The activities involved a total of 456 health care students across Qatar and a total of 50 health care facilitators from the different health care academic institutions in Qatar.”

CPH pharmacy student Laila Shafei commented saying, “This IPE activity showed me that our work is like a puzzle, and every health care practitioner must work together to put their own piece until we all achieve a well-designed patient care plan.”

CHS public health student Usra Abushara Mohamed Elshaikh said, “It has been a great experience attending the IPE activity, as we were able to translate what we learned into action, understand what other professionals do and how to work in a multidisciplinary team to achieve a great health system.”

CNAQ respiratory therapy student Maria Zulfigar said: “It was great attending the IPE activity and participating as well as teaching other team members about our profession.”

IPE aims to develop and facilitate interactions between health care students from different institutions and to equip learners with team-based collaborative skills needed for them to practice interprofessionally upon graduation.