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Practice Educators Academy - A series of virtual workshops to develop practitioners’ educators in the health sector organized by QU-HEALTH | Qatar University

Practice Educators Academy - A series of virtual workshops to develop practitioners’ educators in the health sector organized by QU-HEALTH

2020-11-10 00:00:00.0
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Qatar University’s QU-HEALTH cluster in collaboration with the Office of Engagement and Communication in the Department of Medical and Health Sciences, in addition to the Department of Continuing Professional Development and the Department of Information Technology at Qatar University organized a series of virtual workshops entitled “The Practice Educators’ Academy” on October 23 till 25, which aimed to develop preceptors’ educational knowledge and skills required for their roles as clinical educators including principles of learning theories, planning for experiential learning, teaching strategies, students’ assessment and feedback, and communication skills for effective preceptorship and conflict resolution.
The workshop builds a critical mass of health care professional educators, who would then teach and prepare competent health profession students/graduates that will advance healthcare outcomes and meet the healthcare needs of Qatar society, and ultimately achieve QNHS 2018-2022 and QNV 2030.
The workshops were attended by more than 60 clinical preceptors. The Deputy Chief Medical Officer and Director of Medical Education in Hamad Medical Corporation, Dr. Abdullatif Al-Khal, and the Vice President of Health Cluster and Dean of Medical College, Prof Egon Toft and the Dean of Health Sciences College Dr. Hanan Abdul Rahim, honored the event with their presence in the opening session of workshops. These workshops were intended for pharmacists, physicians and allied health practitioners who serve as clinical educators/preceptors at Qatar University (QU) Health Cluster colleges of Pharmacy, Medicines, and Health Sciences.
“Practice Educators’ Academy" workshops were interactive, and presented by scholars and experts from the Health Cluster Colleges at Qatar University and Hamad Medical Corporation. They were presented on five educational modules:

  1. Principles of teaching and learning, was presented by: Prof. Marwan Abu-Hijleh (Professor of Anatomy, Head of Basic Medical Science, CMED), and Dr. Banan Mukhalalati (Assistant Professor in the Clinical Pharmacy and Practice section in the CPH)
  2. Planning for experiential learning, was presented by: Prof. Hiba Bawadi (Head of Clinical Training, CHS)
  3. Teaching and instruction strategies, was presented by: Dr. Ahmed Awaisu (Associate Professor and Department Head, Clinical Pharmacy and Practice, CPH) and Dr. Kristen Al-Amri (A/Associate Director, Medical Education, HMC)
  4. Students assessment and feedback, was presented by Dr. Ghadir Al-Jayyousi (Lecturer, Clinical Training Coordinator, CHS)
  5. Communication skills for effective preceptorship and conflict resolution, was presented by: Dr. Bridget Javed (Clinical Associate Professor and Director, Doctor of Pharmacy Program, CPH)

Dr. Abdullatif Al-Khal, the deputy chief medical officer and director of medical education in HMC said: “I would like to thank all the participants for joining this very interesting and important initiative- The Practice Educators’ Academy. It is an innovative initiative and the first of its kind in the country and probably in the region where we are helping to set history and the milestone in the field of medical education. As clinical teachers you play a very important role in the training and the education of our health professional students. You act as teachers, as educators and mentors. You also set the role models for the students who will be our future doctors, pharmacists, dieticians, and health professionals in other areas. It is not accepted anymore that people just teach the way they think a good teaching is done. It is important that we all conformed to the same standards and the basic principles of education. It is more important during this period of time where we are faced with the huge challenges like the current COVID-19 pandemic. It is more important to learn how to be good teachers to help build our future professionals who will deal with future similar challenges.”
Dr. Egon, the Vice President for Medical and Health Sciences, and Dean of the College of Medicine at Qatar University said: “There is an increasing collaboration between the healthcare system in the country and Qatar University on developing a healthcare professional educational system. For this reason, we have started the QU Health in which we are trying, according to the new strategy, to fill the gap of future education by observing where is the biggest need of the country and where is the biggest opportunities to fill the gaps in the necessity of having the best possible graduates for the health care system of the country. For that purpose, it is important that we have the best possible teachers, and it is important to develop them continuously every year from now on. I think this initiative is very important. It is an evidence-based and it is up to par with the best standards and best practices of today. It is a good opportunity that will improve the teaching skills of preceptors, and the other people who are doing the clinical training of our students and graduate in the hospital setting and in the clinical setting. This is a good program you have put together and I hope it will be very interesting for the participants.”
Dr. Banan Mukhalalati, an Assistant Professor in the Clinical Pharmacy and Practice Section, College of Pharmacy, and the Practice Educator’s Academy Project Lead Principal Investigator said: “We know that clinical preceptors are indispensable in the experiential training of health professional students. However, the vast majority of preceptors do not possess formal training as educators. This is what brings us to conduct a research project of two stages, which is granted from university internal grant. In the first stage the educational needs of preceptors has been assessed and were considered as milestone of building the program syllabus by health education experts. The process also involved benchmarking the learning objectives with similar international programs and ultimately led to validating the syllabus by national and international scholars who are expert in the field. In the second stage, and after developing the content of the program into 5 modules, we are pilot evaluating this workshop in order to assess the feasibility and effectiveness of this educational training program, before its full implementation.”
Dr. Zachariah Nazar, an Assistant Professor in the Clinical Pharmacy and Practice Section, College of Pharmacy, and the QU-H CPD Coordinator said: “Congratulations on arranging and developing this important event. As we all know the role of preceptors is hugely important, and it shouldn't be underestimated. The role they play in the development of students is really critical in their preparedness, become healthcare professionals. So, this event is hugely timely and very relevant to our current practice. I know months of planning has gone into this and with the situation we have with the pandemic, I know that puts extra challenges for you. So congratulations on organizing this event.”
"The Practice Educators’ Academy” workshop is an accredited group learning activity (Category 1) as defined by the Qatar Council for Healthcare Practitioners-Accreditation Department (QCHP) and is approved for a maximum number of 11.5 hours. This academy is part of a study that is funded by the Qatar University National Capacity Building Research Grant QUCP-CPH-2018/2019-1, and is conducted by the lead principal investigator: Dr. Banan Mukhalalati, and the workshop faculty members’ team.

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