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QU-H and HMC experts collaborated to train healthcare workers | Qatar University

QU-H and HMC experts collaborated to train healthcare workers

2020-10-06
جانب من المندوة المنظمة عن بُعد لمقدمي الرعاية الصحية

Qatar University’s Health (QU-H) continued with their Continuing Professional Development (CPD) provision on 29th September, on a live webinar to healthcare professionals across Qatar which aimed at supporting the educational and training needs in the area of research skills.
The event welcomed over 90 participants and represents the first of a six-part series in research skills that has been co-designed in partnership with experts from Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC). Tuesday’s session focused on the first step in the research process- the study design and developing a research question; further sessions will focus on other essential steps in the research process.
This CPD series intends to equip healthcare professionals with the necessary instruction to embark on their own research projects and the expertise to interpret published studies. The delivery of the series has been planned specifically at this time where there is increasing health literature that is being published to inform optimal patient care, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. It is essential that healthcare professionals can understand and utilize emerging evidence reported in published studies to deliver the best possible care for their patients.
Dr Zachariah Nazar, QU-H CPD coordinator explained that, “The uncertainty of the COVID-19 represents a real challenge for all healthcare professionals; there is new information emerging all of the time which affects the way that we deliver healthcare, it is therefore essential that healthcare staff can read and understand the latest reported evidence and use it to benefit their patients.”.
Further, Dr Daniel Rainkie, Clinical Lecturer, College of Pharmacy at QU-H presenting at this event, suggested that following this CPD series, participants can use the skills they have acquired to seek opportunities to initiate their own research studies.
Participants from all health professions attended this interactive session, delivered by a panel of three experts from QU-H and HMC. This collaboration developed following strategic meetings established to identify the important learning needs of healthcare workers in Qatar. Subsequent work has been conducted to set up sub-committees made up of local experts to design and deliver specific training targeted to address the learning needs identified.
Director of Research at HMC Ambulance Service, Prof Guillaume Alinier presented during this session and commented “The healthcare system in Qatar employs international experts in every sector; it is imperative that we capitalize on this very valuable resource in developing initiatives such as this CPD series. We will all benefit from this collaboration, healthcare workers, educators and the public”.
Dr Mujahed Shraim, Assistant Professor in Epidemiology in the College of Health Sciences at QU-H, was the third presenter on the topic of study designs and highlighted that “we made the webinar as interactive as possible for the audience using quizzes throughout our talks to help everyone assimilate the knowledge imparted.”
Further CPD series have been planned in collaboration with both health and educational institutes in Qatar and will be delivered over the coming months. QU-H have also extended their invitation for attendance to an international audience through offering open-access live- streaming of these events on their YouTube channel. These efforts are in line with QU-H continued commitment to supporting the optimization of healthcare provision in Qatar and beyond.