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QU Health students engaged in IPE activity | Qatar University

QU Health students engaged in IPE activity

Group photo of QU Health students engaged in IPE activity

Got insight into the concept of antimicrobial stewardship

A total of 148 students and 16 faculty from Qatar University (QU) Health (colleges of Health Sciences (CHS), Medicine (CMED), and Pharmacy (CPH)) recently participated in Interprofessional Education (IPE) activity on “Antimicrobial Stewardship”.

Organized by QU Health Interprofessional Education Committee (IPEC), the event aimed to introduce students to the concept of antimicrobial stewardship.

The event’s program featured discussions focused on the issue of antimicrobial resistance to highlight the ongoing problem of antibiotics no longer being active against certain infections. The theory and ideal model on an effective antimicrobial stewardship team were then summarized to show to students how different health care professionals can work together for a common goal. This concept also got students thinking about teamwork before they were presented with a patient case. The main activity was then going through a patient case about a 51-year-old previously healthy male, who was admitted to the emergency department of Hamad General Hospital with fever, chills, shortness of breath and productive cough. The patient was diagnosed with pneumonia and the students had to follow him during his three-day admission in the hospital by sharing the different health care perspective on the case and making a shared decision together.

QU Health IPEC Chair and CPH Assistant Dean for Student Affairs Dr. Alla El-Awaisi said: “We are proud of having another successful academic year for IPE with a total of seven IPE events related to the curricula engaging 831 students and over 100 facilitators and two extra curricula IPE event. I greatly appreciate the great support and commitment from IPEC members and all the facilitators who were and still instrumental to the program success and passionate to graduate health care students who are equipped with the skills and professional attitude and worked collaboratively to help advance clinical practice and patient care in the State of Qatar.”

CPH Assistant Professor and lead facilitator for the event Dr. Shane Pawluk said: “The importance of proper antimicrobial use and stewardship IPE event was a collaborative endeavor achieved through the interprofessional work of several different colleges and faculty within QU. Students gained an appreciation from their fellow colleagues that will no doubt have a positive impact on their careers as health care professionals in the future.”

Third-year Human Nutrition Student Shayma Al Bakri said: “This IPE activity was a very beneficial opportunity to work with students from other health care professions. It showed us how our future profession would be and that we need cooperation with each other in order to come up with the best appropriate treatment for patients.”

Second-year medical student Ali AL-Maraghi said: “The IPE made me realize that each health care professional is just another step towards a more satisfied and healthier patient.”

Third-year pharmacy student Iqrah Qurishi said: “Without a health care team, we will not be able to target the bacterial defenses and provide the best treatment given that our goal is the optimal treatment of the patient with the best use of available resources.”

Third-year biomedical student Maha Al-Qeraiwi said: “The IPE activity was a good experience to meet other students from different fields who are interested in the same topic. This helped me in learning more about antibiotic stewardship through case discussion involving different professional perspectives and using teamwork approach to solving clinical problems.”

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