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QU Health students participate and win in an international Interprofessional Case Competition | Qatar University

QU Health students participate and win in an international Interprofessional Case Competition

2021-12-15 00:00:00.0
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Students and faculty from multiple professions, multiple institutions, and multiple countries participated in the first annual International Interprofessional Case Competition (I2C2) coordinated by Virginia Commonwealth University in USA and co-organized by another five

Institutions which included:

  • Qatar University, Doha, Qatar
  • Gulf Medical University, Ajman, UAE
  • Washington State University, Pullman, Washington, USA
  • UT Health San Antonio, San Antonio, Texas, USA
  • RAK Medical & Health Sciences University, UAE

Qatar University College of Pharmacy (QU-CPH) Assistant Dean for Student Affairs and QU Health Chair of Interprofessional Education program Dr. Alla El-Awaisi was part of the organizing team and QU-CPH Section Head of Clinical Educatio Dr Hazem Elewa was one of the judges for the competition. Student participants from QU Health included: Dhabya Al-Khater and Halima Saadia from QU-CPH, Jawaher Baraka and Mohamed Tawengi from College of Medicine and Layan Sukik from the Human Nutrition at College of Health Sciences. 

Students volunteered to participate in the competition at the beginning of the semester and were placed in five team with students from different professions and different countries. The student teams then received a complex clinical case at the beginning of October and had to work together to outline the best plan of care for this patient. To succeed, the students had to overcome many barriers to collaboration.Five teams of students competed, and the winning team included the following members:

  • Halima Saadia, Qatar University, Pharmacy
  • Judit Elsa Don, Gulf Medical University, Pharmacy
  • Kelly Hancock, Virginia Commonwealth University, Occupational Therapy
  • Emma Morgan, Washington State University, Pharmacy
  • Keerthi Thallapureddy, UT Health San Antonio, Medicine
  • Zehdi Eydou, RAK Medical & Health Sciences University, Medicine

Dr Hazem commented: “It has been a pleasure to participate in this  exciting IPE case competition which was held virtually early November, 2021. The efforts done by all competing teams to solve and present the case and  the collaboration and communication among each team members were impressive. Whenever we see such spirit and attitude, it brings a lot of hope about the future of healthcare system” 

QU-CPH student Halima Saadia commented: "IPE is the future of the healthcare system, and I am motivated to be a part of that future,” She added: “This competition promoted team mentality and patient-centered care. It was an amazing opportunity to work with other healthcare professional students from all over the world. We all learned a lot from each other."

Emma Morgan, a student from Washington State University noted “This was such a unique opportunity because it was an accurate representation of what it will be like working interprofessionally once we graduate. “The time zone differences presented a unique challenge but we were able to communicate well and collaborate with each other to create a well-rounded treatment plan. The patient case was very complicated, and I wouldn't have been able to do it without my team!”

To determine the winners, each team had to create a 15-minute video of their plan for caring for the patient as well as a short reflection on how the team worked together to overcome the challenges of collaborating interprofessionally and internationally. The judges, who included faculty from five different institutions, reviewed each team’s submissions and then interviewed each team for fifteen minutes about their approach to collaboration and solutions for the case.

“The students were so impressive,” stated Alan Dow, a faculty member and judge from Virginia Commonwealth University. “Their plans of care were on par with practicing clinicians, and their presentations were poised, creative, and inspiring.”

Overall, the students demonstrated impressive resourcefulness, thoughtfulness, and resilience during the competition. All students will receive complimentary registration to the Virginia Commonwealth University’s Emswiller Interprofessional Symposium on February 5th, 2022 where the winners will be recognized. Most importantly, the students learned valuable lessons about how to collaborate to deliver better care.

The organizers plan to expand the event in 2022 as the Second Annual International Interprofessional Case Competition.

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