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The first Virtual Inter professional Education Activity on Diabetes Organized by QU Health Inter professional Education Committee | Qatar University

The first Virtual Inter professional Education Activity on Diabetes Organized by QU Health Inter professional Education Committee


The QU Health Interprofessional Education Committee (IPEC) in Qatar, which consist of representatives of all the different healthcare schools in Qatar, have recently organized its first Interprofessional Education (IPE) activity of this semester "Interprofessional Education (IPE) Activity on Diabetes “on 20th of October 2020, virtually by WebEx and Microsoft Teams.
18 facilitators from Qatar University, University of Calgary-Qatar, Weill Cornell University-Qatar participated in the event and it was attended by 115 Qatar University students from the following healthcare professions: Biomedical sciences, Nutrition, Pharmacy, Public Health, and Medicine. An orientation session was given to all the facilitators about facilitating the IPE session virtually and the technical aspects. Ms. Myriam Eljaam, teaching assistant in College of Pharmacy, was the lead facilitator for this event.
This IPE activity helps healthcare students from different professions to understand and respect the role and responsibility of each other. Also, it gives the students the opportunity to interact and communicate interprofessionally. Furthermore, healthcare students from different professions can experience teamwork while making shared decisions together. Moreover, it highlights a very significant topic for the healthcare system, i.e. Diabetes. It is among the leading causes of mortality worldwide. While in Qatar, the prevalence of type 2 diabetes is about 17%; one of the highest prevalence rates in the world.
The IPE activity started with ice breaker activity, where students introduced themselves and their professions. The Epidemiology of diabetes was then addressed. After that, students went through a discussion on a case study about a 46 years old man who was diagnosed with Diabetic ketoacidosis. The students discussed the patient’s present illness, and their past medical history. Students worked interprofessionally to study his lab test results and their interpretations, established his treatment plan and finally developed an interprofessional discharge plan.
IPE activities enhance the student learning experience and prepare them for a collaborative practice once they graduate. They focus on improving their communication skills and teamwork capabilities in any circumstances. Health care team must be prepared to communicate effectively in any means; face to face or virtually and that is how important this event is to our students. Although the pandemic of covid-19 caused restrictions on hosting in-campus events, it was crucial to continue carrying the IPE events virtually.
Ms. Myriam Jihad El Jaam commented: “COVID-19 forced us out of our comfort zone, we had to be innovative and challenge ourselves and our students, and try something completely new. It is not easy to organize IPE face to face, so imagine how it’s like to organize online! Despite all the difficulties, anxiety and stress we can say that we did a good job in delivering this IPE activity”.
CPH Third Year Pharmacy student Nebras Ibrahim, said: “Like everything else in this year IPE this semester was held virtually and although it would have been more enjoyable and interactive if it was on campus it was a great opportunity for us to inter-professionally manage a patient case via online platforms and mimic what is nowadays happening in the practice due to the pandemic, because we “healthcare students“ should always be trained to work under any circumstances as in reality the healthcare world and practice is constantly changing due to new challenges that evoke frequently and HCP should be able and well trained to adapt to those changes as smooth as possible ”
Based on students and facilitators’ feedback, the overall organization and delivery of the event was successful. In addition, student’s interaction in the IPE groups went very well and smooth based on the survey feedback after the event.
The Interprofessional Education aims to develop and facilitate interactions between healthcare students equipping learners with team-based collaborative skills and emphasizing interactive learning.

Related Files
  • Snapshot from the event
  • CPH Third Year Pharmacy student Nebras Ibrahim