Qatar University College of Pharmacy ( QU -CPH) recently announced its winning the bid to host the first Middle East conference for Interprofessional Education (IPE) in Qatar this December. The College was hand-selected by the Centre for the Advancement of Interprofessional Education (CAIPE), the IPE world leader, based on QU ‘s lead role in the Middle East in raising awareness and encouraging IPE into curricula.
The conference will bring together faculty members from across the Arab world to learn about integrating an IPE approach into their curriculum.
CPH Dean Dr Ayman El-Kadi said: “IPE is still a relatively new term to the Middle east although it has been gaining momentum worldwide in response to the need to prepare health and social care professionals to collaborate more closely to improve quality and safety in caring for patients. The College of Pharmacy is well-placed to lead this important event that will engage thought-provoking discussions on IPE and will be of invaluable benefit to participants”.
Dr Ayman also noted that the College initiated the first IPE Qatar Committee in 2013 and plays a leading role in incorporating the concept in all health science programs represented on the committee. He further noted that IPE has been endorsed since 2010 by leading health organizations such as the World Health Organization (WHO) and The Lancet Commission.
The winning bid was announced following a successful year of five IPE events organized by CPH. This included the most recent 2-day forum “Interprofessional Education – Symposia to Qatar” and collaborative activities with College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) Human Nutrition Program, Weill-Cornell Medical College Qatar (WCMC-Q) and College of North Atlantic Qatar (CNA-Q).
In the College’s 5th event “Interprofessional Education – Symposia to Qatar” on February 11-12, led by Prof Lesley Diack and Dr Sundari Joseph from Robert Gordon University UK, included industry leaders, faculty members from Qatar organizations such as QU , Weill-Cornell Medical College Qatar (WCMC-Q), University of Calgary (UC-Q), College of North Atlantic Qatar (CNA-Q), Sidra Medical and Research Center, and King Abdulaziz University KSA Dean of Faculty of Pharmacy Prof Zainy Banjar and Vice Dean-Clinical Training & Development Dr Abdulrahman Alahdal.
Lesley Diack said: “The symposia, research undertaken by the QU/Robert Gordon University IPE research team and recent educational initiatives at Qatar University put it at the forefront of IPE developments in the Middle East. It would be a great outcome of the conference in December to see an IPE network established in the Middle East”.
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