Qatar University’s (QU) new College of Dental Medicine held the first meeting of the steering committee that will guide and oversee the development of the institution which will officially open in September.
The steering committee will be able to make strategic and operational decisions and provide recommendations to the QU Board of Regents. QU president Dr Hassan Aal-Derham is the chairperson of the committee and College of Medicine vice president and founding dean Dr Egon Toft the vice-chairperson.
Regular members of the committee are senior representatives of the local oral healthcare and health education systems.
Regular members of the committee are senior representatives of the local oral healthcare and health education systems: Hamad Medical Corporation’s (HMC) Dental Services chairman Dr Ghanim al-Mannai, Hamad Dental Center vice chairman Dr Khalifa al-Ansari, Director of Medical Education Dr Abdullatif al-Khal, Primary Health Care Corporation (PHCC) managing director Dr Mariam Abdulmalik, Oral Health Division manager Dr Asmaa al-Khatib, Ministry of Public Health senior consultant Dr Abdulla al-Emadi, Sidra Medicine’s director of Dentistry Dr Jamal al-Abdulla, QU College of Dental Medicine founding dean Prof Johann de Vries, and QU project manager (strategic development) Nicola Frank.
The purpose of the first meeting of the steering committee was to introduce all members, provide everyone with key facts about the soon-to-be tenth college at QU and collect general feedback. The committee also gathered advice and strategic direction on curriculum development, organisational structure and governance, recruitment strategy, student outreach, quality assurance, partnerships and a communication plan.
The College of Dental Medicine, the first such institution in Qatar, will offer a six-year programme leading to the degree of Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD). The yearly intake is up to 25 students, including 70% who are expected to be Qatari high-school applicants from within Qatar. As the fourth college under QU Health, the new college will complement the existing health-related Colleges of Medicine, Pharmacy, and Health Sciences, and hence expand the possibilities of inter-professional learning at the university.
The curriculum will incorporate pedagogical approaches and advanced e-learning and learning technologies, that foster students’ active learning and critical thinking. It will be delivered in close collaboration with HMC and the PHCC, so that students can benefit from early clinical experience in state-of-the-art facilities including a dental simulation clinic and academic dental hospital at HMC, student-tailored elective studies, community-based education, and research possibilities, which are key elements of the curriculum.