QU faculty wins at inaugural Medical Education Research Forum
June 12 2019 11:42 PM
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Dr Alla El-Awaisi

A faculty member from Qatar University College of Pharmacy (CPH) has won the second place in the Poster Award at the inaugural Medical Education Research Forum, organised by Weill Cornell Medicine-Qatar.
Dr Alla El-Awaisi, CPH assistant dean for student affairs and QU Health chair for Interprofessional Education (IPE) Committee, made a poster presentation entitled: “Exploring healthcare facilitators’ perceptions in delivering interprofessional activities in Qatar: a qualitative study”. 
This study aimed to explore facilitators’ perceptions and experiences in delivering IPE in Qatar, and to identify the enablers and barriers faced during the implementation of IPE. Knowledge, skills, and previous exposure to IPE were perceived to enable student and facilitator participation. The project was conducted with QU PharmD graduate Saba Sheikh Ali, QU BSc graduate Aya Abu-Nada during their final year of studies. The research was under the supervision of Dr El-Awaisi with QU CPH associate professor Dr Ahmed Awaisu and QU CPH clinical lecturer Dr Daniel Rainkie as co-supervisors.
Dr Mohammed Diab, CPH dean, said, “The award highly reflects on the quality and skills of our faculty, being able to compete nationally and internationally and harvest awards. It also reflects on the College focus in supporting the professional development of its faculty which is in alignment with Qatar National Vision for human development.”
Dr El-Awaisi said, “Faculty IPE development and facilitator training with effective preparation and orientation are critical for effective implementation 
of IPE.”
The inaugural Medical Education Research Forum drew participation of a large number of healthcare faculty and professionals across Qatar and provided a venue for knowledge transfer and showcasing evolutionary pedagogical innovations in teaching and learning across the medical education.



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