Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) in collaboration with the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) has hosted the 1st Academic Health System (AHS) Continuing Education Symposium for Healthcare Educators in Qatar. The four-day event, built around workshops, plenary lectures and focused panels, brought together local and international healthcare professionals in a dynamic setting to facilitate discussions on the subject of professional development and life-long learning.
Over 250 people attended the event, including educators, researchers, physicians, nurses, paramedics, health service managers, quality personnel and other allied healthcare professionals from HMC, ANCC and from a number of research-oriented healthcare institutions such as Sidra Medical and Research Center, Qatar Biomedical Research Institute, Weill Cornell Medical College-Qatar, Qatar University, University of Calgary in Qatar, College of the North Atlantic Qatar and Zayed University, UAE.
HMC’s Chief of Scientific, Academic and Faculty Affairs Professor Edward Hillhouse noted that the symposium provided a terrific networking opportunity for healthcare professionals from different regions to gain from each other’s experiences and knowledge and together devise newer, better ways of providing excellence in healthcare.
“The continuing education of health professionals is vital to the health of our community given the accelerating advances in health information and technology globally,” he said.
Professor Hillhouse encouraged professionals to be proactive and commit to the idea of constant improvement based on seeking new knowledge.
“Physicians, nurses and other allied health professionals must look at this gathering as a time to reflect on future challenges, how the healthcare industry will evolve over the coming years and how we will work together for the benefit of the patients,” he added.
The event also served as a platform to mark a key achievement for HMC on becoming the first organization in the GCC, and the third in the Middle East, to be accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the ANCC.
The ANCC Commission on Accreditation Chair, Pam Dickerson congratulated HMC for the prestigious accreditation.
“Through the accreditation, nurses become part of an ongoing cycle of continuous professional development. They grow and learn as professionals, allowing excellence to permeate throughout the organization as they work closely with many other professionals and many other departments.
“The ANCC recognizes organizations that are committed to providing a healthy work environment and allow nursing to thrive and we know that when nursing thrives patient care improves,” she said.
During the event, healthcare professionals were able to review a range of topics centered on adult learning theories and evaluation models, inter-professional education, educational design, teaching and learning strategies, curriculum design and planning for individual, professional and organizational outcomes, social media and needs assessment. Some targeted workshops covered technology-based learning tools, teaching using simulation, educating to achieve quality outcomes, advanced communication skills and professionalism in Medicine.
The event featured many local and international expert speakers including: Director of the Center for Educational Innovation at Zayed University-UAE, Dr Brad Johnson; Professor of Medical Education and Administration at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, USA, Don Moore; Nurse Education Specialist for the Center for Learning Innovation and Practice at Baylor Scott and White Health in Texas, USA, Jobeth Pilcher; Senior Vice President, Educational Strategy at Prova Education, USA, Lawrence Sherman; and Covenant Health System Chair in Simulation and Nursing Education in the School of Nursing at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, USA, Professor Sharon Decker.
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