Posted on July 29, 2011

Qatar University College of Pharmacy recently hosted the second annual Eastern Mediterranean Regional Symposium (EMPS) in Qatar on July 15-21, 2011. Over 150 pharmacy students from 14 countries in Europe, Africa and the Middle East attended the 7-day educational conference.

Educational activities included academic lectures, scientific posters, clinical and patient skills student competitions, regional assemblies and student-led workshops. Cultural activities included museum visits, desert trips and Qatari sword dances.

Guest speakers for the event were from the World Health Organization and universities in the Middle East. Qatar University College of Pharmacy faculty also participated in the event. Students from the represented countries with leadership potential were selected to attend a 3-day "Leaders-in-Training" workshops aimed at time management and team building.

Dean Peter Jewesson also provided a welcoming speech from Canada in which he welcomed registrants to Qatar and commended the students on their organization and participation at this important event during their summer break. Dean Jewesson stated, "This comes at a critical time when cooperation between countries towards the advancement of health care education and delivery is very important. I'm particularly proud of the efforts of our Qatar pharmacy students towards ensuring the success of this international educational conference."

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Qatar University College of Pharmacy students won several awards during the competitions and Qatar ranked highest in terms of total awards received.

Raja Barazi, EMPS 2011 Committee Chairperson commented, "The event was a great success on many levels. We had strong participation from several countries, students exchanged many ideas and learned from each other, and our guest speakers provided very informative presentations about pharmacy education and practice. As a student body in a college, we also learned how to organize and deliver an international educational event and we aim to host further conferences in the future."

The Eastern Mediterranean Regional Group is a subset of the larger International Pharmacy Student Federation (IPSF) which has 350,000 students from over 70 countries. Qatar has been an active member since 2008 at both the regional and international level and aim to send student delegates to the 57th annual IPSF in Thailand from August 3-13, 2011.


source: Ameinfo

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