Posted on October 01, 2017

Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) and the College of Medicine at (CMED) Qatar University recently held an orientation for the new intake of medical students who commenced their medical studies in September 2017.

Over a two-day period, nearly 80 new first year students from CMED attended introductory presentations at Hajar Auditorium, located in HMC’s Medical Education Center. The students, who are training to be doctors, learned about HMC’s key objectives concerning best practice in clinical care, education, and research. HMC residents and other staff participated in the program that included showing students around the various departments at Hamad General Hospital.

The students were divided into groups, with each group accompanied by second and third-year medical students. After completing their first year of medical school, students begin seeing patients in a hospital and office setting. Dr. Abdullatif Al-Khal, Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Medical Education at HMC outlined the importance of mentoring. He said: “It is immensely valuable to have existing students participate in these orientation sessions as first-year students can often relate much better to individuals who are closer in age to themselves and who can help them understand the complexities of hospital systems. HMC has a well-established partnership with the College of Medicine (CMED) Qatar University and such joint activities help to strengthen the bond between our organizations.”

Dr. Yousuf Al Maslamani (pictured), Medical Director of Hamad General Hospital, added: “HMC is continuously expanding and developing facilities and services to meet the needs of Qatar’s population. One of our strategic goals is to have a skilled national workforce to help lead healthcare delivery in the future. We want to give our medical students a glimpse into their working environment and an idea of what the training is all about. We particularly want to remind them of the reason for embarking on this career path, which is taking care of patients who will rely on them to deliver the best, most effective, and most compassionate care available.”

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Senior HMC staff who shared their insights with the students included Dr. Margaret Allen, Senior Consultant and Associate Director for Undergraduate Medical Education and CPD. Commenting on the new intake of medical students from Qatar University’s College of Medicine, she said: “HMC is a teaching institution and we are committed to providing a professional and desirable learning environment for these students who will become the next cohort of physicians taking care of Qatar’s population.” A keen and regular supporter of the annual orientation sessions is Ms. Maitha Al Bouainain,

Executive Director of Community Affairs and Patient Engagement at Hamad General Hospital. She said: “This is an ideal opportunity for us to impress upon these young medical students the importance of compassion and respect, for both patients and colleagues. We also explain the importance of working in multi-disciplinary teams as improved clinical outcomes often depend on physicians collaborating closely with nurses, pharmacists, lab technicians and other allied health professionals.”

The medical students were joined by senior representatives from Qatar University’s College of Medicine’s education team, including Professor Egon Toft, Vice President for Medicine and Health and Dean of the College of Medicine and Dr. Alison Carr, Head of Clinical Education and Professor in the College of Medicine. They were supported by Dr. Ayad Moslih Ibrahim Al Moslih, Clinical Lecturer at the College of Medicine and Dr. Nadia Ali Mahmoud Ali Al Banna, Research Assistant Professor.