The Office of the President of Qatar University (QU) yesterday announced the appointment of Dr Abdullatif Al Khal MD, PhD, Director of Medical Education at Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC), as the Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs at the newly-established College of Medicine effective November 16 2014.
As the Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs, Dr Al Khal will report to the College of Medicine’s recently-appointed Dean, Dr Egon Toft MD, PhD. He will represent the College on matters relating to clinical activities of faculty and students. He will also continue to serve in his current roles at HMC. The appointment reinforces the organic relationship between QU and HMC. Clinical training at HMC constitutes a key element of the curriculum at the College of Medicine, and a close collaboration in medical care, education and research areas between the two organizations is key to the success of the new College.
Dr Al Khal graduated from the Royal College of Surgeons, Ireland in 1989 after which he joined HMC, completing a one-year internship at Hamad General Hospital in 1990. In 1991, he joined a 3-year Internal Medicine Residency training program at the University of Connecticut Medical Center USA, following which he completed a 2-year fellowship training in Infectious Diseases at Hartford Hospital. He was awarded the Diploma of the American Board in Internal Medicine in 1994 and Diploma of the American Board of Infectious Diseases in 1996.
Dr. Al Khal is overseeing a number of strategic projects at Hamad Medical Corporation including the ACGME-I accreditation for Residency Training Programs which aims at creating safer and higher quality training environment for doctors and improving patient care. As well as being the Deputy Chief of Medical Education at HMC, Dr Al Khal served as Chair of Family Medicine from 1999-2001 and Chair of the Department of Medicine from 2001 to 2012.
He has been the Head of Infectious Diseases Division since 1998 and the Head of Communicable Diseases Clinic since 1997. He is also Manager of the National TB Program and Director of the Clinical AIDS Program. Dr Al Khal holds an appointment as Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine at Weill Cornell Medical College. In addition, he has an advisory role with several public health programs under the umbrella of the Supreme Council of Health, and continues to publish and conduct research.