Posted on March 28, 2016

The University of Calgary in Qatar (UCQ) will host Dr. Al-Hareth M. Al-Khater, Senior Consultant Medical Oncologist and Deputy Medical Director at the National Center for Cancer Care & Research (NCCCR) of Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC), for a presentation related to healthcare ethics as part of UCQ’s Distinguished Speaker Series. The talk, titled “Ethics and the End of Life as We Know It,” will take place on Wednesday, March 30th, from 1:30 PM to 2:30 PM at the UCQ Auditorium, and is open to the public, UCQ’s faculty and students, as well as students in the Masters in Nursing, Leadership Program, led by UCQ’s Dr. Vahe Kehyayan, an Assistant Professor.

“Advances in science and technology promise to transform healthcare as we know it, creating exciting opportunities, but also significant challenges,” said Dr. Al-Khater. “As the capabilities of healthcare professionals increase, the ethical framework within which they operate must be carefully constructed, constantly reviewed, and adjusted with great care. In working with patients at the beginning or the end of life, ethical dilemmas are inevitable, and healthcare professionals must be prepared to respond effectively. As Qatar’s healthcare sector continues to emerge and evolve, healthcare ethical practice by healthcare professionals must remain a national priority.”

Before joining HMC’s National Center for Cancer Care & Research, Dr. Al-Khater had completed his residency at the University of Missouri in the United States, working at the University Hospital, the Harry S. Truman Memorial Veterans’ Hospital, and the Ellis Fischel Cancer Center. In addition to holding a medical degree from the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, Dr. Al-Khater was awarded an American Board certification in internal medicine, hematology and medical oncology, and serves on a number of renowned committees within and beyond Qatar. Among these are the Corporate Healthcare Ethics Committee at HMC, at which he holds the position of Chairman, and the Qatar National Research Ethics Committee, among many others

As the healthcare sector grows and advances, healthcare ethics remains a field of continued interest. Many of the decisions providers make may have ethical implications for the patient. While the well-being of the patient remains a top priority, providers must also be mindful of their responsibilities to other healthcare professionals, society and to themselves.

Dr. Kehyayan said: “Ethical practice is a central element of the nursing education we provide at UCQ, enabling staff nurses and nursing leaders to act responsibly in caring for a wide variety of patients. Given his experience in treating terminally ill patients, which often involves tough moral decisions, Dr. Al-Khater will have valuable insights to offer our students. While advances in medical treatment can improve patient care, they remain reliant on the moral compass of healthcare professionals.”

In welcoming Dr. Al-Khater, UCQ highlights the importance of ethics for the nursing profession, as compassion and adherence to laws and regulations are the foundation of professional care. The presentation will provide UCQ nursing students and attendees with a unique opportunity to hear from an expert in the field, with extensive experience in treating patients with a range of conditions. Events such as this complement the theoretical instruction UCQ offers, preparing nursing students to contribute to the development goals of Qatar National Vision 2030 across its pillars.

UCQ welcomes the local community to attend the talk on Wednesday, March 30th, from 1:30 PM to 2:30 PM at the University’s campus located on Furousiya Street near the Al Rayyan Racing and Equestrian Club. Visit www.ucalgary.edu.qa or call 4406 5222 for more information. 

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