Posted on March 17, 2015

In one of a series of its outreach activities targeting high-school students, Qatar University College of Pharmacy (QU-CPH) hosted twenty-one (21) Grade 12 Qatari students from Umm Hakeem Secondary Independent Girls School to orient them on the pharmacy profession and the diverse training, sponsorship, post-graduate study, and future employment opportunities available to them.

The aim of the College’s high-school outreach is to engage Qatari females on the contribution of pharmacists and healthcare professionals to the country’s development and progress in line with the goals and values of the National Health Strategy, and to demonstrate the depth of the College’s teaching/learning environment which combines classroom theory with stimulating on-site practical experiences at CPH partner sites in Qatar.

The program which was led by Associate Dean for Outreach & Engagement  Dr Mohammad Diab, included interactive skits in CPH professional skills labs, a presentation by teaching assistant Reem Al-Mannai on “Top 10 Reasons to Become a Pharmacist”, information on CPH accreditation, and a discussion with current Bachelor and post-graduate students and faculty. “It’s great to know about the accreditation as it means that the College and its programs have an important mark of quality and standards”, said Umm Hakeem student Maha Alemadi.

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In discussions with Dr Diab, CPH Dean Dr Ayman Al-Kadi, and Assistant Dean of Student Affairs Alla El-Awaisi, the students learned about the number of sponsorship opportunities open to Qatari pharmacy and pre-pharmacy students  from QU, Supreme Council of Health, Hamad Medical Corporation, Sidra Medical and Research Center,  and Supreme Education Council, to name a few.  They also learned of changes and developments in the profession and the College’s role in partnering with leading healthcare organizations to implement them.

Dr Diab said:  “CPH is committed as a key partner to advancing the pharmacy profession in Qatar and to encouraging Qatari females to consider it as a meaningful career that has a positive impact on the health and welfare of the society.  We hope these outreach programs will engender a better understanding of the profession and of the role CPH plays in the healthcare sector”.