As part of a student exchange programme between Qatar University (QU) College of Pharmacy (CPH) and Xavier University (XU) in the US since 2013, PharmD students Ahlam Ayyad and Ghazal Maghareh, visited QU to complete an academic pharmacy leadership exchange programme.
The XU students were involved in a variety of activities during their four-week rotation programme.
They met CPH academic administrators and were exposed to academic and clinical and industrial pharmacy settings in Qatar.
They had the opportunity to be part of a teaching activity at CPH, present their research projects, participate in an inter-professional education activity on smoking cessation and participate in a CPH outreach event on pain control.
They also visited three Hamad Medical Corp hospitals (Al Khor, Al Wakrah and HMC Heart Hospital) to learn more about the pharmacy practice.
CPH dean Dr Mohamed Diab said: “Student exchange programme offers broad based benefits and outcomes for students keen to embark on this international adventure.”
Dr Bridget Javed, director of Doctor of Pharmacy Programme at CPH said: “The visit provided a platform to learn about pharmacy practice advancements between Qatar and the US.”
Visiting student Ayyad said: “From the students to the faculty and to the overall hospitality that my colleague and I received, was just phenomenal.”
Maghareh recalled she was able to have one-on-one meetings with the academic administrator to learn more about academia and clinical practice in Qatar.
“My mentors at Qatar University were dedicated to our learning experience and always provided constructive criticism.
Besides the wonderful faculty and administrative staff, I spent a good portion of my time with the students at Qatar University,” she added.
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