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Two UBC students complete a month-long internship at QU-CPH


Under a student exchange program between Qatar University College of Pharmacy (QU-CPH) and the University of British Columbia (UBC) in Canada, Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) students from UBC, Andrew Overend and John Anthony, recently visited QU-CPH for a month-long internship focusing on academic pharmacy.

PharmD students participated in a variety of activities during the four-week rotation.
During the first two weeks, they had meetings with college deans, department chairs and faculty members with administrative portfolios to learn about their roles and activities.

A group photo of students

In addition, they visited the Department of Pharmacy and Drug Control of the Ministry of Public Health to learn more about the registration of new drugs in Qatar.
For teaching-related experience, they contributed to the Professional Skills Lab, Integrated Case-Based Learning (ICBL), Structured Multi-Skills Assessment (SMSA), and Objective Clinical Examination structured (OSCE).
In addition, they contributed to other activities such as the validation of the comprehensive oral exam for the PharmD program and the participation in an awareness event on the coronavirus (Covid-19).
Finally, to learn more about patient care in Qatar, they visited four Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) hospitals/centers (Al Khor, Al Wakra, Hamad General Hospital and Women’s Wellness and Research Centre), Sidra Medicine and Pharmacy Wellcare community to observe the activities of health professionals.
These were in addition to having the opportunity to interact with QU-CPH pharmacy students.
Acting Dean of QU-CPH, Dr. Feras Alali, said, “CPH is keen to provide international students with the opportunity to experience Qatar and its clinical and educational system.
Dr. Hazem Elewa, Head of Clinical Education at QU-CPH, one of the student preceptors during their international rotation, said, “It was a pleasure to host the pharmacy students from Colombia University British, as it provided a platform to learn about the progress of pharmaceutical practice between Qatar and Canada.
“It was great to learn about the similarities between pharmacy in Qatar and pharmacy in Canada, especially in terms of how community and hospital pharmacies work,” Overend said.
“Everyone I met in Qatar was incredibly friendly and ready to help with anything and everything,” he said. “It was very interesting to learn about the different career paths that a Pharmacy Doctorate can take you, as well as being part of the academic component of the program for my rotation.”
“I am incredibly grateful that I was able to do my internship at Qatar University,” Overrend added. “It was a once in a lifetime experience and I couldn’t have asked for a better way to complete my program.”
“Qatar University and CPH taught me so many different facets of pharmacy that I might never have learned,” Anthony said.