Doha, Qatar, 29 March 2016: The World Innovation Summit for Health (WISH), a global initiative of Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development (QF), recently concluded the first edition of its global Academy for Emerging Leaders in Patient Safety. The event took place from 23rd to 26th March in Doha, Qatar.
According to the World Health Organization, one in ten people may be harmed while receiving hospital care. Therefore, the programme, organised in partnership with Weill Cornell Medicine – Qatar (WCM-Q), aimed to provide comprehensive training for faculty and students in the healthcare industry in a bid to promote the delivery of safe and high-quality patient care. The event reflected WISH’s ongoing commitment to improve patient safety through its research.
Nearly 100 Qatar-based faculty and health science students took part in the programme, including participants from Hamad
Egbert Schillings, CEO of WISH, commented on the programme: “At WISH we pitch our research at the highest levels to policymakers around the world. However, change doesn’t just come from above, it also comes from below. We have just trained a legion of young leaders who will take this initiative forward. Dozens of projects will come out of this training. The faculty and student learners will never forget this experience and it will result in real impact, here in Qatar and beyond.”
“Together we can raise awareness about patient safety.” Dr Moza Al Ishaq, Executive Director of Clinical Transformation and Corporate Quality and Patient Safety at HMC, remarked: “Patient safety should be everybody’s priority. Understanding the framework and concept of patient safety helps transform healthcare settings and leaders. This, in turn, improves oversight and minimises the incidence and impact of medical error. Attending this course enhanced our critical thinking and provided us with tools and strategies to improve patient safety.”
Amani Al Haddad, a pharmacy student at Qatar University, said: “The most important lesson I learned is to always have the courage to share both good and bad experiences. The Academy also taught me that when people make mistakes or are affected by other people’s errors, they shouldn’t keep it to themselves. They should present it as a lesson for others to learn from.” She added that she now plans to lead a patient safety workshop at her college.
Ahmad Al Meer, a medical student at WCM-Q, explained: “The Patient Safety Academy brought a key issue to the forefront of medical practice in Qatar. It enables physicians in the region to garner a greater understanding of the issues at play during medical practice and allows us to integrate with the international medical community through our shared understanding.”
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