Around 300 pharmacy professionals and students recently attended the Academic Health System funded Collaborative Pharmacy Conference – Promoting Patient Safety through Pharmacy, Technology and Research – held by Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) in collaboration with Qatar University College of Pharmacy and Robert Gordon University School of Pharmacy (UK).
The conference shared the latest advances in pharmacy and prominent local and international speakers from across Qatar, the Middle East and North Africa region, the UK and the USA were invited to share their extensive knowledge and experience with attendees through conference sessions and workshops dedicated to the role of pharmacists in patient safety, medication safety, promoting safety through metrics and a variety of other topical issues.
Dr. Moza Al Hail, Executive Director of Pharmacy for HMC said the conference was a great success and a platform for knowledge sharing and collaboration. “We are very proud to host the first collaborative pharmacy conference in Qatar, reinforcing the importance of patient safety and providing a forum for pharmacy students and professionals to learn from, collaborate with, and be inspired by each other. I am confident that learnings from the conference will continue to advance pharmacy practice in the region and beyond. I believe because of their training, knowledge of the medication-use process, skills and abilities, pharmacists are uniquely qualified to fill the roles and meet the responsibilities of medication safety leaders in hospitals and health systems.”
The conference also proved to be very valuable in further developing the knowledge and skills of the pharmacy students and faculty attendees. Qatar University - College of Pharmacy (QU-CPH) Dean Prof. Ayman El-Kadi said: “The conference gave students great insight into the latest pharmacy practices and demonstrated the importance of continuously striving for ways to improve patient safety. It was a great opportunity for students to hear from experts in the pharmacy field from across the world and for the faculty to collaborate with HMC and Robert Gordon University at this inaugural conference. Patient safety is a key area of research currently being conducted by QU-CPH and I am pleased to see several QU-CPH faculty members actively participating in this important initiative”.
Professor Derek Stewart from Robert Gordon University School of Pharmacy in the UK added that the conference was valuable in encouraging collaboration between pharmacy professionals from a number of different organizations. “We are delighted to be working in collaboration with HMC and the Qatar University College of Pharmacy to raise the awareness, understanding and importance of patient safety. Bringing together pharmacy professionals and students in an engaging and interactive setting encouraged delegates to learn and share from each other’s experiences.”
Delegates were also invited to submit abstracts in advance of the conference relating to pharmacy practice, with five submissions recognized and asked to present their research.