Doha, 10 February, 2019: This past weekend Hamad Medical Corporation’s (HMC) Corporate Pharmacy Executive Office and Office of Pharmacy Professional Development hosted the 5th Qatar International Pharmacy Conference. The event, which was attended by more than 500 delegates from various disciplines including pharmacy, medicine, and nursing, was a collaboration between HMC, Qatar University’s College of Pharmacy, the US-based Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education, and Scotland’s Robert Gordon University.
More than 25 renowned speakers and subject matter experts from Qatar and across the globe presented during the four-day event, sharing their experience and expertise. A number of emerging issues, including antimicrobial stewardship, mental health, emergency preparedness, and prescribing by pharmacists were among the topics of discussion.
Dr. Moza Al Hail, Executive Director of HMC’s Pharmacy Department spoke during the event’s opening ceremony and said the conference aimed to address some of the most pressing healthcare issues. In her address, Dr. Al Hail spoke of the recent advancements in HMC’s pharmacy service, saying the three new hospitals in Hamad Bin Khalifa Medical City – Women’s Wellness and Research Center, Ambulatory Care Center, and Qatar Rehabilitation Institute - are home to one of the most technologically-advanced hospital pharmacies in the Middle East. She also spoke about the Drug Information Center and the Pharmacy Research Center.
“This conference provided an opportunity for pharmacists from Qatar and abroad to network with fellow researchers, to share new and exciting ideas, and to discuss research and innovation in the field of pharmacy. The conference also showcased one hundred unique posters covering a variety of topics, including pharmacotherapy, quality improvements, advances in pharmacy practice, and continuous education,” said Dr. Al Hail.
Dr. Al Hail noted that Qatar’s National Health Strategy 2018-2022 aims to shape services around patients and their families and is changing the way the health system works. She said events like the 5th Qatar International Pharmacy Conference help to advance pharmacy practice here in Qatar, the region, and beyond and will ultimately lead to improved health and well-being for the people of Qatar.
Dr. Rasha Al Anany, Director of Pharmacy and HMC’s Office of Pharmacy Professional Development, said the conference was designed to encourage professional development and enhance the knowledge, skills, and confidence of pharmacists and pharmacy technicians.
“With a conference program that boasts more than 30 lectures and ten workshops delivered by national and international speakers who are experts in their respective field, we are confident that this conference has helped to enhance the knowledge, skills, and competence of pharmacists and pharmacy technicians across the State of Qatar,” said Dr. Al Anany.
Pharmacists are an integral part of the multidisciplinary healthcare team and play a significant role in a patient’s healthcare journey. These highly trained professionals apply evidence-based clinical knowledge and provide essential pharmaceutical care to patients.