Doha, 26, April, 2019: Hamad Medical Corporation’s (HMC) Health Professions Awareness and Volunteering Program recently organized workshops for school children as part of ongoing efforts to help young people learn about careers in healthcare.
Ms. Balqees Al Khazraji, Director of the Health Professions Awareness and Volunteering Program at HMC, said the workshops coincided with the student’s spring break and aimed to encourage them to consider pursuing a career in the health sector. The workshops also promoted the importance of leading a healthy lifestyle as a strategy for disease and injury prevention.
The workshops, held between 7 and 11 April, served to demonstrate to students how volunteer work can provide important skill development in areas such as planning and goal setting.
The first workshop was held under the title ‘Health Professions: A Promising Future’ and was attended by 124 students. The students received around 40 hours of training that exposed them to a variety of careers in the health sector. The workshop covered a range of topics including how to treat and prevent respiratory illnesses, the role of the ambulance service, common injuries that result from motor vehicle accidents, and the legal and ethical issues faced by those who work in the health sector.
As part of the workshops, staff from the Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology (DLMP) provided the students with an overview of the diagnostic tests conducted at the labs and the role of pathologists, clinical scientists, and technologists working at the DLMP. Students were also provided with an overview of the role of surgeons, internists, nutritionists, obstetricians, gynecologists, and the other healthcare professionals who are part of the hospital-based care team.
As part of the workshops, staff from the Hamad International Training Center (HITC) held a session under the title ‘First Responder’ that provided students with 25 hours of training designed to increase community safety by training them to recognize and respond to emergencies that take place at their school.
The workshop concluded with a presentation on the importance of road safety rules and common safety hazards around the home.