Diabetes Education Graduation
May 22, 2016 – College of the North Atlantic-Qatar (CNA-Q), Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) and the Action on Diabetes partners, including Maersk Oil Qatar and Novo Nordisk, joined together recently to celebrate the second cohort of 21 graduates from the Fundamentals of Diabetes Education (FDE) program.
The program, funded by Maersk Oil Qatar under the Action on Diabetes program is aimed at developing expertise in the field of diabetes education for current healthcare professionals including nurses, nutritionists and pharmacists. The program, introduced in 2014, is the first of its kind in Qatar and was created specifically to meet the needs of local healthcare professionals by CNA-Q’s Corporate Services Department.
“Developing diabetes expertise in healthcare professionals is important to our holistic approach to providing quality social investment through the Action on Diabetes partnership. Raising the bar through the healthcare providers supports the local infrastructure as well raises quality treatment patients receive. We are big believers that by benefiting one, we benefit all. Therefore, I would like to congratulate this year’s cohorts for their dedication and wish them the kind of success that serves us all in Qatar,” said Lewis Affleck, Managing Director at Maersk Oil Qatar.
”Diabetes education is at the forefront of healthcare planning in the State of Qatar, where approximately 20% of the population has been diagnosed or is at risk of developing diabetes. While traditional medications are effective in controlling the condition, more needs to be done to ensure proper education for people living with diabetes,” said Professor Abdul Badi Abou-Samra, Chairman of Medicine at HMC, Director of Qatar Metabolic Institute AHS and Co-Chair, National Diabetes Committee, MOPH.
The Fundamentals of Diabetes Education program consists of 132 hours of interdisciplinary education on all aspects of diabetes and has been accredited by the Qatar Council of Health Providers (QCHP) for continuing professional development credit towards medical licensing in the future. The resounding success of the program has led the partners to look for further educational opportunities including additional certification programs, and potentially a diploma program offered through CNA-Q.
The program is one of many specialized training programs that CNA-Q offers through its Corporate Services Department in partnership with the College’s School of Health Sciences. “The important role of offering professional development opportunities for industry professionals is expanding at our college. We have are proud to use our world-class equipment and instructors to help industry train their employees,” said Dr. Ken MacLeod, CNA-Q President. “Especially when it comes to something as important as diabetes education, we are proud to be involved and do what we can to work to improve the lives of Qataris.”
”I have worked with CNA-Q for a long time and we have much in common. We care about people, we care about growing our people,” said Sheikh Dr. Mohammed bin Hamad Al-Thani, Director of Public Health, Ministry of Public Health. ”They are adding value for the future of Qatar. As we move forward to our next strategy, to discuss the types of training we will do, we need to tailor that education together.”
FDE Class Valedictorian Lal Malak Qanbar, who is a diabetes educator, commended the level of instruction: ”The instructors and lecturers were very dedicated and I appreciate their positive nature, enthusiasm and inspirational attitude,” said Derzad. ”We must continue to expand career opportunities like these that allow us to develop our skills practice, and foster a culture that encourages collaboration between colleagues to come up with an efficient delivery system and quality instructions that lead to effective education for patients.”
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