Symposia Archive

Student Wellness: Perspectives, Challenges & Innovations, February 2018

The Student Wellness: Perspectives, Challenges & Innovations was a a collaborative symposium by the Institute for Population Health & Division of Student Affairs held on February 10 & 11, 2018. It featured a series of interactive workshops and presentations delivered by experts in their fields on topics such as stress management, mental wellness and physical resilience, time management, healthy diets, physical exercise and more.

The aim of the symposium was to provide attendees with strategies that enhance and facilitate college student development and well-being.

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The learning objectives of the symposium are listed below:

  1. Define and discuss key components of wellness.
  2. Identify critical issues which currently impact wellness with a focus on college students.
  3. Discuss perspectives, challenges and opportunities related to student wellness.

News Article : Experts discuss student wellness at WCM-Q symposium

 

Critical Issues in Global Health Symposium, April 2017

The Institute for Population Health hosted the Critical Issues in Global Health symposium on April 19, 2017. This symposium explored Global Health, a powerful interdisciplinary intellectual synthesis aimed at understanding and productively intervening in processes of health, illness, and healing across the globe. It integrates the knowledge across cross-disciplinary fields like epidemiology, medicine, economy, and the behavioural sciences.

The aim of the symposium was to show participants the role of lifestyle medicine in addressing the non-communicable disease paradigm, learn about women's health, develop an understanding of the challenges associated with mental health and how education of healthcare professionals can lead to better provision of healthcare leading to overall improvement of population health.

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The learning objectives of the symposium are listed below:

  1. Discuss the non-communicable disease paradigm and its risk factors.
  2. Identify the evidence base for lifestyle medicine.
  3. Discuss women's health and gender health inequity.
  4. Recognize the role of education in improving healthcare in low-income nations.
  5. Outline challenges associated with mental healthcare delivery.

 

Building Capacity in Healthcare Professions Symposium, February 2017

The Institute for Population Health hosted the with the Building Capacity in Healthcare Professions Symposium on February 18 & 19, 2017; working collaboratively with the divisions of pre-medical education and admissions. Held over two days, the event featured workshops that allowed the in-depth study of the topic, along with lectures by world-renowned medical and healthcare experts. The aim was to show delegates that continuous learning and improvement are the basis for capacity building but that related issues like health policy, global education, health practitioner’s wellness, counseling and self-care inform the subject and are directly related to the overall improvement of public health and healthcare.

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The learning objectives of the symposium are listed below:

  1. Define and discuss “capacity building.
  2. Discuss key contemporary, critical topics which impact on capacity building among healthcare practitioners.
  3. Discuss capacity building in enhancing population health

News Article : Building capacity in the field of healthcare

 

Global and Public Health and Academic Health System Symposium 2015: Integrative Medicine, A Refreshing Approach to Optimum Health

The Division of Global and Public Health and Academic Health System hosted a collaborative symposium on March 18, 2015 entitled: Integrative Medicine: A Refreshing Approach to Optimum Health. The symposium emphasized on building therapeutic doctor-patient relationships and the use of evidence-based conventional and unconventional therapies. The symposium was well attended by physicians, nurses, medical staff, medical/non-medical faculty and students from educational and healthcare institutions across Qatar.

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The learning objectives of the symposium are listed below:

  • Describe the next wave of public health (The Fifth Wave) and consider what is postulated as its core focus.
  • Define the Three Horizon’s Model and how might it be used in your work.
  • Identify key factors in optimizing human encounter and wellness enhancement.
    Describe the integrative medicine approach to treatment of pain.
  • Review the current evidence and proposed mechanisms for the use of mind-body therapies for pain management.
  • Assess the current evidence for the use of acupuncture for pain management.
  • Discuss the relationship between integrative medicine and patient survival.
  • Assess the contribution of integrative medicine to solving diagnostic problems.
  • Evaluate the role of integrative medicine in reducing the burden of common illnesses.
  • Outline a suitable strategy for integrating complementary medicine in conventional healthcare.

 

Global and Public Health Symposium 2014: Culturally Competent Patient-Centered Healthcare, A Special Focus on Qatar

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Global and Public Health successfully hosted Qatar’s first cultural competence in healthcare symposium on March 17, 2014 at WCMC-Q. The symposium focused on the significance of implementing culturally competent patient centered care in all healthcare institutions. The symposium was very well attended by faculty, researchers and staff from educational and healthcare institutions across Qatar.

Learning objectives of the symposium are listed below:

  • Define the concept and rationale for culturally competent healthcare.
  • Identify key dimensions of patient-centered care and the important role played by communication in developing a therapeutic alliance.
  • Discuss selected clinical challenges and interviewing strategies for providing culturally responsive and effective healthcare.
  • Describe best and promising practices relating to integrating cultural competency into healthcare organizations and academic medical centers.
  • Deepen understanding of the components of a comprehensive curriculum for culturally responsive care.
  • Be able to articulate several teaching strategies for delivery of the awareness/attitudes, knowledge and skills components of a culturally responsive healthcare curriculum.
  • Expand appreciation for evidence-based learning strategies, and begin to consider applications to the teaching environment.
  • Explore the experiences and challenges of communication in Qatar’s multicultural population.
  • Value the importance of understanding different cultures in Qatar’s healthcare setting.
  • Identify the role of health education in Qatar to understand patients’ cultural views.

 

Global and Public Health Symposium 2013: Emerging Trends in Health Care and Lifestyle Diseases: A Special Focus on Qatar

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The Division successfully hosted a symposium on March 12, 2013. The symposium, which was well attended by healthcare and allied professionals, provided a platform for innovative ideas, invigorating discussion and knowledge sharing of recent healthcare delivery and public health priorities in Qatar.

Learning objectives of the symposium are listed below:

  • Discuss the integrated academic health system model of education, research, and clinical care, which can optimize health care in Qatar;
  • Describe the current status of women faculty in academic medicine in the US and identify the factors that have contributed to their slow advancement;
  • Present compelling reasons for creating a culture where women can succeed and fully contribute to academic medicine
  • Identify the root causes of chronic disease such as obesity and diabetes;
  • Quantify the potential impact of lifestyle behaviors on the incidence of chronic disease
  • Summarize specific programs which show promise in reversing trends in obesity and related conditions; and
  • To examine the relationship between the intestinal microbes, health and chronic diseases

 

Global and Public Health Symposium 2011: Changing Paradigm of Health Care in the Middle East with a Special Focus on Qatar

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The Division successfully hosted a CME symposium held on November 30, 2011. The symposium was well attended and provided a platform for discussions and exchange of information on health care and its priorities with a view to improve the overall health care in the State of Qatar and other nations in the Middle East.

Learning objectives of the symposium are listed below:

  • Summarize Qatar’s National Health Strategy and its implementation,
  • Discuss how the recently announced Academic Health System initiative can contribute in improving the quality of health care in the State of Qatar,
  • Outline how optimum health care can be achieved in Qatar,
  • List recent biotechnological approaches in the treatment of chronic diseases,
    Assess time trends of motor vehicle injuries in the State of Qatar,
  • Outline how health care can be improved through education,
    Review the facts and widely held myths about ECFMG and entry in US Graduate Medical Education training programs, and
  • Discuss how the pediatric residency at Hamad General Hospital is nurturing an environment conducive to optimal education.