COVID-19 and WCM-Q Faculty, staff and students innovate and persevere to continue the work of the college. ”I am immensely proud and grateful to every member of the teaching faculty and staff at Weill Cornell whose determination to continue teaching medicine has been an inspiration.”
of the planned curriculum so far, and there have even been some unintended positive consequences, such as an introduction to the role of telemedicine. Dr. Jabre said that using online video conferencing apps has allowed students to deliver oral presentations and that practical work can still be taught and learned by assigning clinical cases and diagnostic imaging cases for online self-review. The trainee doctors continue to have full access to their professors for feedback and support through virtual meetings. Dr. Stella Major, associate professor of family medicine in clinical medicine and director of WCM-Q's Clinical Skills and Simulation Lab, agreed and said that using video conferencing and simulation-based education models has allowed them to continue providing clinical skills telemedicine to conduct case histories with standardized patients as well as learning how to counsel patients on smoking cessation and the delivery of bad news. Dr. Thurayya Arayssi is professor of clinical medicine at WCM-Q and senior associate dean teaching and assessment. Students have also used
Recorded lectures and online video conferencing apps have allowed teaching to continue.
for medical education and continuing professional development. She said: “The COVID-19 pandemic has caused widespread disruption and sorrow across the world, but it has also united people. I am immensely proud and grateful to every member of the teaching faculty and staff at Weill Cornell whose determination to continue teaching medicine has been an inspiration. “It has also been a reminder that it is not only medical faculty who are responsible for teaching the next generation of doctors; everyone at the college – from ITS and Student Affairs to Human Resources – plays a vital role in ensuring that we continue to offer the finest medical education to our students.” Research and clinical faculty have also played a major part in the coronavirus pandemic,
helping Qatar to keep the community safe.
The coronavirus pandemic has been the greatest challenge to affect the world in a generation. With schools, colleges and workplaces closed to stem the spread of the virus, staff and faculty at WCM-Q have had to quickly adapt to new ways of working, and devise novel and innovative new procedures to ensure the core work of the college continues. WCM-Q's faculty has been uniquely placed to help manage the pandemic, providing their expertise for programs that ensure diabetics stay safe, researching the epidemiology of the disease and delivering online, recorded lectures with facts about COVID-19 that the public can trust. Perhaps the biggest challenge, though, has been the continuation of teaching to a
student body that is now spread over different continents, having returned to their home countries when the virus struck. This has meant that teaching has had to go online, with students able to view recorded lectures at a time suitable for their time zone. Email and newly created online discussion boards have allowed students to question and communicate with their professors and Q&A sessions with teaching faculty from both WCM-Q and Weill Cornell Medicine in New York have been provided to further support the college’s students. Not even tests have been postponed. Using a secure exam platform, plus a second electronic device that records students while they are taking the assessment in their homes, WCM-Q professors have been
able to ensure that students are continuing to meet the rigorous standards demanded by the medical program, while remotely monitoring the exams to establish that the exams are fair for all. Clinical skills teaching, an area of medical education that often requires a high degree of practical skills, has also gone online, albeit with the caveat that following the pandemic, students will have follow-up sessions and real-patient clinical skills instruction to ensure they have the correct practical examination skills. Dr. Moune Jabre, senior attending physician in obstetrics at Sidra Medicine and the director of WCM-Q's obstetrics and gynecology clerkship, said she and her colleagues have been able to deliver the entirety
Dr. Shahrad Taheri, professor of medicine at WCM-Q, has helped launch an outreach program that is designed to ensure people with diabetes stay safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. The initiative was developed by the National Diabetes Strategy Committee at the Ministry of Public Health (MoPH), Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC), Qatar Metabolic Institute (QMI), and the Primary Health Care Corporation (PHCC), to ensure that people with diabetes continue to manage their condition with the appropriate medication and diet, but also that they adhere to the correct pandemic protocols to minimize their risk of contracting the virus.
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