Doha – February 4, 2013: The benefits that improved teaching can bring to healthcare was
discussed at this year’s Educators Across the Health Care Spectrum (EAHCSS) event held at
Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar (WCMC-Q) and Hamad Medical Corporation.
The annual three-day event, which was held from January 21 to 23, featured speeches and
various workshops in which educators discussed how teaching methods could be improved.
This year the keynote speech, titled “Improving Patient Care Through Improved Teaching,”
was given by Professor Scott Richardson, an international expert on teaching evidence-based
health care. He shared his views with healthcare professionals from across Doha at the event,
which was hosted by WCMC-Q’s Graduate Medical Education (GME) division in association with
Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) and introduced by Dr. Amal Khidir, chair of the EAHCSS
organizing committee. Medical staff and academics in the Hajar Auditorium at HMC also
received a live transmission of the keynote address.
In addition, a series of workshops on a variety of topics were conducted over three days. Topics
included teaching evidence-based medicine (EBM) and clinical reasoning in clinical settings;
enhancing our learners’ clinical reasoning skills; and incorporating EBM into our teaching.
Dr. Khidir said the interest and energy during discussion and evaluations of the Educators
Across the Health Care Spectrum highlighted the determination of educators to change, as well
as their interest in actually incorporating evidence-based teaching.
He said: “The discussion and interactions in these workshops emphasized the movement in
Qatar towards inter-professional education. I see this activity, and more to come, as an
opportunity to continue the collaborative spirit and exchange of expertise across the healthcare
WCMC-Q’s manager for GME, Deema Al-Sheikhly, said the educational series highlighted the
need for continuing education at the highest levels and proved popular with academics and
“It is an important cross-disciplinary educational program that will bring two world-class
scholars to WCMC-Q each year to speak on key topics in health education,” she said. “This
collaborative effort between WCMC-Q’s GME department provided a great opportunity for
networking and building a sustainable local capacity in the field of health education.”
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