UCQ hosts IPE event on mental health issues.
Tribune News Network DOHA The University of Calgary in Qatar (UCQ), in collaboration with Qatar University (QU), recently hosted an Inter-professional Education (IPE) event to examine the topic of mental health. Forty-four students from UCQ welcomed 22 of their peers from the QU's Pharmacy Department to participate in the learning opportunity. This was the third IPE event to examine mental health challenges and it enabled students to learn from and assess clients with mental health issues. "Working with mental health patients over the years, I cannot overstate the importance of a collaborative approach to treatment," Justin Burkett, one of the UCQ organisers, explained. "Pharmacy and nursing each bring a wealth of knowledge to patient care and improving outcomes for individuals and families." Students also found the IPE event helpful to their academic pursuits. One UCQ student described the importance of collaboration between nursing and pharmacy, saying, "This year's IPE event gave me a new experience of how nurses and pharmacies can work together to improve the patient's status. The experience was different because I understand how pharmacists work with patients who have mental challenges." "I was able to apply the clinical skills and knowledge I have practically with a standardised patient, and I was able to collaborate with other health care professionals," according to a Qatar University student." The UCQ is the only Canadian university in Qatar and the country's exclusive provider of Bachelor and Master Degrees in Nursing. Applications to the Fall 2019 term closes on April 1.
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