Hamad Medical Corporation’s (HMC) Health Professions Awareness and Volunteering Programs recently organised a series of training workshops for a group of student volunteers.

Held under the theme ‘Plan for Your Future’, the workshops aimed to increase students’ awareness about the importance of professional skills development and also to train them in planning for their future career.

HMC’s Director of Health Professions Awareness and Volunteering Programs, Balqees Al Khazraji, said the workshops provided students with insights into healthcare professions and the work environment pertaining to them.

She said:

Topics related to job planning activities such as writing curriculum vitae, attending personal interviews with employers, effective communication, addressing audience, and types of personality and how they relate to teamwork were covered.’

One of the workshops was held in collaboration with Bedaya Center for Entrepreneurship and Career Development, and led by Mohammad Khalifa, a professional development expert. Khalifa discussed techniques for enhancing self-confidence, achieving goals, utilising personal resources, tolerance, and rules of success.

In addition, a workshop was held in conjunction with Hamad International Training Center (HITC) where students were trained on dealing with medical emergencies such as performing cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), giving first aid, ensuring safety of emergency first responders, dealing with injuries involving bleeding, obstetric emergencies, nervous and musculoskeletal system injuries, and anatomy of the human body. This workshop aimed at creating a team of community volunteers who would respond and help out in disasters or emergency situations.

Another workshop saw HMC’s Engineering Department familiarise students with the different types of support service careers available at HMC, such as electrical and electronics engineering, water treatment service, HAVAC, maintenance and medical gases services.

Students also took part in a first of its kind multi-disciplinary nursing workshop organised with the Ambulatory Care Services and led by Executive Director of Community Affairs and Patient Engagement at Ambulatory Care Services, Ms. Maitha Al Bouainain.

Director of Nursing and Wound Management and Outpatient – Ambulatory Care Services at Hamad General Hospital and coordinator of the workshop, Sheikha Al Qahtani said:

The nursing workshop focused on changing some misconceptions and stigma attached to the nursing profession and on advancements the profession has undergone in recent years as well as how nursing has helped improve healthcare services at HMC.’

Participants in the nursing workshop learned about obesity, optometry, diabetic screening, pediatric first aid, nose bleeding, prevention of infection, and taking vital signs. The workshop also included a field trip to the Ambulatory Care Service’s clinics to familiarise students with the work environment.