Weill Cornell Medicine-Qatar (WCM-Q) has launched a live webinar series to allow the healthcare community in Qatar discuss the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, its impact, recommended responses and treatment protocols.

Each Wednesday at 4 pm, a different medical expert will give a live presentation to explain their understanding of the pandemic, how it can best be controlled, and how it will affect the way healthcare is delivered in the future.

These COVID-19 Live Webinar Clinical Series was developed by the Division of Continuing Professional Development at WCM-Q. In addition to providing a means for discussing the implications of the pandemic, the webinars also address an urgent need to support the ongoing learning of the local healthcare community while physical distancing measures are observed. The live webinars are accredited by the Qatar Council for Healthcare Practitioners-Accreditation Department (QCHP-AD) and by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME).

According to Dr Thurayya Arayssi, Senior Associate Dean for Medical Education and Continuing Professional Development, they decided to establish this series because it is very important that the local healthcare community be able to discuss the impact of COVID-19 on clinical practice in Qatar so that they can share knowledge and work out the best way each of them can help manage the crisis.

WCM-Q Webinar Dr ButtThe first speaker in the series was Dr Adeel Ajwad Butt, Vice-Chair of the Department of Medicine and Director of the Clinical Epidemiology Research Unit at Hamad Medical Corporation. Dr Butt gave a presentation on the Containment and Management of SARS-CoV-2/COVID-19 Pandemic.

Other speakers in the series include WCM-Q Dean Dr Javaid Sheikh, who will speak about the sociocultural aspects of the COVID-19 pandemic; Dr Sharon Kaur, Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Law at the University of Malaya in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, who will talk about the role of ethics in the COVID-19 pandemic; and Dr Mahrukh Rizvi, an alumna of WCM-Q Class of 2011 and now a specialist in Internal Medicine, Nephrology and Critical Care in Rochester, Minnesota. Dr Rizvi will give a presentation to discuss COVID-19 pneumonia investigational therapeutics.

The Division of Continuing Professional Development has developed two more online webinar series: Biostatistics for Healthcare Practitioners Live Webinar Series, a four-part series beginning on 28 April (3 pm to 4:15 pm); and the WCM-Q Grand Rounds Live Webinar Series, starting on 10 May (weekly, 2 pm to 3 pm).

For more details on the Continuing Professional Development activities at WCM-Q, and to access videos of the webinars, visit qatar-weill.cornell.edu

These are three of the COVID-19 sessions featuring Dr Javaid Sheikh, Dr Laith Abu Raddad and Dr Shahrad Taheri: