Anesthesia Department Simulation Courses (ADSC)

Date: October 13, 2018

Dear Colleagues,

We would like to welcome you to a prestigious set of simulation courses organized by the Anesthesia, ICU and Perioperative Medicine Department at HMC. These courses are designed to enhance your education and clinical skills by combining education and training to help you adapt to the latest advancements in technology.

The Anesthesia Department Simulation Courses (ADSC) will be held on a regular basis in the world class Qatar Robotic Surgery Center in Doha, Qatar and are primarily aimed at medical students, physicians, technicians, technologists, nurses, and other healthcare professionals.

The objective of ADSC is to create an educational environment promoting basic and advanced science and clinical applications using technical and non-technical skills in training.

These workshops and courses will include a variety of lectures, videos, hands on training and different skill stations in anesthesia and pain management. The program activities will be led by experts and distinguished speakers from different leading institutions worldwide.

By offering these courses, it is our mission and commitment to achieve excellent evidence-based patient care through evaluation and dissemination of knowledge and technology and the introduction of innovative solutions in all the relevant areas of our profession.

We hope you will join us for ADSC and we will look forward to seeing you. For those of you registering from outside of Doha, we hope the course venue will give you an opportunity to develop ideas in enjoyable surroundings and to explore the magnetic nature, old history and rich cultural heritage of Qatar.

Regards,

Prof. Marco Abraham E Marcus
Chairman of Anesthesiology, ICU and Peri-Operative Medicine, HMC

Reference URL: https://www.hamad.qa/EN/All-Events/ADSC/Pages/default.aspx

Better Opportunities: Healthcare Jobs in Qatar

Qatar is one of the best nations in the Gulf States to get a high paying job in a range of fields. Filipinos have somewhat of an advantage here as there is a preference for Filipinos given the quality of care and warmth of compassion that they give. Of course, experience is still at a premium and these opportunities apply to those who already have much experience working in healthcare fields in Qatar.

  1. Nurses

Nurses remain the most popular hires in the top hospitals in Qatar. All the top hospitals in Qatar—like the Al Ahli, American Hospital, El Emadi and others—are constantly on the look out for experienced nurses and pay top dollar for them. This is especially true for allied healthcare specialists in the field of radiology and pharmacy as there are some hospitals whose expansions include advanced radiologic equipment and those who specialize in obstetrics and women’s health. These specialists can expect an uptick in their pay of up to 10% their base pay if they did not specialize. Again, the key here is experience so make sure you’ve got it.

  1. Dental Assistants

One specific specialization in demand in Qatar are dental assistants—which includes hygienists. There are several hospitals that have highlighted dental sections and there are several hospitals and clinics that provide dental specialization—like Family Dental Clinic, French Dental Center, Future Dental Centre, Alraed Dental Center among many others. Dental assistance do many things in a clinic. For one thing, they provide patient care and take x-rays. They also manage records and appointments and assist their dentists in every way that they are needed. It’s a very stable job option for the experienced with pay goind as high as USD 37,600 annually.

  1. Home Nurses

Increasingly popular are home care nurses. A home care nurse works both as an intermediary between a patient and their doctor as well as a primary care giver within the patient’s home. They are commonly paid a lot more than a hospital-based registered nurse but this depends wholly on arrangements with the client of any agency that manages them. With pay running to around USD 40,000 annually at the median, it’s fairly more stable. You need to take into consideration, however whether or not you opt to stay in or come in at a schedule. Either way, it pays to be experienced as a lot of the family’s questions are likely going to be directed to you.

One of the biggest challenges for allied healthcare professionals looking for better opportunities is the general weight of the workload that they have to manage. This makes it difficult to go the standard route of applying personally for new work.

With OFW Careers, you have a chance to reach for better opportunities commensurate to your level of experience. If you’re about to end your first contract, OFW Careers can help you aggregate your resume and work experience in an online resume as well as help you find job opportunities that match your skills, experience, and personal work goals.

Being a Nurse in Qatar can be Worthwhile

 

It’s tough being a nurse in the Philippines. Several surveys conducted between 2016 and 2018 have shown that many graduated nurses opt to find work in the BPO industry in the months prior to taking their board exams and even immediately after due to the need for self sustainability. This is brought on commonly by frustrations in finding a hospital to work in—necessary for the experience that backs their profession of choice.

While it’s certainly a lucrative choice, it is also far from what many nurses envision when they decided to take on one of the most grueling courses in the academia today. Another avenue that isn’t too well explored by local nurses is the opportunity to work in Qatar. That Middle Eastern nation has seen a growing need for nurses to work in their system.

The emphasis on need

Qataris see nurses as critical in primary health care in what is a pretty well developed system. One of their operations managers and nurses has been quoted as saying that: “Nursing has a unique role in the health system as we make direct contact with patients, ensuring that we deliver a holistic service that not only improves patients’ health but also support them.”

This sense of need and importance is brought about by a shortage of physicians—prompting nurses to take center stage when caring for patients. It’s is for these reasons that they are welcoming of nurses from different parts of the world—the Philippines being one such country. The opportunity is certainly there, as is the potential for security of tenure and, most important, a high paying job in the right field.

The benefits of nurses in Qatar

There are several advantages of trying one’s luck as a nurse in Qatar. First among these is the fact that the high salaries paid out are wholly tax free—meaning a higher take home amount. There are also several benefits on offer with most health care employers that can cover accommodation and transportation. All of this is tempered by a relatively affordable cost of living that grants higher savings potential.

Perhaps one of the most attractive benefits of Qatar specifically is the robust support system one can expect while working there. The Philippine Nurses’ Association in Qatar has been one such group since 2008. They provide protection and support for the many nurses already working in Qatar and even conduct medical missions as a means to enhance the image of Filipinos in the gulf country.

Finally, it helps to engage a reliable agency from the beginning as there are many concerns specific to nurses that you need to address. Primarily, this has to do with licensing as you are far away from your governing body in the Philippines. Not only that, but you can rest easy that any opportunities worth grabbing are readily recommended for your benefit. It’s all about planning ahead.

With that in mind, it’s certainly a great opportunity to work in Qatar. If you’re one who doesn’t want to idle away time in a call center but instead grow in your field and passion, it certainly is an option to consider.

CPD on Medical License Renewal Process (Qatar)

 

Selecting the right healthcare practitioners is significant to ensure quality healthcare services. Qatar recognized the idea of selecting competent, truly qualified professionals to deliver quality healthcare services. In turn, the Qatar government made a policy, requiring all healthcare professionals working in the country to participate in Continuous Professional Development (CPD) activities. The initiative particularly aims to demote outdated healthcare workers who need to catch up with exciting healthcare systems and environments.

Benefits of CPD                 

In general, CPD is essential to being a competent and competitive Healthcare Professional in today’s evolving healthcare industry that demands quality standards. Participating in the program also builds confidence and credibility within the employees. Meanwhile, employers with CPD compliant workers can expect high standard and quality work among their people, according to CPD Standards.com.

The program will not also benefit businesses and industries, but the public will also reap the rewards of receiving quality services and products.

Integrating CPD on medical license renewal process

In 2013, the Qatar Council for Healthcare Practitioners (QCHP) was established for facilitating healthcare professionals both in private and public healthcare sectors. The council was also assigned to head all of the CPD activities, which took effect in 2016. Under the program, healthcare practitioners must take development courses under QCHP accredited organizations before they can apply or renew their clinical licenses.

The CPD is a multi-faceted program, which composes of various activities that will help professionals develop their communication, leadership, and management skills further.

QCHP sees the Integration of CPD activities as one way to assure the public that the country will continue to have up-to-date and improved healthcare services.

OFWs in Qatar healthcare sector

It is compulsory for Filipinos in the healthcare sector to get their license renewed before it expires. If not, they will be forced to go back in the Philippines. The same thing applies to those practitioners whose license was revoked because they did not work for two years, as stated in the policy.

By signing up in OFW Careers.com, deployed Filipino healthcare professionals can be notified on planning the renewal of their clinical license and life science certifications ahead of time.

OFW Careers.com offers career management services that will help you be Job Ready and be eligible for new healthcare industry opportunities.

3 Best Places to Meet Fellow Filipinos in Qatar

One of the biggest challenges for any doctor or health care worker in Qatar is the distance from family, loved ones, and all that’s familiar. Perhaps this condition is exacerbated by the fact that those who work this noble field often do so for long hours—furthering the feeling of being so distant and isolated. This is a difficult condition to be in especially for Filipinos who are, by nature, very social and used to constant interaction. While Qatar has proven to be more progressive when it comes to other cultures, it’s still easy to miss what’s innately Filipino.

A Big Part of the Population

Fortunately, Filipinos are actually very well embedded in Qatari societies these days. In fact, recent studies have shown that they already make up 10 percent of the country’s entire population. This is most likely due again to the aforementioned relative openness of Qatar. This richness of our culture combined with that of Qatar has meant that any Filipino working there can easily find remembrances of home. If you’re thinking of staking your career in the lucrative medical field in Qatar, here are three great places to get a touch of home when you need it.

  1. Restaurants

To say that Filipinos love food is an understatement—cooking and eating are a very big part of our culture. That’s why food is one of the first things that Allied health care professionals miss when they start working in Qatar. Fortunately, there’s little room to miss Filipino food. In many of the markets—particularly in Doha—you will find Filipino vendors selling staples of the Filipino diet like adobo, sinigang, and others. The best part is that these are all home cooked.

If you prefer a dine in experience, there are branches of very popular Filipino franchises all over the Gulf State. Hankering for some Chicken Joy? There’s a Jollibee branch staffed by truly friendly Filipinos. You can also enjoy a fully-fledged meal at Barrio Fiesta or even Max’s Fried Chicken. These are often places where local Filipino associations also meet up so you can definitely hook up with the local community there.

  1. Malls

Malls in the Philippines are often places where families and friends gather—and often pack up the place for shopping and even movies. Naturally, that’s not as common a sight in Qatar where the cultural preferences are somewhat different. In spite of that, malls in Qatar are still great places to bump into and hang out with fellow Filipinos on off days—where they take advantage of the nation’s propensity for luxury products.

One of the most popular places to go for is the Villagio Mall in Doha. Apart from the shopping opportunities, there are also cafes and restaurants where Filipinos do gather. You can even check out a movie—featuring the most popular ones currently across the world. One defining feature of this mall is the gondola rides on offer through the artificial river running through the mall.

  1. Online

Finally, many Filipino communities stick to that most ubiquitous of connectors: social media. There are many groups and chat communities online for Healthcare Professionals in Qatar, and far more for Filipinos working there in general. These methods allow for easier an easier way to connect. With many areas in the country WiFi equipped, this is the far more affordable means to stay connected with Filipinos.

You can also depend on the Embassy accredited United Filipino Organizations in Qatar. These bring together many different professions and groups in one area. It’s extremely well organized and even provides an extension of consular support from the Embassy itself via their website. There are groups especially for Healthcare Professionals in the region specifically and is worth checking out.

Apart from the very vibrant community in the region that truly gives you the feeling of being home, being an Healthcare Professionals in Qatar is a lucrative career move. On top of these different means to meet Filipinos, you can also depend on a quality career management team to help you with all that you need to keep your stay in Qatar comfortable and profitable.

Respecting the Ramadan Culture

 

Working and living in the GCC makes one to be able to adapt to the countries known cultures and one of which is the Ramadan.

Ramadan in 2018 just started last May 16 and will end on June 14.

In this time muslims are known to fast. For Filipinos who are non-muslims, they are not expected to fast but it is still important to show respect in their daily etiquettes in observance of the Ramadan.

  1. Do not eat, drink, or smoke in public during the fasting hours. This includes chewing gum.
  2. Do not dance or play music in public. You may listen to music quietly with headphones.
  3. Do not wear inappropriate clothing in public. Dress respectfully. Men should avoid wearing sleeveless tops, while women should cover their shoulders and knees.
  4. Do not swear.
  5. Accept gifts, from a simple date to something more exotic, try to politely accept it. Further, if invited, it would always be an honour to join someone at Iftar.

Ramadan Kareem from all of us at OFW Careers!

Reference website: https://gulfnews.com/guides/life/ramadan/features/ramadan-2018-all-you-need-to-know-1.1528649

Allied Health Professionals (AHP) Expressions of Interest for Qatar

 

OFW Careers is searching for Licensed Allied Health Healthcare Professionals who have an expression of interest to work in Qatar or for those already in country who would like to be challenged with a new opportunity, who are clinically experienced, licensed and hold appropriate certificates:

Some of the many Allied Health Sector Professions:

 

  • Medical Laboratory
  • Medical Physics – Medical Technologists
  • Radiation Therapy
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Optometry
  • Pharmacy
  • Physiotherapy
  • Psychology

 

SELECTION CRITERIA:

Education

  • Bachelor’s degree or Diploma of not less than 3 years duration the area of specialization; or
  • Equivalent from a nationally accredited relevant school/College

License and Certificates

  • Valid professional Clinical License for country of origin(Philippines).
  • Valid professional Clinical License from host country (UAE, KSA, Qatar).
  • Current Life Support Certificates; BLS, ACLS, ATLS etc. (Not mandatory)

Experience

  • 3+ years of recent Post Graduate Clinical experience within the relevant speciality.
  • 2+ Years’ experience in working in the GCC regions.

Employment Specification

  • Must have existing Employment contract within the Middle East, GCC or current host employment country. Or
  • Valid eligibility letter or Exam Pass Letter for new potential new employer to License with.

Job Specific Skills and Abilities

  • Effective communication skills
  • Excellent team player
  • Motivated and enthusiastic
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office suite
  • Fluency in written and spoken English.

 

Dental Clinical Support Expressions of Interest for Qatar

 

OFW Careers is searching for Licensed Dental Support Healthcare Professionals who have an expression of interest to work in Qatar or for those already in country who would like to be challenged with a new opportunity, who are clinically experienced, licensed and hold appropriate certificates:

  • Dental Assistant
  • Dental Hygienist
  • Dental Lab Technician

SELECTION CRITERIA:

Education

  • Bachelor’s Degree in relevant field as per the Professional Qualifying Requirement of the Qatar; Or
  • Equivalent Diploma/Certificate from a nationally accredited Dental school/College

License and Certificates

  • Valid professional Clinical License for country of origin(Philippines).
  • Valid professional Clinical License from host country (UAE, KSA, Qatar).
  • Current Life Support Certificates; BLS, ACLS, ATLS etc. (Not mandatory)

Experience

  • 3+ years of recent clinical experience within the relevant speciality.
  • 2+ Years’ experience in working in the GCC regions.

Employment Specification

  • Must have existing Employment contract within the Middle East, GCC or current host employment country.
  • Or valid Eligibility Letter or Exam Pass Letter for new potential new employer to License with.

Job Specific Skills and Abilities

  • Effective communication skills
  • Excellent team player
  • Motivated and enthusiastic
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office suite
  • Fluency in written and spoken English.

Is It Worthwhile Being a Nurse in Qatar?

As you now when working in the healthcare sector as a nurse there is always the challenge of finding work life balance and still being challenged professionally.

Qatar healthcare workforce management continually strives to support the very essence of Work Life Balance and especially for Healthcare Professionals which as a majority are nurses.

Aside from the balance between work and lifestyle there is also the added comfort of having English widely spoken throughout Qatar both professionally and socially, which surprises some first timers.

Qatar is an exciting adventure for anyone but especially for nurses where there is a rapidly growing state of the art healthcare sector and exciting opportunities to support the up and coming 2020 World Cup requirements.

 

The benefits of nurses in Qatar

There are several advantages of trying one’s luck as a nurse in Qatar. First among these is the fact that the high salaries paid out are wholly tax free—meaning a higher take home amount. There are also several benefits on offer with most health care employers that can cover accommodation and transportation. All of this is tempered by a relatively affordable cost of living that grants higher savings potential.

Perhaps one of the most attractive benefits of Qatar specifically is the robust support system one can expect while working there. The Philippine Nurses’ Association in Qatar has been one such group since 2008. They provide protection and support for the many nurses already working in Qatar and even conduct medical missions as a means to enhance the image of Filipinos in the gulf country.