HMC’s Year 1 Pharmacy Residency program attains prestigious international accreditation

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Published May 23rd, 2017 - 07:15 GMT
HMC’s Year 1 Pharmacy Residency Program Attains Accreditation from the American Society of Health System Pharmacists (ASHP).
HMC’s Year 1 Pharmacy Residency Program Attains Accreditation from the American Society of Health System Pharmacists (ASHP).

Hamad Medical Corporation’s (HMC) Post-graduate Year One Pharmacy Residency program (PGY1) has been accredited by the American Society of Health System Pharmacists (ASHP). 

HMC is the second healthcare system in the region to achieve the prestigious ASHP accreditation - a significant achievement for the organization’s Pharmacy Department. Her Excellency Dr. Hanan Mohamed Al Kuwari, Minister of Public Health, inaugurated the accreditation ceremony and awarded graduation certificates to the first batch of residents. 

ASHP is an internationally recognized non-governmental, non-profit pharmacy association that has been accrediting pharmacy residency and training programs since 1962. It has been a driver for excellence, bridging education, research, and practice. 

Today the ASHP has more than 43,000 members including pharmacists, students, and pharmacy technicians. For 75 years, ASHP has been at the forefront of efforts to improve medication safety practices and enhance patient safety. 

Pharmacists are recognized as an integral part of the multidisciplinary healthcare team. The inclusion of this ASHP-accredited pharmacy residency program will further enhance the services offered to HMC patients. 

ASHP accreditation establishes and evaluates a set of entrenched standards for the methodical training of pharmacists to attain professional competence whilst delivering patient-centered care and medication safety in pharmacy operational services. Furthermore, ASHP accreditation assures residency applicants that the program meets the requirements for post-graduate training in pharmacy practice.

“This accreditation attests to the quality of our graduates and the service we provide to our patients,” said Dr. Moza Al Hail, Executive Director of Pharmacy ay HMC. “The PGY1 is a one-year program that prepares pharmacists to practice as highly qualified independent practitioners able to provide patient care in a variety of environments, apply skill in medication-related education, serve as leaders within the pharmacy profession, and excel during further post-graduate training.”

“Achieving this accreditation was a challenging process but it adds another feather to the cap of HMC’s Corporate Pharmacy Department. We are sure that this specialized clinical training will provide our pharmacists with the experience they need to excel in their careers, which will further enhance the patient safety culture at HMC.

“After this successful accreditation, we are planning to work on starting our Post-graduate Year 2 residency; this program will help develop pharmacy specialists capable of practicing in a variety of patient care settings such as oncology, infectious diseases, and emergency medicine,” Dr.  Al Hail added.

Dr. Rasha Al Anany, Director of Pharmacy at Al Wakra Hospital and Residency Program Director said achieving ASHP accreditation required the program to apply a rigorous process to ensure compliance with advanced and well-established pharmacy practice standards. 

“The capacity for the program is two residents each year with plans to expand the number of residents, preceptors and rotation sites,” she said. “Today, the pharmacy profession has expanded beyond the traditional role of simply dispensing medication to become more patient-oriented. It’s therefore important to equip our residents with the skills and experience they need for this.”

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Hamad Medical Corporation

Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) is the main provider of secondary and tertiary healthcare in Qatar and one of the leading hospital providers in the Middle East.

For more than four decades, HMC has been dedicated to delivering the safest, most effective and compassionate care to all its patients.

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