The QU Health Interprofessional Education Committee (IPEC) in Qatar University, which consists of representatives of all the different healthcare schools in Qatar, has organized recently its fourth interprofessional activity (IPE) for this academic year (2021/2022) on Being Effective Team Player virtually by Microsoft teams.

223 students and 18 facilitators attended the event. Students from different healthcare programs at Qatar University who attended this activity. Professions involved in this activity were dental medicine, Medicine, Pharmacy, Physical Therapy, and Rehabilitation Sciences, Biomedical Sciences, Public health, Human Nutrition.

This Interprofessional Education activity aims to introduce the importance of team communication and decision making within the healthcare environment. This activity emphasized on the fact that all healthcare professions are equally important. The activity started by an introduction by the lead facilitator, Dr. Aala Dauod, Assistant Dean for Student Affairs at the College of Dental Medicine, followed by a video about a true story of a patient in an operating room and how significantly lack of proper communication lead to faulty decisions.

After that, students within their interprofessional groups had a case-based discussion about faulty communication within the team. Students were asked to draw a flow chart to understand the flow of information among healthcare professionals and the points of communication breakdown. The session concluded with suggestions from students to ensure clear and accurate communication among healthcare team members at all times.

Second year Dental Medicine Student Ghada Al-Muhannadi commented: “The IPE activity was an exciting and positive learning experience for me. It augmented self-insight, knowledge plus interpersonal communication skills, and team building. The activity included health students from different areas, and this was significant to enhance interprofessional communication, shared decision making, and mutual self-respect. These positive aspects indeed improved my confidence in interacting with other health profession students.”