Officials cutting a cake to mark the National Day.
DOHA: Sidra Medical and Research Center’s National Day celebrations included traditional music, dishes, falcons and cultural activities.
Sidra announced the consolidation of two divisions that focus on one its pillars – education.
Career Planning and Learning and Talent Development Organisation, which encompasses, among others, scholarships, Qatarisation and JANA programmes for fresh graduates, have been merged to operate as one department.
Ali Al Humaidi, Executive Director of the organisation, will lead the new department and report to Sidra Chief Executive Officer Dr William Own Jr.
“The dream behind establishing Sidra envisions it as an iconic institution. To fulfil this long-term aspect and contribute to Qatar National Vision 2030, emphasis has been placed on education and development of talent. This strategic move signifies the emphasis Sidra places on developing Qatari nationals to fulfil the need for professionals and leaders in the field of medicine,” Al Humaidi said.
Currently, Qataris represent 25 percent of Sidra’s workforce and 90 percent of students sponsored by Sidra.
Sidra is also developing the first three Qatari females as certified child life specialists and the first group of Qatari females as patient educators.
Patient educators will be trained to support patients and their families through all phases of hospitalisation, from admission to discharge, ensuring optimum communication during the hospital stay and beyond. They are professional communicators with the knowledge, attitude and judgment needed to put patients at ease in what is typically a high-stress situation, while child life specialists focus on the child’s well-being.