Abstract Title: Developing and implementing the first Masters in Infection Control Program in the Arabian Gulf: The Alfaisal Experience
Theme: Educational Environments
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Authors

  • Abiola Senok*
  • Fahad Alrabiah**
  • Suliman AlJumaah**
  • Atef Shibl*
  • Khaled Alkattan*

Institutions

  • *Alfaisal University
  • **King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Center

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Background
  • Hospital acquired infections is a global challenge & infection control is crucial to address this problem

 

  • Advanced training for infection control preventionists (ICPs) in the Arabian Gulf region is limited
    • no locally developed graduate programs  

 

  • To address this gap in the training of ICPs & ensure capacity building:
    • Masters program in Infection Control  was developed at the College of Medicine, Alfaisal, University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Summary of Work
  • Needs assessment/ market survey: to assess the justification for graduate training for ICPs
  • Curriculum design- Benchmarks:
  • Standards of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control (APIC)

 

 

  • International graduate programs
  • Local needs: recommendations of educational regulatory authorities 

 

  • Program development committee:
    • Multidisciplinary: Experts in Infection control, Microbiology, Infectious diseases, Epidemiology & Biostatistics
    • Multiple stakeholders: Alfaisal University, KFSH&RC & Ministry of Health

 

 

Summary of Results
  • High degree of interest from ICPs in particular those with:
    • Infection control diploma from MOH KSA
    • Credits in modules from international programs
  • Needs:
    • Graduate program with advanced training in theoretical knowledge, skills competencies & research capability

 

  • Program design ethos: 
    • Two-year full time program
    • Student-centered learning approach
    • Critical thinking & problem solving skills
    • Clinical competency attachment
    • Research 

 

Courses:

  • Subject courses: Themes based on APIC competency domains
    • Basic science for infection prevention & control
    • Contemporary Infection prevention & control strategies
    • Managing an infection control program
  • Core courses: For all graduate programs
    • Ethics; Biostatistics; Research methodology
  • Research thesis

 

Table below shows the distribution of credit hours

Course

Compulsory

Elective

Total

Core

9

-

9

Subject

18

 

18

Research Thesis

18

-

18

Total

45

-

45

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • National accreditation obtained:
    • Ministry of Education
    • Saudi Commission for Health Specialties
Conclusion
  • The Alfaisal University experience in developing the first Masters program in Infection Control in the region highlights the important areas in curriculum development and implementation strategy

 

  • Similar programs are needed to ensure capacity building in the field of infection prevention in the region
Background

In Saudi Arabia, the Ministry of Health offers a one year diploma program in Infection Control.

Summary of Work

Summary of Results
  • The curriculum designed for this program is in line with international standards and ensures that students achieve important core competencies defined by international accreditation agencies for infection prevention specialists
  • In the first year of the program, 75% of the course content is geared towards building important theoretical foundations. To enable students begin applying these concepts learnt, 25% of course content is comprised of practical exercises.
  • The second year is heavily practical oriented with 75% of the contact allocated to hands-on experience in the healthcare setting. Students will attain a number of core competencies under supervision
  • Students will carry out a research project and submit a thesis for graduation

 

Graduates from this program will be prepared to work as infection prevention specialists in healthcare settings at an advanced level. They will have achieved the competencies for developing and leading infection prevention programs in healthcare facilities

Conclusion
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