A webinar on communication skills for doctors was held in recent weeks by the Irish Pakistani Professionals Association (IPPA).
It followed a survey the Association conducted to identify communication issues which international doctors are facing. Nearly 400 doctors participated in this survey, according to the Association.
Speakers at the webinar included Medical Council President Dr Rita Doyle; Prof Peter Gillen, Associate Professor of Surgery, RCSI; Dr Sarah Coope, GP and Senior Medical Educator, MPS; and Dr Atiqa Rafiq, Consultant Psychiatrist, North East.
IPPA President and Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon Dr Khalid Sarwar Khan said the webinar was “very helpful” for doctors and healthcare professionals, with 167 participants in attendance.
The presentations were “informative and the interactive Q&A sessions were very useful”, according to Dr Khan.
The IPPA is an organisation of doctors of Pakistani origin in Ireland and has been operating for the last two years. Dr Khan said the Association has over 400 members. It is open to medical and healthcare professionals, and other professions.
“We had our formal inauguration ceremony in March 2019 and have since then held numerous events for the doctors, other professionals and for the society in Ireland,” outlined Dr Khan.
The IPPA webinar event was held in association with MPS, the National Healthcare Communication Programme and Association of Pakistani Physicians of Northern Europe (APPNE), UK.
The IPPA has a Facebook page accessible at the following link: Irish Pakistani Professionals’ Association – Home | Facebook
A recording of the IPPA communications webinar is accessible at the following link: IPPA Med Communication Skills in Medicine – YouTube