The International Diabetes Federation (IDF) Congress started today (2nd of December) and will continue through to the 5th of December 2013 in Melbourne, Australia. Held every two years in different countries around the world, the event consists of keynote speakers, themed workshops and debating forums for healthcare professionals globally to collaborate, initiate and learn up to date researched based advancements, specifically related to treating diabetes.
For the first time, undergraduate students from the School of Nursing will travel to this prestigious event and present in different formats, that will see over 10,000 people visiting the conference. This opportunity came about after Year Three nursing student’s engaged in a pioneering programme in collaboration with Bahrain Diabetes Society (BDS) for which RCSI Bahrain Community Engagement Office operated the paedatric mobile unit. The students were give the opportunity to submit abstracts following the conference guidelines two streams- Diabetes in Indigenous People and Diabetes Research in the 20th Century. Out of the 28 volunteers to the pilot project, only four were selected via a panel of academic staff. They include: Nazia Al Amri, Lulwa Al Muqla, Ghufran Aqeel and Sara Qaidoom. With a chance to be selected by the conference from their submitted abstract; Nazia will be presenting a poster, Lulwa, Ghufran and Sara will have their abstracts featured in the IDF booklet and conference CD.
Speaking on behalf of the University, Interim President Prof Sameer Otoom noted, “It is a great accolade for each of the students and RCSI Bahrain to be represented so well within an International arena, such as IDF Conference. This is the first time that undergraduate Nursing Students have been given the opportunity to showcase their work abroad. Following their return, a photo and poster presentation will be given to give an opportunity for staff, students and stakeholders to view acknowledge their individual accomplishments. We strongly believe that this will encourage other students to participate in such opportunities, which will intern enhance their evidence based practices. “
Ms. Nazia Al Amri, one of the undergraduate nursing students attending said” As students being given such a huge opportunity, we are so grateful and thankful to everyone involved in making this possible. Special appreciation goes to Ms. Julie Sprakel for opening up an opportunity for nursing students to present abroad. We hope to make every minute a learning experience and bring back what we have learned during our journey there.”