Sidra Mini-Med comes to ASD

First in the Mini-Med Series 2019


Photographer: Claire R.

Dr. Ford re-introduced Sidra Mini-Med to an enthusiastic audience of ASD students potentially interested in pursuing medical or health-related studies.

Claire R. and Acila G.

Sidra Mini-Med, an opportunity for ASD high school students to learn about the medicine and related subjects in free after-school sessions, was started in 2015 by Dr. Jason Ford, a pathologist from Sidra Hospital. He worked with teachers and students from ASD to organize it all and even got several other doctors on board. Since then, it has been a definite hit with the Medical Club and all other students interested in the medical field. Mini-Med takes place every Monday afternoon in the HSPR for the span of several weeks, ending with the last presentation at the end of March.

The first presentation of the 2018-19 school year was delivered by Dr. Ford himself. He discussed the topic of fatal medical errors, which he classified into three main groups: diagnostic errors, treatment errors, and misinformation and misinterpretation. Most students were astounded to learn how simple it was to kill a patient! Everyone gained a new respect for medical professionals, who need to know how to act for every case that may come up in order to prevent harm or death.

The first session was engaging and very well designed. It followed the case of a fictitious patient who had been in a motorcycle accident, and how medical practitioners could end up killing the victim in four different ways due to clinical errors. Dr. Ford encouraged students who might enter the medical field to recognize that critical thinking and problem solving while maintaining emotional control are vital skills.

Dr. Ford answered questions from aspiring doctors and other medical professionals. Photographer: Claire R.

Dr. Ford said that he decided to create the Mini-Med program because he had several children who attended ASD. He wished to “…help grow the links between Sidra and ASD,” he said and hoped to encourage students to join the medical field. Clearly, with the number of people who continue to attend, the plan has been working. In Dr. Ford’s opinion, the highlights of the annual event are that the presentations that the doctors come up with are always marvelous and varied. There have been talks about pathology, radiology, plastic surgery, pediatrics, microbiology, and emergency medicine. According to him, the other big highlight was “…how enthusiastic the ASD students have been about it. Every year we get great participation from the students. It’s been a ton of fun.”

Asked for advice for aspiring medics, Dr. Ford reminded students to “make yourself an attractive candidate for these [university] programs in non-scholastic ways… whether that means music or sports or community involvement.”

ASD provides its students with excellent opportunities with clubs and teams for varied interests. Clubs that are linked to the different kinds of medical fields include Premed, Step-by-Step, Paws, Compassionate Companions, and Animal Club. Premed discusses options in the human medical field, participates in Breast Cancer Awareness month, and offers various dissection labs. Step-by-Step aids in raising awareness of disabilities and how to treat people who have them.  Club members routinely visit the Step-by-Step center to volunteer.

The student clubs centered on animal care help make Qatar a safer, better place for animals. Other activities also enable students to explore the medical field and to expand their knowledge of the world while preparing for the responsibility for a medical career.

The Sidra Mini-Med series could not have been made possible without the help of all the doctors, teachers, and students involved. These men and women have worked hard to provide students an amazing and enlightening opportunity to experience the daily work of numerous specialties. The information provided by Dr. Ford was exceptionally well-received.