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Dr. Kim A. Critchley

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Dean and CEO, University of Calgary in Qatar (UCQ)


Dr. Kim A. Critchley was named Dean and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of University of Calgary—Qatar (UCQ), effective January 2013. She came to UCQ from the University of Prince Edward Island (UPEI) School of Nursing, where she served as Dean between 2004 and 2012. She also holds adjunct appointments with the University of New Brunswick School of Nursing (Honorary Research Assistant), the University of New Brunswick, Dalhousie University and the Memorial University Department of Graduate Studies. She earned a BSc Nursing from St. Francis Xavier University, a Master of Nursing from the University of Calgary, a Diploma of Primary Health Care and Quality Improvement from the University of Helsinki Department of Primary Health Care, and a PhD from the University of Helsinki Faculty of Medicine. Her areas of research include primary health care, children’s health, Aboriginal health, and knowledge translation. Critchley has extensive peer-reviewed publications and scholarly-presentations to her credit.

What is the role of the University of Calgary in Qatar (UCQ) within Qatar National Vision 2030? As a university dedicated to educating nurses who will become healthcare leaders in […]

What is the role of the University of Calgary in Qatar (UCQ) within Qatar National Vision 2030?

As a university dedicated to educating nurses who will become healthcare leaders in Qatar, we support the Qatar National Vision 2030 as a pillar of the healthcare community. As we continue to realize our university’s vision of enriching health and wellness in Qatar, our contribution to the National Vision will continue to grow. Over the last two years, our student enrollment has increased by 56%. The message is getting out regarding the quality of academic instruction that this university offers and the benefits a career in nursing. It is my hope that those numbers continue to grow over the next 10 years we realize our goal of having over 1,000 students on our campus. We received more than 300 applications for enrollment last term, and I believe that is because there is a strong interest in nursing. We are also pleased to see an increase in the number of Qatari students this year. We have achieved a rate of just over 20% for the past few years, but looking at our 2014 admissions that number is on the rise.

What were the reasons behind starting the Master of Nursing program?

We are changing the way nursing is practiced in Qatar. By providing the opportunity for education at the graduate level, nurses will have the opportunity to attain influential positions and help enact change in the healthcare system. As the first Master of Nursing program offered in Qatar and only the second in the region, we started with a course-based program in the area of oncology nursing in order to meet a direct need as outlined in the National Cancer Strategy. As the program has been so successful, there is the potential to expand our graduate offerings to include nursing leadership, a subject of great interest to Qatari nurses. We are hoping to continue to expand the program even further in the coming years.

The academic health system is aiming to turn hospitals into academic centers. Is there a plan to integrate the university better with the healthcare agencies?

We have already started the integration process by organizing the joint appointments of key nurses from Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) and Sidra Medical and Research Center. In addition, researchers from Hamad are working collaboratively on research proposals with UCQ faculty. It is an excellent balance between practice and education. This type of collaboration allows us to be sure that we are meeting the needs of the state. Another stream of integration is through the academic health system’s research programs. Currently, there are four sub-committees consisting of academics from all of the educational health institutions in Qatar that are organized by the academic health system, and we have faculty members sitting on all four. It is a great collaboration and partnership. The most important initiative that has come out of the academic health system is in the area of inter-professional education. Here, we have funded two research grants in inter-professional education. This brings people who are involved in healthcare and health agencies together. We do workshops together, and try to influence the way people are practicing.

Is there an international impact that the UCQ has within the region?

One of the biggest impacts, we are having in GCC countries is from our teaching and learning. Over the last two years, we have held a conference that focused on teaching and learning practices as well as some of the techniques that our faculty are using in order to enhance student learning. This coming year will be the first time that our conference will be open to faculty and institutions from across the GCC, and we are expecting significant interest. It is important that, as educational practitioners, we collaborate and learn from each other’s practices. This conference will provide an ideal venue for that collaboration in the GCC.



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