A Fortunate 3 Days

Warning: Long post ahead! 😀

As a licensed dental assistant, I am required to complete a total number of CPD (continuing professional development) credit. It was a new rule that must be implemented by all medical practitioners and allied health professionals so we could be able to renew our license before it expires. Currently, I need to complete at least 50 credits – 25 credits for category 1 and 25 credits for either category 2 or 3. To acquire these credits, one must attend a conference or a workshop, and it must be an accredited learning activity for it to be counted as one.

Last Thursday, my colleague and I attended such a conference at the Qatar National Convention Center (QNCC), and the subject matter is…


Firstly, I just want to get it out there that it was my first time at the QNCC. I know probably a lot of people had already gone there, but I haven’t, so bite me! 😀

Anyway, I love the place! The “Maman” sculpture, which welcomes you at the top of the escalator, was a sight to behold. I can’t help but take lots of photos of it.



Maman and her eggs

So going back, the conference concerns Wound Management and is the First International Wound Management Conference in Qatar. It lasted for 3 days and is approved for a maximum of 14 hours by the Qatar Council of Health Practitioners (QCHP). The topic per se was interesting, with prominent speakers from Hamad Medical and other countries tackling a wide variety of issues about the proper management of different types of wound especially from diabetic persons, bedridden patients, and injuries caused by accidents and infections.

I was particularly appreciative of the fact that they showed actual images of some of the cases they’ve encountered (don’t worry. patient privacy is still intact. no faces were shown. pictures are only of body parts involved), which makes the learning more efficient and will keep you wide awake. And despite it being very fast-paced since there’s a time limit for every speaker, I find that I was able to listen and understand most of the topics discussed. ‘Cause seriously, I’m not going to lie, but some conferences make me want to curl up and snooze to oblivion, so I was pretty glad that I didn’t experience that here.

Some paraphernalia we received: Badge, USB, notepad, portfolio, etc.

Anyway, you might be wondering why I titled this post “Fortunate 3 days”? Well aside from me being happy with the conference itself, the beautiful venue and the eat-to-your-heart’s-content lunch buffet, not to mention the gorgeous cookies I get to snack during coffee breaks, something unexpectedly unusual happened to my colleague and me on the second day.

I just can’t with these cookies! ❤

After we filled our bellies with all the food we can get, an announcement was made that there will be a raffle draw where one lucky winner can take home an iPhone 7. All we had to do was find the booth of Health Innovations and have our name, mobile number, email add, etc. written on a piece of paper that will serve as our raffle ticket. Of course, my colleague and I tried our luck, and so did most other people.

So to cut this very long post short, seven winners were announced that day. Three of those winners received a different type and brand of watch, while the other three won perfumes. The seventh winner and the last name called won an iPhone.

My colleague was one of the three who won a watch and was actually the first winner. She kind of lost it after her name was announced. It was a crazy kind of moment, and I screamed and laughed with her. 😀

After all 6 winners were announced, I wasn’t expecting my name to be called anymore. For me, the chances of both of us winning something would be zero to none. However, in an astonishing twist of fate, my name was called…

So guess who just won an iPhone 7? 😀

Forgive this very unprepared photo. We were so not ourselves we weren’t able to find a better background. All we were thinking was just we want the “Health Innovations” tarp behind us. 😀

A shout out to Health Innovations for this early Christmas present! It was a fortunate 3 days indeed!