Anastasiya Chobanova

Location: United Arab Emirates

Company/Organization: Emirates Health Services

Title: Infection Control Practitioner

First Certified: April 2022

1. Why did you choose a career in infection prevention and control?

Being able to implement best practices for patients’ safe care, serving as a resource & change agent through commitment and continuous learning process.  

2. What advice would you give someone who is interested in an infection prevention and control career?

My advice for all who are pursuing a carrier in Infection control is to seek for knowledge, best practice and find learning community like (CIC Academy) to stay updated practices. Conducting mock exam (150MCQs / 3 hours) can be helpful tool to learn how to manage time and stress during exam, which is provided by CIC IDOL Ms. Shazia Irum.

3. What does being a CIC® mean to you?

CIC certification means recognition of knowledge and adding value to my work.

4. What was the best studying method for you when preparing for the initial certification examination?

APIC Text-Book and support of the amazing study group called (CIC Academy). There I found organized network, goal oriented and expert IPs works as one team to promote for certification, share knowledge and experience throughout different countries.

5. What advice would you give someone pursuing certification?

Never give up. Today is hard, tomorrow might be worse but the day after tomorrow will be sunshine.

6. How do you stay up-to-date on infection prevention and control practices?

For my Certification, the preparation used APIC Text-Book online, podcasts from CBIC (5 second rule), AJIC, CDC, APIC, SHEA, IDSA, JCIA webinars. Moreover, WHO latest webinars

7. Are you part of an APIC or IPAC Canada chapter? If so, would you recommend it to others?

Unfortunately, I am not. Probably will be a very good idea.

8. How has the CIC® helped you grow professionally and in your career?

Holding CIC credential will be valuable to my CV and I’m expected to be more promoted in work

9. Are there any CIC® stories that keep you up at night?

This can be related to the examination or a specific patient story that stands out.