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?

A career in infection prevention and control is a dynamic and impactful choice. It's all about safeguarding public health, advocating for patient safety, and being on the front lines of defense against infectious diseases. Professionals in this field work tirelessly to prevent outbreaks, collaborate with diverse healthcare teams wearing many hats, and stay at the cutting edge of infectious disease research. It's a career driven by a passion for making a real difference in the world, one infection at a time. 

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

My advice to those considering this path is to embrace your passion for public health and patient safety. Start by acquiring the necessary educational background and clinical experience, and don't hesitate to seek mentorship from experienced professionals in the field. Stay curious and continuously update your knowledge, as infection prevention is a dynamic field that evolves alongside emerging diseases and innovative practices. Most importantly, remember that your work has a profound impact on public health, so stay committed to making a positive difference in healthcare outcomes.

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

Being a CIC® is a kind of holding the keys to a kingdom of expertise in infection prevention and control. It's not just a certification; it's a shining emblem of my dedication to excellence. This prestigious badge not only validates my knowledge but also amplifies the influence of my work, as it symbolizes my commitment to safeguarding lives and elevating healthcare standards.

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

My journey to certification was like a thrilling adventure. I armed myself with the APIC Textbook, an invaluable treasure trove of knowledge, and embarked on this quest with the unlimited support of the extraordinary CIC Academy study group. It was there that I discovered a closely-knit community of professionals, all driven by a common purpose — to champion certification, exchange wisdom, and forge connections that transcended borders.

5. What advice would you give someone pursuing certification?

To those setting sail on the certification voyage, I offer this compass of wisdom: Never surrender. The journey may be arduous today, even more so tomorrow, but on the horizon, you'll find the radiant sunshine of success. Seek knowledge tirelessly, embrace best practices, and connect with a vibrant learning community like the CIC Academy. Prepare diligently, including taking mock exams to sharpen your time management and stress-handling skills, a gem offered by the remarkable CIC IDOL, Mrs. Shazia Irum. Keep your spirits high, and let determination be your guiding star.

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

In my relentless pursuit of staying at the forefront, I navigate through a sea of resources. The APIC Textbook serves as my trusty map, while enlightening podcasts like '5 Second Rule' by CBIC are like guiding stars. I chart my course with the wisdom of authoritative sources like AJIC, CDC, APIC, SHEA, and IDSA, and set sail on the waves of enlightening webinars offered by esteemed organizations like WHO.

7. How has being a CIC® helped you navigate the current COVID-19 climate?

Being a CIC® has been instrumental in navigating the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. This certification has equipped me with a solid foundation in infection prevention and control principles, which are invaluable during a public health crisis. It has enabled me to stay updated with the latest guidelines and best practices specific to COVID-19, enhancing my ability to protect patients and healthcare workers alike.

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

The CIC® credential is a game-changer for my professional journey. It's not merely a badge but an emblem on my CV, catapulting my career to new heights. With CIC® as my ally, I stand ready to pursue new horizons and blaze trails in the realm of infection prevention and control