1. Why did you choose a career in infection prevention and control?
Infection Prevention & Control is a scientific approach & evidence based practices and am excited to work in such healthcare discipline.
2. What advice would you give someone who is interested in an infection prevention and control career?
IPC is always one of the best options who likes to work proactively in a practical setting with good leadership & decision making skills rather than academic performance.
3. What does being a CIC mean to you?
CIC is a commitment to patient safety through best infection prevention & control practices.
4. What was the best studying method for you when preparing for the initial certification examination?
The first and foremost learning is the experience itself during the initial stages of working as an infection control professional. Later, APIC guides & CDC bulletins play a key role in polishing the knowledge with updated guidelines.
5. What advice would you give someone pursuing certification?
Always keep your eyes open & brain fresh to gain knowledge and improvise current behaviors & practices.
6. How do you stay up-to-date on infection prevention and control practices?
Through the journals & bulletins published by CDC, HICPAC, WHO
7. Are you part of an APIC or IPAC Canada chapter? If so, would you recommend it to others?
Yes definitely because all should be flourishing along with the innovations & developments.
8. How was the CIC helped you grow professionally and in your career?
The knowledge gained from CBIC during the preparatory stage was really helpful & makes me confident as the entire content is based on the practical settings which we are dealing with on a daily basis.
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.
When I started preparing for the exam, I felt its easy as most of the topics are related to our job description. However, there are certain areas where we have to be more conscious & cautious about. When we go deeper into the topics, I realized it’s a vast area even though its constrained into 3 words – Infection Prevention & Control.