Azhar Aziz, CIC

Location: Saudi Arabia

Company/Organization: Childrens Hospital - Taif

Title: Physician - Infection Preventionist

First Certified: July 2021

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

Because I hope to be the one who spread safety and prevent risk (infection) to all health care workers, patients, visitors and everyone enter my hospital and also spread knowledge to people everywhere.

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

Study and study don't stop to have knowledge and work hard to take experience and plan to be certified CIC

3. What does being a CIC mean to you ?

Being CIC was big challenge to me, that to be certified giving me experience and confidence in taking decisions and doing my work perfectly

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

APIC textbook  CDC website training  and CIC academy WhatsApp group discussion 

5. What advice would you give someone pursuing certification ?

Study hard work hard and participate in a study group where is discussion is very useful

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

Continue my education , reading , attending group discussion, following CDC –WHO sites and  studying APIC

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

Yes I am , and sure recommend it to others.

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

Being CIC gives me more confidence, more experience and stimulation to continue my pathway and more success

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 stand out ?

I remember the day that first suspected covid-19 patient enter my hospital , I stayed 3 extra hours after my shift following the patient  and being supportive to emergency staff and minimize their anxiety.

I did not pay attention to the time of my flight before the exam day and had to book another ticket, and it was very stressful and worried, but when I succeeded, I forgot everything , Thanks God .