Khawla Ali Hamdan Mohammed, ASCP(SM), CIC, MLT

Location: United Arab Emirates

Company/Organization: Tawam Hospital

First Certified: August 2023

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

“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” and it is an evidence-based practice that translates the right attitude of a healthcare provider to provide a safe environment and save lives, so its culture must be applied and distributed and I want to be part of those who have applied it and who help others follow it.

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

Try not to treat it as a job but consider this area as your attitude and affiliation Love it more and it will embrace you to achieve more and keep yourself updated and try to be connected with the infection control community to share and benefit from experiences.

3. What does CIC® mean to you? 

Infection control has become the backbone of my personality, it reflects my behaviour through my constant pursuit of risk minimization anywhere, anytime, it has given me strength through my sharing of knowledge, it has made me communicate flexibly with my colleagues and my community and always injects love to me to achieve a safe and healthy better life.

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

Infection control is my field of work so you have to practice it in reality, first studying from an infection control reference father (APIC) then the Certificate Board Exam Secrets book which will give you a brief summary of the topics, the Joker book (Certification Study Guide) that tries to trace you the real CBIC exam method and finally and most importantly are the discussion focused study groups such as CIC Academic and IPQ.

5. What advice would you give someone pursuing certification? 

Strengthen your infection control base, expand your knowledge and use your experience, take advantage of your attempts and never give up, keep this in mind "if you are afraid of failure, you will not succeed."

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

I try to stay up to date by attending conferences and webinars, checking policies and guidelines from CDC, WHO, SHEA, and other organizations and journals and also from IPCs community discussions.

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

Unfortunately, I am now employed in something different because I left my country and my previous job IPC for some circumstances, but in fact it has evolved and become for me a lifestyle.