Sarah Mohamed Fathy Ali ElSayed PhD, CIC

Location: Port Said, Egypt

Company/Organization: Suez Canal Authority

Title: Infection Prevention & Control Consultant and Instructor

First Certified: April 2021

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

Well, I choose a career in IPC because I appreciate each effort we can do to help our patients not to acquire any infection in their treatment journey in any healthcare facility.

Each patient will always remember his experiment in a healthcare facility, I would like to give them the best experiment ever, I would like to make them feel safe and secured with us. 

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

Study hard, study as much as you can, ask, listen to experts, learn, and apply.

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

Means a lot. It means that you can trust my information and my advices, you can be able to know the most correct way to apply each practice from the most trusted reference Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC).

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

I studied directly from APIC, CDC, WHO, and FDA.

5. What advice would you give someone pursuing certification?

Studying directly from APIC and the trusted references, apply in your healthcare facility whatever you learned, and stay updated.

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

By continuous learning and education, attending IPC related conference, studying other related sciences as applying quality solutions in different healthcare facilities, patient safety, and patient experience.

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

No, I’m not.

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

After being CIC certified, I worked as IPC instructor in many learning and training centers and IPC lecturer in an Egyptian university, I’m sharing my experience with my students and colleagues.  


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

Well, one nurse of my colleagues once told me that they noticed that there was a ventilator in the healthcare facility she worked for, each patient use the same ventilator died after sometime, patients with many different diagnoses, after many cases, after some mortalities they decided to check the ventilator and finally they knew its problem. The point here is how many patients died before the check that ventilator and stop using it. How many patients died with no reason!  That was surprising to me, depressing, and painful.