Varghese John, BSN, MPH, CIC

Location: Hulhumale, Maldives

Company/Organization: Treetop Hospital

Title: Manager, Infection Control

First Certified: September 2017

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

I believe that prevention is always the best way to tackle health hazards like healthcare associated infections and infection control professionals are the key to achieve it.

2. How did you first hear about the CIC®?

From my mentor Dr. Anup who certified and knows the value of being a CIC.

3. As an international candidate, what types of hurdles, if any, did you have to overcome to take the CIC® exam?

Lack of international awareness/recognition of CIC certification among most of the countries, specially the developing countries.

4. If you have recertified, why do you stay certified?

5. What advice would you give someone like you interested in taking the CIC®? What resources did you find useful?

Be passionate about the field and always update yourself with the up-to-date knowledge of infection control practices. Utilize all the available resources online and offline (APIC, CDC, WHO, etc) and participate in your local APIC chapters.

6. How do you stay informed with the latest industry news?

Follow all possible resources. Read a lot and participate in your local APIC chapter and follow all social media pages associated with infection prevention and control.

7. Finally, what does it mean to you to be a CIC®?

Feel of accomplishment and pride and knowing there is more to learn.