Abrar K. Barshaid, CPHQ, FISQua, C-KPI; Safety, Quality, Informatics and Leadership program graduate

Abrar Barshaid headshot in front of an HMS lab scene

With a professional background in quality, I wasn’t sure I needed additional training in Safety & Quality. I already secured the credentials for my role as Senior Quality Data Analyst at King Fahad Specialist Hospital in Dammam, Saudi Arabia. As I looked further, the unique combination of competencies and access to Harvard Medical School faculty made this course more interesting to me. The ability to get trained by Harvard, in a format that allowed for flexibility to work and learn is why I signed up for the Safety, Quality, Informatics and Leadership course. 

I found that the exposure to excellence with faculty and clinical leaders who have actually led complex changes in health care was a key attribute to the program. The Faculty were so friendly and helpful and worked to build connections across the program so we could all learn from each other. The class represented global students from many disciplines, across variable health systems.

As a result of my participation in this program, I have been promoted several times. Within eight months from the start of the program I was elevated to Director of Quality and Patient Safety at my hospital. I was able to quickly adopt my learning from SQIL to the rapidly changing COVID-19 pandemic. I was able to confidently develop quality tools and track allocation of resources across the system. From this success, I was assigned to lead Nursing Quality and Patient Safety at the Frist Health Cluster in the Eastern Region of Saudi Arabia where I influence operations in over fifteen hospitals and 120 Primary Healthcare Centers.

I highly recommend this program. It is worth the investment and provided me with a tremendous sense of satisfaction and accomplishments. In addition, I have expanded my network for continuous support and learning.