Student stories | Meet Iqra Abid: A Journey in Respiratory Care


We are delighted to feature Iqra Abid, a distinguished Respiratory Care Professional whose remarkable journey and contributions to respiratory therapy are truly inspiring. Iqra has recently been published in the Canadian Journal of Respiratory Therapy, and her dedication to patient care, education, and research embodies the excellence we aim to highlight in our graduates.

A Strong Foundation

Iqra's journey in respiratory care began with a solid academic background. Graduating with honours and as a gold medalist in her Bachelor's programme, she furthered her education by earning an MSc in Respiratory Medicine in 2022.

Currently, she is enhancing her skills and knowledge at Sidra Medicine, a globally recognised healthcare organisation known for its commitment to excellence in patient care, research, and education. Sidra Medicine, with its multicultural environment of professionals from over 80 nations, provides Iqra with a unique platform for professional growth.

Pioneering Respiratory Therapy in Pakistan

With over seven years of clinical experience, Iqra's career began in Pakistan, where she was a trailblazer in advancing respiratory therapy. She initiated awareness sessions and established a dedicated team within her hospital, significantly promoting the importance of respiratory care and its impact on patient outcomes.

Iqra: "My journey also led me to assume leadership roles and engage in teaching and research activities. I have had the privilege of serving as a speaker at numerous symposiums and workshops, sharing insights and best practices in respiratory care,".

"Additionally, I played a key role in implementing a postgraduate internship program, the first of its kind in my region, where I served as a faculty member."

The Impact of Evidence-Based Practice

Reflecting on her coursework, Iqra identifies the evidence-based practice module as particularly impactful. This module equipped her with the skills to critically analyse research, evaluate evidence, and apply findings to clinical practice.

Iqra: "Learning how to navigate through vast amounts of information to discern best practices has been instrumental in enhancing the quality of care I provide to patients,"

"The emphasis on evidence-based practice has not only refined my ability to make informed clinical decisions but has also instilled a deeper appreciation for the importance of staying abreast of the latest research developments in respiratory medicine."

Published Research on Lung Ultrasound

Iqra's recently published paper addresses a critical gap in the literature on the effectiveness of point-of-care lung ultrasound (LUS) in diagnosing pneumonia across various age groups. The systematic review evaluates the potential advantages of LUS over traditional chest X-rays for early pneumonia detection.

The study, which includes a comprehensive analysis of LUS benefits in paediatric, adult, and geriatric populations, aims to enhance diagnostic accuracy and patient outcomes.

Iqra: "Our analysis included a comprehensive examination of LUS benefits in a subgroup analysis covering paediatric, adult, and geriatric populations. By synthesising existing research, we aimed to provide valuable insights into the role of LUS in enhancing diagnostic accuracy and patient outcomes," explains Iqra.

Iqra presented the abstract of this study at the 1st Radiology Highlights Conference in Dubai in October 2023. The paper's subsequent acceptance for publication in the Canadian Journal of Respiratory Therapy underscores the significance of these findings in advancing respiratory care practices.

Recognition and Validation

Following the publication of her paper, she received significant recognition. Her department acknowledged the importance of her research with a formal token of appreciation. She was also highlighted in a town hall meeting at her organisation, underscoring the study's significance.

Iqra: "I was honoured to receive recognition from my department that expressed their appreciation through a formal token of recognition, acknowledging the significance of our research in advancing respiratory care," says Iqra.

"Additionally, I was highlighted in a town hall meeting at my organisation, underscoring the significance of the study's findings."
Iqra's co-authors and supervisor also acknowledged her work, and her recognition extended to an article by the University of South Wales. These accolades reaffirm the value of her research and fuel her passion for making meaningful contributions to respiratory medicine.

For more insights into Iqra Abid’s work and to explore the impact of her research, you can find out more about her published paper in the Canadian Journal of Respiratory Therapy here.

Advice for Aspiring Students

Iqra enthusiastically recommends Learna as an exceptional educational platform. Based on her rewarding experience, she encourages students considering studying with Learna to take the leap.

"For students contemplating enrolling with Learna, I offer my enthusiastic endorsement based on my own rewarding experience," she advises. "Learna provides a dynamic and supportive learning environment that fosters both personal and academic growth. The courses are designed to be engaging, interactive, and tailored to meet the needs of diverse learners."

Iqra believes that choosing Learna will provide students with a high-quality education that prepares them for future success in their chosen field.

In fact, according to our most recent Alumni survey, 90% of our graduates believe that Learna has helped them to progress their career, and 100% are employed in a professional or managerial role.

Our PGDip and MSc Respiratory Courses are now accepting applicants for our March intake, so join Alumni such as Iqra and start your journey by applying today!