Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) Program
Doctor of Medicine (M.D.)
The 4-year course of study leading to the doctor of medicine (M.D.) degree employs a variety of educational strategies, including problem based learning and clinical experiences to enable students to gain the competencies expected of all physicians. Additionally, the program offers an emphasis on providing technology-enhanced healthcare in service to the community. The program prepares students for postgraduate study in any specialty, for licensure, and for future medical practice. It incorporates innovative curricular design that promotes scientific inquiry, critical thinking and comprehensive clinical expertise. Overall, the program evolves medical education in such a way as to prepare physicians for the next 20 years and beyond
The program goals of the Khalifa University CMHS doctor of medicine (M.D.) program are to:
- Provide an integrated clinical and research experience in a singular postgraduate level medical education program;
- Educate and inspire a diverse workforce of physicians who understand the needs of patients, are able to communicate across cultures, and collaborate with diverse teams;
- Prepare physicians who are able to seamlessly integrate technology into personalized preventative medical practice;
- Prepare medical students and residents to serve as specialty physicians to practice evidence-based medicine in the healthcare and hospital systems of Abu Dhabi and the United Arab Emirates;
- Attract and retain a diverse and talented faculty dedicated to providing outstanding medical education and supporting the professional development of medical students;
- Respond to stakeholder and government needs for medical education leading to clinicians who can serve the healthcare needs of the United Arab Emirates; and
- Be an essential contributor to the development, enhancement and completion of the existing healthcare ecosystem of Abu Dhabi.
The four-year course of study leading to the doctor of medicine degree at Khalifa University is based on development of competencies across ten domains. These competencies provide a summary of what graduates of the program are expected to demonstrate in the workplace after graduation, as residents, fellows, and clinical practitioners. They are based on the needs of the program’s constituencies. The ten domains are:
- Patient care (CD1)
- Knowledge for practice (CD2)
- Practice-based learning and improvement (CD3)
- Interpersonal and communication skills (CD4)
- Professionalism (CD5)
- Systems-based practice (CD6)
- Inter-professional collaboration (CD7)
- Personal and professional development (CD8)
- Technology enhanced healthcare (CD9)
- Social Accountability (CD10)
Entrustable Professional Activities (EPAs) for Entering Residency provide expectations for both learners and teachers that include 13 activities all medical students should be able to perform upon entering residency, regardless of their future career specialty. EPAs offer a practical approach to assessing competence in real-world settings. During your time as a student, your competency in performing the EPAs is documented in an e-portfolio that can be shared with residency directors to provide clear demonstration that you can successfully perform the activities required for entrance into residency. The 13 core EPAS are:
- EPA 1 Gather a history and perform a physical examination.
- EPA 2 Prioritize a differential diagnosis following a clinical encounter.
- EPA 3 Recommend and interpret common diagnostic and screening tests.
- EPA 4 Enter and discuss orders and prescriptions.
- EPA 5 Document a clinical encounter in the patient record.
- EPA 6 Provide an oral presentation of a clinical encounter.
- EPA 7 Form clinical questions and retrieve evidence to advance patient care.
- EPA 8 Give or receive a patient handover to transition care responsibility.
- EPA 9 Collaborate as a member of an inter-professional team.
- EPA 10 Recognize a patient requiring urgent or emergent care and initiate evaluation and management.
- EPA 11 Obtain informed consent for tests and/or procedures.
- EPA 12 Perform general procedures of a physician.
- EPA 13 Identify system failures and contribute to a culture of safety and improvement.
Student learning outcomes (SLOs) are comprehensive, broad statements pertinent to the knowledge, skills, and aspects of competence that a learner is expected to know and be able to do by the time of graduation. As a medical student, you will acquire these as you progress through the program.
|Upon successful completion of the doctor of medicine program, the graduate will be able to:
||Identify the major principles of biochemistry, genetics, cellular biology, immunology, microbiology, physiology, and pharmacology.
||Describe the endogenous response to external and internal insults, including genetic and metabolic alterations, developmental disorders, environmental toxins, autoimmune diseases, and infections.
||Explain how the body integrates and adjusts the function of cells and organ systems to maintain homeostasis, and how dysregulation of these mechanisms leads to disease.
||Apply the principles of embryology, anatomy, cellular biology, biochemistry, genetics, physiology, immunology, and pharmacology to determine etiology, pathophysiology, prevention, and treatment of critical human disorders.
||3, 6, 7
||Communicate effectively with patients, families, and health service providers, including situations involving language barriers and effective use of professional interpreters.
||1,3, 5, 6, 8, 9
||Conduct and document complete medical history and physical examination using the requisite fundamental skills, including recognition and evaluation of confounding factors of age, gender, ethnicity, cultural background, socioeconomic status, family history, and emotional state.
||1, 5, 6, 7
||Identify and propose initial therapy for acute life-threatening situations.
||2,3,4, 5, 6, 10
||Identify and propose a management plan for chronic disease.
||2, 3, 4, 5, 6
||Develop differential diagnoses based on knowledge of common clinical, physical, and biochemical manifestations and imaging findings of common diseases, illnesses, and injuries.
||2, 3, 4, 5, 6 7, 10
||Correctly perform basic procedural skills with attention to patient comfort.
||1, 2, 3, 5, 11
|Upon successful completion of the doctor of medicine program, the graduate will be able to:
||Obtain and manage patient information from the medical record.
||4, 5, 7, 8
||Use evidence-based medicine to provide quality health care to individuals and populations.
||3, 7, 13
||Apply the scientific method to answer research questions.
||Discuss the core financial, legal, structural, policy, and regulatory aspects of the UAE health care system and their impact on the delivery of health care.
||Identify the personal skills and systems-level processes that support continuous quality improvement and patient safety, and use standard precautions in the health care setting.
||Apply knowledge of complementary and integrative medicine to patient care.
||Identify end-of-life care issues from the physician’s and patient’s perspectives.
||Apply professional behavior attitudes, humanism, self-awareness, emotions, values, and identity for the care of patients, self, and others.
||Integrate epidemiologic, socioeconomic, behavioral, cultural, and community factors into patient care.
||Advocate toward improved health outcomes at the community level through analysis of sociocultural determinants of health, engagement, and reflection.
||Provide appropriate patient-centered counseling techniques to improve rational utilization of health care resources, prevention, and patient satisfaction.
||Interact effectively with other professionals to address health care needs of patients.
||6, 5, 8, 9
||Anticipate ethical issues encountered in clinical care and research, explain ethically justifiable options and consequences from multiple perspectives, and manage ethical challenges.
||Demonstrate skills and habits to sustain lifelong personal and professional growth.
The Khalifa University College of Medicine and Health Sciences (CMHS) is committed to providing an innovative and challenging curriculum taught by the best clinical and research faculty in the UAE. The MD curriculum is designed to provide content of sufficient breadth and depth to prepare the medical student for entry into any residency program and for the subsequent contemporary practice of medicine. The curriculum is integrated horizontally and vertically, with basic and clinical science instruction offered in each curricular year. Additionally, there are five themes, called strands, that interweave throughout the four years. The five strands are:
- Biomedical Science
- Clinical Science
- Medicine and Society
- Research and Technology
The first two years of the MD program focus on the core biomedical sciences, organ systems, clinical skills, the role of physicians in society, professional development, and clinical research. The third and fourth periods focus on clinical clerkships and specialty training while reviewing the core sciences and completing projects in research and community service. Courses and core clerkships during the four-year program are delivered at the Main Campus of Khalifa University or at affiliated clinics and hospitals throughout Abu Dhabi. Fourth-year medical students can choose to take up to 8 weeks of away rotations within the UAE or abroad.
Medical students must meet established minimum requirements in order to complete the doctor of medicine degree. The following constitute the graduation requirements for a doctor of medicine degree:
- Courses: Students must pass all required courses and the required number of elective rotations.
- Licensing exams: Students must pass Step 1 of the USMLE (required for promotion to Period 4), and take the USMLE Step 2 CK and CS
- Competency assessments: Students must meet standards in nine competency domains (domains adapted from the Association of American Medical College Physician Competency Reference Set).
- Professional performance: Students must consistently display professional behaviors and values appropriate for the practice of medicine.
|PERIOD 1. FOUNDATIONS OF MEDICINE / ORGAN-SYSTEMS
|Molecular & Cellular Biology and Human Genetics
||Human Anatomy, Embryology and Histology
||Human Physiology and Immunology
||Pathology and Infectious Disease
|Clinical Skills I
|Medicine & Society I
|Research and Technology I
|PERIOD 2. ORGAN-SYSTEMS
|Cardiovascular & Pulmonary Systems
||Hematopoetic & Lymphoreticular Systems
||Gastrointestinal System & Nutrition
Nervous System &
|Clinical Skills II
|Medicine & Society II
|Research and Technology II
|PERIOD 3. CLINICAL CLERKSHIPS
|Core Concepts in Medicine
||USMLE STEP 1 & 2 PREP
||Obstetrics & Gynecology
|Medicine & Society III
|Research and Technology III
|PERIOD 4. ADVANCED CLINICAL ROTATAIONS
|Advanced Medicine or Surgery
||Transition to Residency
|Medicine & Society IV with Practicum
|Research and Technology IV