College of Medicine and Health Sciences

Khalifa University’s strategic plan is aligned with the nation’s agenda to deliver first-rate education to provide opportunities for a diversified and competitive knowledge-based economy. By establishing its College of Medicine and Health Sciences, Khalifa University - the first medical college based in Abu Dhabi -- is responding to the challenge of developing world-class healthcare in Abu Dhabi, the United Arab Emirates and the region.

In the coming years, Khalifa University intends to roll out a range of degree programs in medicine and health sciences that will be offered through the college. By strengthening the university’s faculty base in these disciplines, Khalifa University will also expand its research portfolio, which currently includes medical genetics, genome sciences, biomaterials for nanomedicine, cellular biomechanics, bio-robotics, tissue regeneration, and bioinformatics.

Vision, Mission and Core Values

Transforming the UAE healthcare ecosystem for a healthier nation.

The Khalifa University College of Medicine and Health Sciences enhances the healthcare ecosystem of Abu Dhabi and the United Arab Emirates through outstanding education, research, and healthcare services for the community.

The college aims to accomplish its mission through commitment to the following core values:

Integrity- We conduct ourselves and our affairs in an open, transparent and equitable manner.  We base our decisions on objective and verifiable information free from personal bias or prejudice.  We are honest and trustworthy.

Competence- We take responsibility for our performance in all of our actions and decisions.  We fully accept our responsibilities and are committed to achieving them.

Scholarship- We are committed to enhancing knowledge through discovery and sharing new ways of doing things.  We engage on issues of importance to society now and in the future.

Innovation- We are committed to outstanding performance, innovation and continuous development in all aspects of our mission.

Community Service- We work together to serve the CMHS, university, local, national, and global communities.

Tolerance- We recognize the inherent value of a diverse faculty, staff, and student body.  We treat all individuals with the utmost respect and dignity.

John Rock M.D.

Founding Dean of the College of Medicine and Health Sciences

Robert Hernandez M.D.

Associate Dean of Academic Affairs

David Graham M.D

Associate Dean of Clinical Affairs

William Upton

Director, Admin & Support

Dr. Habiba Al Safar

For College of Engineering students

Dr. Guan Tay

Director of the Pre-Medicine Bridge program

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: Related EPA
SLO1 Identify the major principles of biochemistry, genetics, cellular biology, immunology, microbiology, physiology, and pharmacology. 6,7
SLO2 Describe the endogenous response to external and internal insults, including genetic and metabolic alterations, developmental disorders, environmental toxins, autoimmune diseases, and infections. 6,7
SLO3 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. 6,7
SLO4 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
SLO5 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
SLO6 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
SLO7 Identify and propose initial therapy for acute life-threatening situations. 2,3,4, 5, 6, 10
SLO8 Identify and propose a management plan for chronic disease. 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
SLO9 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
SLO10 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: Related EPA
SLO11 Obtain and manage patient information from the medical record. 4, 5, 7, 8
SLO12 Use evidence-based medicine to provide quality health care to individuals and populations. 3, 7, 13
SLO13 Apply the scientific method to answer research questions. 7
SLO14 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. 13
SLO15 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. 13
SLO16 Apply knowledge of complementary and integrative medicine to patient care. 7
SLO17 Identify end-of-life care issues from the physician’s and patient’s perspectives.
SLO18 Apply professional behavior attitudes, humanism, self-awareness, emotions, values, and identity for the care of patients, self, and others. 2,9
SLO19 Integrate epidemiologic, socioeconomic, behavioral, cultural, and community factors into patient care. 2, 5
SLO20 Advocate toward improved health outcomes at the community level through analysis of sociocultural determinants of health, engagement, and reflection. 13
SLO21 Provide appropriate patient-centered counseling techniques to improve rational utilization of health care resources, prevention, and patient satisfaction. 5, 11
SLO22 Interact effectively with other professionals to address health care needs of patients. 6, 5, 8, 9
SLO23 Anticipate ethical issues encountered in clinical care and research, explain ethically justifiable options and consequences from multiple perspectives, and manage ethical challenges.
SLO24 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
  • Physicianship
  • 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.
Molecular & Cellular Biology and Human Genetics Human Anatomy, Embryology and Histology Human Physiology and Immunology Pathology and Infectious Disease Pharmacology
Clinical Skills I
Medicine & Society I
Physicianship I
Research and Technology I
Cardiovascular & Pulmonary Systems Hematopoetic & Lymphoreticular Systems Integumentary System Musculoskeletal System Gastrointestinal System & Nutrition Endocrine System Reproductive System Renal System Nervous System &

Human Behavior

Clinical Skills II
Medicine & Society II
Physicianship II
Research and Technology II
Core Concepts in Medicine USMLE STEP 1 & 2 PREP
Family Medicine Internal Medicine Neurology Obstetrics & Gynecology Pediatrics Psychiatry Radiology Surgery
Medicine & Society III
Physicianship III
Research and Technology III
Advanced Medicine or Surgery Emergency Medicine Subinternship Selective Elective I Elective II Elective III Geriatrics Transition to Residency
Medicine & Society IV with Practicum
Physicianship IV
Research and Technology  IV

Khalifa University’s research portfolio currently includes medical genetics, biomaterials for nanomedicine, cellular biomechanics, bio-robotics, tissue regeneration, and bioinformatics. The university also has, and will continue to further develop, research capabilities and expertise with competencies in systems engineering, biomedical engineering, genome sciences and artificial intelligence (AI). Rapidly evolving technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI) and robotics are expected to play a significant role in the healthcare and medical sector in the next 10 years and remain a focus of the CMHS.

In consultation with external stakeholders and industry partners, the College of Medicine and Health Sciences ensures that its research and development programs are relevant to the biomedical, health and pharmaceutical sectors of the UAE and region.  There are three established research centers that serve as hubs for a steady increase in research participation and productivity of CMHS faculty. These centers are 1) the Healthcare Engineering Innovation Center, 2) the Center for Autonomous Robotics Systems, and 3) the Center for Biotechnology.

The newly-established Khalifa University of Science and Technology combines The Masdar Institute of Science and Technology, Khalifa University of Science, Technology and Research and The Petroleum Institute into one world-class, research-intensive institution, seamlessly integrating research and education to produce world leaders and critical thinkers in applied science and engineering. Khalifa University endeavors to be a leader among research intensive universities of the 21st century, while catalyzing the growth of Abu Dhabi and the UAE’s rapidly developing knowledge economy.

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  • Build strong foundations based on integrated research and academics
  • Engage leading industry, government and academic organizations for partnership
  • Perform research that produces excellence in science and engineering while being inspired by practical application
  • Translate discoveries and inventions into innovations that create commercial value


  • To establish and continually evolve interdisciplinary, collaborative research and development capabilities in the UAE’s priority science and technology domains.
  • To achieve global research impact through excellence in research of regional importance.

Targeted Outcomes

  • World-class performance in manpower development, knowledge creation and innovation

Please contact the Khalifa University College of Medicine and Health Sciences  team:

  • For more information.
  • If you have any difficulties in submitting your application online.

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The goal of the M.D. Program is to graduate physicians with the knowledge, skills, and attributes necessary to advance healthcare in the UAE. Admissions criteria are based on meeting this goal. The admissions process is holistic. The factors used to evaluate applicants include academic performance, non-academic experiences (e.g. leadership, service, research, clinical work), a demonstrable interest in healthcare, and personal attributes such as maturity, leadership, and resilience. Preference is given to Emirates and UAE Nationals, however international applicants are also eligible for admission. The M.D. program is co-educational, and participants must be prepared to work together in small  groups , workshops, and clinical training sessions with members of the opposite gender.

1. Graduate of an accredited college or university

2. Bachelor’s degree or higher (science discipline preferred)

3. GPA: Cumulative GPA ≥ 3.0; Science GPA ≥ 3.0

4. MCAT: Official score must be provided. Scores ≥ 500 are preferred

5. English Proficiency as evidenced by:

  • iBT TOEFL (internet-based test) score of 91 or greater or
  • Overall academic IELTS score of 6.5 or greater, or
  • 1550 or greater EmSAT English score
  • Exemption for native English speakers who have completed a bachelor’s, master’s or doctoral degree at an English-speaking university

6. Required Pre-requisite Courses (Grade of C (or equivalent) or higher in each)

1. General Biology with laboratory – 2 semesters

2. General Chemistry with laboratory – 2 semesters

3. Organic Chemistry with laboratory – 2 semesters or Organic Chemistry with laboratory 1 semester plus Biochemistry – 1 semester

4. Physics with laboratory – 2 semesters

5. Mathematics (College Algebra or higher) – 2 semesters

7. Recommended Pre-requisite Courses (minimum 2 semesters in one or more of these areas)




4.Epidemiology / Statistics

5.Cell Biology

6.Foreign/Additional Language







13.Social Sciences


8.Non-Academic Experiences (Preferred)

1. Healthcare

2. Research

3. Organizational leadership

4. Community service / volunteerism

5. Design experience, demonstrated innovation/entrepreneurship

9. Student can meet Technical Standards with or without reasonable accommodation

The following required documents should be scanned in a clear and legible form and uploaded to the online application:

1.Certified copy of Bachelor’s/Master’s degree certificate(s) (as applicable).

2.Equivalency certificate issued by the UAE Ministry of Education for applicants that have graduated from institutions outside of the UAE.

3.Official transcript showing the grading scale.

4.English language proficiency score certificate (IELTS, TOEFL or EmSAT). Official TOEFL score reports can be sent directly by your institution to Khalifa University of Science and Technology using the institutional TOEFL code 0960.

5.Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT) score.

6.Detailed Curriculum Vitae (CV).

7.Passport-style photograph on a white background.

8.Valid passport. International applicants who reside in the UAE should also upload a clear copy of their valid UAE visa.

9.Family Book (Khulasat Al Qaid – UAE National applicants only).

10.Valid UAE national ID card (for national and international applicants who currently reside in the UAE).

11.Personal Statement 1 (500 to 1,000 words) describing why you wish to pursue a career as a physician.

12.Personal Statement 2 (500 to 1,000 words) describing why you wish to attend Khalifa University College of Medicine and Health Sciences.

Please note that incomplete applications will not be considered.

Accepted applicants must submit all of their official documents before they register for classes. All documents received by the University are the property of Khalifa University and will not be returned.


*Admissions is Contingent upon CMHS MR program receiving accreditation from CCA, anticipated summer 2019