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

The Khalifa University College of Medicine and Health Sciences is a leader in 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

MD Professor, Founding Dean of College of Medicine & Health Sciences& Senior Vice President for Health Affairs

Robert Hernandez

MD Associate Professor of Medicine &Associate Dean of Academic Affairs

David Graham

MB ChB, MBA Professor & Chair of Radiology & Medical Imaging, Associate Dean of Clinical Affairs

Georg Petroianu

MD, PhD Professor & Chair, Pharmacology, Associate Dean Research

Habiba AlSafar

PhD Associate Professor, Department of Genetics and Molecular Biology, Associate Dean for Student Affairs& Director of Khalifa University Center for Biotechnology


PhD Director Operations & Administration

Dietrich Lorke

MD, PhD Professor & Chair Anatomy and Cellular Biology

Ali A. Khraibi

PhD Professor & Chair Immunology & Physiology

Sabina Semiz

PhD Professor, Molecular Biology And Genetics

Jennie Lou

MD Professor &Assistant Dean Medical Education


MD, PhD Professor, Pharmacology &Strand Leader Research & Technology

Eman Alefishat

PhD Associate Professor, Pharmacology

Siobhán O’ Sullivan

MA PhD Assistant Professor, Molecular Biology and Genetics& Program Director , Medical Education Period 1&2

Peter Corridon

PhD Assistant Professor, Immunology and Physiology & Director Pre Medical Bridge Program

Sara Sorrell

MD, PhD Assistant Professor &Assistant Dean Clinical Skills & Simulation Training

Basem AlOmari

PhD Assistant Professor, Epidemiology and Population Health

Natalie Van Niekerk

PhD Assistant Professor, Anatomy & Cellular Biology

Julienne Shipley

MBBS Senior Instructor & Strand Leader Clinical Science Strand


PhD Senior Instructor, Pre Medical Bridge Program

Wafa Djerboua

MD, Med Ed Senior Instructor, Anatomy & Cellular Biology

Noora AlHajri

MD MPH InstructorEpidemiology and Population Health


MSc Lecturer, Pharmacology

Zbigniew Ruszczak MD, Ph.D., FRCP Edin

Associate Professor of Medicine & Assistant Dean Graduate Medical Education

Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) Program

Pre-Medicine Bridge 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.

Pre-Medicine Bridge program

Khalifa University is planning to offer a range of degrees within its College of Medicine and Health Sciences. Its immediate priority is the establishment of a postgraduate Doctor of Medicine (MD) program. A Pre-Medicine Bridge program has been established to prepare students for the MD program.

The Pre-Medicine Bridge program is designed to provide courses to current students who have completed a Bachelor’s degree. The educational goals of the program are to prepare students for entry into Khalifa University’s Doctor of Medicine (MD) program.

The Pre-Medicine Bridge program consists of courses that are delivered in person by a lecturer or via on online facility. As each student attending the program will come with their unique skill set and knowledge, the courses are designed to fill gaps in information as well as develop reading, comprehension and math proficiencies. By developing these skills, the program will establish whether a candidate can demonstrate advanced knowledge, and in doing so, fulfill the requirements of entry into a postgraduate medical program. Students will be assessed using the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT®).

Entry into the Pre-Medicine Bridge program at Khalifa University will be based on the student’s performance at an interview and:

Completion of an undergraduate degree with prerequisite science, math or engineering content, achieving a minimum GPA of 3.0 from a preeminent institution of higher education.
IELTS score of 6.5 (or equivalent)
A personal statement.
A recent copy of the applicant’s curriculum vitae.
Three letters of support from professional and personal referees. At least one reference must be from a faculty member from the candidate’s conferring university.


This program offers scholarships to all students to support graduate studies in medicine. Students who receive a Khalifa University (KU) MED Scholarship will be registered in the Pre-Medicine Bridge program. Please note that scholarship benefits are subject to change.

  • A monthly stipend of AED28,000.
  • Full tuition to be paid by Khalifa University.
  • Support to attend educational events locally and internationally.
  • Housing in university accommodations at no cost, subject to availability.
  • Textbooks are provided by the university.
  • Full tuition to be paid by Khalifa University.
  • Support to attend educational events locally and internationally.
  • Housing in university accommodations at no cost, subject to availability.
  • Textbooks are provided by the university.

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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.

Telephone: +971 (02) 501 8550 Email:

Fall 2021 Admissions for the Doctor of Medicine (MD) program are now open. Deadline for MD Program is 31st March 2021

Applications for our Pre-Medicine Bridge Fall Program are open. The program is scheduled to start on 23rd August 2020, and run until 17th December 2020.

Admissions into the Spring 2021 PBM Program are now open until 1st October 2020. The Spring 2021 Pre-Medicine Bridge Program will run from 12th January 2021 - 30th April 2021.


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 (1000 to 2000 words) describing

  • Why you wish to pursue a career as a physician (500 to  1000 Words)  AND
  • Why you wish to attend Khalifa University College of Medicine and Health Sciences (500 to  1000 Words).

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 MD program receiving accreditation from CAA , anticipated summer 2019