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 and Mission

To provide first-rate medical education to complement high-quality clinical services and hospital systems, to help create a healthcare ecosystem that will provide world-class healthcare to the population of Abu Dhabi, the United Arab Emirates and the region.

  • To be an essential element of the development of the healthcare ecosystem of Abu Dhabi.
  • To provide an integrated clinical and research experience in a singular postgraduate level medical education program.
  • To 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.
  • To respond to stakeholder and government needs for medical education leading to clinicians who can serve the needs of the United Arab Emirates.
  • To provide first-rate education at a world-class medical college that is based on a commitment to excellence in teaching, innovation in research and compassion in service.

Dr. Guan Tay

Director of the Pre-Medicine Bridge program
  • guan.tay@ku.ac.ae

Dr. Habiba Al Safar

For College of Engineering students
  • habiba.alsafar@ku.ac.ae

Dr. Maguy Abi Jaoude

For College of Arts and Science students
  • maguy.abijaoude@ku.ac.ae

Reem Al Orfaly

For general enquiries on Pre-Medicine Bridge program
  • reem.alorfaly@ku.ac.ae

Samar AlHabri

For student enquiries on Pre-Medicine Bridge program
  • samar.alharbi@ku.ac.ae

Dr. Maguy Abi Jaoude

Assistant Professor, Chemistry

Dr. Mohammad Al Khaleel

Assistant Professor, Math

Dr. Habiba Al Safar,

Associate Professor, Biomedical Engineering

Jim Boyce

Interim Director, Prep Program

Dr. Mirella Elkadi

Associate Professor, Chemistry

Dr. Jamal Hajsaleh

Associate Professor, Physics

Dr. Katherine Hall

Assistant Professor, Humanities and Social Sciences

Dr. Suryani Lukman

Assistant Professor, Chemistry

Dr. Gary Miller

Assistant Professor, Math

Dr. Wael Osman

Postdoctoral Fellow, Center for Biotechnology

Dr. Selena Richards

Assistant Professor, Chemistry

Julie Ross

Senior Lecturer English, Prep Program

Dr. David Sheehan

Professor, Chemistry

John Rock M.D.

Founding Dean of the College of Medicine and Health Sciences

Robert Hernandez M.D.

Associate Dean of Academic Affairs

William Upton

Director, Admin & Support

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.

Scholarships

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 AED27,000.
  • Full university tuition paid by the 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 university tuition paid by the 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.

Please click on the “Apply Now” button.

  • For existing users, login to the application portal with your Email ID and password.
  • For new users, register by creating a new account, by providing your Email as an ID and nominate your own password.

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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Approach

  • 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

Mission

  • 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 Pre-Medicine Bridge program team:
  • For more information.
  • If you have any difficulties in submitting your application online.
Telephone: +971 (02) 501 8550 Email: premed@ku.ac.ae

How to apply

Please click on the “Apply Now” button.

  • For existing users, login to the application portal with your Email ID and password.
  • For new users, register by creating a new account, by providing your Email as an ID and nominate your own password.

Contact us

Please contact the Khalifa University Pre-Medicine Bridge program team:

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

Telephone: +971 (02) 501 8550
Email: premed@ku.ac.ae