Doctor of Medicine (M.D.)

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 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.