A learning community in medical school is a collaborative and supportive environment that enhances the learning experience for students. Learning communities provide academic and social support and foster leadership development. They create a foundation for lifelong learning and the development of competent and compassionate physicians.

The primary goal of a learning community is to create an atmosphere that nurtures the acquisition of medical knowledge and the development of essential clinical skills. Learning communities also provide a platform for peer teaching and learning. This peer-to-peer learning fosters critical thinking, communication skills, and the ability to work effectively in interdisciplinary healthcare teams. Moreover, learning communities offer a support network for students, especially during the rigorous and demanding medical school journey.

The Falcon Learning Communities (FLCs) at KU CMHS are the first learning communities in the UAE. The communities are named after the falcon, the UAE’s national bird and a potent symbol of strength and courage. In recognition of the rich cultural and medical heritage of the Arab world, the four learning communities are  named after famous Arab or Muslim physicians and scientists: Al-Zahrawi, Ibn Zuhr, Ibn Rushd and Ibn Al-Nafis.


*Available until May 2026, the remaining duration of the MD program

Our Programs
Near-Peer Tutoring (NPT)
Peer Assisted Learning (PAL)
Arabic Medical Terminology Class
Professional Development
Health Promotion
Learn to Learn
Play to Learn
Faculty Advising program