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Khalifa University and Abu Dhabi’s Specialized Rehabilitation Hospital Sign MoU to Offer Elective Course to 4th Year CMHS Students

September 7, 2022

Students to Gain Comprehensive, Supervised, on-the Job Experience on Clinical In-patient Rounds as Well as Theory Lessons  


Khalifa University of Science and Technology and Specialized Rehabilitation Hospital (SRH), a state-of-the-art facility offering world-class rehabilitation services in Abu Dhabi, have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to enable a one-month elective course in rehabilitation for fourth-year students of the Khalifa University College of Medicine and Health Sciences (KU-CMHS).


The MoU was signed by Dr. Arif Sultan Al Hammadi, Executive Vice-President, Khalifa University, and Dr. Mishal Al Kasimi, Chief Executive Officer, SRH, in the presence of Sir John O’Reilly, President, Khalifa University.


Dr. Arif Sultan Al Hammadi said: “We are delighted to enter into this partnership with SRH, one of the vital institutions in Abu Dhabi for essential healthcare, and provide our medical students with special expertise in rehabilitation and related services. The MoU will benefit the CMHS students in their curriculum and we believe they will learn key aspects of providing specific types of medical care effectively.”


Dr. Mishal Al Kasimi said: “On behalf of Specialized Rehabilitation Hospital, I am delighted to sign this agreement with KU-CMHS. This collaboration will strengthen the academic relationship between the two institutions, which will enrich research, medical training, and innovation in medicine with an emphasis on rehabilitation. This strategic alignment supports the UAE’s long-term vision to prepare the next generation of world class health care professionals.”


Dr. Al Kasimi highlighted that medical education, training and research is constantly evolving utilizing cutting edge evidence-based methodology. “This collaboration enhances the abilities of both KU-CMHS and Specialized Rehabilitation Hospital by providing a range of innovative educational opportunities which will in turn enhance the students’ total learning experience. Our academic program is designed to integrate both theoretical and practical learning methodologies, thus leveraging local and international expertise.  Specialized Rehabilitation Hospital’s affiliation with Shirley Ryan Ability Lab (formerly the rehabilitation institute of Chicago) demonstrates our commitment to providing world class learning opportunities. We look forward to working with KU-CMHS facility members and students, and supporting them in becoming highly skilled health care professionals in keeping with the core values of trust, teamwork, integrity, and social responsibility.”


Dr. John Rock, Founding Dean of the College of Medicine and Health Sciences, Khalifa University, said: “Clinical rotations are an important part of medical education, enabling each student to align their learning experiences with their professional career interests, both locally and abroad. This collaboration will allow our students to explore how physicians with expertise in physical medicine and rehabilitation services are improving the lives of patients with debilitating medical conditions right here in Abu Dhabi.”


Through the MoU, students will also receive theory classes on introduction to rehabilitation and ethics in rehabilitation, as well as theory and practical lessons in common diagnosis and implications, pain management, assessment, and medical/neurologic/orthopedic aspects of disability.


Students will gain comprehensive supervised on-the-job experience on clinical inpatient rounds, Interdisciplinary team (IDT) meetings, as well as outpatient supervision in clinics. The curriculum will also include practical applications in the gym to theory with therapy, IT, medical engineering. At the same time, the theory side may cover lectures outlining the basic science, pathophysiology and management of disease and examples. Only those students who have satisfactorily completed all prerequisite didactic portions of Khalifa University’s medical curriculum will be eligible to attend this course at the SRH.


Khalifa University will offer SRH employees access to the library and auditorium facilities for educational purposes, while SRH and its staff will provide relevant supervision of the educational, clinical, and research activities.


SRH’s Bayt Al Qudra™ house of ability helps patients rebuild their lives while recovering from life-changing illness or injury, and help them regain independence and mobility. Affiliated with The Shirley Ryan Ability Lab (previously known as the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, US), SRH now offers world-class rehabilitation services in the heart of Abu Dhabi.


Clarence Michael
English Editor Specialist
7 September 2022