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Khalifa University College of Medicine and Health Sciences Establishes 14-Member Executive Advisory Council

Prominent Stakeholders and Industry Professionals to Help Guide and Shape Strategy for Excellence in Medical Education

Khalifa University of Science and Technology’s College of Medicine and Health Sciences (CMHS) has established a 14-member executive advisory council of industry professionals to drive and shape the strategies, and develop into a center of excellence in medical education.

Dr Arif Sultan Al Hammadi, Executive Vice-President, Khalifa University of Science and Technology, welcomed the panel members who gathered for the inaugural meeting that was headed by Dr John Rock, Founding Dean, College of Medicine and Health Sciences, Khalifa University.

The advisory council members include prominent stakeholders from the UAE healthcare sector such as Dr. Khaled Aidha Al Jaberi, Director, Healthcare Licensing & Medical Education Division, Abu Dhabi Department of Health; Brigadier Aysha Al Dhaheri, Commander Medical Services Corp.; Dr. Gareth Goodier, Group Chief Executive Officer, Abu Dhabi Health Services Company (SEHA); and Dr. Daryl A. Cornish, Director, Fatima College of Health Sciences (FCHS), NMC Royal Hospital. Dr. Shamsheer Vayalil, Chairman and Managing Director, VPS Healthcare, represents the private sector on the panel.

Dr Arif Sultan Al Hammadi said: “We welcome members of the newly constituted executive advisory council for the College of Medicine and Health Sciences. These professionals are the stakeholders representing the UAE’s healthcare sector. We are keen to listen to their recommendations and we believe these industry experts will share their experience and knowledge to help us chart the right course of action that will create the CMHS into a center of excellence for medical education.”

Panel members assessed the integrated curriculum of the Khalifa University CMHS and discussed the prospects, challenges and opportunities of the program. They also deliberated on shaping and driving the strategies to improve the academic performance of CMHS to excel in medical education.

Khalifa University’s College of Medicine and Health Sciences, which commenced classes in September 2019, is the first 4X4 allopathic LCME-comparable (Liaison Committee on Medical Education), post-baccalaureate medical college, which prepares its medical students for residency programs in the US and Canada.

The Khalifa University College of Medicine and Health Sciences has also developed an OSCE (Objective Structured Clinical Examination) and Simulation Center, which is designed to test clinical skill performance. The program provides a hands-on real-world approach to learning and assessment. This program will serve hospital residency programs, military training units, and other medical schools in the UAE.

Additionally, the College of Medicine and Health Sciences has developed a ”state-of-the-art testing center, which is created with Prometric and Pearson VUE standards which will allow Graduate Record Examinations (GRE), National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME), United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) and Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) testing on site.

Clarence Michael
News Writer
9 December 2019