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Pre-Med Students Share Research Efforts at KU’s Virtual PMB Research Symposium

September 1, 2021

By setting up the College of Medicine and Health Sciences (CMHS) in 2019, Khalifa University of Science and Technology became the first institution to introduce US-style medical education in the UAE. Thus, our university implemented a unique way to support the UAE’s growing need for medical services as it strengthens its ability to attract, retain, and train medical professionals.


Across each academic year, our students are engaged in various activities to enhance their chances to enter our Doctor of Medicine (MD) Program. Research is one such integral component. The Pre-Medicine Bridge (PMB) Program Research Symposium is a unique event that provides our transitioning students with an opportunity to showcase their research efforts.


The Pre-Medicine Bridge Students were divided into 6 groups and each group was allocated a Research Advisor to mentor the students throughout their work on their research. The groups presented their research in the form of poster presentations on 15 July in a virtual research symposium event that was open to all KU Community.


The judges, Dr. Theodore Burkett, Senior Lecturer & Acting Director, Preparatory Program, and Dr. Okobi Ekpo, Assistant Professor of Anatomy and Cell Biology, chose the two winners. The first place winner was the Renal Pathology group and the second place winner was the Medicinal Chemistry group.


The Renal Pathology group won first place.


The Medicinal Chemistry group won second place.


To view the winners’ posters and presentations and for more information about the PMBP Symposium, please visit: The Pre-Medicine Bridge Program Virtual Research Symposium 2021 – Khalifa University (


Erica Solomon
Senior Publication Specialist
1 September 2021