I am so grateful to congratulate the successful collaboration of academic and research exchanges among the three institutes: Ewha Womans University, the University of Sharjah, and the Sharjah Center for Humanitarian Services(SCHS) . In pursuit of the memorandum of agreement (MOU), Ewha University is grateful to have the opportunity to provide music therapy services to Sharjah Center for Humanitarian Services (SCHS) with the support of Sheikha Jameela Al-Qasimi and her director assistant Khadeja Bamakhrama who is the project manager for music therapy at SCHS. Also thanks to Professor Randa Mostafa , Head of Basic Medical Sciences Department , College of Medicine, University of Sharjah, for facilitating this project.
Our first music therapy internship in 2014 has called for successful launching of music therapy at SCHS. The following second and third internship added excellence to the quality benefitting the children of SCHS. With this successful outcomes and awaiting the fourth music therapy internship this year, we hope to establish essential music therapy education and training curriculum at the University of Sharjah, Medical College as well. This will lead to another dimension of prosperity for the academic and research collaboration for the coming years.
Hyun Ju Chong, Ph.D., MT-BCChair, Music Therapy DepartmentEwha Womans UniversityJanuary , 2015
I completed my MBBS in UOS in 2013, and after finishing a year of internship in DHA, I am now an Emergency Medicine resident in SKMC, Abu Dhabi, and I owe it all to University of Sharjah.
You had told us that our graduates did well in the 'outside world', but I don't think many of us realized how true that was until we ourselves came into the clinical setting. Throughout internship, upon answering where I graduated from, I always got positive responses of, "Oh, University of Sharjah graduates have excellent knowledge!" It was a bit surprising initially, but a wonderful feeling nonetheless. A similar exchange would take place regardless of the department I'd be rotating in.
And now, fresh in residency, I'm happy to hear that things haven't changed. It fills me with pride to hear so many doctors praising my alma mater, and I don't think many of us realize how big an achievement that is, especially since compared to UAEU, GMU and DMCG, we are a much younger program.
Of course, all the credit goes to our wonderful faculty, especially all the doctors in Qassimi, Kuwaiti, Baraha and Dhaid Hospitals. I don't think even they realize how much they have taught us. They should have a banquet held in their honor and awards handed out to them for their patience and drive to instill, not only knowledge, but professionalism, interpersonal skills and decision-making abilities as well. Having trained as an intern in DHA, I've seen how little attention is paid to the DMCG students, and I thank God every day that we underwent clinical training in MOH, where doctors happily entertained the presence of 5-6 confused-looking students occupying seats in morning meetings, crowding rooms during rounds, shadowing them throughout the day and at most times, slowing them down considerably with endless questions and eagerness to assist in procedures. I would like to name them all, but I'm afraid I'd never be able to forgive myself for even overlooking a single one, so I shall not take on this task, but Drs, if you're reading this, know that you may not remember me, but I don't think I'll ever forget any one of you. What you have done for each and every one of us is commendable, and deserves much more than we'll ever be able to give. Of course, it goes without saying the dean, the vice-dean and all the faculty in the university have made it what it is today, and we are indebted to them all for persevering to make doctors out of us despite insanity ensuing in lecture halls and labs alike! Sadly, it is often the case that the we are praised on a personal level without much thought being given to those who worked hard to make us praise-worthy.Thank you for 6 of what were simultaneously the best and worst years of our 'past', for dreams of the future that you helped make our 'present', and for our 'future' where we hope we can make you proud, and in doing so, repay at least a tiny fraction of our debt to you.
Irma Faruqi , An Emergency Medicine resident at Sheikh Khalifa Medical City, Abu Dhabi
Given the opportunity to be one of the first 53 students who graduated from UoS with no doubt contributed to the academic and professional success I am experiencing. Not only developed my clinical skills but also refined my scientific research comprehension, appreciation, and application. One of many outstanding professors I am very thankful for at the College of Medicine is Prof. Randa Mostafa, Head of Basic Medical Sciences Department. When I was an undergraduate and for 4 years, she went beyond of being just an academic adviser.
Today, I'm a Master's candidate at one of the top universities in North America because of her dedication even after my graduation. With the research skills gained from her rich experience and mentor-ship, I was honored to be part of her research team to participate in many research projects which furnished my clinical and scientific research skills. This has been reflected on the MSc thesis progress and recently I was invited at the University of British Columbia to share my experience and the results of our national Emirati study on the symptoms of menopause that was published recently in Climartic, a leading peer-reviewed journal worldwide.
As a Saudi Medical professional, I am very proud to be a graduate from a university that cultivated both clinical and scientific research skills to be a better clinician that is armed with strong scientific foundation. -Ghadeer Majed Alkusayer, MBBS, MSc(C)-Medical Graduate of College of Medicine, University of Sharjah, Sharjah, UAE.-Currently a clinical research fellow at the Division of Reproductive Endocrinology & Infertility and a Master candidate at the Reproductive and Developmental Sciences Program, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at The University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Canada.
Dear Professor Mostafa,
On behalf of the International Menopause Society I would like to thank you for your representation of the United Arab Emirates and support for IMS educational and research initiatives.
Your latest work has been the completion of a research project, the IMS - CAT Study, headed by Professor Myra Hunter.
Professor Hunter has commented 'We would like to thank Professor Randa Mostafa for her support and academic input to the International Menopause Society Climate, Altitude and Temperature (IMS-CAT) study in the United Arab Emirates (UEA). The study furthered this larger project that has previously investigated the role of climate upon reports of vasomotor symptoms with colleagues working in South American and India. Randa has enabled the study to take place in the UAE.
The results of the IMS-CAT UEA study have recently been published in Climacteric (Stefanopoulou E, Gupta P, Mohamed Mostafa R, Nosair N, Mirghani Z, Moustafa K, Al Kusayer G, Sturdee D, Hunter MS. International Menopause Society study of Climate, Altitude, Temperature and vasomotor symptoms in UAE. Climacteric 2014, 17, 4, 425-432.)'
IMS has depended on you heavily in the past to provide an Arabic perspective to our work and as always you have contributed far and above the normal expectations we have of our members. Thank you once again for all your support and we look forward to working with you again in all our future educational projects.Professor Myra Hunter,Department of Psychology,Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience (at Guy's)
I chose to perform an elective clerkship in the University of Sharjah through GEMx agreement signed by my home university. This trip has been my first approach to the Arab and Islamic world.
One of the first things I had to learn during this trip is the difference among the words we use in the west as synonyms: Arab, Islamic. The UAE is the best place to understand the differences because there are all of the examples living in. For example Arab is a person who comes from an Arabic speaking country ex. UAE, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait ... etc and Islamic is something under the rules of Islam, and there are Islamic countries which are not Arab countries like Malaysia, Iran and Albania. So most of Arabic countries are Islamic, but not all Islamic countries are Arabic.
The second stereotype in the west is about the Sharia which in my opinion the reason because many people think that Islam is an extremist religion, but most of the non Muslims do not see that most of times the punishments contained in this law are rarely performed in any of the Islamic countries and the education of the people let them avoid the acts that have these polemic punishments.
Other polemic point among the stereotypes in Islam is the role of women in the society. In this matter I state Muslims are quite respectful with women. In western countries most of people have the idea that Islam suppress to the women and do not let them grow and develop properly. But the fact is in UAE women have rights opinion and an important role within the society. Half or more of the med students in the university of Sharjah are women and men are treated as equals and women have the same self confidence than their male pairs.
Concerning to lectures and rotations I found the the College of Medicine of the University of Sharjah has a student based teaching and lectures with PBL have a positive impact on students's learning. I chose to take 2 electives during my training in the UoS Medicine with lectures in the college of medicine and rotation in the Al-Dhaid hospital in Sharjah and General Surgery in Al-Baraha hospital in Dubai.
Mosque which is amazing and incredibly beautiful there we witnessed the Friday prayer which was a very significant experience, after that we stayed un the Yaz Water park. We saw also in Abu Dhabi some of its iconic buildings like the new WTC the Ferrari World and the works of the new Museé du Louvre. D.A. V. Elective Student from – National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) , Mexico ،October 2014
The visit to Sharjah City for Humanitarian Services was a new experience. We got to meet parents of students with disabilities, we interviewed them and explored their challenges and future prospects. We became aware of the important role that such a facility plays by immersing these unique people into the community. We also listened to the advices that those parents wished to convey to future doctors which included the desire to see a multidisciplinary and patient-centered approach. Mohammed M. Mohammed, 3rd Year med. Student
The Medical College in the University of Sharjah has offered me everything that I thought I could ever want from a medical school experience. I was quite anxious at first, but to my surprise the medical college turned out to be one of my greatest and most enriching experiences of my life.
The best period to me, were the clinical years. The clinical training that is offered as part of our basic curriculum, even from the first year, has proven to be an invaluable tool for my endeavor to become a physician. The clinical tutors and later on the hospital doctors, pushed me to master the clinical material while in the same time develop and refine my clinical skills. Since the early years, I have felt that I was well prepared for the clinical rotations and I believe that the clinical training program has given me the right tools necessary to be confident and excel as a dedicated doctor.
In addition to this, to excel in the clinical care, a firm foundation in clinical research is essential. That is why as part of our curriculum, we were required to complete a course training in Family & Community Medicine, which focused on research projects and Evidence-based Health Care. In my opinion, the goal of the Community Based Research Projects was to produce a group of students armed with ideas for community research, adequate research skills and access to resources to make these ideas a reality.
It would only be appropriate to end by thanking each and every member of this esteemed college for this wonderful experience. I was blessed to meet such wonderful doctors, helpful and cooperative faculty, and had the opportunity to make memories which will last forever.
John Albert Makram
Graduation year 2012
It's a great honor and privilege for me to be one of the graduates of, university of sharjah, college of medicine.
Our clinical skills program is one of the greatest comprehensive educational tool that has been established to promote and provide high quality of clinical education to our students by offering them a great opportunity toward hands-on practice , through offering them a well-equipped labs , and professional clinical tutors , in addition to the updated materials and resources ...
I really appreciate to be part of this program that has met the highest international medical and clinical educational standard among the world..
As a medical postgraduate I realized the importance of having research education course and evidence based medicine that has helped us a lot during our internship in the hospitals .
2012 graduate , college of medicine , university of sharjah.
" My story is not the same like most of my other
colleagues. I was initially planning to travel to Europe for my medical studies
and had put lots of efforts to achieve that, but after obtaining a scholarship
from the Government of UAE to study medicine at the newly established Medical
College in University of Sharjah , I have soon realized that I have ended up at a
college and environment where I always wanted to. University of Sharjah has
offered me all the reasons not to imagine myself anywhere else. in the heart of
Sharjah city, the cultural heritage hub of Arabs in the middle east, an
extraordinary student-friendly campus, an exceptionally flexible and fully
integrated curriculum, a culturally-sensitive and diverse medium with
professionally motivated and always-accessible administration and faculties,
the medical college at University of Sharjah has not only expanded my medical
perspective as a future Physician but has also made me a composed and tolerant
human being that is willing to serve and fit any society, anywhere. Anytime.
The two most striking and invaluable educational tools of sharjah medical
college are the students' early Clinical Exposure that encourages clinical
reasoning from as early as the first year of medical studies, and the many club
and social activities that challenges the traditional medical teaching and
turns it into an enjoyable experience."
graduated in 2015 from the University of Sharjah. I can say that the 6 years I
spent in the medical school were by far the best years of my life. The University
of Sharjah was more than a home to me, the professors were always there for us and
I will always owe my success and progress in my career to them.
journey started with basic medical sciences. We spent three years exploring
through the different systems of the human body and that was the fun part of
it. It was never boring because the method of teaching was system-based. This
method made the learning journey fun and informative. We never had to study
anatomy, physiology or even biochemistry in one bulk. The different disciplines
were equally distributed amongst the different body systems. What made those
years even more amusing is the fact that we had problem based learning sessions
twice every week. We were divided into groups and were facilitated by a tutor
and every week we discuss a new topic related to the problem of the week we
were covering. This helped us develop our skills in a very constructive as well
as effective manner. It helped us cultivate our communication and presentation
skills. We had full access to all the journals and data bases through the years
which made things easier. The university is committed to research at the
our second year we were introduced to CBR (Community Based Research). This was
a fascinating experience and I was so lucky to be exposed so early to the world
of research. We had the privilege to learn all about research and statistics.
We executed what we learnt by actually doing a full community based research as
groups. It was one of the best experiences I ever had because I learnt early on
all about research and the importance of community health in particular. I
learnt how important it is for me as a student and a doctor to help the
community with my research in solving pressing issues in the community and make
a change in my society.
clinical years allowed me to shadow different fields in medicine, surgery,
paediatrics, psychiatry, obstetrics and gynaecology. Throughout the clinical years
we were allowed to communicate with patients, take history and physical
examinations. We attended ward rounds and doctors meetings in the morning. We
had on calls in the hospital. We were given sessions in the university that
facilitated learning during each rotation. I truly enjoyed the clinical years
because it helped me see what I want to be in the coming few years. It allowed
me to get closer to my dream which is to help people and make a difference in
experiences I was offered are indescribable. They made me more effective and
confident person. All the qualifications and training I received through the
years in the University of Sharjah was exactly what I need to start building my
career as a doctor who would actually make a difference.
Year of graduation - June 2015
Majd Abdel Rahim
The Medical College at UOS has been always a place where you can find an amalgamation of learning, fun, culture and many such life preaching activities. Nevertheless, it has provided a platform to teach numerous skills a graduate would need to embrace in order to achieve one of the college's goals and that is to be a competent safe doctor. My experience in the college not only enriched my medical knowledge but also made me grow as a person. Being able to interact with students from different cultural backgrounds, who share the same drive and goasl, allowed me to broaden my horizons and see things from various perspectives. Understanding that medicine, though based on science, is indeed an art would help a lot in gaining those skills that one should master to be able to communicate properly with patients. This aspect was clearly highlighted throughout our studies in the college along with the emphasis on mastering the clinical skills through ongoing practice. With the skills that I have gained in the past 6 years, I am confidents enough to pave my path in the medical field.
Heba Walid Mohammad
Batch of 2015