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I 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. The 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 highest standards. During 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. The 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 this world. The 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. Majd Abdel Rahim Class of 2015
" 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." Parwiz Akbary Passau, Germany
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 Studen National Autonomous University of Mexico Class of ،October 2014