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.