New era of healthcare education begins as GMU strengthens its academic health system implementation

The association is the latest in GMU's efforts to strengthen the implementation of its academic health system.

New era of healthcare education begins as GMU strengthens its academic health system implementation

United Arab Emirates: Heralding a new era of healthcare education, Gulf Medical University (GMU), Ajman, the leading medical university in the Middle East region has signed anagreement with the Healthcare Division of Thumbay Group to apply, implement and follow the international standards of academic centers according to the regulations of the Ministry of Education and international accreditation bodies like the Joint Commission International (JCI), across the academic hospitals and clinics of Thumbay Group. The association is the latest in GMU’s efforts to strengthen the implementation of its academic health system.

The agreement was signed at Thumbay Medicity, Ajman on 30th June 2020, by Prof. Hossam Hamdy, the Chancellor of GMU and Mr. Akbar Moideen Thumbay, Vice President of the Healthcare Division of Thumbay Group, in the presence of the COOs of various hospitals of the Thumbay Hospital network and Thumbay Clinics.

The agreement also aims to facilitate continuous training of the doctors, nurses and technicians of Thumbay hospitals and clinics by GMU, in addition to collaborating for joint educational programs and translational research, in addition to jointly organizing scientific conferences and continuing professional development programs. The hospitals will also serve as a clinical training site for the students of the University, being the academic health centers of Gulf Medical University Academic Health System (GMUAHS).

Speaking about the agreement, Prof. Hossam Hamdy, the Chancellor of GMU said, “The value of having an Academic Health System integrating academia, healthcare and research becomes all the more important during the COVID-19 pandemic. At the GMU Academic Health System, we were able to quickly transform some of our hospitals into COVID care hospitals, and our central research lab was transformed into a COVID testing facility at very short notice, thanks to the integration of infrastructure and the manpower – including doctors, nurses and student volunteers - within the GMU Academic Health System. Furthermore, this agreement with Thumbay Group’s Healthcare Division paves the way for greater collaborations and partnerships, expanding the clinical training facilities of GMU students who can now learn from leading medical experts and gain hands-on experience on cutting-edge healthcare technology. The internationally accredited systems at Thumbay hospitals and clinics will not only prepare the students for a global healthcare career, but will also equip them with futuristic competencies.”

Mr. Akbar Moideen Thumbay said that the healthcare division was delighted to partner with GMU. “The agreement with Gulf Medical University will further strengthen the high standards of patient care at Thumbay Hospitals and Thumbay Clinics. We are glad to host GMU students for clinical training at our hospitals and clinics which have a reputation for superior healthcare delivery standards. I am confident that our healthcare team at Thumbay University Hospital will groom the future healthcare professionals of GMU with their extensive experience and knowledge,” he added.

Thumbay Group’s Healthcare Division operates 8 academic hospitals at various locations in the UAE, in addition to the Thumbay Clinic network of 12 family clinics, 46 Thumbay Pharmacy outlets and the largest CAP-accredited private diagnostic labs network comprising 5 Thumbay Labs. All these are part of the Gulf Medical University Academic Health System. The Thumbay Hospital network is the largest private academic hospital chain in the region, and treats patients from as many as 175 nationalities. Thumbay Group has an exclusive medical tourism company, Thumbay Medical Tourism, with has representative offices in 87 countries. Thumbay Group’s Thumbay Medicity in Ajman is a regional hub of medical education, healthcare and research, with its state-of-the-art facilities attracting students, medical professionals, researchers and patients from around the world. The Group employs more than 4000 people across its various businesses.

Gulf Medical University 

Gulf Medical University (GMU), Ajman, has six colleges and offers 26 accredited programs with students of over 86 nationalities. The undergraduate programs offered by GMU include Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy, Nursing, Biomedical Sciences, Healthcare Management & Economics, Anesthesia Technology, Medical Laboratory Sciences, Physiotherapy, Medical Imaging Sciences and Associate Degree in Preclinical Sciences. Graduate programs are offered in Public Health, Physical Therapy, Endodontology, Periodontics, Clinical Pharmacy, Healthcare Management & Economics, Health Professions Education and Medical Laboratory Sciences. Located in ThumbayMedicity, Ajman, the hub of state-of-the-art medical education, healthcare and research, GMU provides clinical training to its students through the various academic health centers of the Gulf Medical University Academic Health System, including Thumbay University Hospital, Thumbay Dental Hospital and Thumbay Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation Hospitals located in the campus. Since its inception 22 years ago, around 2000 students have passed out of GMU and successfully working at various positions – including CEOs, COOs, Medical Directors and Head of Departments – in the healthcare industry in the Middle East, Africa, South Asia, Europe, America and Australasia. Among them are a number of Emirati medical practitioners who have made a mark in many UAE hospitals, helping the country advance towards its healthcare goals. The University’s academic and research tie-ups with over 60 international universities and research institutions ensures global acceptance and employability. 

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