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Gulf Medical University Chancellor Prof. Hossam Hamdy Shares His Insights on Futuristic Medical Education: Medicine is a Social Science Integrated with Research and Healthcare Delivery

Gulf Medical University Chancellor Prof. Hossam Hamdy Shares His Insights on Futuristic Medical Education: Medicine is a Social Science Integrated with Research and Healthcare Delivery

In his article titled “Medical College of the Future: From Informative to Transformative” published in the top medical education journal ‘The Medical Teacher’, Prof. Hossam Hamdy stressed that Medicine above all  is a social science.  Early clinical exposure, molecular medicine, genetics, Artificial Intelligence and research are vital to transform medical students into healthcare professionals of the future

“The complexity of medical education and healthcare systems is a ‘wicked problem’, and change will be a continuous iteration between evaluation and revaluation,” says Prof. Hossam Hamdy, the Chancellor of Gulf Medical University, Ajman, in his latest article published in ‘The Medical Teacher’. A world-renowned academician and pediatric surgeon, Prof. Hossam Hamdy also argues that medicine is a social science and it is important for students to be embedded in the work environment from year one, day one.

“Academic Healthcare Systems will be the norm not the exceptional. The training of students will be in all healthcare related facilities in the community. Public-private partnership in education and research will spread and become more regulated and encouraged,” Prof. Hossam Hamdy says in his article, referring to the present and emerging trends in medical education.

He also states that medical admission to schools must have a different selection method for aspiring students, and that the curriculum must be more context related evaluating competencies and entrustability will be the norms. “Entrustable professional activities will be measured more frequently at different points of the students learning trajectory. Research and innovation will be integral to the students’ learning experience,” he stressed, suggesting that medical students should be exposed to how researchers think and behave and be embedded early in a research environment.

“The medical college of the future will be using advanced technology which will be disruptive and transform existing educational models. E-Learning materials will be shared by consortia of collaborating medical colleges from all around the world. Artificial intelligence and machine learning will influence how students learn,” he says, explaining the transformations future medical institutions would undergo. “Next generation physicians should be competent in treating the next generation of patients while maintaining the health of the population,” he adds.

As a leading private medical University in the Middle East drawing students from more than 80 countries and employing faculty and staff from over 25 countries, the Gulf Medical University (GMU), Ajman has always been at the forefront of innovation in medical education and healthcare. Bagged Gold at the prestigious Sheikh Khalifa Excellence Awards, 2018. The Gulf Medical University Academic Health System (GMUAHS) is the only one of its kind in the region’s private sector, linking the healthcare, medical education and research. GMU has advanced teaching, training and research technologies. The Virtual Patient Learning (VPL) of GMU was developed by the University in partnership with Lifelike a Swiss Technology company. It is the most sophisticated simulator with the highest fidelity using artificial intelligence and problem-based learning in medical education. Prof. Hamdy believes that with all these advances in technology and sciences and so long the patient, health professional, students and teachers are human, it’s all how they communicate, interact with and understand each other. That will change.

Thumbay Hospital Day Care Muweilah Organizes ‘Doctors Meet 2018’

Thumbay Hospital Day Care Muweilah Organizes ‘Doctors Meet 2018’

Thumbay Hospital Day Care – University City Road, Muweilah, Sharjah conducted ‘Doctors Meet 2018’ on 10th October 2018.

 

The Chief Operating Officer of the hospital Dr. G. S. Monga welcomed the delegates. Dr. Jaykumar – Acting Medical Director briefed the attendees about the hospital’s facilities. Dr. Sujjad Al Badran – Consultant Orthopedic Surgeon, Dr. Gaurav Singh – Specialist Orthopedic Surgeon, Dr. Meenaxi Upadhaya – Specialist OBG, Dr. Reda Abdelrahim Aly Taha – Specialist Pediatrics, Dr. Prasun Bhattacharya – Specialist Pediatrics, Dr. Sunil Mittal – Specialist General Surgery, Dr. Rohini Jose – Specialist ENT, Dr. Santhosh Kumar- Specialist Radiology, Dr. Arun Srivastava- Specialist Anesthesia explained to the delegates in detail, regarding the same-day surgeries and procedures available at the hospital.

The attendees also interacted with the hospital’s specialist doctors and toured its advanced facilities. More than 50 doctors attended the program.

Gulf Medical University Continues to Expand its International Collaborations; Inks MoU for Academic Partnership with Beirut Arab University

Gulf Medical University Continues to Expand its International Collaborations; Inks MoU for Academic Partnership with Beirut Arab University

Gulf Medical University (GMU), Ajman, the leading private medical University in the Gulf region continues to expand its portfolio of strategic partnerships by tying up with internationally renowned universities and institutions. The latest addition to GMU’s strategic partners is the prestigious Beirut Arab University (BAU), Lebanon.

 

A MoU to jointly promote academic exchange between GMU and BAU, and to develop academic and educational cooperation was signed between both the universities on 7th October 2018, at the at the Gulf Medical University campus. The signatories were represented by Prof. Hossam Hamdy, Chancellor of GMU and Prof. Dr. Amr Galal El-Adawi, President of BAU. According to the agreement, both the universities will promote exchange of faculty, researchers and students, in addition to joining hands for developing clinical research activities, collaborative research projects and joint publications, as well as exchange of academic materials.

Prof. Hossam Hamdy said that the MoU will be activated across all colleges of GMU. “Deans of the corresponding colleges of both universities will periodically interact with each other to develop new programs and joint programs. The healthcare, academia and research components will be integrated along the lines of the Gulf Medical University Academic Health System (GMUAHS),” he explained. He added that the Thumbay Research Institute for Precision Medicine (TRIPM), the advanced research facility under GMUAHS would be the focal point of joint initiatives and programs in the field of cancer research.

Speaking about the agreement for academic partnership between GMU and BAU, Prof. Dr. Amr Galal El-Adawi said, “I am pleased to visit GMU and sign the agreement of collaboration with GMU in healthcare, academia and research. I hope this MoU would mutually benefit both the universities. We hope to have various joint programs like seminars and workshops from time to time.”

BAU’s visiting delegation also met Dr. Thumbay Moideen – Founder, President Board of Trustees GMU and Mr. Akbar Moideen Thumbay – Vice President of the Healthcare Division of Thumbay Group.

About the Partnering Universities

Gulf Medical University, Ajman is the biggest private medical university of the Gulf region, with prestigious regional and international collaborations and multiple global accreditations. It offers undergraduate programs in Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy, Physiotherapy, Biomedical Sciences , Associate Degree in Pre-Clinical Sciences (ADPCS) and Bachelor of Science courses in Anesthesia Technology, Medical Laboratory Sciences, Medical Imaging Sciences and Nursing. Masters programs include: Joint Masters in Health Professions Education with FAIMER, US & CenMEDIC, UK; Masters in Public Health in collaboration with the University of Arizona, US; Master of Physical Therapy, Master in Clinical Pharmacy (MPHARM in Clinical Pharmacy) in collaboration with Virginia Commonwealth University, US & Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi; Masters in Environmental Health and Toxicology; Masters in Periodontics and Masters in Endodontics. GMU attracts students from new countries each year, and the University’s student community is approximately 2000-strong today, hailing from more than 80 countries. In 2017, GMU was ranked among the top 50 medical universities in the Middle East.

Beirut Arab University is a leading Lebanese private university located in Beirut, Lebanon. It was founded in 1960. The university is ranked among the top universities in the Arab Region by 2015/16 QS World University Rankings. The university has over 10,000 students across its 3 campuses, and offers programs from undergraduate and postgraduate courses to doctorate degrees. The University comprises 10 faculties including Arts, Law & Political Science, Business Administration, Architectural Engineering, Engineering, Science, Pharmacy, Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences.

Thumbay Hospital Dubai Organizes ECG Symposium

Thumbay Hospital Dubai Organizes ECG Symposium

Thumbay Hospital – Dubai, the leading academic hospital under Thumbay Group’s Healthcare Division, organized an ECG Symposium at Marriott Hotel Al Jaddaf, Dubai on 5th October 2018. Around 150 doctors participated in the event which had expert sessions led by renowned cardiologists and specialist doctors, dealing with various aspects of ECG in detail. The symposium was accredited by MOHAP for 7.5 CME hours.

Topics discussed included:

  • Basic EKG – Dr. Srinath Kidambi, Consultant Cardiologist, SKMC – Abu Dhabi
  • Atrial and Ventricular Enlargement – Dr. Mohamed Houcem Amiour, Consultant Interventional Cardiologist, Thumbay Hospital, Dubai
  • ECG in myocardial, pericardial diseases and metabolic abnormalities – Dr. Ehab M. Esheiba, Head of Cardiology Department, Thumbay Hospital, Ajman
  • Supra Ventricular Arrhtythmias – Dr. Amrish Agrawal, Fellow Cardiology (Australia), FCSI, Consultant Cardiologist, Assistant Professor of Medicine, Fujairah Hospital
  • Common Arrhythmia’s in ER: A guide to rapid recognition & management – Dr. Mahmoud Ghanaim, Consultant and Head of the Emergency Department, Dubai Hospital, Dubai
  • ECG changes in myocardial infarction – Dr. Mohamed Shehata, Consultant Interventional cardiologist, Thumbay Hospital, Dubai
  • ECG in pediatric age group – Dr. Pratima Anand, Consultant, Division of Neonatology, Department of Pediatrics, Safdarjung Hospital, New Delhi

The symposium was organized with the aim of providing an opportunity for those involved with electrocardiography, to improve their ECG interpretation skills and techniques. All speakers were honored with mementos. The participants were awarded certificates.

Leading Insurance Experts Felicitated at ‘Annual Health Insurance Conference & Award Ceremony 2018’ Jointly Organized by Thumbay Hospital & Gulf Medical University

Leading Insurance Experts Felicitated at ‘Annual Health Insurance Conference & Award Ceremony 2018’ Jointly Organized by Thumbay Hospital & Gulf Medical University
  • The chief guest H.E. Dr. Salem Al Darmaki pre-launched the 500-bed Thumbay Academic Hospital, the largest private academic hospital in the region coming up at Thumbay Medicity
  • Renowned experts from insurance and healthcare discussed and analyzed the role of technology to reduce cost of healthcare delivery

Leading experts from the UAE’s insurance sector were honored for their outstanding contributions, at the Annual Health Insurance Conference & Award Ceremony 2018 held at the Fairmont Hotel, Ajman on 4th October 2018. H. E. Dr. Salem Al Darmaki, Advisor to the UAE Minister of Health and Prevention was the chief guest of the conference. Dr. Thumbay Moideen, Founder President of Thumbay Group was the special guest of honor.

Mr. Akbar Moideen Thumbay, Vice President of the Healthcare Division of Thumbay Group delivered the welcome address.  Addressing the gathering, Dr. Thumbay Moideen recounted the success story of Thumbay Group, from its humble beginnings in 1998 to a diversified international conglomerate with global presence and business activities across 20 sectors.

  1. E. Dr. Salem Al Darmaki pre-launched the 500-bed Thumbay University Hospital Complex coming up at Thumbay Medicity, which will be the largest private academic hospital in the region. He presented the ‘Special Award of Honor & Recognition’ to the following insurance experts:
  • Christian Gregorowicz, CEO, NextCare Health Insurance
  • Marion Corbett, Director – Provider Relations, National Health Insurance Company – Daman Insurance
  • Fadi Hindi, CEO, Takaful Emarat
  • Jean Louis Laurent Josi, CEO, Oman Insurance
  • Umair Nizami, Managing Director, Neuron LLC
  • Mumtaz Hussain, General Manager, Operations, Pentacare Medical Services
  • Joe Boulos, General Manager, NAS Administration Services
  • Nabil Shanawani, Assistant General Manager, Al Buhaira National Insurance Company

Jointly organized by Thumbay Hospital – the largest network of private academic hospitals in the region and Gulf Medical University – the biggest private medical university in the region, the scientific sessions of the conference were led by expert speakers who presented their views on the role of technology to reduce cost of healthcare delivery. Expert sessions included:

  • Health Insurance and Technology – Mr. Nabil Shanawani, AGM, Al Buhaira National Insurance Company
  • Expert Opinion for better and safer care- Layla Al Marzouqi Director, Medical Tourism Council, Dubai Health Authority
  • A Digital Customer Journey in Health Insurance –Mr. Christian Gregorowicz, CEO, NextCare Health Insurance
  • Leading Digital Transformation in the Insurance Industry –Mr. Thammam Abdullah, CCO, Takaful Emarat
  • Healthcare Technology and Investments on the Rise – Mr. Joe Boulos, General Manager, NAS Administration Services
  • Technolgy in the Pharmacy – Mr. Ahmed Al Tabbakh, Head – Medical and Life Claims, Oman Insurance Company

The conference emphasized the judicious utilization of technology as an important factor in keeping the cost of healthcare delivery in check. With rapid improvements in technology, its increased integration with healthcare delivery and emphasis on innovation, technology’s role in healthcare is set to assume more importance the world over in terms of far-reaching advances in both quality and value, experts said.

Leading Insurance Experts to be Honored at ‘Annual Health Insurance Conference & Award Ceremony 2018’ in Ajman on October 4

Leading Insurance Experts to be Honored at ‘Annual Health Insurance Conference & Award Ceremony 2018’ in Ajman on October 4

Jointly organized by Thumbay Hospital and Gulf Medical University at Fairmont Hotel – Ajman on 4th October 2018, the conference will have leading experts discuss the role of technology to reduce cost of healthcare delivery

Leading experts in the field of health insurance will receive special awards of recognition at the ‘Annual Health Insurance Conference & Award Ceremony 2018’ to be held at the Fairmont Hotel, Ajman on Thursday, 4th October 2018. Dr. Thumbay Moideen, Founder President of Thumbay Group will be the chief guest.

The conference is being organized jointly by Thumbay Hospital – the largest network of private academic hospitals in the region and Gulf Medical University – the biggest private medical university in the region. The scientific sessions of the conference will be led by expert speakers who will outline the role of technology to reduce cost of healthcare delivery.

The insurance sector in the UAE has experienced a great deal of growth and innovation, as the country is one of the fastest growing health insurance markets in the GCC. The introduction of mandatory health insurance in Dubai has brought a new phase of development to the country’s insurance sector. The Government’s relentless efforts to improve the health of the people and to ensure affordable access to healthcare services signify further growth of the health insurance sector and its growing importance in the economy.

The ‘Annual Health Insurance Conference & Award Ceremony 2018’ is a great opportunity to meet top experts and professionals in the field of insurance and healthcare, and to stay up-to-date with the latest and emerging trends in the field. The conference will discuss in detail, various issues such as the opportunities and scope of health insurance, trends and future directions of the sector, as well as ways to ensure success and sustainability, through panel discussions, presentations, interactive sessions and case studies.

 

Thumbay Medical & Dental Specialty Center Sharjah Celebrates 7th Anniversary

Thumbay Medical & Dental Specialty Center Sharjah Celebrates 7th Anniversary

Thumbay Medical & Dental Specialty Hospital – Sharjah, the leading academic hospital under Thumbay Group’s Healthcare Division celebrated its 7th anniversary at Sheraton Hotel, Sharjah on 28th September 2018. Dr. Thumbay Moideen, Founder President of Thumbay Group was the chief guest of the annual day celebrations. Also present at the function were Prof. Hossam Hamdy – Chancellor of Gulf Medical University, Dr. Manish Singhal – Chief Operating Officer of the hospital and Dr. Shaju Philip – Medical Director of the hospital.

Addressing the gathering, Dr. Thumbay Moideen expressed his happiness at the accomplishments of Thumbay Medical & Dental Specialty Centre. He also emphasized the role of the hospital in disseminating high-quality, affordable healthcare to all sections of the society.

A video presentation highlighting the successful 7-year journey of Thumbay Medical & Dental Specialty Center was presented before the audience. The celebrations also included cultural programs by the hospital staff. A Rewards & Recognition Ceremony was held as part of the celebrations, in which outstanding staff members were felicitated for their contributions. The event was followed by dinner.

Thumbay Medical & Dental Specialty Centre, Sharjah is a full-fledged multi-specialty center with state-of-the-art facilities providing quality healthcare at affordable costs. This center also supports the clinical teaching activities of the College of Dentistry, Gulf Medical University. In addition to outpatient facilities, the hospital is also equipped with a pharmacy and radiology/laboratory facilities. Its various specialty departments & services are supported by highly qualified and experienced doctors, strong team of nurses, paramedics & technicians.

 

Thumbay Hospital Ajman Organizes Doctors’ Meet to Discuss Recent Updates in Medicine

Thumbay Hospital Ajman Organizes Doctors’ Meet to Discuss Recent Updates in Medicine

Thumbay Hospital, Ajman – the leading academic hospital under Thumbay Group’s healthcare division organized a Doctors’ Meet on recent updates in medicine, at Ajman Hotel, on 28th September 2018.

Leading doctors of the hospital, Dr. Shailesh Kumar – Specialist Gastroenterology, Dr. Tamer Saafan – Specialist Bariatric Surgery, Dr.Faisal Ameer – Specialist Plastic Surgeon and Dr. Sony Mathew – Specialist Interventional Cardiology gave informative talks on the latest trends and developments in their fields of medicine.

Thumbay Group’s CSR Committee Extends Financial Assistance to Flood-Hit Families of Employees

Thumbay Group’s CSR Committee Extends Financial Assistance to Flood-Hit Families of Employees

The Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Committee of Dubai-based international conglomerate Thumbay Group has extended financial support to the families of its employees that were affected by the recent floods in Kerala and Karnataka. The financial assistances to employees were distributed by Mr. Akram Moideen Thumbay, the Chairman of Thumbay Group’s CSR Committee at a function on 25th September 2018.

India’s southernmost state of Kerala and the district of Coorg in Karnataka had experienced unprecedented floods following unusually high monsoon rains during August 2018, causing huge destructions in terms of lives and property.

A subcommittee of Thumbay Group’s CSR committee constituted for the purpose of providing help to flood victims had collected funds amounting to Dhs.115,000 from various business units of Thumbay Group as well as voluntary contributions from among staff and department heads. Around 40 employees received the financial assistance at the function, which will strengthen the efforts of their families to bounce back from the losses due to the flood.

“Our hearts go out to the flood-affected states. We take this opportunity to express our support for those who have lost a loved one and to all the families of the affected regions, as they begin to rebuild their lives,” said Mr. Akram Moideen Thumbay, adding “By extending financial help to the affected families of our employees, Thumbay Group hopes to assist them in their efforts to rebuild and recover.”

Dr. Thumbay Moideen, Founder President of Thumbay Group said that Corporate Social Responsibility is a full-fledged activity of Thumbay Group. “We consider reaching out and giving back to the society as an integral part of our corporate culture. Our CSR activities are intended to also support the various programs of the government to spread happiness and to encourage the spirit of giving,” he added.

The CSR Committee oversees the CSR activities and programs of Thumbay Group. It discusses and decides on practices relating to the company’s corporate social responsibility on a global basis, including matters related to education, health and safety, environment and community welfare. The committee has successfully carried out several CSR programs at various parts of the country, promoting causes and activities benefiting low-income groups, women, children, various professional groups etc. Free medical and health camps for the public led by Thumbay hospitals and clinics are a regular activity conducted under the committee’s guidance and supervision, benefiting thousands of people, especially blue-collar workers. The committee also facilitates scholarships and financial assistances for academically bright and financially backward students desirous of pursuing professional medical courses.

Thumbay Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Hospital’s advanced technology enables Indian wheelchair cricketer to walk for the first time in 11 years

Thumbay Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Hospital’s advanced technology enables Indian wheelchair cricketer to walk for the first time in 11 years

Thumbay Physcial Therapy & Rehabilitation Hospital, the biggest and most advanced hospital for physical therapy and rehabilitation, had the pleasure of hosting Indian and Pakistani Wheelchair Cricket teams on 18th September 2018. The team members were received at the hospital by Mr. Akram Moideen Thumbay, the Chairman of Thumbay Group’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Committee. The visiting Indian and Pakistani players were all praise for the cutting-edge physical therapy and rehabilitation facilities of the hospital. Mr. Akram Moideen Thumbay felicitated the players and honored them with mementos.

One of the team members, Mr. Abhai Pratap Singh, former Squardon Leader at the Indian Air Force got the greatest surprise of his life during the visit, as he was able to walk on his own, 11 years after a devastating accident which had paralyzed his body below the waist and confined him to the wheelchair, ending his career as an airman.

Abhai’s wish to be able to walk again came true at Thumbay Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Hospital, as he tried one of the innovative rehab technologies available at the hospital, the Ekso Bionic Suit. “After 11 years, I am walking again. I’ll cherish this memory forever,” Abhai said, overjoyed.

Operating under the healthcare division of Thumbay Group, the Thumbay Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Hospital (TPTRH) is a teaching hospital and an Academic Health Centre under the Gulf Medical University Academic Health System (GMUAHS). State-of-the-art rehabilitation treatment is delivered through advanced technology like virtual reality. The hospital operates in collaboration with internationally renowned Villa Beretta Rehabilitation Center, Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, Valduce Hospital, Italy. It is attached to Thumbay University Hospital Complex, having 50 dedicated beds especially for rehab. The outpatient department of the hospital offers Neurocognitive Rehabilitation, Sports Medicine and Orthopedic Medicine. The hospital features state-of-the-art amenities for physical therapy, such as Hydrotherapy Pool, Robotics and a unique Cryotherapy Chamber and a unique ‘Therapeutic Garden’.

About Thumbay Medicity

Thumbay Medicity houses the Gulf Medical University, Thumbay Labs, Thumbay Pharmacy, Blends & Brews Coffee Shoppe, Body & Soul Health Club and Spa, Thumbay Food Court, Thumbay Housing Project, Theatre, Center for Advanced Simulation in Healthcare (CASH), Thumbay Research Institute for Precision Medicine (TRIPM), Central Library, Research Center, Free Parking, Public Bus Station, Supermarket, Thumbay Dental Hospital and Thumbay Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Hospital. A 500-bed academic hospital – Thumbay University Hospital – the largest private academic hospital in the region is at the final stages of completion at Thumbay Medicity, slated to open shortly. The specialized hospitals of Thumbay Medicity are Academic Health Centers of the Gulf Medical University Academic Health System (GMUAHS). According to Dr. Thumbay Moideen, the Founder President of Thumbay Group, Thumbay Medicity will have a floating population of 20,000 daily, availing its state-of-the-art healthcare, medical education and research facilities.