Major CPD events during 2015 included:
- City University London: School of Health Sciences Health Conference
- Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA) – What Works
- 2nd Gulf Liver Summit in Collaboration with Houston Methodist Hospital
- Emirates Medical Association Mini Medical School
- Global Consultation on Treatment of Latent Tuberculosis by Harvard Medical School
- Destination Medicine by Al Jalila Foundation
- Hear My Voice – Education & Innovation
- Harvard Medical School Center for Global Health Delivery – Dubai inaugural symposium – Delivering Health Globally Examining the Challenges and Opportunities in the 21st Century
- Challenges and Future Directions in Pediatric Dentistry by Hamdan Bin Mohammed College of Dental Medicine
- UAE eHealth Week by HIMSS (Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society)
DHCE organized three events. The 2nd UAE Clinical Simulation Conference (CSC) organized in collaboration with the Society in Europe for Simulation Applied to Medicine (SESAM) had close to 200 attendees from 23 countries. From the Conference, 31 oral abstract presentations; eight poster abstract presentations were accepted; and six abstracts were received.
The 1st UAE Organ Transplant Summit, a scientific program on topics around organ transplantation in the region, saw 150 participants. It was endorsed by MBRU, Emirates Medical Association (EMA) and Emirates Medical Association Nephrology Society (EMAN).
DHCE also led the 3rd Conference of International Society for Wearable Technology in Healthcare (WATCH), organized jointly by MBRU and the Society, and endorsed by EMA and Emirates Health Informatics Society (EHIS). More than 130 participants attended the conference.
Mohammed Bin Rashid University of Medicine and Health Sciences
The MBRU received its initial license from the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research (MOHESR). The MBRU has two Colleges – Hamdan Bin Mohammed College of Dental Medicine for dental postgraduates (HBMCDM) and College of Medicine for medical undergraduates.
The academic arm of HBMCDM offers six postgraduate programmes – Endodontics, Oral Surgery, Orthodontics, Pediatric Dentistry, Periodontics and Prosthodontics – accredited by MOHESR.
Up from 52 in 2014 to 60 in 2015, UAE nationals represent the majority of dental postgraduates.
Professor Athanasios E. Athanasiou was appointed Dean; to his credit, he has published more than 130 scientific articles, chapters and books, and has presented more than 330 lectures, papers, and seminars all over the world.
Through the Dubai Dental Clinic, its clinical arm, HBMCDM provides the highest standards of dental care. The Clinic was chosen to support the Oral Hygiene Initiative launched by His Highness Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of Dubai Executive Council. The Initiative, in collaboration with the Permanent Committee for Labor Affairs (PCLA) in Dubai, has met the target of screening 2,000 workers by year end.
The College of Medicine is expected to commence applications in September for an intake in 2016 of 50 students. Dr Alawi Alsheikh-Ali was appointed Dean of the College. Prior to his appointment, Dr Alsheikh-Ali was the Chairman of the Institute of Cardiac Sciences at Sheikh Khalifa Medical City (SKMC).
The student community as well as members within the free zone’s clinical community can access MBRU’s learning resources – Al Maktoum Medical Library (AMML) and the Khalaf Ahmad Al Habtoor Medical Simulation Center (KHMSC).
With a stronger focus on the MBRU, the training courses for healthcare professionals at KHMSC were selective, resulting in fewer trainees in 2015 – around 2,100 compared to approximately 2,900 in 2014. Since the Center’s opening in 2012, the total trainees have crossed 5,000.
The number of patrons at AMML increased from 1,431 at the end of 2014 to more than 2,700 in 2015. Close to 6,500 individuals visited the library compared to 3,500 last year, to access over 22 electronic databases and e-resources, 16,500 e-books and journal titles.
Investment in 2015
For the period ended December 31, 2015, expected demand for specialization in healthcare and expansion remained unchanged from that set out at the beginning of the year with an inflow of clinical entrants.
By the end of 2015, clinical offerings were increased by 28% from 124 in 2014 to 159 2015. The free zone’s clinical facilities comprise JCI-accredited hospitals, outpatient medical centers and diagnostic laboratories. A few new clinical partners include Dr Dana Diet Center, DOW Diagnostics, London Sleep Center, and Dr Shyams Ayurveda Centre.
DHCI welcomed new support services, totaling 192 non-clinical facilities up from 190 in 2014.
Occupancy of DHCC main buildings is maintained at 94%.
AMICO, a leading company in the medical device industry, announced relocation of its headquarters to Dubai Healthcare City Phase 1. The building will comprise 67,800 square feet of modern office space and training facilities, and is expected to be ready by 2017.
Dubai Healthcare City Authority announced a joint venture with Nshama to establish an integrated community, named Al Fursan, comprising premium apartments, serviced residences, 4- and 5-star hotels, and retail and leisure features, spread over approximately 2.9 million square feet of Dubai Healthcare City’s Phase 2 expansion project.