Despite the tremendous progress achieved in the field of Pharmacy today we are facing new challenges that need more coordination and planning between the different decision makers at the Ministry of Health at the national level from one side and the academic institutions offering pharmaceutical programs from the other side, to determine the level of education needed in the UAE region and to define the profile of the new graduates as per the needs of the community, knowing that drug consumption is quite high if this issue must charge up the different health authorities and educational institutions to define a strategy with precise objectives and outcomes to deal with this decisive challenge, promoting awareness among the populations at different levels i.e from schools to universities, ensuring that the graduates must reflect the needs of the community, emphasizing on preventive measures and providing qualitative services. To achieve these objectives, the concerned health authorities and universities must join efforts to provide facilities for clinical training and internship. Moreover, they may depend on the expertise and experience (if needed), of the various international health institutions and support from international institutions and relevant companies which may contribute to promote the benefits of the clinical pharmacist education among the new graduates through school health programs.
The College of Pharmacy at the Gulf Medical University, aims to lead this initiative, through the expertise of its faculty and staff, as defined in the mission and objectives and outcomes of the PharmD Program.The College of Pharmacy will be providing the students with the knowledge and skills to successfully face these challenges in a systematic academic manner that shall evolve continuously to meet these developments. The programs offered are dynamic and flexible to address the new challenges. Basic and Medical courses are integrated and clinically oriented. The learning methods will be dynamic and diversified; an innovative approach which combines the conventional learning methods to the clinical simulations which allow the students to acquire the clinical skills in a clinic like environment. The physical clinical training program will enhance the clinical skills of the students during their clinical training period, under qualified and dedicated clinical faculty and staff.
Clinical simulations in various subjects allow the students to enhance their skills and monitor their performance through self-assessments using I.T. learning means. Students are exposed from the early stage to the clinical environment in order to achieve a better understanding of the relations of the human body to the clinical practice.