Student Contributions

“First you make an attitude, then attitude makes you.”

What is an attitude? The oxford dictionary defines attitude as the way we see or perceive things and tend to behave towards them. Attitude is a way of talking and behaving. But that isn’t all. The significance of attitude in our lives is much more.

Attitude is a way of life. We cannot change the fact that people will behave in a certain way nor can we change the inevitable. Yet the only thing we can do is play on the one string we have and that is our attitude. Have you ever wondered why success always seems to find some people? It is their attitude that provides them the winning edge. The most important factor that guarantees success in every aspect of our life is a positive attitude. A correct and willful attitude is the key to success. Man is the master of his own destiny. It has been rightly said that life is 10% of what happens to you and 90% of how you react to it.

Positive thinking is a mental attitude that admits into the mind thoughts, words and images that are conductive to growth, expansion and success. A positive mind anticipates happiness, joy and success in every action and situation. Whatever the mind expects, it finds. A negative attitude is self-defeating. You won’t find solutions to life’s problems by looking for someone or something to blame. Those who say “Positive thinking doesn’t work for me, have got it backwards. It’s not positive thinking that has to work, YOU have to work. For example, You have to work at appreciating things you have instead of moaning about what you lack.

So, believe in yourself and release your inner powers. Instead of seeing the glass as half-empty, see it as half-full. Have faith in your abilities and find things which inspire you. Always remain focused, and never let anything come between you and your desire to achieve your goals. Learn from your mistakes, instead of seeing them as a failure. Develop a positive attitude and smile at life. You will see that life smiles at you too. As Baba Amte rightly said,“ The future belongs to the common man with uncommon determination.”

GMU Experience

Stage of Transferring from School to the University:
What I have seen during my university first-class studying period is that the university is much expanded regarding the study and community than the school which is distinguished with a specific area, studying system and students. In contradiction it is the university which constitutes wide and various horizons of study, everlasting science, relations, thoughts, personalities and nationalities.

University Community:
As a student in Faculty of Dental Medicine, Gulf Medical University, similar to many other students, I have difficulty in understanding the universities’ various systems and in understanding some colleague students due to their different environment of growing up and origin. After a short time, I got familiar with the situations, systems and colleagues as I get chance for understanding and joining them. “You have to listen more than speak ” is my advice for being an effective person within the university community.

Study Environment:
You have to concentrate on the main issues without ignoring the others. You don’t have to burry yourself between the books, draw out a study plan with a target. You have to know the latest systems of the curriculum; for example, I was depended on the school systems which mostly focuses on books. I, later discovered that my course was not good enough, so I then tried changing to a university study plan emphasizing on lectures to get its main objectives and points besides referring to books and other references which aims at getting high marks in study. “You have to organize your time”, this is my other advice for success.

University Activities:
You have to stimulate yourself for any activities away form routine, boredom, hesitation and fear, which leads to isolation. “Do not leave any door in your life closed; you might then miss a chance for seeing whats behind”. This is my last advice.

– Haneen Salman,
1st Year DMD, GMU.


Life after death

A Constant watch over men’s deeds

Allah created man. Allah knows the innermost desires and motives of man even better than man does himself. He is nearer to man than his own jugular vein. The jugular vein is the big trunk vein which brings the blood back, from the head to the heart. (AYAT 16- 18 Surah Qaf)

The phrase ‘closer to him than the jugular vein’ implies that Allah knows more truly the innermost state of our feelings and consciousness than does our own ego. Two angels are constantly by him to record his words and actions.The angels are the recorders of our every action, and this record will be brought before us on the Day of Judgement to bear witness to our lives. It is understood from these Ayat that it is our words and actions,not our thoughts, which are being recorded. Naturally Allah knows our thoughts, but they are forgiven if they are not given form through action or words. On the other hand a good thought is recorded by the Angel, even if it has not prompted positive action. The Quran says : every soul will taste death(26:57). In truth, we have come from Allah and are returning to Him. We are on our journey to Heaven-our homeland. Death is certain.

– Azbin Abdul Assiz
V year M.B.B.S, Gulf Medical University.

My experiences in GMU as a student

In this column I would like to share all the experiences I had, right from the day I joined as a medical student since 2006. The day I was informed the happy news that I got admitted to the college is among one of the golden moments in my life, which I cherish in my memories. From my school days I had an intense desire to do M.B.B.S so that I can serve and support the society without anyone’s help. I was so lucky to join Thumbay Hospital as it has the best infrastructure compared to any other college in U.A.E. Unlike other students in my batch, Thumbay Hospital was not a strange place for me as my brother was a student in this college and I used to visit the college occasionally with him. As any new student, I was a bit nervous on my first day. The first class was with Dr. Chandramouli, our physiology professor and he is one of the best professors a student can ever get. He has an impeccable personality. He interacts with the students so well and he gave an amazing talk on the basics of body physiology on that day. I could befriend with most of the girls within the first week itself. There was a wooden barrier in the class to separate boys and girls during lectures. But the separation was only during lectures.

In the first year, during our breaks, I used to play badminton in the main foyer of our college with my friend. We used to borrow the shuttlecock and racket from Mr .Rajesh, who was Biochemistry department secretary. During our small breaks in between our lectures, I used to go for walks with my close friend in our college’s beautiful garden with tea we get from the vending machine. We also used to have small group chats. Unlike other colleges there was no ragging in our college and I got my seniors as my good friends within few days itself. My classes used to finish at 2:30 pm and I had to run to my mini bus to get back to my home in Dubai. The journey in the bus was fun filled because of my other very sweet close friend who is also from my home place. My other friends in the bus always wondered what we had to talk a lot and laugh. Initial days were really hectic as it was difficult for me to cope up with studies as well as the journey back to Dubai. I had to travel 2 hours after classes to reach back home and in the morning I had to get into the bus too early. It was a bad experience which I had to get used to. I always need to sleep a lot and cant stay sleep deprived. So I felt it could have been better to join for some other course as I thought I wouldn’t be able to manage everything. I used to doze off at any place whenever I go out. My other bad experience in first year was in Anatomy dissection hall. The smell of cadavers and formalin was and is still depressing for me. I hated going to anatomy dissection hall. But the Anatomy Professors were amazing and their teaching used to be the only relief amidst the depressing smell. But I totally hate anatomy. We were divided into groups with 6 students for each cadaver and the doctors were so dedicated that they used to work hard to make us understand the most vast subject. Biochemistry was a neutral subject. It neither earned my hatred nor my special love. But it would be ungrateful if I don’t mention that Dr. Ishtiyaq, Dr. Gomathi and Dr. Nilofer who gave life to the subject and made it interesting for me. I used to always think of studying and finishing daily portions after reaching home. But could never and has stil now never fulfilled this wish. Laziness covers me up always. Fortunately I could top some of the exams that were conducted. By the end of first year I got used to all the tensions and could cope up with the pressure of studying medical subjects.

Second year also passed by with lots of memorable experiences. Without Dr. Abdul Hameed and Dr. Shahanaz, pharmacology could have never been an easy subject. Apart from teaching us pharmacology Dr. Abdul Hameed used to banter with us a lot. Dr. Joshua’s energy filled nonstop Forensic lectures still run on my minds. We used to carefully listen to him and tried our level best to jot down notes. The thought of Dr. Elsheba’s strict lectures where we used to hold our breaths and sit is giving me a smile now. Dr. Rizwana’s friendly lectures with question sessions are unforgettable. Dr Sudheer Kher has influenced me a lot with his elegant character and he is definitely among one of my role models. I still remember the practical classes we used to have in Microbiology and he used to invite us to play table tennis with him. He made the subject fun. Dr. Navaneeth’s punch lectures in microbiology are some of the missing moments in second year. He used to always sent out all the latecomers and I was also a victim of insult once. The assistance and support given by David Sir and Priya ma’am during our practicals in first and second year are unforgettable. Our beloved librarian Dias Sir’s advise motivated me a lot. He used to encourage me to do researches and write articles but still now I have not tried due to my inborn laziness.

From third year we were out of college for 3 days a week. We used to be in Thumbay Hospital . At that time little did I realize that I would miss my college a lot. It was first little scary to get used to hospital setting. But very soon I got the hang of it. The lectures in hospital were in the afternoon during our sleepy time post lunch. Dr. Manda’s lively lectures used to fill the class with lot of energy but we used to always doze off. Some of them would be playing on their mobiles while some chit chatting in the back and some busy preparing for their seminars. I used to sit in the middle row and at times I used to doze off but pretend to be listening to the lecture. Mrs. Sherly, our academic coordinator used to be very keen in taking care of all our issues. During the clinics we used to have lots of fun. I started off with Internal medicine posting and it was amazing experience with Dr. Basha. We used to go for ward rounds early in the morning and then stay with him in the clinic. He taught us a lot of clinical examinations and encouraged us to practise it on patients. I used to overstay with my friend till night in Dr. Basha’s clinics due to enthusiasm. Ophthalmology department of G.M.C was the sweetest department of all. Whenever I used to get worried about scoring well for exams Dr. Pankaj used to encourage me by sharing his naughty experiences during college days. Dr Jiji’s love and care is something which I will miss badly. But still our visit to college did not end as we had a project in Community Medicine.

Thumbay Hospital’s 10th anniversary celebration in my third year was special and momentous for me as I took part for the singing competition. The support given by my friends and college staff during the performance was remarkable. The hugs given by my friends after winning the prize was really momentous for me.

It would be rude if I don’t mention the enthusiasm of Dr. Jayadevan and Dr. Jayakumari to help me complete my research on the prevalence of dry eye among Thumbay Hospital staff successfully. When I was in third year, Thumbay Hospital had organized the annual healthy baby competition in the college ground and I volunteered for the health camp. It was an unforgettable day for me as I jammed my finger in between the car door as I closed the door while I was getting down the car in a hurry. As usual I was late. But then I had to run to hospital with my dad as it was bleeding and my index finger was totally bent. X-ray was taken and there was no fracture. The wound was covered, a splint was put and tetanus injection was given. After all the hassle we went back to college again and I managed to do something for the camp. I also participated for that year’s annual cultural and ethnic day for a group song cum dance which was held within a week. Till today my friends tease me for that day’s dance performance with a splint on my index finger. It is really a sweet memory that I cherish.

In Thumbay Hospital , I got befriended with lots of people that includes people from all departments right from security, nurses, doctors, MRD staff, IT staff, pharmacists to HR dept. Fourth year onwards we had to visit other hospitals in U.A.E and I had very good experience in U.A.Q hospital and Sh. Khalifa Hospital, Ajman. But what troubled me a lot was the journey to Umm Al Quwain from Dubai. I used to leave at 5 am in the morning from my home to catch the hostel bus in Ajman and then I used to reach back home by 6. But very soon fourth year came to an end. The medical camps I had been to during this year gave me lots of experiences which are worthy.

Fifth year started off in a Mafraq hospital, Abudhabi and the days ran so fast. In Mafraq hospital we had Mr. Santhosh as our academic secretary from Thumbay Hospital, whom we fondly call as “Santhoshchettan” who provides us a lot of help. The interaction with all our friends got drastically reduced this year and we hardly got to see each other as the lectures were only within the posting. My stay in Baniyas with my friends for the training is another remarkable memory which I will miss a lot. Another golden memory this year I had was the opportunity to meet our ex-Indian president Dr. A.P.J Abdul Kalam who came for our learning centre inauguration and I could shake hands with him. Very soon this year has also come to an end. In addition to becoming a good doctor from Thumbay Hospital, I have gained a lot of experience which will help me in my future life. Also I could get some amazing friends( Asmin& Haseena) whom I treasure. At the end, I would like to thank God from the bottom of my heart for all the blessings He has given me and in helping me to fulfill my dream. I admire the courage and strength of our founder president Mr. Thumbay Moidheen in starting an excellent college with all world class facilities for students. I hope all his intentions get fulfilled. The days spent in my second home (Thumbay Hospital) will ever remain close to my heart forever. I feel someone fast forwarded my college life and all my 4 years passed by very soon. Now that I am in final year the very thought of leaving my medical school is making me melancholic. The reminiscence of my bitter and sweet college life is bringing tears to my eyes and wish I could rewind back to those golden days where I had no responsibilities. As I start my carrier as a dutiful doctor I have miles to go before I sleep and miles to before I sleep [Robert Frost].

Azbin Abdul Assiz
V year M.B.B.S, Gulf Medical University.