Elective Training

Introduction

The Elective Training, (Summer Training) initiated fifteen years ago (in 2001), is a special feature in the educational facilities offered by the Gulf Medical University. It is a unique, innovative program, designed to provide international exposure to methodologies in healthcare and research and the nuances of Medical Advances

GMU students have the opportunity to visit universities, hospitals, pharmacies, and related Industries, as well as research laboratories in different countries, and interact with patients, physicians, pharmacists, and other healthcare service providers.

Policy Statement

It is the policy of GMU to initiate Elective Training Program to stimulate the minds of students, expand their horizons of knowledge, and prepare them for future work, by letting them observe and learn various skills, in a variety of professional settings. 

Aims

  • To be aware of the impact of state-of-the-art facilities, equipment, and technology in the delivery of Healthcare and Research
  • To observe professionals at work in visiting Institutions, prior to student graduation.
  • To develop confidence, maturity, responsibility and interpersonal skills in novel settings
  • To demonstrate greater understanding of ethical, confidential and sensitive issues, when exposed to patients with different beliefs, values and culture

General Learning Outcomes for all Programs

  • Develop interpersonal communication skills while dealing with professionals and patients, having different beliefs, values and culture
  • Learn health and safety policies, good practices and ethical considerations.
  • Develop attitudes necessary for effective teamwork.
  • Participate in decision making to increase understanding of practice of the profession in the visiting centers 

Program specific Learning Outcomes

Medical students

  • Observe disease profile unique to the countries, students visit
  • Be aware of advances in Healthcare and Research, that provide better health outcome
  • Compare how healthcare is delivered in different countries
  • Witness the application of professional skills in the practice of Medicine in different healthcare systems

Biomedical Science Students

  • Be aware of the advances in healthcare and biomedical research.
  • Be observant of the application of skills in laboratory procedures

Pharmacy Students

  • Observe practice of skills of Pharmaceutical care, in different Healthcare systems
  • Be aware of standard policies and procedures that govern the safe use of medication, and country-specific regulations regarding compounding, dispensing and storage of medication
  • Participate in Pharmaceutical care programs under supervision
  • Be aware of Professional services provided by a Pharmacist within the scope of practice in manufacture and dispensing areas 

Dental Students

  • Observe practice of skills of Dental care, in different Healthcare systems
  • Expand knowledge on various dental procedures in different specialty practice including Operative, Endodontic, Prosthodontics, Oral Surgery, Periodontics and Orthodontics 

Physiotherapy Students

  • Participate in patient education using relevant and effective methods unique to Physical Therapy practice
  • Witness the performance of physiotherapy interventions 

Bachelor of Science Students – Anesthesia and Surgical Technology

  • Understand the role of a surgical technologist through observation
  • Observe the anesthetist, in preparing patient, equipment and medications 

Bachelor of Science Students – Nursing

  • Observe the provision of comprehensive Nursing care to patients with a variety of health problems
  • Perform basic nursing procedures under supervision

Bachelor of Science Students – Laboratory Science

  • Observe the processing, and analysis of biological specimens and other substances
  • Witness the Performance of  manual and automated tests

Bachelor of Science Students – Medical Imaging

  • Observe the proceedings in various disciplines of Imaging Sciences

Associate Degree in Preclinical Sciences

  • Observe disease profile unique to the countries, students visit
  • Be aware of advances in Healthcare and Research, that provide better health outcome

Administrative Assistance for Elective Training.

The Coordinator of Elective Training in the Office of Student Affairs will provide all necessary help to students regarding arrangements for the training

The elective Training program will be available for students, as per the following schedule:

Mandatory     (5th year)

MBBS  6 weeks, in an Academic Year

Optional   (all other years)

MBBS, DMD, Pharm D, BPT, BBMS,

BSC-MLS, BSC-MIS, BHS-AST & BSN

Fall & Spring Breaks; Summer Vacation

The offerings include Elective Training in

  1. Hospitals/Universities/Research & Training Institutions with GMU tie-up, within the country and across the globe
  2. Hospitals/Universities/Research & Training Institutions arranged by students themselves
  3. In-house – Thumbay Group of Hospitals/Lab/Research Institute

Additional information on all offerings are uploaded in MOODLE, E- platform at the [Link]

Students are requested to register 6 months in advance on MOODLE by filling up the application form & uploading the relevant documents, for processing of the application in time. The Coordinator of Elective Training in the Office of Student Affairs will provide all necessary help to students regarding arrangements for the training.

Some of the Institutions with which GMU has a tie-up with, charge students for Elective Training, the details of which are available in the Office of Student Affairs.

A nonrefundable fee of 1000AED is levied as processing charges for Elective Training arranged by GMU