Al Jalila Children’s Hospital launches residency programme

Four-year programme being run in partnership with the Mohammad Bin Rashid University of Medicine and Health Sciences

Dubai: Al Jalila Children’s Hospital has announced the launch of its residency programme — a four-year training programme for aspiring physicians.

The programme is being run in academic partnership with the Mohammad Bin Rashid University of Medicine and Health Sciences (MBRU).

The Al Jalila Children’s Paediatric Residency Programme has now begun accepting applications online at “”

The Al Jalila Children’s Paediatric Residency Programme is the only Saudi Board accredited paediatric residency programme in the UAE, the hospital said.

The programme was officially launched at Al Jalila Children’s recently, attended by dignitaries from Dubai Healthcare City Authority, MBRU, the Saudi Commission for Health Specialities, senior management of Al Jalila Children’s as well as representatives of health authorities and academic institutions.

Dr Mohammad Al Awadhi, COO of Al Jalila Children’s, said: “The launch of the residency programme is in line with the objectives of the establishment of the hospital as a centre for learning, research, and clinical excellence. Al Jalila Children’s is a state-of-the-art facility and we are confident that through the academic partnership with MBRU and the involvement of the Saudi Board, our residency programme will be a training initiative that every aspiring physician would want to be a part of. Besides having access to vast learning and academic resources, successful applicants will train alongside paediatricians who are well-known in their respective fields and have years of experience from some of the world’s best children’s hospitals.”

Dr Amer Sharif, MBRU’s vice-chancellor, said: “Our mission is to advance health in the region through an innovative and integrated academic health system, the Al Jalila Children’s Paediatric Residency Programme in affiliation with MBRU is an example of this integrated approach. Al Jalila Children’s Hospital are our affiliates, and we work closely together on a number of joined projects in medical education and research. Through this residency programme, we will be able to strengthen the journey of medical students by providing them with programmes starting from undergraduate to specialisation and continuing education.”

Professor Ayman Asaad Abdo, secretary-general of the Saudi Commission for Health Specialities (SCHS), said such cooperation between GCC countries in the field of postgraduate training confirms the close relationship that exists between these countries, and also opens various avenues for further cooperation such as exchanging expertise.

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