The Gulf Medical University (GMU) celebrated its 25th White Coat Ceremony with great enthusiasm as it welcomed 666 new health professionals into its academic fold. This time-honored tradition took place at the Al Jurf (Ajman) Campus on September 13, marking the initiation of the 2023 cohort of students across GMU’s six colleges.
The White Coat Ceremony holds profound significance as it symbolizes the students’ commitment to patient care. During the event, students publicly pledged their dedication, taking their oaths in the presence of their families, distinguished leaders, and fellow peers.
Dr. Thumbay Moideen, the founder and president of Thumbay Group, graced the ceremony as the chief guest. He was joined by vice-chancellors, deans, and Prof. Hossam Hamdy, the university’s chancellor. Dr. Moideen delivered an inspiring address to the incoming students, emphasizing the pivotal role GMU would play in nurturing their journey toward becoming healthcare leaders. He expressed his congratulations to the new batch of health professions students and highlighted the institution’s commitment to supporting their career aspirations.
This year’s incoming cohort of 666 students joins GMU’s diverse international community, representing 102 nationalities. They will pursue a wide range of medical and healthcare courses across the university’s six colleges. Notably, this academic year introduces a significant milestone with the incorporation of a course on artificial intelligence (AI) in healthcare across all programs. This addition allows students to delve into the cutting-edge world of AI and its profound implications for the healthcare industry alongside their core academic pursuits.
The White Coat Ceremony saw students from various programs, including Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS), Bachelor of Biomedical Sciences (BBMS), Associate Degree in Pre-Clinical Sciences (ADPCS), Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD), Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD), Bachelor of Physiotherapy (BPT), Bachelor of Science – Medical Laboratory Sciences (BSc MLS), Bachelor of Science – Medical Imaging Sciences (BSc MIS), Bachelor of Science – Anesthesia Technology (BSc AT), Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN), and Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Management and Economics (BSc HME), donning their white coats. In addition to the new admissions, GMU welcomed 81 students for various internship programs.
Prof. Hossam Hamdy, the university’s chancellor, reminded the incoming students that they are part of the historic class of 2023. He emphasized the importance of effective communication in the field of healthcare, highlighting its enduring significance in connecting with patients, fellow students, healthcare providers, and medical educators. Prof. Hamdy stressed that the ability to communicate, establish connections, interact, and empathize would remain a fundamental aspect of educating healthcare professionals.
Furthermore, Prof. Hossam Hamdy underscored the importance of collaboration and teamwork in modern medical practice. He noted that the role of healthcare professionals has expanded beyond individual doctors caring for patients. Instead, they are integral members of a collective team that harnesses the combined expertise of various professionals within the healthcare system. Developing teamwork skills, Prof. Hamdy explained, is a vital competency that students must cultivate during their academic journey and throughout their professional careers.
GMU’s commitment to academic excellence and innovation in healthcare was recognized during the ceremony. The university has collaboration agreements with 68 top international universities across Europe, the United States, Japan, and the Far East, providing students with opportunities for training abroad. Additionally, GMU offers merit-based scholarships to deserving students.
Dr. Manda, vice chancellor of academics and dean of the College of Medicine, highlighted GMU’s remarkable achievements. The university recently received the prestigious ‘Excellence in Research’ award from the Ministry of Health and Prevention (MoHP) of the UAE. GMU has consistently ranked among the top 10 institutions in the country for its contributions to health research, affirming its academic excellence and innovations in healthcare.
Over the past 24 years, GMU has witnessed the graduation of more than 3,000 students who have gone on to achieve successful positions, including CEOs, COOs, medical directors, and department heads in the healthcare and research sectors across the Middle East, Africa, South Asia, Europe, North America, and Australia. GMU’s graduates are internationally recognized and have access to employment opportunities through partnerships with over 70 foreign universities and research institutions.
GMU embraces cutting-edge technology to enhance the learning experience of its students. The Virtual Patient Learning (VPL) platform, developed by the university, and the recently launched 3D classroom, which leverages Artificial Intelligence and Virtual Reality, offer interactive and immersive learning experiences for GMU students.
As the only private Academic Health System (AHS) in the region, GMU is uniquely positioned to integrate healthcare, education, and research. The Thumbay Medicity, a state-of-the-art healthcare complex that includes Thumbay Dental Hospital, Thumbay Rehabilitation and Physical Therapy Hospital, and Thumbay University Hospital, operates under GMU’s umbrella. GMU’s advanced research facility, the Thumbay Research Institute for Precision Medicine (TRIPM), focuses on real-time cancer and diabetes research, with findings incorporated into postgraduate studies. This transformation into a research-based university reaffirms GMU’s commitment to advancing healthcare and education in the region.