Felicitates 103 students who took part in the program this year
United Arab Emirates, Dubai, July 29, 2013: The Dubai Health Authority concluded today its summer training program which it organised for 103 Emirati students who worked for one month within the various hospitals, health clinics and administration offices of the DHA to gain practical work experience.
The training program organised by the Medical Education Department is for School to University level students. The students successfully completed their program and were felicitated at a ceremony held today at the Rashid Medical Library Auditorium.
During the course of the one month training program, students were given practical training experience according to the preferential field of work they applied for. Medical Education Department at the DHA also provided the trainees with workshops and seminars which are designed to help them cope with professional challenges once they enter the job market.
During the course of the one month training program, the students underwent practical training experience including CPR training which was held in cooperation with Mohammed Bin Rashid Academic Centre.
Dr Ahmad Bin Kalban, CEO of the Primary Healthcare Sector and Dr Khalil Qayed, Director of Medical Education at the DHA presented the certificates to the trainees.
They also presented a memento to Dr Amer Sherif, Managing Director, Education Division, Dubai Healthcare City for his contribution to the success of this initiative.
Dr Kalban said that this initiative is of vital importance to enhance the skills of the students who will soon step into the professional world and is an opportunity for students to gain valuable workplace experience in the speciality which they wish to pursue.
He said that the program is in line with the vision of the leaders of the UAE, to develop an educated work force for the country.
Dr Qayed said that such programs are essential for students to get a head-start in terms of their career because practical work experience helps them understand what the requirements of a job are and how they can fulfil them effectively. .
Dr Mohamed Abdulrazaq Nasaif, Head of professional development centre, Medical Education Department at the DHA said, “Students chose their top three preferences for the training program and based on their choice and availability; we granted them one-month work placements across the different entities and departments at the DHA including all our hospitals, health centres and administrative departments.”
Mohammed Kayali, member of summer training team at the DHA said: “ Several students have joined the DHA after their graduation and this is a good opportunity for them to understand their field of work so that they are better prepared when they enter the job market.”
Ali Malalla, 21, is a summer trainee with the DHA for the past nine years. In his first summer traineeship, he was an intern at the reception. Consequently every year, he gained practical experience across various departments including contracts and purchasing, finance etc.
He is presently pursing his degree in human resources at the Higher Colleges of Technology. Malalla said: “I firmly believe in the importance of practical experience. My father and uncle also encouraged me to make use of these opportunities to understand the work environment. I believe this will help me when I enter the job market next year.”
The training program included various lectures and workshops In addition to the health and sports day which aims to educate students about health, fitness and disease prevention.