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Family Medicine Department


The vision of The Family Medicine Department is to educate physicians that are prepared for advanced, international graduate training in all fields of medicine (Faculty Vision) embedded in Family Medicine Principles where the main focus is the patient and the community in context.

The mission is to instill in the students the eagerness to search for evidence in their application of knowledge in the workplace and become lifelong learners, to revise, integrate and apply prior knowledge and clinical skills in an experiential learning environment, to challenge reasoning ability and enhance problem solving skills, to participate in moulding attitudes and behavior against the Principles of Family Medicine. Students need to obtain the knowledge and skills to serve the local and national United Arab Emirates community.

The Department of Family Medicine is a central participant in medical education leading to the MD and Bachelors of Medical Science degrees. In addition, we contribute to teaching in the professional program leading to the Doctor of Pharmacy.

The Department of Family Medicine is fortunate to be able to draw on the talents of a diverse, energetic and talented pool of faculty and staff for its teaching, service and research activities. The mission statement of our department integrates the discovery and propagation of knowledge important to clinical practice, education, and the organization of health care as a core task. In addition, our leadership roles in medical education and teaching clinical skills complement the provision of an outstanding clerkship experience to medical students. We also play a leading role in supporting medical student community outreach efforts, and support for the community based Family Medicine Residency program.

The Department is also involved in service to the profession, including continuing medical education and licensing activities. Over the coming months and years, we hope to continue to expand our capabilities and activities. Faculty research interests encompass diverse topics that include child health and predictors of obesity, medical education, communication, primary care psychiatry, chronic disease management, informatics, professionalism and health literacy.


The Family Medicine Department, part of the College of Medicine and Health Sciences, teaches undergraduates from the beginning of their university careers up to the final integrated exam (FIE), after which successful students graduate and start upon their professional lives. We also contribute to the Pharm.D Program and family medicine residency programs.

Family Medicine was recently voted the top choice among UAEU medical students from all the available clinical specialties. This is due to a combination of clinical experience and learner-centered teaching strategies that inculcate core clinical competencies. This further recognizes our determination to disseminate clinical expertise, compassion and understanding to the next generation of physicians.   

  • Pre-Medical Program: This is a two year program that focuses on medical ethics, professionalism and medical law. We have an integrated curriculum that reinforces the necessary knowledge and skills without any unwanted repetition. We support students to become life-long and self-directed learners. We utilize many different teaching methods including both didactic and interactive lectures. We also teach the basics of ethical reasoning and apply this to case studies where relevant.
  • Pre-Clinical Program: The Family Medicine Department contributes to several different two-year long pre-clinical courses. These include courses in clinical skills, problem based learning (PBL) and standard lectures.             
  • Clinical Program: Students spend four weeks learning the principles of Family Medicine and applying them in normal day-to-day practice. They gain first-hand experience of diagnostic skills, the management of common conditions and preventative care. There are many opportunities for students to apply and develop their knowledge and skills by caring for patients at various primary health care clinics in Al Ain. We foster self-directed learning in order for students to build on the knowledge and clinical skills they have acquired to date. This involves situations relating to the type of problems encountered by patients in these clinics. We also encourage students to identify their own learning needs and to conduct case discussions in order to develop reasoning skills in a clinical context.

  • DOCTORATE IN CLINICAL PHARMACOLOGY (PHARM D): The Department of Family Medicine is responsible for the clinical skills training of graduate students completing their Pharm D degree. Training extends over a 5 week period in the second year of the training. Communication skills, history taking and clinical reasoning are included in the program. Interactive discussions and case based teaching method is implemented.
  • FAMILY MEDICINE RESIDENCY PROGRAM: Family Medicine faculty participates as core faculty in the Family Medicine Residency program. They were actively involved in the ACGME program development and accreditation process. They also participate in clinical assessment and Arab Board examinations. Weekly clinical teaching and supervision with participation in a mentorship program is part of the involvement. Faculty supervised multiple research projects of residents. Study results were reported on four international conferences.

Clinical & Community Services

Family Medicine Department faculty offer clinical care at clinics operated by Seha Ambulatory Health Services (AHS) in Al Ain. These clinics provide a wide range of health services ranging from adult to pediatric care and also including chronic disease management, vaccination and other services. Some clinics have ultrasound and x-ray (e.g. mammography) facilities, while most take care of minor emergencies. There are also dieticians, dentists, pharmacists, nurses, physiotherapist and sub-specialty physicians who work closely with the family physicians.

The Family Medicine Department makes use of these clinics in order to teach medical students and family medicine specialist in a real life context. Therefore, medical students have the opportunity to both observe and take part in patient care while under direct professional supervision. The students take down medical histories, conduct physical examinations, and conduct minor procedures such as vaccinations, pap smears and change dressings. They also get experience using the electronic health record system.

The Family Medicine Department strives to build healthy partnerships with these clinics by joining educational activities such as the Continuing Medical Education (CME) programs. The clinic physicians enjoy having the opportunity to work with medical students as it stimulates reasoning and reflection. The department also organizes medical education seminars to build on the teaching skills of the clinic physicians and also to recognize outstanding teachers.


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  2. Abu-Zidan, F., & B. Khan, M. (2020). Point-of-care ultrasound for the acute abdomen in the primary health care. Turkish Journal of Emergency Medicine, 20(1), 1.
  3. Abu-Zidan, F., Khan, M., Abusharia, M., & Mousa, H. (2020). Hepatic hydatid cyst presenting as a cutaneous fistula. Turkish Journal of Emergency Medicine.
  4. Bandari, D., Bhagavathula, A., Khan, M., & Shehab, A. (2019). A systematic review and meta-analysis of the prevalence and complications of paraphenylenediamine-containing hair dye poisoning in developing countries. Indian Journal of Pharmacology, 51(5), 302.
  5. Khan, M., Grivna, M., Nauman, J., Soteriades, E., Cevik, A., & Hashim, J. et al. (2020). Global Incidence and Mortality Patterns of Pedestrian Road Traffic Injuries by Sociodemographic Index, with Forecasting: Findings from the Global Burden of Diseases, Injuries, and Risk Factors 2017 Study. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 17(6), 2135.
  6. Khan, M., Hashim, J., King, J., Govender, R., Mustafa, H., & Al Kaabi, J. (2019). Epidemiology of Type 2 Diabetes – Global Burden of Disease and Forecasted Trends. Journal of Epidemiology and Global Health, 10(1), 107-111.
  7. Khan, M., Soteriades, E., King, J., Govender, R., Hashim, J., & Masood-Husain, S. et al. (2020). Global Trends and Forecast of the Burden of Adverse Effects of Medical Treatment: Epidemiological Analysis Based on the Global Burden of Disease Study. Cureus, 12(3).
  8. Nauman, J., Khan, M., & Joyner, M. (2019). Walking in the Fast Lane: High-Intensity Walking for Improved Fitness and Health Outcomes. Mayo Clinic Proceedings, 94(12), 2378-2380.
  9. Nauman, J., Soteriades, E., Hashim, J., Govender, R., Al Darmaki, R., & Al Falasi, R. et al. (2020). Global Incidence and Mortality Trends due to Adverse Effects of Medical Treatment, 1990–2017: A Systematic Analysis from the Global Burden of Diseases, Injuries and Risk Factors Study. Cureus, 12(3).
  10. Hashim, J., 2020. Provision of primary care by specialist physicians: a systematic review. Family Medicine and Community Health, 8(1), p.e000247.
  11. Govender, R., Al-Shamsi, S., Soteriades, E. and Regmi, D., 2019. Incidence and risk factors for recurrent cardiovascular disease in middle-eastern adults: a retrospective study. BMC Cardiovascular Disorders, 19, 253.
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  14. Al-Taee, H., Azimullah, S., Meeran, N., Almehiri, M., Al Jasmi, R., Tariq, S., Khan, M., Adeghate, E., Ojha, S. β-caryophyllene, a dietary phytocannabinoid attenuates oxidative stress, inflammation, apoptosis and prevents structural alterations of the myocardium against doxorubicin-induced acute cardiotoxicity in rats: An in vitro and in vivo study. European Journal of Pharmacology, 2019; 858, 172467.
  15. Al Shamsi,S., Govender, R., Soterades, E. Mortality and potential years of life lost attributable to non-optimal glycemic control in men and women with diabetes in the United Arab Emirates: a population-based retrospective cohort study, 2019. BMJ Open.
  16. Al-Shamsi, S., Oulhaj, A., Regmi, D., Govender, R. Use of estimated glomerular filtration rate to predict incident chronic kidney disease in patients at risk of cardiovascular disease: a retrospective study. BMC Nephrology Open Access, 2019.
  17. Al-Shamsi, S., Regmi, D., Govender, R. Incidence of cardiovascular disease and its associated risk factors in at-risk men and women in the United Arab Emirates: a 9-year retrospective cohort study, 2019. BMC Cardiovascular Disorders Open Access.
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  19. Al-Shamsi, S., Regmi, D., Govender, R. Chronic Kidney disease in patients at high risk of cardiovascular disease in the United Arab Emirates: A population-based study. Plos One, 2018; 13 (6).
  20. Regmi, R. Quality and use of free smoking cessation apps for smartphones. International Journal of Technology Assessment in Health Care, 2018 34 (5): 476-480.
  21. Govender, R., Al-Shamsi, S., Regmi, D. Weight bias and eating behaviors of persons with overweight and obesity attending a general medical practice in Durban, South Africa. South African Family Practice, 2018; 61 (3): 85-90.
  22. Hashim, J., Khan, M. Using Electronic Health Record Systems in Medical Education- A Needs Assessment. Applied Medical Informatics, 2018.

  • Hashim, M. J. (2013). Thyroid Nodule. Taylor’s Differential Diagnosis Manual: Symptoms and Signs in the Time-Limited Encounter. 3rd ed. Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins; 2013. 

  • Hashim, M. J. (2019). Miniworkshops: an alternative educational strategy.Fam Med Com Health 2019;7e000216.doi:10.1136/fmch-2019-000216.
  • Hashim, M. J. (2019). A New Standarised Effect Size, e. Journal of the college of Physicians and Surgeons Pakistan 2019, Vol 29 (2): 197-198.
  • Hashim, M. J. (2019). The Art of Healing – Core Values and Goals of Medicine, Nursing and Healthcare. Journal of the college of Physicians and Surgeons Pakistan 2019, Vol 29 (4): 299-300


Note: If calling from outside the UAEU organization, dial (+971 3 713) before the extension.

Name Position Email Extension
Dr. Moienudeen Khan Associate Professor & Chair 7544
Dr. Muhammad J. Hashim Associate Professor 7655
Dr. Romono Devi Associate Professor 7543
Dr. Alexander Kieu Assistant Professor 7425
Dr. Nadirah Ghenimi Assistant Professor 7664


Note: If calling from outside the UAEU organization, dial (+971 3 713) before the extension.

Name Position Email Extension
Ms. Amal AlMurri Secretary 7455
Ms. Halla Mustafa Medical Research Specialist I 7119

General Enquiries

Thank you for your interest in the Family Medicine Department. We welcome your query and encourage you to contact us using the information below:

United Arab Emirates University,
College of Medicine and Health Sciences
P.O.Box: 17666, Al Ain, UAE

Phone: +971 3 7137 455


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