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Department of Medical Education


The Department of Medical Education plays a central role in curriculum innovation, delivery and support. Academic staff within the Department provides consultation or supervise initiatives in areas such as clinical skills learning, faculty development, group learning, student assessment, curriculum evaluation and design. Academic staff also carries teaching responsibilities in appropriate areas of expertise. Our main focus is to enhance the effectiveness of teaching, learning and assessment across all phases of the medical education continuum.

As a part of the CMHS strategic plan, the Department of Medical Education is increasingly focusing upon the conduct of medical education research. Such research is expected to guide the institution's teaching mission and to contribute to broader issues and themes in medical education. Staff research is supported both by institutional intramural research and other funding sources.


The College of Medicine & Health Sciences offer medical students and faculty state of the art educational facilities and resources. Within this modern and supportive learning environment, the Department of Medical Education operates the following resources: teaching labs, student computer labs, Learning Resource Center, a Media Unit, an Information Technology Unit, Audio-Visual Unit, National Medical Library, a Clinical Skills Simulation Centre, an e-learning platform via Blackboard and in-house designed Curriculum Management and Assessment Systems. A team of educators and medical resource specialists help students and faculty to access these resources and navigate their way through the medical course. Committed to encouraging and enabling students and staff to use new technologies where appropriate, we have embedded E-learning into learning and teaching.

The Medical Simulation and Clinical Skills Center use manikins and simulated patients to provide an innovative, invaluable opportunity, away from real clinical environments, for students to train, practice and receive assessment feedback on development of clinical and procedural skills in a safe environment.

The Department provides Multidisciplinary Teaching Labs where in the practicals scheduled within the undergraduate curriculum are conducted. Students from first to fourth year of the college utilize this facility. The labs are provided with modern de-fuming chambers, gas detectors and high quality gas and compressed air supply system. Lab equipments are highly modernized helping the student community to familiarize, so that they could adjust to any sophisticated lab elsewhere. A number of computer-based practicals have been introduced which enable the students to cope up with the fast growing involvement of computers in education.

  • Histopathology labs are provided in the Department with adequate number of good quality microscopes. The students have the advantage of handling microscopes individually. The microscopy labs are also equipped with a high resolution CCTV system with a computer aided image analysis system.
  • Assessment & Evaluation Unit facilitates delivery and analysis of student formative and summative assessments on an e-assessment platform. Thus, making use of modern cost and time effective technology, we provide administration and scoring of assessments, enhancing feedback to students and faculty on achievement of learning outcomes. An additional integral part of our quality assurance responsibilities is provision of an e-evaluation system which elicits student feedback on all aspects of teaching across the curriculum.
  • Media & Publications Unit provides support for curriculum and research related activities for the UAEU marketing and branding activities at the College. Services include Graphic Design, Multimedia, Event and Clinical Photography and, in-house printing and publications.
  • Information Technology Unit provides a wide variety of technical services to CMHS Community with IT infrastructure, applications, telecommunication, IT hardware and end-user support services.


The Department is committed to the development and management of all courses in the undergraduate MD program.  Areas of responsibility include management of the medical curriculum, student assessment, development and production of student learning materials, curriculum and program evaluations, membership of medical education committees, introduction of innovative instructional methods including Problem Based Learning (PBL), reviewing and revising the MBBS curriculum in line with learning outcomes and standards of internationally recognized institutions.

Working closely with clinical academic staff in affiliated hospitals, Medical school basic and clinical sciences course directors and coordinators, we contribute to discussion of educational issues, formulation of policies and strategies to ensure implementation of  instructional and assessment practices that are supported by best evidence medical education and theory.

Faculty contribute as members of several institutional committees including  Curriculum Management Committee, coordinate courses and teach on the undergraduate program  on a variety of topics including research methods, statistics, clinical skills, professional values, study skills and educational methods. We also provide faculty development workshops on a range of topics including outcomes based medical education, test item writing, test item analysis, assessment blueprinting, standard setting, active learning techniques and clinical skills teaching.

Academic Programs


  1. Al-Zawawi AH, Elzubeir M. Using DREEM to compare graduating students' perceptions of learning environments at medical schools adopting contrasting educational strategies. Medical Teacher 2012; 34(s1):S25-S31.
  2. Al-Subait R, Elzubeir M . Evaluating a Masters of Medical Education Program: Attaining minimum quality standards? Medical Teacher 2012; 34(s1):S67-S74.
  3. Shaban S, Elzubeir M. A college-wide assessment management system in an integrated medical curriculum. In: Callaos N, Carrasquero JV, Oropeza A, Sanchez B, Welsch F, editors. Proceedings of the 8th International Multi-Conference on Society, Cybernetics and Informatics. Orlando: IMSCI; 2014.
  4. Al Alwan I, Al Kushi M, Tamim H, Magzoub M, Elzubeir M. Health sciences and medical college preadmission criteria and prediction of in-course academic performance: a longitudinal cohort study. Advances in Health Sciences Education, published online first 06 June, 2012. DOI 10.1007/s10459-012-9380-1
  5. Al Mahmoud T, Elzubeir MA, Shaban S, Branicki F. An enhancement-focused framework for developing high quality single best answer multiple choice questions. Education for Health: Change in Learning & Practice, 2015; 28(3); 194-200.
  6. Ibrahim H, Nair SC, Shaban S, Elzubeir M. Reducing the physician workforce crisis: career choice and graduate medical education reform in an emerging Arab country. Education for Health, 2016: 29(2). 82-88; August.
  7. Shaban S, Aburawi El Hadi, Elzubeir K, Elango S, Elzubeir M (Corresponding Author) Factors Influencing Medical Students' Self-assessment of Examination Performance Accuracy: A United Arab Emirates Study. Education for Health. August, 2016; 29(2). 75-81
  8. Shaban S, Aburawi El Hadi, Elzubeir K, Elango S, Elzubeir M (Corresponding Author) Factors Influencing Medical Students' Self-assessment of Examination Performance Accuracy: A United Arab Emirates Study. Education for Health. August, 2016; 29(2). 75-81
  9. Shaban S, Elzubeir M, Al Houqani M (2016). Online assessment standard setting for multiple choice questions. International Journal of Medical Education 2016; 7:142-143.
  10. Al Muallem A; Elzubeir M, Roberts C, Magzoub Mohi Eldin MA. Development and initial testing of an instrument for evaluating needs and inferring readiness of research supervisors: a mixed methods approach. Health Professions Education, May, 2016.
  11. AlMahmoud T, Hashim MJ, Elzubeir MA, Branicki F. Ethics teaching in a medical education environment: preferences for diversity of learning and assessment methods. Med Educ Online, 2017:22(1):1328257.
  12. AlMahmoud T, Hashim MJ, AlMahmoud R, Branicki F, Elzubeir M. Informed consent learning: Needs and preferences in medical clerkship environments. PLoS One, 2018; 13(10): e0202466.
  13. Shaban S, Cevik AA, Canakci ME, Kuas C, Elzubeir M, Abu-Zidan F. Do senior medical students meet recommended Emergency Medicine Curricula requirements? BMC Medical Education Jan. 2018; 18:8.
  14. Alper AA, Noureldine A, Elzubeir M, Abu-Zidan F. Assessment of EFAST training for final year medical student in Emergency Medicine Clerkship. Turkish Journal of Emergency Medicine, 2018; 18: 100-104.
  15. AlMahmoud T, Regmni D, Elzubeir M, Howarth FC. Shaban S. Medical Student Question Answering Behaviour during High Stakes Multiple Choice Examinations (IJTEL; March, 2018).
  16. Naeem N, Elzubeir M, Al-Houqani M, Ahmad LA. Exploring variation in clinical teaching and supervision at clinical teaching sites. Pakistan Journal of Medical Sciences, 2018; 34(2).
  17. Cevik AA, Shaban S, Elzubeir M, Abu-Ziadan FM. The role of Emergency Medicine Clerkship e-portfolio to monitor the learning experiences of students in different settings: a prospective cohort study. Int J. Emerg. Med 2018: April 12;11(1):24.
  18. Cevik AA, Elzubeir M, Abu-Zidan FM, Shaban S. Team-based learning improves knowledge and retention in an Emergency Medicine clerkship. Int. J. Emerg Med, 2019; 12,:6: 2-8..

  1. Alwan I, Magzoub M, Elzuber M (Eds.) International Handbook of Medical Education: A guide for Students, 2012. Sage. London.
  2. Elzubeir M. Applying Adult Learning. In: Alwan I, Magzoub M & Elzubeir M. International Handbook of Medical Education: A Guide for Students, 2012, Chapter 1, pp3-11. Sage, London.
  3. Zamakshary M, Al Tokhais T, Magzoub ME, Elzubeir M. Managing Time. In: Alwan I, Magzoub M & Elzubeir M. International Handbook of Medical Education: A Guide for Students, 2012, Chapter 9, pp89-94. Sage, London.


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

Name Position Email Extension
Prof. Mohi Eldin Magzoub Professor and Chair 7148
Prof. Sami Shaban Professor 7199
Dr. Susan Anne Waller Assistant Professor 7245
Dr. Awad Al Essa Instructor 7446
Ms. Geraldine E. Kershaw Instructor 7136
Ms. Jane Anne Koester Instructor 7135
Mr. Mark A. Campbell Instructor 7138
Mr. Michael Tunzi Instructor 7216
Dr. Nabtta Bashir Instructor 7146
Mr. Samuel Malachi Anderson-Mccoy Instructor 7169
Dr Suleyman Caliskan Assistant Professor 7133


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

Name Position Email Extension
Mr. Alsajir M. Basheer IT Support Specialist I 7680
Ms. Evelyn Folorunsho Clinical Skills Trng. Spec I 7606
Ms. Hamada K. Al Kalbani Administrator I 7161
Ms. Hedaya Al Neyadi IT Support Specialist 7624
Mr. Irfan Tariq Medical Research Specialist 7165
Mr. Jahabar Ali Moahmed Kassim Medical Research Specialist I 7604
Ms. Latifa Ali Aleissaee Secretary 7537
Ms. Latifa M. Al Aryani IT Support Specialist I 7518
Ms. Mariam Al Neyadi Secretary 7476
Ms. Meera Khalifa Administrator 7709
Mr. Mohammad Saifullah Senior Lab Technician 7703
Ms. Sara Al Blooshi Librarian Specialist 7246
Mr. Shanmugam V. Pandian Administrator 7155
Mr. Thanikkal Usman Administrator 7145
Mr. Imran Zafar Instructor 7176
Mr. Zeeshan Mohammed A/V Systems Spec I 7162

General Enquiries

Thank you for your interest in the Medical Education 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 476

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