We regret to inform you that the External Elective program at the College of Medicine
and Health Sciences is currently suspended. Kindly approach your desired hospital
directly with your elective request.
Thank you for your interest in applying for an elective at the College of Medicine
and Health Sciences, United Arab Emirates University. To abide by the updated rules
and regulations of the UAE National Security Council all candidates for employment
or training within UAE government will have to undergo Criminal Investigation Department
(CID) clearance procedures. Similar to our own students, your official documents now
will be processed through Abu Dhabi healthcare provider authority, SEHA. Your elective
application at the College of Medicine and Health Sciences is dependent upon satisfactory
CID clearance status. CID processing usually varies from 1 month to 3 months.
Your application will follow the path as shown below:
The application with all required documents must reach our office 9 months prior to
your proposed elective.
The chair of the respective department will review your application.
If the application was approved by the department, your official papers will be sent
for CID clearance processing.
Once CID processing is complete you will be notified by the CMHS Medical Education
Department about the final response.
We offer a very limited number of rotations in the major clinical disciplines. Obstetrics
and Gynecology is mainly limited to female students because of patient preference.
Each rotation has a preceptor who is responsible for planning the student curriculum
for the department. Many rotations offer the flexibility to meet the individual needs
of each student. The varied patient population offers every student a unique learning
experience and we will attempt to make your experience both educational and enjoyable.
The CMHS offers over 5 elective rotations in all major specialty areas to students
who have completed their core clinical rotations. A maximum of one one-month rotations
may be scheduled up to 6-9 months in advance. We need to know your area of interest
(list two) and your preferred dates before an elective can be arranged. Once the department
agrees to accept you, the clerkship coordinator will contact you via email.
For further information please contact
Ms. Mariam Al Neyadi, Clinical Sciences Course, Department of Medical Education Phone: +971 3 713 7476
Clinical electives are available to students who are in their final year of medical
school (fourth in a 4-year program and fifth or sixth in a 5 or 6-year program). A
completed application form should be forwarded to the Department of Medical Education by regular mail along
with the application fee cheque. Please indicate on the application the preferred
rotations and dates available. There is a limit of one rotation per student per academic
year. All of our rotations are four weeks in length.
Please make sure all supporting documents are sent to the Department of Medical Education,
College of Medicine and Health Sciences, P.O. Box 17666, Al Ain United Arab Emirates.
The Application should reach our office 6-9 months prior to the start date of the
Students will be notified via email if there application has been accepted or denied. Once your assignment has been confirmed via email, you are expected to complete the
rotation. While cancellation may be necessary, please do so at least 30 days in advance
otherwise the 200AED will be forfeited. Upon canceling, the student will need to notify
his or her school.
All prerequisites must be met before a candidate will be approved for rotation. This
includes the completion of all core rotations and status as a final year medical student
when you are scheduled to participate in the rotation.
Your medical school must be accredited in your home country and registered with WHO
The language of instruction is English. Therefore a demonstrated proficiency in written
and spoken English should be provided (e.g.TOEFL exam score of 450 or greater ).
Most medical schools will provide a certificate of proof of malpractice insurance.
Please provide proof of immunizations, specifically Diphtheria/tetanus booster within
10 years, Hepatitis B vaccination or immune status, Tuberculin status with documentation
and intradermal PPD completed no more than six months prior to starting date of rotation,
chicken pox disease history or titer, and MMR for applicants born after 1957.
The Office of Medical Education will require medical students to provide proof of
the following immunizations in order to begin a scheduled rotation:
Recent documented Tuberculin Skin Test (TST) or recent chest x-ray if known TST positive
Proof of hepatitis B immunity (serology)
Proof of blood borne pathogen training.
Proof of health insurance must be provided before the student can start his/her rotation.
The CMHS does not provide health insurance to students.
Please have your school Dean sign the application form as evidence of good academic
standing and approval of the elective for credit. An evaluation of your performance
on the rotation will be forwarded to your school upon completion of the elective.
A US $50 money order must be made to College of Medicine and Health Sciences.
If it becomes necessary for you to be absent during your rotation, please obtain an
absence form from the Education office. This form must be completed by the student
and signed/approved by the department. The policy for absence is two days out of the
four week period.
The hospitals have adopted Body Substance Precautions (BSP). This is a system of infection
prevention practices used for all patients. These practices involve the use of protective
barriers (gloves, gowns, facial protection) for contact with body substances, mucous
membranes or in-tact skin, regardless of the patient's diagnosis.
The type of barrier used depends on the specific procedure or patient interaction.
Each department's Exposure Control Plan outlines the minimum required protection that
must be worn.
Gloves are required when a procedure or task is likely to involve contact with blood
or other body fluids, mucous membranes, or non-intact skin.
Facial protection (mask, eyeglasses with side shields, face shield) is required when
one can reasonably anticipate blood or body fluids being splashed in the face.
All barrier equipment is available in each patient care area. The use of BSP for all
patients will effectively isolate all infections, except those spread by the respiratory
droplet or airborne routes.
The Department of Family Medicine and the Emergency Departments will provide emergency
visits for medical students. Students will need to refer to their own personal insurance
hospitalization plan for information on coverage.
If your school asks for an evaluation of your performance on their form, please ensure
that it is provided to the Medical Student Education Office upon your arrival date.
Please do not submit your evaluation form directly to the attending in your medical
department. We are not able to follow up on evaluations given directly to departments
and often no copy of the evaluation is made. CMHS forms will be submitted to the Dean
of Students Affairs or another designated official of your school if your school does
not provide us with their form. If there is an office other than the Dean's office
at your school to which the evaluations are to be sent, please ensure the name and
address of the individual to receive your evaluation is submitted to our office.
Prior to the completion of your elective, you will be expected to complete a teaching
and rotation evaluation to evaluate your experience here. This information is very
important as it provides us with critical information about our rotations, what is
good, bad, etc. If you have any questions about the use of evaluations, please feel
free to ask for additional information. Final grades will not be forwarded to your
school until you have completed a teaching and rotation evaluation.
You can have your mail forwarded to the Department of Medical Education, CMHS, P.O.
Box 17666, Al Ain, United Arab Emirates
You are responsible to cover the cost of your meals
Clinic (outpatient) services are typically 8:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M., Sunday through
Wednesday and 8.00AM to 2.30PM on Thursday. Hospital services vary with each department.
The Elective Coordinator in each department will provide your specific working hours.
On-call will not exceed 1-in-4 at night and 1-in-4 weekends.
Travel and Housing
Al Ain is accessible by road from both Dubai and Abu Dhabi. There is a regular and
reliable bus service leaving from the main bus stations in both cities. A taxi can
take you to the bus station. Tawam Hospital has a bus service to the Al Ain Hospital and into the city. Taxis are
plentiful and inexpensive. The city buses operate on a limited route but are inexpensive.
Housing and Food
CMHS does not arrange housing for overseas elective students. Food from small local restaurants is very flavorful and inexpensive. There are fast
food courts in the larger malls and virtually all brands are represented. There are
many grocery stores in convenient locations and food, produce, personal items are
plentiful and the brands are very familiar to those from the West.
City Travel and Parking
City buses and taxis are inexpensive. There is adequate outdoor parking at both hospitals
should you choose to rent a car. There is a regular bus service to and from both Dubai
and Abu Dhabi to Al Ain and is inexpensive.
The National Medical Library is located on the ground floor of the CMHS Building (A
Block). The library has a large collection of books and journals and in particular,
a comprehensive electronic book and journal collection. Access to the library is available
from both hospitals. If you want to use the library or borrow a book or journal, you
will need to register at the circulation desk.
There are two computer (male and female) laboratories on the ground floor of the NML.
All teaching areas in CMHS have wireless internet access.
Summers are extremely hot and so students are cautioned to engage in outdoor activities
at night or in the early morning. Local hotels have swimming pools and tennis courts
and will charge for their use. A monthly pass can be purchased.
This orientation to the CMHS elective experience will tell you more than you ever
wanted to know about your rotation. But, if you still have questions, please call
the Medical Education office at +971-3-713 7490.
Where To Report
To begin your rotation, check in by 7:30 A.M. the morning of the first week-day of
your elective at the Medical Education Department. We are located on the second floor
(Block A297). The Medical School is close to Tawam Hospital. Take a taxi and instruct
the driver to go to Tawam. You will see the CMHS building on the right as you pass
through the white gates at the roundabout. Have the driver turn into the parking lot.
Bring your own white coats. There are very inexpensive laundries all over the city
that will do your laundry.
Scrubs are available from the ORs in both hospitals.
Students are expected to dress in a professional manner. T-shirts, cut-offs, etc.
are not allowed. It is recommended that you wear comfortable shoes, as you will be
walking a lot.