Dh6,500 monthly grant, job for Emirati medical students

Dh6,500 monthly grant, job for Emirati medical students

Dh5,000 allowance will be given to those interested in paramedics and nursing

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Asma Ali Zain

Published: Mon 15 Aug 2016, 12:00 AM

Last updated: Mon 15 Aug 2016, 6:43 PM

Select Emirati students in Dubai have been promised a monthly allowance and a job if they continue their medical education and join the ranks after completing their studies.
The students will be given Dh6,500 per month to do a major in medicine and Dh5,000 per month if they want to continue studies in the field of paramedics and nursing.
Insurance and book expenses will also be covered along with all educational and registration fees.

Students must meet the following criteria
> The candidate must be an Emirati who is healthy and has a history of good conduct.
> They should have also completed national service (if male) or has the necessary documents that prove that he has either been relieved or postponed from fulfilling his national service duties.
> The candidate must have completed high school and received scores that are equivalent or above the required score of each specialty. The candidate cannot apply for the programme if two years have passed since he received his high school degree.
> The candidate must pass a personality test conducted by the committee.
> Emiratis interested in applying should not have received any scholarship from another entity during the time of his/her application.
> The candidate's degree must be attested by the concerned authority and he/she should not have a permanent or temporary job.
The Dubai Health Authority (DHA) last month announced that it would sponsor 130 students under its 'Sponsoring Emiratis in the Medical Sector Programme."
On Sunday, it announced the approved list of requirements for students to be eligible.
The programme has been launched to overcome the Emiratisation challenges being faced by the medical sector after studies and reports found that there is a shortage of Emiratis in medical fields- especially in the nursing, medicine and paramedic sectors. Following graduation, the students will also have secured jobs at DHA hospitals and clinics.
"There is a need for experienced Emirati cadres in the medical sector in Dubai to support the growing developments, this vital sector is experiencing," said Humaid Al Qatami, Chairman of the Board and Director General of DHA.
A DHA study found that among the challenges that contribute to the shortage of Emiratis working in the medical field is the length of the medical programmes, which can take up to seven years which is then followed by six to seven years of practical training.
Al Qatami said the programme does not only aim to attract Emiratis to enter the medical sector in fields they are needed most but also to excel in the field of medicine to better benefit the people of the UAE in the future.
"By launching this programme, we hope to not only elevate this sector further but also support the Emiratisation drive in Dubai," he said.
The Emirati high school students will be chosen by a committee based on a criteria and students interested in applying can do so by visiting the authority's website.
According to the DHA's Annual Health Statistical Report for 2015, a total of 1,612 Emiratis are currently working in the medical sector in Dubai. Category-wise statistics says 276 physicians, 106 dentists, 50 nurses, 29 pharmacists are working in Dubai hospitals and primary health centres.

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