Thumbay Medicity: Shaping the Future of Medical Education, Healthcare & Research

Thumbay Medicity: Shaping the Future of Medical Education, Healthcare & Research
Gulf Medical University

Thumbay and the GMU are the signature healthcare icons of the future Thumbay and the GMU are the signature healthcare icons of the future


Ishtiaq Ali Mehkri

Published: Tue 31 Jul 2018, 9:56 AM

Last updated: Tue 31 Jul 2018, 12:20 PM

Thumbay is, undoubtedly, emerging as the trusted name when it comes to healthcare. Its services are in pursuit of excellence and, moreover, its infrastructure is one of the best in the UAE. There are numerous achievements that the Thumbay Group has attained in the healthcare sector, including the first private medical university in the region, the Gulf Medical University. The GMU is a success story in itself, and could not have been possible without the dynamic and selfless leadership of Dr. Thumbay Moideen. Last but not the least, state-of-the-art equipment, accomplished professionals and the spirit to lead from the front has made it invincible.
Thumbay's origin is no less than a fairytale. It all started boiling down to an equation as Dr. Thumbay Moideen, while on a transit in Dubai, happened to rub shoulders with a member of the royal family of Ajman. Dr. Thumbay's words of wisdom on medical services for Ajman travelled to the court of His Highness, the Ruler of Ajman. Since then there is no looking back, as Dr. Thumbay became the bastion of change for the emirate of Ajman and the UAE in the health sector, and his vision has won it an undeniable edge in the entire region, as Thumbay healthcare services go from strength to strength.
Thumbay today has a network of hospitals, clinics, pharmacies, laboratories, and an articulate plan at work to make the UAE the hub for medical tourism. Thumbay has its eye on overseas expansion, and is busy providing basic health facilities in Ghana and Uganda, as well as coming up with hospitals in India, Oman, Qatar and Africa. The 500-bed Thumbay University Hospital in Ajman and their vision is to have 1,500 beds in the UAE, becoming the largest private academic hospital network in the region. Its other amazing strides in healthcare are Thumbay Dental Hospital and Thumbay Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Hospital. The GMU and its network of teaching hospitals train 20 per cent of the doctors and 60 per cent of the total healthcare professionals.
The GMU, founded in 1998, is rapidly emerging as the focal point for international medical students from more than 80 countries, and offers various programmes like Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery, Bachelor of Biomedical Sciences, Associate Degree in Pre-Clinical Sciences, Doctor of Dental Medicine, Doctor of Pharmacy, Bachelor of Physiotherapy, Bachelor of Health Science in Anesthesia and Surgical Technology, as well as Bachelor of Science courses in Medical Laboratory Sciences, Medical Imaging Sciences and Nursing. This is in addition to the Masters programs in Public Health and Physical Therapy. In other words, as Thumbay envisages to promote medical tourism, the GMU and its state-of-the-art research facilities act as a magnate to attract students and patients, alike, and are playing the role of a catalyst in buoying the UAE's image as the centre for medical tourism. This is why the Gulf Medical University is ranked among the top 50 medical universities in the Middle East, and bagged Gold at the prestigious Sheikh Khalifa Excellence Awards, 2018.
The point to cheer is that the GMU's Academic Healthcare System links the healthcare, medical education and research functions on its own, and is proudly indigenous in essence. The UAE is proud to boast Thumbay and GMU as the locally inculcated icons of healthcare in the 21st century, and are part of worldwide research and innovation by virtue of its accreditation and affiliation with the who's who in medicare. Thumbay enjoys JCI accreditation for its hospitals, CAP-accredited laboratories as well as multiple prestigious acknowledgments from world's reputed research and healthcare institutions, as well as the United Nations' World Health Organisation.
There are six colleges and three institutes under the flagship of Gulf Medical University: the Thumbay Research Institute for Precision Medicine, the Thumbay Institute for Population Health and the Thumbay Institute of Health Workforce Development. They cater to a whole range of teaching necessities, including research, post-graduation studies and continuous professional development. The new colleges of GMU include the only colleges in the Middle East region for Healthcare Management and Health Economics. The University also has a new College of Nursing. GMU's unique programs also include the joint and dual masters programs in Medical Education and Public Health. This aspect makes Thumbay the brand identity when it comes to treatment, healthcare and academic excellence.
It is no secret that Thumbay has made inroads not only in the UAE as a preferred and reliable healthcare system, but is also valued across the region, where it is busy imprinting its mark. Research is the hallmark of Thumbay and the Thumbay Research Institute for Precision Medicine is a case in point. The intention is to expand the scope of collaboration between the faculty, students, the industry, as well as the host of hospitals under it. Thumbay is not merely a hospital or a clinic facility where you are treated, but a valued umbrella of health system that devotes its synergies for the betterment of medicine and professionals, and has a roadmap for quality medical education and comprehensive clinical care.
Thumbay as a matter of concept while delivering health services, as well as imparting education to its medical students and researchers, looks at the whole spectrum as an 'industry'. An aspect that is interrelated and one which is intended to respond to the needs and necessities of the future. The GMU offers more than 15 programmes and enjoys a robust collaboration with a number of prestigious universities around the world, such as the University of Arizona, Virginia Commonwealth University, Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee - USA, University of Saint Joseph School of Pharmacy in Connecticut, German Heidelberg University, American University in Cairo, University of Ghana, Medical University of Lublin, Tokyo Medical & Dental University, etc., as well as research institutes such as the Gustave Rossi Cancer Research Institute - France.
"The Gulf Medical University is the medical university of the future," Prof. Hamdy prides. The reason is simple: Thumbay has a vision to transform GMU to a research-based university by 2025. Thumbay's Precision Medicine Institute has made great leaps forward, and Prof. Hamdy says it is getting closer and closer towards discovering a new form of medicine and therapy for cancer patients. Diversifying treatment patterns is part of the research. This will be no less than a miracle for Thumbay and GMU, as well as a feather in the cap for the UAE, as it has made it a cornerstone of its policy to lead from the front when it comes to innovation and building a welfare state.
The investment that Thumbay Group has done in the healthcare sector is future-oriented, as is merely not intended for timely patient-satisfaction. Rather, it has a complete roadmap for developing future health professionals, erecting a sound infrastructure and making research and innovation as the pinnacle of its manifesto as it goes on to serve the UAE, the region and beyond.

Prof. Hossam Hamdy, Chancellor of Gulf Medical University
Prof. Hossam Hamdy, Chancellor of Gulf Medical University

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