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Over 360 doctors to date graduated from Abu Dies


Al-Quds University Medical School - Dr Hani Abdeen, Dean
"Up till now the school at Abu Dies has graduated nine cohorts of Palestinian MDs- no less than 360 doctors. The majority have stayed in the country and although a few have been lost - at least for the present - through the brain drain to the greener pastures of the West. A traditional curriculum where the disciplinary approach predominates was updated in 2007, in line with the modern paradigms with more emphasis was put on behavioural sciences, medical ethics, professionalism, health economics and global health. The pressing need is for a University Teaching Hospital to unify and take better control of the clinical clerkships. We rely on the affiliated teaching hospital model which necessitated contracting clinical teachers as full time clinical faculty members with the all the financial burden that entails. The tradition of voluntary clinical teaching free charge is now no longer available.

 

In the last few years three Institutes have been invested in - the Medical Research Institute where basic medical science research; Al-Quds Nutrition and Health Research Institute and Neurosciences Research Institute, a joint venture with  Rutgers University in the USA.  The majority of the research programs are funded through the awarding of competitive research grants such as the German Research Foundation, European Union, MERC-USAID which provide valuable infrastructure funding. However, additional support is still needed by our valued corporate partners.

 

Supported by FQMS funds, e-learning has advanced - a growing force in the delivery of modern medical education. A number of syllabuses can now downloaded on the faculty's website, allowing students a more user- friendly method of teaching. The majority of our exams are done using the Moodle e-class tool. The success of this idea has permeated through to other university faculties  resulting in capacity overload of the available servers in the IT department which, in turn, led to many technical hiccoughs. This is an area that FQMS might consider to help, in the procurement of additional servers, to accommodate the increased demand.

 

The construction of the separation wall has isolated the Medical School and the locality of Abu Dies from East Jerusalem clinical services, leaving many residents in the area deprived of necessary medical specialty care - in accordance with the mission of the School to support the upgrading of medical services for the local community, a number of medical specialty clinics were established in the nearby tower blocks. The clinicians' pay remain one of the thorny issues that the University is still finding it hard to grapple with. FQMS in the past, kindly helped in partially meeting this need which 2 years ago stopped, to the detriment of the quality of clinical teaching.

 

FQMS continues assistance to the two student societies and their projects; paying for student accommodation in the various sites that they are sent to for their clinical rotations; providing  a generous bursary for the elective period to the fifth year medical students; kindly supporting the needy student fund; responding to the purchase of books, computers, LCDs and items of equipment needed for the smooth running of the academic process and help in the procurement and expenses of external examiners for the final year students' exams. My hope is that this support will expand in view of  the gruelling financial circumstances all find themselves engulfed with, as a result of the global economic downturn."