Degree structure

 

Course Overview

The Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) at Mohammed Bin Rashid University prepares students for the challenges of advancing their knowledge in Medicine to delivering quality health care and research.

At the core of the degree is knowledge of the normal structure and function of the body and consideration of the determinants of disease. You’ll develop fundamental skills in critical thinking, problem-solving and delivering quality healthcare to our community.

Program Structure

The MBBS program is divided into three phases. Each Phase comprises of Courses and builds on the preceding one, so that the curriculum is spiral and the students repeat the study of a subject, each time at a higher level of difficulty and in greater depth. Phase 1 is over one academic year, Phase 2 is for two academic years and Phase 3 spreads over three academic years.

Phase 1

During the first two years of the degree you learn about the scientific basis of medical practice. You gain knowledge about each body system, focusing on the mechanisms of cellular structure and function. You also study pathology, microbiology, therapeutics and genetics. Teaching of basic science subjects is integrated with clinical skills training which you acquire through clinical simulation and practice with patients.

Phase 1 - Degree Plan (Year 1)
Semester 1
Code Course Credits
LANG1121 English for Health Sciences   2

English for Health Sciences

2 Credit Hours

This course aims to provide students with the written and oral communication skills required for their specialized field of study. Students will learn how to synthesize and paraphrase information from a number of sources. They will also learn how to extract relevant information from a journal extract to write a summary-abstract. Medical terminology and language of anatomy are taught mostly through self-study materials.

MEDC1132 Enzymes and Metabolism   3

Enzymes and Metabolism

3 Credit Hours

This course introduces several basic biochemical concepts and examines fuel metabolism and its regulation, i.e. how ATP, the energy-currency of our cells, is produced from different metabolic fuels, the way energy sources are catabolized and stored in the body and how abnormalities can arise in these pathways.

MEDC1153 Foundation Concepts in Medical Sciences   5

Foundation Concepts in Medical Sciences

5 Credit Hours

This course encompasses a range of important concepts which are crucial to the understanding of normal human biology. These concepts have wide applications across all body systems, including the major biological disciplines of anatomy, biochemistry, pharmacology and physiology. Understanding of these concepts at this foundational stage, will allow students to use them as they consider their relevance throughout the rest of the program. Further, this course also provides the student with an opportunity to develop analytical and critical thinking abilities.

MEDC1114 Fundamentals of Epidemiology and Biostatistics 1   1

Fundamentals of Epidemiology and Biostatistics 1 and 2

1 Credit Hour

This is an introductory course for students in medical sciences who have no formal background in epidemiology and biostatistics. Students will be introduced to the basic principles and methods as applied to public health problems. Students will recognize the role of quantitative methods in understanding clinical questions, especially in decision-making. This course will be delivered such that the emphasis will be to acquire a comprehensive understanding of the general concepts and uses of epidemiology and biostatistics as opposed to the underlying mathematical developments.

MEDC1115 History of Medicine   1

History of Medicine

2 Credit Hours

This course will introduce students to the historical development of medicine and health related sciences. They will gain an overview of how new ideas have affected the approach to medical care, as well as the contributions made by specific scientists, physicians and surgeons. Although the focus will be on Western medical practice, students will also be introduced to the historical development of medicine in other regions and traditions.

ITHS 1126 Innovation in Health Sciences   2

Innovation in Health Sciences

2 Credit Hours

This course is about learning innovation and entrepreneurship that can be applied to any high-growth enterprise or other organization. The course is composed of two components: Design Thinking and Entrepreneurship.

MEDC1117 Introduction to the Practice of Medicine 1   1

Introduction to the Practice of Medicine 1 and 2

1 Credit Hours

This Course will introduce the students to the concept of Ethics and Professional Behavior. They will learn about ethical behavior and professional responsibility expected of a physician in good standing towards his/her patients and the society. They will begin to learn about the features of various health systems in the UAE.

ETHC 1118 Principles of Bioethics   1

Principles of Bioethics

1 Credit Hour

This Course will enable the students to develop their understanding of the concepts of Biomedical Ethics and Professional Behavior. They will learn how this impacts on the application of general medical ethics in a specific cultural context. With this understanding, they will appreciate the multi-cultural nature of the patient population and be aware of the need to be an advocate for different segments of the population.

TOTAL   16
Semester 2
Code Course Credits
MEDC1251 Abdomen, Pelvis and Perineum: Structure and Function   5

Abdomen, Pelvis and Perineum: Structure and Function

5 Credit Hours

This course deals with the structure of abdomen, pelvis and perineum of the human body in relation to the function of organs located in those regions. The course also introduces students to the concept of “living anatomy” as related to visualizing structure of the abdomen on conventional medical imaging and on the living. There will be a focus on the normal mechanisms involved in food digestion and formation of urine. Students will be able to develop an attitude of teamwork and self-directed learning through their engagement with the teaching methodology in the course.

MEDC1212 Fundamentals of Epidemiology and Biostatistics 2   1

Fundamentals of Epidemiology and Biostatistics 1 and 2

1 Credit Hour

This is an introductory course for students in medical sciences who have no formal background in epidemiology and biostatistics. Students will be introduced to the basic principles and methods as applied to public health problems. Students will recognize the role of quantitative methods in understanding clinical questions, especially in decision-making. This course will be delivered such that the emphasis will be to acquire a comprehensive understanding of the general concepts and uses of epidemiology and biostatistics as opposed to the underlying mathematical developments.

MEDC1223 Head and Neck   3

Head and Neck; Structure and function

3 Credit Hours

This course deals with the general structure of the head and neck regions in relation to the function of organs located in those regions. The course also introduces students to the concept of “living anatomy” as related to visualizing structure of the head and neck on conventional medical imaging and on the living.

MEDC1214 Introduction to the Practice of Medicine 2   1

Introduction to the Practice of Medicine 1 and 2

1 Credit Hours

This Course will introduce the students to the concept of Ethics and Professional Behavior. They will learn about ethical behavior and professional responsibility expected of a physician in good standing towards his/her patients and the society. They will begin to learn about the features of various health systems in the UAE.

MEDC1254 Limbs and spine: Structure and Function   5

Limbs and spine: Structure and Function

5 Credit Hours

This Upper and Lower limbs course is about the structure of limbs and spine of the human body in relation to their function. The course will also introduce the concept of “living anatomy” as seen on conventional medical imaging and on living human body. There will be a focus on the normal mechanisms involved in locomotion and gait. Students will be able to develop an attitude of teamwork and self-directed learning through their engagement with the teaching methodology in the course.

MEDC1233 Thorax: Structure and Function   3

Thorax: Structure and Function

3 Credit Hours

The Thorax: Structure and Function course provides students with functional knowledge of the structure of the thorax region that will enable further understanding of organ-system courses in phase 2. The course will also introduce the concept of “living anatomy of the thorax” as seen on conventional medical imaging and on living human body. There will be a focus on some normal mechanisms involved in cardiovascular and respiratory functions as well. In addition, students will be able to develop an attitude of teamwork and self- directed learning through their engagement with the teaching methodology in the course.

TOTAL   17

Phase 2

The third year begins to take greater clinical focus. Classroom-based and clinical teaching takes place in each of the medical and surgical disciplines, which is integrated with therapeutic, pathological and microbiological principles relevant to clinical medical practice.

PHASE 2 - MECHANISMS OF DISEASES (YEAR 2 AND 3)
Semester 3
Code Course Credits
MEDC2341 General Microbiology   4

General Microbiology

4 Credit Hours

This course will introduce students to the diversity of microorganisms, including bacteria, parasitic protozoa and helminths (worms), fungi, viruses and prions. It will provide an overview of the structure, genetics, classification, metabolism, life cycle, identification, isolation, cultivation and control of the major groups of microorganisms, focusing on those pathogenic for humans.

MEDC2342 General Pathology   4

General Pathology

4 Credit Hours

This course will define Pathology as a discipline. It will outline multiple disease etiologies that alter fundamental patho-biologic processes (pathogenesis) and link these with alterations in structure and function (morphology and pathophysiology). Through case illustrations these will be integrated with clinical presentations and outcomes (clinico-pathological correlation).

MEDC2313 Foundations of Clinical Medicine 1   1

Foundations of Clinical Medicine 1

1 Credit Hour

The expected outcomes of this course are to enable students to take and record a patient history using a patient centered systematic approach within the context of present complaint, past, family and social history. They should also be able to record an accurate medication history, perform a structured and relevant general physical examination and clearly record and subsequently present findings. The concepts introduced in this course will be re-visited and developed further in subsequent courses.

MEDC2334 Principles of Pharmacology and Therapeutics   3

Principles of Pharmacology and Therapeutics

3 Credit Hours

This course is designed to provide an opportunity for students to understand the basic principles of drug action. Basic topics covered in this course include receptor sites that mediate drug action and the physiological and biochemical mechanisms associated with the response to a drug. It will also cover how to measure drug activity, kinds of drug activity (pharmacodynamics), how drugs are handled in the body (pharmacokinetics), and why drugs affect different people differently (pharmacogenomics and pharmacogenetics). We then will look at a variety of physiological models for the pharmacological actions of drugs, including antimicrobials, antineoplastic agents, in addition to drugs acting on the autonomic nervous system. Emphasis will be also placed on developing self-directed learning and teamwork skills in the practice of medicine.

MEDC2325 Research Methods 1   2

Research Methods 1

2 Credit Hours

This is the first course in a series of three courses on research methods. This course introduces students to study designs and biostatistics concepts relevant to the interpretation of research findings. The focus is on understanding when a specific statistical test is used in medical research and knowledge on interpreting the medical findings, rather than on the computational aspects. Topics include selecting the appropriate measures of association, outcome measures, and quantitative analysis. By the end of this course, the student will be able to differentiate between the different types of study designs, and list their strengths and limitations. In addition, each student will be able to start thinking about a potential research project that she/he will be able to pursue during the remaining two courses that will proceed it.

MEDC2336 Genetics and Molecular Biology   3

Genetics and Molecular Biology

3 Credit Hours

This course will explore aspects of molecular biology and genetics in medicine. The impact of this incessantly evolving field, in health and disease will be highlighted. Further, current understandings and new concepts relating to diagnosis, prognosis, prevention and treatment of genetic diseases will also be presented.

TOTAL   17
Semester 4
Code Course Credits
MEDC2451 Cardiovascular system   5

Cardiovascular system

5 Credit Hours

This course builds on the introductory coverage of normal structure and function in Phase 1 and the understanding of pathological process from the “General Pathology” course to consider the disturbances to normal physiology and the specific changes in end-organ structure that ultimately lead to the pathological hallmarks of cardiovascular disease. The course deals with the study of pathophysiology of common and major diseases of the cardiovascular system, their clinical presentations, and the various approaches to treatment.

MEDC2412 Foundations of Clinical Medicine 2   1

Foundations of Clinical Medicine 2

1 Credit Hour

This course involves learning the skills of history taking and physical examination related to the organ systems tackled in the semester.

MEDC2443 Hematopoietic and Immune system   4

Hematopoietic and Immune system

4 Credit Hours

This course will introduce the students to the principles and concepts of hematology and immunology which will guide them in understanding the immune response and its involvement in health and disease. The students will also be introduced to the pathophysiology of common hematological and immunological diseases, building on foundations laid in Phase 1 through clinical correlations that focus on clinically applied hematological and immunological concepts.

MEDC2444 Renal and Urinary system   4

Renal and Urinary system

4 Credit Hours

This course deals with the study of pathophysiology of common and major diseases of the renal and urinary system, their clinical presentations, diagnostic investigations and the various approaches for treatment. The emphasis is on understanding pathophysiological mechanisms rather than on memorizing clinical details. Learning objectives in this course support understanding of the consequences of disease and their management during clinical clerkships.

MEDC2425 Research Methods 2   2

Research Methods 2

2 Credit Hours

This is the second course in a series of three courses on research methods, Research Methods 1 and 2 and the Research Project Course. At the end of this course, the students will be able to develop a full -fledged research proposal, whose first section started during the previous course (MEDC2325). A specific emphasis during the development of the research proposal will be to enable the students to comprehensively develop their research methods section.

MEDC2436 Respiratory system   3

Respiratory system

3 Credit Hours

This course, together with other organ-system course in this phase (phase 2) prepare the learner for clinical clerkships in the next phase (phase 3) of the program. The course addresses physiological and pathologic changes that occur in a variety of respiratory diseases. The focus is on correlating structural, pathophysiological changes with symptoms, signs, and radiological abnormalities that accompany common respiratory diseases.

TOTAL   19
Semester 5
Code Course Credits
MEDC3551 Digestion and Nutrition   5

Digestion and Nutrition

5 Credit Hours

In this course, the students will identify how gastro-intestinal (GI) structure (Embryology, Gross and Microscopic Anatomy) integrates with function (physiologic mechanisms of GI motility, digestion and absorption, and liver and pancreatic function). This forms the basis on which disease pathophysiology and clinico-pathologic manifestations are illustrated. Students will also apply their basic medical science knowledge to clinical problem-solving.

MEDC3512 Foundations of Clinical Medicine 3  1

Foundations of Clinical Medicine 3

1 Credit Hour

This course involves learning the skills of history taking and physical examination related to the organ systems tackled in the semester.

MEDC3543 Human Reproduction   4

Human Reproduction

4 Credit Hours

This course provides an understanding of the human reproductive system and the female breasts. It will also describe the normal function and structure of the reproductive system and the breast; the etiology, pathophysiology, clinical features diagnosis and principles of management of common reproductive and breast-related conditions as well as infections.

MEDC3524 Research Project   2

Research Project

2 Credit Hours

This is the final course in a series of three courses on Research Methods. In this course, the students will be involved in carrying out the research proposal submitted in MEDC2425. They will collect data, manage, and analyze the data, and finally interpret and discuss their results.

MEDC3525 Skin and Subcutaneous Tissue  2

Skin and Subcutaneous Tissue

2 Credit Hours

The course is designed to provide students with pathophysiological framework for explaining skin and connective tissue disorders. The course involves describing the structure and function of the integumentary system; the skin and related appendages (hair, nails, glands and mucous membrane), and the variety of mechanical, thermal and environmental impacts that affect dermal ageing process.

TOTAL   14
Semester 6
Code Course Credits
MEDC3631 ‘Comprehensive Course’   3

‘Comprehensive Course’

3 Credit Hours

This course will integrate the knowledge of fundamentals of pathophysiology of disease with the case-based teaching of the diseases of systems. Through illustrative clinical presentations it will provide horizontal and vertical integration of knowledge demonstrating the complexity of diseases that affect multiple systems either through the pathology of a primary disease and its complications or through co-existence of multiple diseases.

MEDC3632 Endocrine system   3

Endocrine system

3 Credit Hours

This course involves learning about the nomenclature of endocrine glands and their hormones; the hormones’ sites of biosynthesis, mechanism of action, and metabolism; their impact on overall body physiology and metabolism; and disease states resulting from various endocrine disorders. The focus will be on the pathophysiology of endocrine dysfunction.

MEDC3613 Foundations of Clinical Medicine 4   1

Foundations of Clinical Medicine 4

1 Credit Hour

This course involves learning the skills of history taking and physical examination related to the organ systems tackled in the semester.

MEDC3634 Mind and Behavior   3

Mind and Behavior

3 Credit Hours

Students will be introduced to psychological and sociological models of behavior, and how these relate to the experience and response to illness in an individual or social/cultural group. They will gain an understanding of the importance of psychosocial factors in health and wellbeing and how these may influence the effectiveness of proposed treatments. Students will learn how to analyze behavioral determinants of illness, especially as applied to substance abuse, self-harm and eating disorders.

MEDC3635 Musculoskeletal System   3

Musculoskeletal System

3 Credit Hours

This course, together with other organ-system courses in this phase (phase 2), prepares the learner for clinical clerkships in the next phase (phase 3) of the program. The course illustrates pathophysiologic mechanisms of musculoskeletal disorders by addressing developmental, degenerative, infectious and inflammatory conditions of joints, muscles, tendons, and bone in both adults and children. The course introduces the student to basic knowledge and skills in the field of musculoskeletal medicine in order to address diagnostic and therapeutic questions in patient care.

MEDC3656 Neurosciences  5

Neurosciences

5 Credit Hours

This course is an integrated neuroanatomy, neurophysiology, neuroradiology, neuropathology and neuropharmacology course covering normal and disturbed function. It includes study of the central and peripheral nervous systems, sensory, autonomic and motor neuroscience, special senses and provides a broad exposure to the pathophysiology of nervous system disorders, as well as signs and symptoms of neurological disorders.

TOTAL   18
*Courses run over two semesters. Semesters are numbered according to their sequence in the 6-year program.

Phase 3

During the fourth and fifth years you gain further experience in a range of surgical and medical disciplines. Training in a range of specialities offers an opportunity for you to consolidate and advance your clinical skills and enhance your clinical and related knowledge. In fifth year you have the opportunity to undertake an assistantship, during which you complete the range of tasks undertaken by a Foundation Doctor. Teaching and learning in ethics, communication, teamwork, and related behavioural science is embedded throughout the curriculum.

PHASE 3 - CLINICAL SCIENCES (120 WEEKS) (YEARS 4-6)
Year 4 Family Medicine (including dermatology), Behavioral Medicine, Internal Medicine, General Surgery and Pediatrics, Healthcare management. 40 weeks
Breaks and Exams 12 weeks
Year 5 Surgery, Subspecialties (Ophthalmology, Radiology, Anaethesia, ENT) Emergency med, Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation, Medicine (including geriatrics) , Pediatrics (including neonatology), ObGyn 32 weeks
Electives 8 weeks
Breaks and exams 12 weeks
Year 6 Medicine, Surgery, Pediatrics, Elective. 48 weeks
Breaks 4 weeks

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