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development for the School, as it is the
first in the Gulf Region. The University
also hosted the inaugural Bahrain
National Nurses Day in May 2015. MSc
Nursing is a key programme within the
School and has graduated 68 students
since 2010. In addition, two MSc
programmes of RCSI Bahrain graduates
have been hosted by the Al Jawhara
Centre at the Arabian Gulf University.
School of Postgraduate Studies and
In 2015, Professor Davinder Sandhu, a
former Postgraduate Dean of Severn
Deanery and Professor of Medical
Education University of Bristol, UK, was
appointed as the Head of School of
Postgraduate Studies and Research an
important senior appointment for the
School. SBI Pharmaceuticals also funded
three Research Fellows in 2015, to work
on projects between RCSI, SBI and King
Hamad University Hospital (KHUH) in
Professional Development Unit
Since its inception a year ago, the
Professional Development Unit (PDU)
has offered staff at RCSI Bahrain the
opportunity to take part in more than
60 training activities, representing the
most significant increase in professional
development activities since the
establishment of RCSI Bahrain. The PDU
has provided funding for 15 staff to
further their education, another 15 have
been funded to assist them to participate
in, and present their research at
conferences, while training programmes
were made available for nearly 100
members of staff.
The PDU held an inspirational series
of talks, where speakers like Ms Julie
Sprakel, breast cancer survivor, Ms Raha
Moharrak, the first Arabian Ambassador
for Innovation, and Dr Mariam Mater,
Founder and Chairman of UAE Genetic
Disease Association, shared their stories.
Community engagement
To date, RCSI Bahrain registered
volunteers have provided 6,238 hours
worth of community engagement since
the Community Engagement Volunteer
Programme was set up in 2012.
The paediatric diabetes mobile unit a
collaborative project between Bahrain
Diabetes Society and the Rotary Club
of Manama has seen the University's
nursing students educate 1,014 children
from 17 different schools this year,
bringing the total number to 2,222
children since the unit started its
operations. The University's bi-annual
blood donation drive, in collaboration
with the Central Blood Bank of Bahrain,
was another major achievement, with
over 100 units of blood donated this year.
The University also donated a significant
amount to charities again this year,
including the Bahrain Red Crescent's Toy
Drive for displaced children in Syria, and
a new clothing appeal for the Nepalese
earthquake victims. The launch of the
Community Engagement Health Call for
Action video, sees specific health issues
addressed, relevant to the region. The
videos, which are in Arabic, will support
community and health developments.
The first video on `Hands-only CPR' was
launched this year, and is being featured
on Gulf Air (Bahrain's National Carrier)
flights, through its onboard health
In recognition of the extensive work
carried out by University volunteers, RCSI
Bahrain presented an annual achievement
award to a community engagement
scholar from India.
Extracurricular activities
Located adjacent to the main campus
building, RCSI Bahrain's newly-
renovated Sport's and Recreation
Centre (SRC) features an abundance
of modern facilities including a 900m
multi-purpose hall, with provision for
basketball, indoor football, volleyball and
badminton. Alongside the SRC is the
newly opened, synthetic outdoor sports
pitch, which caters for both recreational
and competitive sport. This new Centre
is a popular addition to the University
Since its inception in 2011, Perdana
University (PU) has steadily built
momentum academically, offering a five-
year undergraduate medical education
programme and training designed to
ensure students broaden their medical
knowledge and gain experience and
training in community and hospital care.
The University's two inaugural medical
programmes: the Doctor of Medicine,
offered through the Graduate School of
Medicine, and the Bachelor of Medicine,
conducted by the Perdana University-
RCSI (PU-RCSI) School of Medicine,
showcased PU as a new educational
centre for medical excellence for both
local and international students. The
Doctor of Medicine was unique at the
time as it was the first graduate entry
medical programme in Malaysia. Four
years later, the University welcomed
another significant milestone, as its first
group of Senior Cycle 1 students entered
their final year (the Cycle is two years
long) in September, 2015.
The appointment of Professor David
Adams as Dean of PU-RCSI was another
important development for the University.
Professor Adams is the former Professor
of Hepatology, Pro-Vice-Chancellor,
Head of College of Medical and Dental
Sciences and Dean of Medicine at
University of Birmingham, UK.
Student academic success
Student enrolment continues steadily to
progress at PU-RCSI, with 63 students
enrolled the Class of 2019. PU-RCSI
students distinguished themselves during
their Intermediate and Junior Cycle
Examinations, with an outstanding 29 first
class honours' results. The Senior Cycle
1 students also underwent successful,
clinical attachments in Hospital Kuala
Lumpur and Hospital Tuanku Ja'afar,
At the prestigious White Coat Ceremony
held this year, where PU-RCSI Chancellor,
YA Bhg Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad
presented his address, The Past, Present
and Future of Healthcare Education,
Professor Sameer Otoom, President of RCSI Bahrain,
speaking at the 10 year anniversary celebrations.