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several other postgraduate programmes
are in the pipeline.
The second successful annual PMC
Research Day was held which included
undergraduate and staff oral and poster
presentations, a distinguished guest
lecture and a mini-symposium. The
distinguished guest lecture, Future
Healthcare Personal & Connected,
was delivered by Professor Desmond
Fitzgerald, Principal, College of Health
Sciences, UCD. A mini-symposium on
Chelation Therapy for Iron Overload
in Thalassaemic Patients: A Southeast
Asian Challenge, reflecting local research
interest, also featured.
As the coordinating centre for Cochrane
Malaysia, PMC organised a three-day
workshop on Developing a Protocol
for a Cochrane Systematic Review in
November 2015 and hosted a half-day
workshop on an Introduction to Writing a
Cochrane Review in May 2015.
Senior appointments
Associate Professor Finian O'Brien was
appointed as Head of the Department of
Psychiatry in February 2015, taking over
from Professor Vincent Russell. Other
new appointments include: Dr Chan Mei
Wai, Lecturer in Family Medicine, Dr
Mohammad Mostaque Hossain Ansari,
Senior Lecturer in Public Health and
Dr Siti Fatimah Binti Kader Maideen,
Lecturer in Public Health.
This year, RCSI Dubai graduated 69
students; 41 graduates were conferred
with an MSc in Healthcare Management,
22 with an MSc in Quality and Safety
in Healthcare Management and six
were conferred with a Postgraduate
Diploma. The ceremony took place at
the prestigious Mohammed Bin Rashid
Academic Medical Center in Dubai and
graduates were presented with their
certificates by H.E. Sheikh Mansoor Bin
Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum.
Graduates from RCSI Dubai represent a
broad spectrum of health professionals
and include doctors, nurses, health
managers, pharmacists and lab
technicians who come from a wide
variety of public and private health sector
organisations. Many of the graduates
of these programmes are now in senior
positions in the health services, not only
of the UAE, but throughout the Middle
Eastern region.
Executive leadership
This year, RCSI-Dubai, in partnership
with Dubai Healthcare City launched a
highly successful and innovative Executive
Leadership for Women program.
Thirty senior women from a variety of
countries and backgrounds participated
in a dynamic two days of executive
development led by Dr Mary Collins and
Dr Pauline Connolly. A highlight of the
program was the two guest speakers:
H.E. Raja Al Gurg, one of the foremost
business women in the UAE; and Dr
Houiya Kazim, the first female surgeon
in the UAE. Following the success of this
programme, the Institute is developing
a new MSc in Executive Leadership.
Subject to UAE Government approval,
it is anticipated that this programme will
commence in Dubai in September 2016
Professor Amir Khir, President, CEO and Dean at PMC (left) shows Chief Minister of Penang Lim Guan Eng
(right) around the new PMC Satellite Clinical Skills and Education Centre during the Centre's official opening.
Pictured at the RCSI Dubai Conferring H.E. is Sheikh Mansoor Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum pre-
senting a Masters certificate to Nassrin Samir Majbour.
Many of the
graduates of these
programmes are now
in senior positions in
the health services.