Stu­dents de­scribe in­spi­ra­tion to en­ter med­i­cal pro­fes­sion

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By Shab­nam Bashiri A young woman in­spired by the doc­tors that treated two dy­ing rel­a­tives is among the first in­take of trainee medics at the Mo­hammed bin Rashid Univer­sity of Medicine and Health Sciences (MBRU).

Fifty-six med­i­cal stu­dents took the Hip­po­cratic oath this week and donned their white coats at the start of a six-year jour­ney to be­come doc­tors.

Among the class of 2022 was Ameera Al Ghafri, a 17-year-old Emi­rati, who said she felt com­pelled to study medicine af­ter watch­ing the treat­ment her rel­a­tives re­ceived.

She said: “I’ve had a cou­ple of fam­ily mem­bers in my life who have passed away re­cently.

“We spent a lot of time with them in the hos­pi­tal.

“One of my fam­ily mem­bers had lung can­cer and she was at the fi­nal stage.

“She could not talk. And ev­ery time we asked her to try to say our name or say hello she would not say any­thing. She would only talk to the doc­tor.

“I want to be that per­son who peo­ple can trust and peo­ple can talk to.”

Among her class­mates is Maryam Essa Al Obei­dli, 18, also Emi­rati, who said she was a sickly child, of­ten in and out of hos­pi­tal.

She said: “I’ve al­ways been fas­ci­nated by medicine and it was be­cause of my pae­di­a­tri­cian.

“I used to get sick a lot when I was a kid, and I needed in­jec­tions for throat in­fec­tions like An Eti­had Air­ways flight from Abu Dhabi to Syd­ney made an emer­gency land­ing af­ter re­turn­ing to the UAE air­port on Tues­day, Abu Dhabi Air­ports and the air­line con­firmed. Eti­had is­sued a state­ment con­firm­ing that emer­gency mea­sures were taken af­ter one of the air­craft’s en­gines failed. A spokesper­son said: “Eti­had Air­ways flight EY450 to Syd­ney re­turned to Abu Dhabi shortly af­ter take-off fol­low­ing the fail­ure of ton­sil­li­tis all the time. I only trusted him. “And he in­spired me to be­come a doc­tor.” Maryam wants to even­tu­ally be­come an on­col­o­gist, spe­cial­is­ing in can­cer treat­ment. Than­non Al­saeed, 17, an Iraqi who grew up in the UAE, (pic­tured left), is fol­low­ing al­most all of the men in his fam­ily into the in­dus­try. With six un­cles in the med­i­cal pro­fes­sion, he was ex­posed to the field from a young age. He said he is also glued to pro­grammes like Grey’s Anatomy and of­ten vis­its hos­pi­tals to gain an in­sight. He added: “This gave me a huge in­sight about what be­ing a doc­tor is and the more I grew older the more I re­alised this is what I want to do.” one of the air­craft’s en­gines. The pilots and cabin crew car­ried out the emer­gency pro­ce­dures be­fore land­ing which they

prac­tice reg­u­larly dur­ing rou­tine train­ing de­tails. The crew are to be com­mended for their calm pro­fes­sion­al­ism, The stu­dents are en­rolled on the Bach­e­lor of Medicine and Bach­e­lor of Surgery (MBBS) cour­ses. MBRU only opened its doors this year and the stu­dents are the first en­rolled on the cour­ses. Pro­fes­sor Alawi Al­sheikh-Ali, Dean of the Col­lege of Medicine, urged the stu­dents to “re­alise their new sta­tus and ad­mit them­selves to ex­cel­lency”. He said: “You are most priv­i­leged by be­ing in a pro­fes­sion that al­lows you to touch the lives of peo­ple.” He also told the class of 2022 sit­ting be­fore him: “With your priv­i­lege comes re­spon­si­bil­ity.” which en­sured a safe out­come for all our guests. The air­craft is un­der­go­ing cor­rec­tive main­te­nance ac­tion and an al­ter­na­tive air­craft op­er­ated the new ser­vice. “Ac­com­mo­da­tion was ar­ranged for the 329 pas­sen­gers who were re-booked onto later flights.” An Abu Dhabi Air­ports state­ment added: “Op­er­a­tions were stopped for a short time while the south­ern run­way was in­spected for de­bris, re­sult­ing in one flight be­ing di­verted to Shar­jah air­port and one to Al Ba­teen Ex­ec­u­tive Air­port. Op­er­a­tions re­sumed at 12.50pm.” A me­chanic at­tacked his room­mate with a metal bar af­ter the man tore his favourite plant out of the ground, a court has heard. The Bangladeshi, 36, has gone on trial ac­cused of as­sault over the incident, dur­ing which the fin­ger of the In­dian room­mate, 39, was bro­ken. Dubai Court of First In­stance heard the incident un­folded on June 16 of last year. Pros­e­cu­tors said the vic­tim, a car wash at­ten­dant, re­turned to his ac­com­mo­da­tion in Al Rashidiya and tore out the small tree that his flat­mate trea­sured. He gave no rea­son for do­ing so. The vic­tim tes­ti­fied: “I re­moved the tree and my room­mate ar­rived and hit me on the palm on my left hand with a metal bar. My hand was badly in­jured.” The sus­pect ad­mit­ted to the at­tack but told Judge Fa­had Al Shamsi no weapon was used. A ver­dict will be is­sued next month.

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