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Progress follows Detroit Medical Center Children’s Hospital of Michigan and Umm Al Qura University agreement

The Detroit Medical Center and the Children’s Hospital of Michigan is currently hosting 13 Saudi Arabia medical students from Umm Al Qura University who are learning through observation throughout the hospital’s Orthopedic, Surgical, Internal Medicine, and Radiology Departments. Additionally, the hospital welcomes Ammar Abdulaziz Khayat, MD, also from Umm-Al-Qura University, to its fall pediatric residency program in September.

Efforts to place these gifted young students have resulted from a joint collaboration between the US office of Umm Al Qura University under the direction of Dr. Fouad Beydoun, Vice Chairman Harper Hospital, Detroit Medical Center and Advisor; International Board of Advisors, Ministry of Health, Saudi Arabia and Dr. Abdulaziz Alkhotani, MD, Dean Faculty of Medicine at Umm Al Qura University, Mecca, Saudi Arabia.

The students and resident are part of agreements developed following separate visits to the hospital by a delegation of Umm Al Qura University Deans and a delegation including His Excellency Abdullah Al Rabeeah, MD, FRCSC, Health Minister of Saudi Arabia.

“These talented young students are eager to learn and have come to the finest center of medical excellence in the country, “said Dr. Fouad Beydoun, Vice Chairman, Harper Hospital. “We are encouraged by the opportunity to form alliances on a global scale and create partnerships to benefit both institutions.”

In May Dr. Al Rabeeah, at the invitation of Children’s Hospital of Michigan President Herman Gray, MD, and Dr. Beydoun, served as keynote speaker for the hospital’s 53rd Annual Clinic Days medical conference, toured the hospital, and saw the hospital’s pediatric intensive care transport system — the state’s only full service ground and air transport system solely dedicated to neonatal and pediatric populations. Following that visit an agreement formed between the hospital and Saudi Arabia to exchange technology, students and medical workers.

Students expressed their gratitude for the resources made available during this month long observership. The experiential training provided a clear advantage to increase their academic goals. Several where quick to express an eagerness to return for extended studies as the partnership exchange expands. Of equal note, the staff and Doctors who participated remarked of the superior training the students have received from their university. They came highly motivated and where an excellent example of well schooled academics.

“We are pleased to host these promising medical minds as part of this international exchange of resources between the two countries,” says Herman Gray, MD, president, Children’s Hospital of Michigan. “It’s a great opportunity for us to learn from each other, and it is our hope this partnership will continue to flourish.”

About the Children’s Hospital of Michigan
Founded more than 120 years ago, Children’s Hospital of Michigan is the first and only hospital in the state dedicated exclusively to the treatment of children. A leader internationally in neurology and neurosurgery, cardiology, oncology, and diagnostic services, it is ranked one of America’s best hospitals for children. More Michigan pediatricians are trained at the Children’s Hospital of Michigan than in any other facility. Children’s Hospital of Michigan is one of nine hospitals operated by the Detroit Medical Center (DMC). The DMC is proud to be the Official Health care Services Provider of the Detroit Tigers, Detroit Red Wings and Detroit Pistons.

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Fatima Malik
Umm Al Qura University USA
Detroit, MI 48201
+1 313-745-2237
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fmalik(at)dmc(dot)org

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