The medical and health studies nowadays considered as repellent specialties, only few students join them that has affected negatively in the health sector level services and the number of the national medical cadres in the UAE. When we searched about this phenomenon we found that the reasons are referenced to the different stages of the student’s life.
In the childhood the kid dreams to be a doctor so why these dreams are goes with wind. Today the percentage of non-citizens doctors in the UAE is 95%! That’s why patients have to travel abroad to get medication by millions of Dirhams! What are the weaknesses points that make the national students alienate from studying medicine?
Is it a weakness in the school curriculums? Or lack of motivations? Or it’s all about interests? The medicine career nowadays is not so feasible; the student should study so hard for long years more than other specialties. The medicine also required continuous acquaintance, travelling and shifts. In addition to the low salaries. “Al Khaleej” newspaper has met a group of doctors and students who talk about this case.
Dr.Hatem Al Ameri said: “it is noticeable that in the last years the students became less willingless to study scientific disciplines in the form in which they were in the previous.” Dr.Jalaa Taher said: “the work environment in the medical field is not encouraging for the student, I have five daughters and I don’t encourage any of them to study medicine because it is so tiring and needs from the doctor to be always up to date.
The promotions in the medical sector is not easy and the doctor will not get any promotion unless he makes master and doctorate degree.” Dr. Salem Awaad thinks that the universities are responsible because they did not motivate students enough to study medicine, the – as he said – motivate them to study other specialties more. He thinks also that people do not trust the national doctors. Furthermore the reward from the work does not equivalent the effort.
He said: “I tried to persuade my sons to choose the medical career but they did not. One of them insists to study IT and when he graduated he had employed in a government institution. But I still hope that my youngest son may choose my career” On the other hand, Dr. Ptafia Mohamed Nour said: “I
have graduated since years and I did not get a good job. There are no enough work opportunity for the doctors”
She has mentioned that the Health ministry in Dubai prevents doctors from working in private clinics directly after graduation and the public clinics cannot provide enough vacancies. The medical student should travel abroad to study and get more certificates. Raneem Mohamed ( student ) said that she did not choose medicine because it is the most difficult specialty and it requires many years of studying. Even the reward from being a doctor equal the reward the other specialties.
Lana Mohamed said that the fees which are more than 100 000 AED prevents her from studying medicine. She has mentioned that she lives in Abu Dhabi and there is no medicine in the city unless in Al Ain. She worked hard to get high marks in the high school and she got 95% and she got TOFEL but the few number of universities that provides medicine and the high fees makes her dream nothing. Huda Ismaeel (biology teacher) mentioned that the medical field is last choice for the students because they think that it is so tiring.
Khalid Mohamed (student) avers that he dreams to be a doctor but there are a lot of trammels. He should get over 97% to get a scholarship either in UAEU our University of Sharjah and He has to pass in TOFEL or ILETS then he should study for more than six years after all that he should travel abroad to specialize. However his salary will be the same if he studied IT! AlKaleej newspaper.
Translated by: Elzahra Mohamed