Education is one of the pillars that supports the positioning of SSMC as a Destination Medical Center with unique integrated medical expertise supported by education and research to constantly learn and innovate to meet the needs of the patients. Established in 2021, the Education division is responsible for the delivery of medical education, including clinical, nursing, health science, and professional development. Its goals include providing the highest quality of medical education, training, coaching, and mentoring to our current and future workforce while enhancing the organization’s ability to deliver a category of one service and best outcomes.__SPLIT__

SSMC’s strategy is for education to liaise with Practice and Research to ensure excellence in educational service while continuously striving to meet the needs of our patients and upskilling our staff. In addition, the Education division collaborates with institutions of higher education in Emirate of Abu Dhabi, the UAE, regionally and internationally to develop best educational programs that meet the needs of the organization.

SSMC is committed to introducing significant enhancements to the medical education sector by redesigning training programs for nursing, health sciences, medical students, residency, fellowship, and our own staff to meet the challenges of a rapidly evolving health care delivery system and be the propeller of the practice.

The Education division plays a leading role creating the workforce of the future in Abu Dhabi. Enhancing education at all levels of the organization, irrespective of the function or the role and responsibilities of the learners, ultimately enhances the quality of care and patient outcomes. The Education division is aligned with SSMC strategic vision to cure, connect, and transform regionally while sharing knowledge and getting closer to our patients.

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The Education division shares the aspiration of SSMC to provide educational programs which are:

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Patient-centric and team-based

developing a curriculum that ensures our graduates are respectful of and responsive to individual patient needs while living the SSMC values that guide all clinical decisions, especially our primary value of meeting the needs of our patients.

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educating our learners to apply scientific knowledge and evidence-based medicine in their practice while being guided by innovation and research to help find innovative solution to unmet patient needs.

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providing education that does not vary in quality because of personal characteristics such as gender, ethnicity, geographic location and socioeconomic status.

Guiding Principles

  • Improve patient-centered care by enhancing teaching expertise and learning experiences
  • Ensure equitable access to platforms, services and centers that support educational excellence
  • Fostering an environment that promotes excellence in educational research
  • Integrate effective and appropriate technologies that complement current teaching strategies
  • Develop our capacity to enable individual and collective leadership and innovation
  • Cultivate a supportive learning environment for learners and faculty members


Train the next generation of physicians and allied health leaders



To become the medical education destination center in the UAE and the region


Message from Dean of Education

Welcome to the Education Division of the Sheikh Shakhbout Medical City (SSMC)

We are thrilled to have you visit our website and explore the dynamic and enriching opportunities we offer. At SSMC, we are dedicated to fostering a culture of continuous learning, innovation, and excellence in healthcare education. Our programs are designed to equip healthcare professionals with the knowledge, skills, and compassion needed to excel in their fields and make a positive impact on patient care.

Our Education Division comprises five centers of healthcare education, including the center for Graduate Medical Education, the center for Medical Student Education, the center for Workforce and Professional Development, the center for Health Sciences, and the center for Nursing Education. The division is led by an appointed Dean of Education, five Associate Deans, three Medical Directors, and a structured and integrated network of administrators and residency coordinators.

Whether you are a current student, a prospective learner, or a member of the healthcare community, you will find a supportive and inspiring environment here at SSMC. Our state-of-the-art simulation center, cutting-edge research initiatives, and comprehensive residency and fellowship programs are just a few of the many resources available to you.

We invite you to join us on this exciting journey of learning and discovery. Together, we can achieve new heights in education and contribute to the advancement of healthcare in our community and beyond.

Warm regards,

Dr. Abdulkarim Medhat Saleh

Acting Dean of Education

Education Leadership


Dr. Abdulkarim Medhat Saleh

Acting Dean of Education

Dr. Ibrahim Ahmed Alkuwaiti

Education Director

Dr. Abdulmajeed Brek Al Zubaidi

Associate Dean, Workforce and Professional Development Center

Dr. Isam Salih

Associate Dean, Medical Student Education Center

Dr. Seema El Khider Nour

Associate Dean, Health Sciences Education Center

Zahra Mohamed A Mohamed

Associate Dean, Nursing Education Center

Dr. Junaid Muhib Khan

Director, CME Center

Dr. Yara Al Jalbout

Acting Director, Center of Innovation and Medical Simulation
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