Education is one of the three shields that supports the positioning of SSMC as a Destination Medical Center with unique integrated medical expertise supported by education and research to constantly learn, innovate to meet the needs of the patients. Established in 2021, the Education shield 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 shield 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 shield 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 shield 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 shield 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

Education Leadership


Dr. Rola K. Alhayek

Education Director

Dr. Seema El Khider Nour

Associate Dean, Health Sciences Education Center

Zahra Mohamed A Mohamed

Associate Dean, Nursing Education Center

Dr. Abdulkarim Medhat Saleh

Acting Dean, Graduate Medical Education Center

Dr. Isam Salih

Associate Dean, Graduate Medical Education Center

Dr. Abdulmajeed Brek Al Zubaidi

Associate Dean, Workforce and Professional Development Center

Dr. Junaid Muhib Khan

Director, CME Center

Dr. Ibrahim Ahmed Alkuwaiti

Director, Staff Development Center