Al Jalila Children’s and Mohammed Bin Rashid University of Medicine and Health Sciences Graduates the First Cohort of the UAE’s First Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship Programme

Al Jalila Children’s Speciality Hospital, today announced the

graduation of the first cohort of its Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship

ProgammeProgram, the UAE’s first two-year training program for psychiatrists.

The program - run in academic partnership with Mohammed Bin Rashid University of

Medicine and Health Sciences (MBRU) and the only Saudi Board accredited

mental health fellowship program in the UAE - opened its door in January 2019.

Dr. Abdulla Al Khayat, Chief Executive Officer of Al Jalila Children’s said

“Congratulations to the graduates of the first Child & Adolescent Psychiatry

Fellowship Program fellowship program in UAE. Completing the first cycle of this

program is a testimonial that Al Jalila Children’s is living up to its mission of

developing its education portfolio and filling existing gaps to help advance paediatric

healthcare in the UAE. Being a part of Al Jalila Children’s Mental Health Center of

Excellence, the program has the unique advantage of being supervised by a well-

known team of internationally trained mental healthcare professionals from around

the world, delivering a comprehensive multidisciplinary specialized assessment.”

One in seven children and adolescents experience some form of mental illness. As

such, graduate or trained child and adolescent psychiatrists have an important role in

promoting their treatment and recovery.

The program’s clinical rotation experience and supervision focuses on developing

skills in diagnostic interviewing, case formulation, treatment planning, and

psychotherapeutic and pharmacological management in the context of a strong

knowledge base in child development, psychosocial factors, and familiarity with the

function and organization of health, education, and community support organization.

Professor Sulaiman AlEmran, Dean of Postgraduate Medical Education, Mohammed

Bin Rashid University of Medicine and Health Sciences (MBRU) said: “We are

pleased to graduate the first cohort of doctors from the Child and Adolescent

Psychiatry Fellowship Program at the beginning of 2021. Two years ago, Al Jalila

Children's Specialty Hospital and in partnership with MBRU received the Saudi

Commission for Health Specialties (SCFHS) accreditation as a training center for

Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, becoming the first and only center in the UAE to

provide structured training in this subspecialty. MBRU was recently awarded the full

institutional accreditation by the SCFHS, this provides an opportunity to MBRU and

its affiliate hospitals to offer healthcare specialty and subspecialties training

programs, giving health professionals in the country and the region the opportunity to

pursue structured training programs in distinguished centers.”

The graduates from the program are awarded with the Aadvanced Specialty Training

Certificate in this field subspecialty by the Saudi Commission of Healthcare


Professor Dr. Ayman bin Asaad Abdo, the Secretary General of the Saudi

Commission for Health Specialties (SCFHS) congratulated the first cohort of

graduates from the Saudi Board accredited Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

Fellowship Program and said that SCFHS and MBRU are deeply committed to the

development of healthcare professionals who are efficient in addressing the evolving

medical needs of the community. “I would like to congratulate the graduating

students doctors and I would like to wish them the very best on behalf of the SCFHS.

We are committed to creating and nurturing an integrated academic health system in

partnership with esteemed institutions like MBRU and are dedicated to the training of

healthcare professionals who can elevate medical care in their respective countries

and regions.”

The Program will begin accepting applications for its second cycle on 4th April and

closing date for submission is June 6, 2021. Applications can be submitted online at

Al Jalila Children's Specialty Hospital

Al Jaddaf - Dubai United Arab Emirates

800 AJCH (8002524)
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