According to Dr H Tom Aretz, HMI vice president for medical education, the program's first year will see the participation of Harvard-affiliated institutions including Massachusetts General Hospital, Brigham and Women's Hospital, B I Deaconess Medical Centre, Children's Hospital, Dana-Faber Cancer Institute and Joslin Diabetes Centre.
In the future, additional institutions and international HMI partners will also participate in the programme.A major strength of this programme is the breadth and diversity of more than 8,500 members of the faculty of Harvard Medical School
and the affiliated teaching institutions. ‘‘The HMI-DHCC Postgraduate Medical Education Program provides physicians from the Gulf region with a unique opportunity to interact with eminent scientists and physicians within the Harvard community," says Dr Aretz. ‘‘The program's three pathways to professional development are designed to help the trainees acquire knowledge in a variety of learning environments." Al Shamsi points out that the programme is a key element of DHCC
's efforts to make Dubai a regional leader in medical education. ‘‘The physicians and researchers who train in this programme will form the core of a more highly trained, up-to-date healthcare community in the Gulf region," he
says. ‘‘Their learning will complement and strengthen clinical services at DHCC and, ultimately, benefit patients."