4-Year MD Program


The Doctor of Medicine (MD) Program is accredited by the Commission for Academic Accreditation (CAA), Ministry of Education, United Arab Emirates. The outcome competencies of the program are benchmarked with internationally known competency frameworks including the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) and have been adapted to the cultural context of the Arabian Gulf region.

The graduate-entry Doctor of Medicine (MD) Program is a 4-year competency-based program with a total of 152 credits. This program is suitable for students who have completed a four-year bachelor’s degree and fulfills the admission criteria for the four-year MD program.

The program is organized in two inter-related phases, each of two years duration with critical points or “Gates” at the end of each phase. The eligibility of students’ progression to the next phase will be checked at the gates.

Each phase will have specific “Phase Learning Outcomes” which are milestones towards the Program Learning Outcomes:

  • Phase of‘Core Medical Sciences’ (Years 1 & 2)
  • Phase of ‘Transition to Practice’(Years 3 & 4)

After the successful completion of the Phase of “Transition to Practice” requirements, they graduate with a MD degree.


The duration of the graduate-entry MD program is 4 years, and the curriculum is organized in an organ-system based sequence integrating biomedical sciences, clinical sciences, social/behavioral sciences and patient-care skills. The curriculum is designed to develop a culture of teamwork, scientific enquiry and lifelong learning in the students which are essential for the effective practice of medicine.

The pedagogy used in the MD program includes diverse teaching/learning methods to cater to different learning styles of a culturally diverse group of students.  More small-group and active learning strategies like Student-led Seminars (SLS), Problem-based Learning (PBL), Team-based Learning (TBL), Virtual-patient Learning (VPL) etc. are used. Early clinical exposure is the highlight of the MD program.

The curriculum is delivered in a number of different healthcare settings including ambulatory and inpatient care, primary health care, emergency, and community settings providing wide experience. Training in the state-of-the-art simulation set-up provides additional hands-on training during the pre-clinical years.

Assessments are of high standard and benchmarked internationally by students taking the International Foundation of Medicine (IFOM) Examination (Basic and Clinical Sciences) conducted by the National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME), USA.

Graduates are awarded the MD degree on successful completion of the 4-year program, attaining 152 credits and passing a comprehensive Exit Examination. The MD degree awarded by GMU is recognized by the Ministry of Health, UAE and all graduates are eligible to take the licensing exam in the country to be evaluated for independent practice.

Graduation requirements

The student will be commended for the award of the Doctor of Medicine (MD) program upon:

  • Being continuously enrolled in the program from admission to graduation
  • Having satisfied all conditions of his or her admission
  • Completing 152 credits of course work
  • Passing a Comprehensive Exit Exam with not less than 65%.


To pursue excellence in medical education, research and patient care to meet the evolving healthcare needs of the nation and the region.


The Mission of the MD Program is to:

  • Attract the best students and provide a unique learning experience through quality medical education
  • Produce socially accountable competent physicians who will make a significant contribution to the health of the community through evidence-based healthcare
  • Prepare medical graduates to pursue postgraduate training in any specialty of their choice and integrate advances in research in the delivery of quality patient-care.
  • Attract best faculty who can contribute to the quality of medical education and research.

Core Medical Sciences Phase: Years 1 & 2

In this phase, we introduce the students to the core up-to-date knowledge for practice and its application to patients and population care. Clinical Skills are mainly acquired in Skills Labs with regular encounters with real patients. This phase is organized around integrated organ-system modules.

Problem-Based Learning (PBL) using high-fidelity AI based simulated patients constitutes the primary strategy of learning and teaching. Lectures will be offered as resource sessions using TBL and flipped classrooms. Basic medical sciences, clinical sciences, population health, ethics and professionalism are integrated within the problems. The subjects studied include clinical and applied aspects of Anatomy, Physiology, Biochemistry, Pharmacology, Pathology, Microbiology, Immunology and Genetics. In addition, the following courses: Clinical Skills, Community Medicine, Epidemiology, Biostatistics, Research Methodology, Family Health, Evidence-based Medicine, and Behavioral Sciences are integrated and coordinated within the organ-system units. In the year 2, students spend 6 weeks in an integrated multisystem course preparing them for patient care in the hospital setting.

End-Phase Exam: By the end of Year 2, the students should successfully complete the ‘Core Medical Sciences’Phase requirements in order to progress to ‘Transition to Practice’ Phase and complete the four-year MD program. The students will take an international benchmark exam (IFOM Basic Medical Sciences Exam).

Transition to Practice Phase: (Clerkships) “Workplace-Based Learning”: Years 2 & 3

In this Phase, Students will rotate in different clerkships in order to ensure better exposure to the work environment, patients, and interaction with other healthcare professionals.

In year 3, students undergo clerkship rotations of 8 weeks each in Medicine, Surgery, Obstetrics & Gynecology, Pediatrics, and ENT/Eye. In year 4, they go through four rotations of 8 weeks each in Medicine and subspecialties, Surgery and subspecialties. Family Medicine and Psychiatry, Emergency Medicine and Critical care, and another 8 weeks of elective training/research.

Exit Exam: At the end of this Phase, students should successfully complete the Phase requirements and provide convincing evidence related to the Program Learning Outcomes and achievement of competence. The IFOM Clinical Sciences will be considered as the international benchmark. The student will graduate with MD degree.

The graduates are awarded the Doctor of Medicine (MD) degree on successful completion of the 4-year program and passing the comprehensive exit examination.

Credit Equivalence: The credit equivalence of the 4-Year Doctor of Medicine Program is 152 credits.


Study Plan


Admission Requirements for Graduate-entry 4-year MD program

  • The Applicant should possess a bachelor’s degree (Biomedical / Health / Life Sciences or equivalent) from an accredited college or university with:
    • Equivalency Certificate of the Baccalaureate degree from the Ministry of Education, UAE or Copy of WES Grading Evaluation Score Sheet
    • Cumulative GPA ­3.0 on a 4.0-point scale or equivalent on non-GPA grading systems
    • Core CGPA (Science courses) 3.0 on a 4.0-point scale or equivalent on non-GPA grading systems.
  • The Applicant must have proficiency in spoken and written English. The Applicant can fulfil the English proficiency requirement via the EmSAT or TOEFL or IELTS. TOEFL and IELTS test scores must be dated within two years of the year of enrolment.
    • EmSAT: Score of 1400 and above
    • TOEFL: Score of 90 on the iBT or higher
    • IELTS: Overall score 6.5 and higher with a score of no less than 6 on any individual band or module.
  • Courses taken during the undergraduate degree program should include elements of:
    • Chemistry and Biochemistry
    • Human Anatomy and Physiology
    • Microbiology, Immunology, and Basic Pathophysiology
    • Cell Biology, Genetics and Molecular Biology
    • Social, Behavioral Sciences and Public Health
    • Statistics and Logical Reasoning
  • Applicants will be required to pass the GMU Competency Assessment Test (GCAT) for the 4-year MD program which will include questions from the fields listed above.
  • Applicants who lack sufficient background in the above-mentioned subjects may register for the non-credit remedial courses offered by the University.
  • Preference shall be given to Applicant’s with Healthcare / Research / Community service experience.
  • Two Letters of Recommendation (LOR) from persons familiar with the Applicant’s academic aptitude and standing (Dean/Professor/Faculty) in the Bachelor program; one may be from a workplace.
  • All Applicants shall be subjected to an interview by the Admissions Committee to evaluate for cognitive and non-cognitive traits demonstrating their aptitude for the chosen area of study.
  • Applicants are required to apply on the admission portal with resume and a personal statement.
  • The decision of the Admission Committee shall be final and binding.

Upon graduation, the medical graduates can pursue further career in the field of clinical practice, research or academia. All graduates are eligible to take the licensing exam in the country to be evaluated for independent practice. Medical graduates can work as doctors in hospitals, medical institutions, private clinics, research centres, medical industry and insurance. Medical graduates can specialize in a variety of biomedical or clinical medical professions after completing a period of postgraduate training. Graduates interested in research and academia can pursue a PhD.