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SEHA, the Abu Dhabi Health Services Company, has announced an expansion of Muhakat, an initiative in line with the organization’s Emiratization programme. The Muhakat programme aims to reach out to Emirati youth and encourage them to take up healthcare as a career option through role shadowing and observation. The Muhakat initiative, first launched on Feb 12th 2012, has seen excellent response, and is on track to attract and train 200 UAE nationals this year from several high schools and universities. In view of its success, SEHA is now looking to get more education providers and healthcare providers to partner with the scheme.
The Muhakat programme sees students from institutes shadowing and observing SEHA healthcare professionals discharging their duties. Institutions participating in the 1st Muhakat session include. Sheikh Khalifa Medical City, Corniche Hospital and Al Mafraq Hospital, and the initiative is expected to expand to encompass other healthcare providers within the SEHA network shortly.
Explaining the idea behind Muhakat, Mohamed Al Quzmi, Human Resources Supervisor for SEHA said,”Muhakat is SEHA’s role shadow or simulation program. Role shadowing refers to a process where a person ‘shadows’ or observes someone in their work role for a defined period of time. It is the most effective way of gaining a skill or knowledge on a topic. For example, an interested student will observe a medical professional in a real work scenario to understand in detail the skills and requirements to excel in this job.”
Each day of the Muhakat program sees from each of the participating institutes assigned to experts whom they will observe in the discharge of daily duties. “The Muhakat simulation program will be an inspiration to talented Emirati students, helping to better understand the contribution of healthcare professionals in making our lives better. It will introduce the profession of healthcare to young minds wanting to make a positive difference to the nation’s future, and will hopefully be their first step towards a rewarding career in healthcare,” added Al Quzmi. “We are currently working to improve the programme’s capacity so that it can foster a bigger number of potential healthcare professionals in coming years, and facilitate sustainable succession planning and excellence in healthcare for the Emirate of Abu Dhabi.”
Muhakat is part of SEHA’s ongoing Emiratization programme under the message “Let’s Keep Abu Dhabi Smiling”. The inspirational message has been successful in attracting Emirati talent to a career in healthcare across the SEHA HealthSystem in Abu Dhabi.
The Muhakat programme is planning for expansion in subsequent years by including a larger intake of UAE national students from a wider spectrum of universities and academic institutions.