Destination Medicine, a health sciences career fair, was held on Sunday for Emirati students by Al Jalila Foundation, a global philanthropic charity dedicated to transforming lives through medical education and research, by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Ruler of Dubai and supported by Amana Healthcare, the GCC’s leading provider of advanced long-term care and post-acute inpatient rehabilitation. The event was held at the Mohammed Bin Rashid Academic Medical Center (MBR-AMC) at Dubai Healthcare City (DHCC).

The event, which hosted over 300 male and female Emirati students between the ages of 10 and 13, was designed to support the participants’ aspirations to enter health sciences careers through a range of age-appropriate activities and presentations.

Among the supporters of the event was Amana Healthcare, a specialized provider of long-term acute care, post-acute rehabilitation and home transition/respite services in the UAE. A team of health professionals from Amana – including a physical therapist, an occupational therapist, and a rehabilitation nurse – provided information to the youth on caring for patients after a stroke or brain injury and on related health professions such as rehabilitation medicine, physiotherapy, occupational therapy and speech therapy. Students were given hands-on training in rehabilitation techniques by completing a wheelchair mobility course, learning one-handed dressing techniques, and engaging in simulated sensory impairment exercises.  During the activities, the staff spoke with the youth about their role in helping people who have had a stroke or brain injury return to independent functioning.

“Amana Healthcare is delighted to support Al Jalila Foundation in its effort to encourage Emirati youth to choose careers in the health sciences,” said Magi Livadaris, VP of Clinical Operations at Amana Healthcare.  “Amana cares for numerous UAE National patients at its medical and rehabilitation hospitals in Abu Dhabi and Al Ain and is keen to promote Emiratization in healthcare disciplines as a way of strengthening the patient experience and creating a sustainable national workforce. Career development events such as those organized by Al Jalila Foundation play an important role in this process.”

“Al Jalila Foundation appreciates the support of Amana Healthcare,” said Dr Abdulkareem Sultan Al Olama, CEO of Al Jalila Foundation. “We have worked closely with the Amana team since the inception of the Foundation and are pleased to maintain this collaboration through shared initiatives including Amana Healthcare’s support of the Destination Medicine event.”

The Amana team also showcased pioneering rehabilitation technologies from their hospitals in Abu Dhabi and Al Ain such as VGo telepresence robots that are controlled using a simple interface that allows the operator to drive the robot and interact by video and audio with people in a remote location; Eye-Gaze devices that enable patients to control computers and/or communicate using only the power of their eyes; and PARO, an advanced interactive robot shaped like a baby seal that is used to reduce stress and increase comfort for patients with dementia or loss of cognitive function caused by stroke or traumatic brain injury.

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