Yousef Al Otaiba Signs Agreement with Pediatric Health Partner
United Arab Emirates Ambassador to the United States Yousef Al Otaiba signed an agreement with Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). The agreement signifies that children in the UAE will receive expert-quality care from CHOP. Ties between the hospital and UAE go back to 2010, when the UAE was the first client of CHOP’s global medicine department.
Ambassador Al Otaiba expressed his gratitude for this agreement: “CHOP offers an outstanding commitment to pediatric healthcare and provides high-quality services to patient families throughout the UAE. Today, we recognize CHOP as a pediatric health partner within our embassy and are thrilled to announce that the hospital will welcome the first UAE National Emirati into its residency program in July 2018.”
CHOP’s long-standing relationship with the UAE was furthered by the memorandum of understanding (MOU) the hospital signed with the Ministry of Health and Prevention of the United Arab Emirates (MOHAP) in October 2017. This MOU outlined how a pediatric specialty consultation program will begin to offer educational and clinical services in MOHAP hospitals. Agreements like the most recent MOU are beneficial for the UAE in terms of medical services.
In addition to the agreement signed by Mr. Al Otaiba, both the Ambassador and CHOP have a commitment bringing one UAE citizen in residency to the United States each year. This way, the resident can obtain their fellowship while in the United States and bring their skills and experience back to the UAE to benefit patients.
So far, nine residents in the northern UAE are licensed through CHOP. Not only are they putting their skills to use, but they are also working closely with other Emirati medical professionals who aren’t licensed through CHOP. This means more UAE physicians will obtain exposure to US-taught medical specialists.
The agreement will open new doors for both UAE and US patients, physicians and citizens in terms of care and research. Mr. Al Otaiba will continue to welcome new opportunities for strengthening the UAE-US relationship through collaborations such as this.