USSaudiForum - Panel 5 - Jeffrey Akman - Creating the Workforce for the Future


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The 3rd US-Saudi Business Opportunities Forum was held Sep 16-18, 2013, bringing together officials, business people, educators and specialists highlighting the U.S.-Saudi trade relationship and how U.S. companies can participate in Saudi Arabia's expansion.

Saudi Arabia is undergoing an extraordinary economic boom. Massive public investment, rapid private-sector growth and new sector initiatives are driving an expansion projected to offer more than $1 trillion in trade and investment opportunities over the next decade.

This panel of distinguished experts highlighted higher education and creating the workforce for the future.

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USSaudiForum - Panel 5 - Jeffrey Akman - Creating the Workforce for the Future

  1. 1. GW and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia A Longstanding Partnership Training Saudi Arabian Medical Leaders
  2. 2. About GW  The George Washington University created by an Act of Congress in 1821  In the heart of our nation's capital, just steps from the White House, the World Bank, and the Saudi Arabian Embassy  GW enrolls an internationally diverse population of undergraduate, graduate and professional students from all 50 states, the District of Columbia and more than 130 countries  GW offers comprehensive programs of undergraduate and graduate liberal arts study, as well as degree programs in medicine, public health, law, engineering, education, business and international affairs  All of these programs are offered in partnership with Saudi Arabia
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  8. 8. About GW SMHS  At nearly two centuries old, SMHS is the 11th oldest medical school in the country and the first in the nation’s capital  State-of-the-art facilities and world-renowned faculty  Graduates are well-trained, compassionate health care professionals who will create the future of health care  Top-tier residency programs  Extensive on-going collaboration with government, non-governmental, humanitarian organizations in Washington, D.C., and abroad  Manages more than 100 partnerships in over 70 countries
  9. 9. GW/Saudi Arabia: A 20-Year History The George Washington University – an established partner for Saudi Arabia 1993 – A Letter of Agreement enabled a robust collaboration with the Embassy of Saudi Arabia that involved nine different educational and training programs. 1994 – The first Saudi Arabian medical students came to GW. 1995 – The first Saudi Arabian residents graduated from the GW residency program. Today, GW offers Saudi Arabian residents training in a wide range of medical specialties. 1997 – The International M.D. Program was formalized. Thus far, GW has graduated 21 Saudi physicians through this program. 2008 – The Saudi Arabian Cultural Mission (SACM) and GW partnered to promote the advancement of medical education and training to Saudi nationals. GW was the first program of this type in Saudi Arabia, and has served as a model for partnerships with other medical institutions. 2009 – An agreement was signed with the SACM, allocating dedicated positions for Saudi Arabian medical students to participate in international clinical rotations at GW. 2012 – A Medical Research Fellowship Program was established.
  10. 10. GW/Saudi Arabia Medical Education Programs Throughout GW’s relationship with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the following programs have been established:  International M.D. Program  International Residencies and Fellowships  Medical Research Fellowship Program  International Observership Program  International Clinical Rotations for Medical Students  Continuing Medical Education for Saudi Faculty  Medical student summer enrichment program (in development)  Undergraduate counseling, advisement, and preparation (in development)
  11. 11. GW/Saudi Arabia Medical Education Programs Residency Programs  Cardiology  Critical Care  Emergency Medicine  Endocrinology  Internal Medicine  Neurology  Pathology  Pediatrics  Pulmonary & Critical Care  Radiology/Interventional  Surgery Research Fellowship Programs  Anesthesiology  Dermatology  Emergency Medicine  Endocrinology  Genomic Medicine  Geriatrics  Internal Medicine  Interventional Cardiology  Interventional Radiology  Neurology  Obstetrics/Gynecology  Ophthalmology  Orthopedics  Pathology  Pediatrics  Pharmacology  Psychiatry  Surgery
  12. 12. GW/Saudi Arabia: A Valued Partnership  Identifies and meets the needs of both partners  Exchanges knowledge  Enhances cultural awareness  Provides Saudi Arabian medical school graduates with enhanced opportunities to obtain medical residencies in the United States  Builds a more diverse and highly-trained Saudi medical workforce, further strengthening the healthcare system in the Kingdom  Provides leadership opportunities for GW and Saudi physicians and students  Fulfills our GW mission of improving the health and well-being of local, national, and global communities
  13. 13. Saudi Arabian Affiliates  Embassy of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia  Saudi Arabian Cultural Mission  Ministry of Higher Education  King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Center  ARAMCO  Riyadh Military Hospital  Al-Imam Muhammad Ibn Saud Islamic University  Arab Medical Dar  Jazan University  Saad Specialist Hospital
  14. 14. Saudi Sponsoring Institutions Al Baha University, Al Baha Alfaisal University, Riyadh Dammam University, Dammam Jazan University, Jazan King Abdulaziz University, Jeddah King Fahad Medical City, Riyadh King Fahad Specialist Hospital, Dammam King Saud University, Riyadh Ministry of Higher Education, Riyadh Northern Borders University, Arar Prince Sultan Cardiac Center, Riyadh Qassim University, Buraydah Taibah University, Al Madinah Umm Al-Qura University, Makkah University of Tabuk, Tabuk
  15. 15. Partnership – Shukran!