The HCT’s Emergency Medical Services (EMS) students were honored for their hard work and dedication to the course at a special recognition ceremony held on December 4, at the HCT- Dubai Men’s Campus (DBM).
In addition to lauding the efforts of the EMS students, the inaugural Lifesaver Recognition Awards ceremony was an opportunity for the campus to recognize the support of industry partners, such as Dubai Corporation of Ambulance Services (DCAS), Rashid Hospital, GHQ, Abu Dhabi Police and the Civil Defense Authority, whose efforts ensure that the EMS graduates are always of the highest quality.
The ceremony was officiated by Dr Khaled Al Hammadi, DBM Director, Dr Muhadditha Al Hashimi, HCT Executive Dean of Health Sciences, and Dr Mohammed Hag-Ali, Associate Dean of Health Sciences and Chairman of the VC’s EMS Task Force. Guests of honour included HE Khalifa Bin Darrai, CEO of DCAS, Essa Al Gafari, DCAS Director of Support, Lieutenant Marwan Al Kaabi, Dubai Police Rescue, and Miss Zehra’ Al-Hilali, Regional Director of the American Heart Association.
A highlight of the ceremony was the taking of a “Paramedic Oath”, in both English and Arabic, by current students and graduates, in the presence of invited guests. The oath laid the foundation for creating an honest, trustworthy and hardworking practitioner who places the patient’s well-being before anything else.
The EMS students were honored with the presentation of AHA BLS for Healthcare Provider Certificates to all year-one students who successfully completed the course. In addition, students who achieved a GPA of greater than 3.0 received commendation certificates.
Current EMS students were also able to showcase their hands-on learning by participating in a practical simulation of a real-life emergency scenario. This was a practical opportunity to introduce prospective, new students to the Emergency Medical Services programme.
The event was also an opportunity to provide students and their families with information about the structure of the new and improved double-path Paramedic qualifications.
For the EMS students, the benefits of the programme were summed up by Semester-4 student Ayesha Albalooshi. “Some people spend their lives wondering if they made a difference. For us in the Emergency Medical Services, we do not have that problem,” she said.
Hamdah Alrajaby, a Semester-5 student, added: “You will never forget the first life you save.”
Jaco Naude, EMS faculty member was thrilled with the moving ceremony. “This was a very proud day for me. For the first time in the history of the programme the Paramedic oath was taken and I got to stand on stage with current students as well as past graduates and take the oath with them,” he said.