Seven Health Information Management and Social Work students from the HCT-Abu Dhabi Women’s campus (ADW) visited the Rosenheim University of Applied Sciences in Bavaria, Germany, where they were immersed in the university’s Applied Sciences Management programme.
ADW students were Khulood AlMaskari, Magnum AlNuaimi, Fatima AlHarbi, Sarah AlMaskri, Maitha AlKendi, Shaima AlAmeri and Fatima Saleh.
The trip, organized by Daman the National Health Insurance Company, aimed to expose students to other healthcare systems outside the Middle East which rely on a consumer-orientated health insurance approach, as in Abu Dhabi.
The students were hosted by the University’s Prof. Dr. Franz Benstetter, who is renown worldwide for his in-depth knowledge and expertise in social insurance and health economics. He is often consulted by the German Government on healthcare legislation. In addition to his academic standing, Prof. Dr. Benstetter has extensive professional experience in the field, and was previously employed by Munich Re, one of the world’s leading reinsurers. It is also Daman’s reinsurer and one of its shareholders.
The week-long programme provided students with a range of lectures about Strategic Pharmaceutical Management, Managed Care including Disease Management and Integrated Care and International and German Health Care and systems.
The students were particularly impressed with the Creative Techniques and Innovative Business Models class and would like to share these ideas within their Health classes at HCT. Other highlights were the talk by Dr Daniel Drexler, who is actively involved in the mental health of refugee children, and a visit to the Schönklinik Vogtareuth where there is a special care unit for severely afflicted patients from the Middle East. The students were surprised to see a HAAD office at the facility and were amazed at the advanced technologies and procedures that they do, particularly in epilepsy monitoring and surgery in neuropediatrics.
Prof. Dr Benstetter was very impressed with our students, particularly the delivery of their presentation where they all confidently took part and shared their knowledge with the Rosenheim students. They actively took part in all discussions he had with his classes.
The students had a unique experience which profoundly cemented their learning at HCT and their understanding of various healthcare systems. The students themselves developed and grew, not only in their self-confidence and personal development, but also as valuable health care professionals for the future.
The students’ faculty mentor Sharon Ellis was highly impressed with the students’ approach to the trip. “I was very proud of how they interacted with the students from the university and their involvement in the lectures. They were certainly a credit to both HCT and the UAE,” she said.
“Our students have returned with a broader knowledge of healthcare systems and the economics thereof, which will ultimately help to ensure the success of healthcare in the UAE,” Sharon added.