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|Participating cities (LC's)||Amman, Irbid|
|Currency (how much is a Bigmac?)||Jordanian Dinar (JD), Bigmac = 3.5JD|
|Number of Doctors and beds per 1000 people||2.1|
|Member of IFMSA since...||2006|
|Number of incoming students per year||30|
|Who is our NEO||Abdalrahman Zarzour|
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Welcome to the SCOPE program of IFMSA-Jo (Jordan)
It is our pleasure to introduce to you our exchange program here in Jordan, where all international students will have the chance to see a new culture and get enrolled in our health care system where they will be enriched culturally and professionally.
Our aim is to make every exchange student feel home and experience their profession in a new country with different culture and wonderful traditions.
Location - Asia, Middle East
Area - 89,342 square Km
Boundaries - 1,619 km Coastline: 26 Km
Elevation - Lowest point: 408 m below sea level (Dead Sea area) Highest point: 1,754 m above sea level (Rum mountain in Wadi Rum)
Major Cities - Amman, Ajloun, Aqaba, Irbid, Jerash, Karak, Ma'an, Madaba, Mafraq, Salt, Tafileh, Zarqa
Jordan, a young country dense with history, full of natural wonders and historical areas. It is situated just east of the River Jordan, it continues to be a bridge between ancient and new civilizations and an open air museum in almost all its entirety. Jordan is a country for all seasons. In winter it offers therapy at the Dead Sea, the lowest point on earth where "floating" rather than "swimming" is a unique adventure in the extremely saline and mineral rich waters. The adventurous travelers can practice year round a variety of water sports at the resort of Aqaba, on the Red Sea, home of one of the best coral reefs in the world.
The more romantic visitor can camp in bedouin tents or sleep right under the stars, climb mountains or ride camels on the very trek followed in desert of Wadi Rum by Lawrence of Arabia.
In summer, Petra, one the Seven Wonders, the ancient rose-red city carved in mountain rock is your ultimate, and astonishing destination. It is as beautiful to see as are northern parts of the country, Ajloun with its beautiful Castle and pure springs, Umm Qais, Jerash with its wonderfully preserved Roman ruins, or the capital city; Amman, and the mosaic city of Madaba. A world of mystery and wonderful hospitality is open for you just east of the River Jordan.
Shopping bargains, souvenirs, excellent oriental and international cuisine, aromas, flavours, colors and most of all smiling people will mix and blend to make your stay in Jordan an unforgettable one.
Jordan’s healthcare system is improved dramatically over the last two decades, placing it among the top ten countries of the world in reducing infant mortality. In achieving universal child immunisation by 1988, Jordan surpassed the average rate of the rest of the world by two years.Jordan enjoys a sound, well-structured health system, one of the most efficient in the region.
Jordan has one of the most modern health care infrastructures in the Middle East. Jordan’s health system is a complex amalgam of three major sectors: Public, private, and donors. The public sector consists of two major public programs that finance as well as deliver care: the Ministry of Health (MOH) and Royal Medical Services (RMS). Other smaller public programs include several university-based programs, such as Jordan University Hospital (JUH) in Amman and King Abdullah Hospital (KAH) in Irbid. In 2003, the total expenditure on health services accounted for about JD 727 million, 10.4 percent of the GDP. Health expenditure per capita was JD 133. Each of the health care subsectors has its own financing and delivery system that reflects directly on the delivery of services among these sectors.
Jordan’s health needs are met by a high ratio of medical personnel per capita. For every 10,000 Jordanians, there are 28 doctors, 10 nurses and certified midwives, 7 dentists, 9 pharmacists and 16 hospital beds. Jordan’s only real health personnel shortage is in trained local nurses. The government is establishing new nursing colleges and encouraging students to specialise in this field by offering incentives for trained nurses and giving priority in employment for both male and female Jordanian nurses. 69% of Jordanians receive free healthcare, due to their status as public sector employees or their dependents.
Health System Profile
Health in Jordan[]
Amman: Jordan University Hospital, Jordan Hospital
Irbid: King Abdullah University hospital
Undergraduate medical education in Jordan started in 1972 with the establishment of the first medical school in University of Jordan (UJ). The increasing demand for undergraduate medical studies created a motivation for additional medical schools, and a second medical school was established in Yarmouk University at the northern city of Irbid in 1984; the university then branched out into Jordan University of Science and Technology (JUST) in 1986. A third medical school was founded in 2001 in Mutah University (MU), situated in the southern city of Karak. Finally, in 2006, a fourth medical school was established in the central region of the country at Zarka within the Hashemite University (HU). All of the medical schools, to date, have been established in public universities; there are no existing private medical schools. Graduates from Jordanian medical schools currently play an important role in the development of the country’s healthcare system. Moreover, the Jordanian medical education system is one of the most highly regarded in the Middle East and therefore many students from the region study medicine in Jordan. The country is ranked by the World Bank to be the number one health-care services provider in the region and among the top five in the world.
The Curricula The 6-year medical education program in Jordanian universities is divided into an initial 3-year pre-clinical stage followed by a period of clinical training lasting a further 3 years. All of the medical schools in the country have adopted semi-integrated curricula, which involve integrated teaching during the pre-clinical stage and traditional teaching during the clinical stage. Even though the overall curricula of Jordanian medical schools are similar to those in European universities, there are modifications and differences between the four schools rendering it difficult for students to change faculty during their studies.
The Pre-Clinical Stage The courses at this stage are divided into basic sciences, basic medical sciences and university requirement courses (free choice credits lectured in non-medical departments). The integrated system pre-clinical phase requires that the students are assessed at the end of each course by a series of multiple-choice examinations.
The Clinical Stage Clerkship rotations start at the beginning of the fourth academic year and continue throughout the final 3 years. During this stage, rotations take place in different clinical units, with mandatory rotations in certain departments. The length of these rotations ranges between 2 and 12 weeks. During these rotations, students work under the supervision of a senior physician, and are responsible for interviewing and examining patients at admission, and following them during hospitalization. Students are expected to learn the techniques of history taking and physical examination. At the end of each rotation, they are assessed by the supervisors, taking into account both behavioral criteria (attendance and relationship with staff and patient) and the quality of their clinical work.
Residency Access to postgraduate medical and surgical training programs is through an entrance examination, performed at specific training centers, accredited by the Jordanian Medical Council (JMC). The training duration varies among the specialties, ranging between 3–6 years, and the trainees are evaluated on a yearly basis. In order to qualify as specialists, the trainees must pass the JMC competency assessment at the end of the program.
There is no mistaking the fact that Jordan is a Kingdom steeped in history and culture. From the moment you arrive, you get a sense of its rich heritage; all around are remnants of ancient civilizations long since passed, yet they still remain, stamped into the very fabric of this amazing Kingdom and etched into the soul of the people who live here.
Jordan can be regarded for a typically Arab country for its people are very warm, friendly and hospitable. Jordanians are typically happy to forgive foreigners who break the rules of etiquette. However, visitors seen to be making an effort to observe local customs will undoubtedly win favour.
Joining local people for a cup of tea or coffee can be a wonderful way to learn more about local culture. If you are invited yet are unable to attend, then it is perfectly acceptable to decline. Place your right hand over your heart and politely make your excuses.
Many families, particularly in rural areas, are very traditional and, if you visit their house, you may well find it is divided between the men and women. Foreign women are often treated as "honorary" men.
Local women in Jordan enjoy considerable freedom when compared with many other countries in the region. Women are entitled to a full education, they can vote, they can drive cars, and they often play significant roles in business and politics. Arranged marriages and dowries are still common.
The currency of Jordan is Jordanian Dinar (JD) which equals 1€ or $1.4 US Dollars (One US Dollar = 0.708 JD). One JD is 1000 fils.
Coin denominations are: 10, 25, 50, 100 fils, 0.25, and 0.5 dinar. Paper denominations are: 1, 5, 10, 20, 50 dinars.
Exchange facilities are available at all points of entry, banks, hotels, and currency exchange offices. Rates are displayed and you may wish to ask for a receipt. There are no restrictions on visitors to bring in, and take out, foreign currencies. Familiarize yourself with the exchange rates published in daily newspapers.
Credit cards and Traveller Cheques are accepted at most hotels, car rental agencies, shops and restaurants. Major cards accepted are Master Card, Visa, Eurocard, AMEX and Diners Club.
Airports: 1- Amman Queen Alia International Airport Amman Queen Alia International Airport (Matar al-Malikah 'Alya' ad-Dowaly) a two terminal airport, situated in Zizya area, 20 miles (32km) south of Amman, the capital city of Jordan. It is the home hub of Royal Jordanian Airlines, the national flag carrier.
2- Amman Marka International Airport Distance and direction from city: 2.7 NM North East of Amman.
Airport Taxi and Express busses are available 24/7, in addition to Rent-a-Car offices.
Transportation in Jordan Taxis are a more convenient transport medium compared to buses. Taxis are inexpensive and often the most convenient form in Jordan, even over substantial distances, such as the trip between Amman and Aqaba. Private taxis are painted yellow; they can be taken from ranks outside larger hotels, or hailed in the street. Taxis have meters, but these are not always used at night, so it is advisable to agree the cost beforehand. The same applies on long journeys. Taxi drivers are friendly, know the city well, and usually speak English.
It is considered appropriate for a woman to sit in the back of the taxi, even if she is the only passenger; a man, on the other hand, should sit in the front. Tipping is not required, but it is customary to add about 300 fils to the price of the meter.
Jordan is blessed with a Mediterranean climate for pleasurable year-round travel. Amman is sunny and cloudless from May to October, with average temperatures around 23 c (73 F). Springtime brings optimal weather, lush with greenery, and autumn is equally mild and pleasant. July and august are hot and dry but not oppressive. Because of the capital city's elevation, evenings are cool. Aqaba and the Jordan valley are ideal winter resorts, with temperatures averaging 16-22 C (61-72 F) between November and April. There is very little rain in the Aqaba area and in the desert.