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Kuwait
Kuwait Medical Students Association (KuMSA)
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Participating cities (LC's) Kuwait city
Languages Arabic, English
Currency (how much is a Bigmac?) Kuwait Dinar (big mac 1,150 KD)
Time zone GMT+3
Number of Doctors and beds per 1000 people 400-500
Member of IFMSA since... 1982 Number of incoming students per year 30-35
Who are our NEO's Manal J. Fares
Our official website / Forum / Facebook group http://www.kumsa-md.com
Come for exchange!
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Overview

The State of Kuwait (Dawlat al-Kuwayt) is a sovereign Arab nation situated in the north-east of the Arabian Peninsula in Western Asia. It is bordered by Saudi Arabia to the south at Khafji, and Iraq to the north at Basra. It lies on the north-western shore of the Arabian Gulf. The name Kuwait is derived from the Arabic "akwat", the plural of "kout", meaning fortress built near water. The Emirate covers an area of 17,820 square kilometers (6,880 sq mi) and has a population of about 3.6 million. Kuwait is a constitutional monarchy with a parliamentary system of government, with Kuwait City serving as the country's political and economic capital. The country has the world's fifth largest oil reserves and petroleum products now account for nearly 95% of export revenues, and 80% of government income. Kuwait is the eleventh richest country in the world per capita. In 2007, it had the highest human development index (HDI) in the Arab world. Kuwait is classified as a high income economy by the World Bank and is designated as a major non-NATO ally of the United States.


Our health care system

Heath care is provided for free for all Kuwaities.Non kuwaities have to pay around 1-2 KD for primary health care in addition to health insurance. Exchange students do not have to get a health insurance. Our health care system is flexible for any medical emergencies.


The hospitals

There are five general hospitals in Kuwait: Sabah, Amiri, Mubarak, Farwaniya and Jahra. Also, many polyclinics are available in every residential area. The hospitals that are offered for exchange are Mubarak hospital and the specialized hospitals. Preferably, incoming students are placed in Mubarak Hospital, which is the University main hospital, where they can socialize with our medical students as well as using the university's facilities freely, such as the library, reading room, and cafeteria. Students attending certain departments, such as OBGYN, neurosurgery, or cardiothoracis surgery, are placed in tertiary care specialized centers, such as Maternity hospital, Ibin Sina hospital, and Chest hospital, respectively. This tertiary specialized area is only a few minutes walk from the dormitory. However, due to hot weather in summer, transportations are always arranged.

Secondary Health Care Hospitals: Mubarak Al-Kabeer Hospital Al-Amiri Hospital Al-Farwaniya Hospital Al-Jahra Hospital Al-Adan Hospital

Tertiary Health Care Hospitals: Al-Bahar Hospital (Ophthalmology) Maternity Hospital (OBGYN, Neonatology) Ibin Sina (Neurosurgery, Plastic Surgery, Neurology) Al-Razi (Orthopedics) Al-Sabah (Medicine, Pediatrics) Chest Hospital (Cardiothoracic Surgery, Cardiology) Zain (ENT) More



Our medical education

Medical Education in Kuwait is one of the best worlwide. Faculty of Medicine in Kuwait University has been rated in 2012 to number 1 best medical school in the region. It is clinically oriented where students get exposed to hospitals and patients in their second year. All specialties are offered to the students. Graduation is after 7 years of studies under the supervision of highly qualified academic and clinical staff. Usually, our incoming students are placed in place where our own students are attending so that they can gain the maximum benefits from discussions and clinical sessions. Kuwait University has the only medical school in the country, meaning that our medical students have all the attention, from the government, university, hospitals, and doctors. English is our language of teaching and instruction. In an attempt to maintain our academic quality, ongoing surveys are done as well as direct and indirect feedbacks from our incoming students. Our administration is also keen on maintaining our academic reputation, as our dean personally, but randomly, meets with our incoming students to listen to their exchange experience, hear their opinion about their clerkships, and actively responds to their complaints or suggestions. A logbook is provided to the students to be filled and signed by their tutor before receiving their IFMSA certificates. During the clerkship, our incoming students have the chance to meet with our local students and rotate with them. Boredom is not a choice. During their clerkships, and in coordination with SCOME, our incoming students have the opportunity to participate in patients’ clerking, outpatient clinics, bedside teachings, seminars, and tutorials. Furthermore, students are often invited to interesting seminars in the University. In the common event of having a conference going on, our incoming students are often invited free of charge.


Local Cities (LC's)

Kuwait is a small country. Your four-weeks stay is enough to see every single street in it. We only have one local city as a part of our exchange program, Kuwait City, in which most of our hospitals are located. Other hospitals are maximum 30 minutes away in the buses we provide. for more info, visit our LC page: http://www.kumsa-md.com/kumsa/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=84&Itemid=660


Cultural differences

The influence of Islamic and Arab Culture on its architecture, music, attire, cuisine and lifestyle is prominent as well. The most distinctive characteristic of local Kuwaiti culture are diwaniya. Briefly, it involves large reception rooms used for male social gatherings attended mostly by family members and close friends. While, unlike neighbouring Saudi Arabia, the Islamic dress code is not compulsory, many of the older Kuwaiti men prefer wearing dishdasha, an ankle-length white shirt woven from wool or cotton while the minority of women wear abaya, black over-garment covering most parts of the body. This attire is particularly well-suited for Kuwait's hot and dry climate. Western style clothing is very popular among the youth of Kuwait. Seafood has been the mainstay of the Kuwaiti diet for centuries. Traditional Kuwaiti cuisine includes "Machboos diyay, machboos laham, maraq diyay laham" which borrows heavily from South Asian cuisine and Arabian cuisine. "Imawash" is another popular dish. As in other Arab states of the Persian Gulf, Kuwait takes part in the tradition of Qarqe'an during the month of Ramadan.


Accommodation & Boarding

Our incoming students stay in the student dormitory in the main campus of Kuwait University. They have single rooms with a sink, queen bed, desk, and a closet. It is usually on a high level where sea can be viewed. Common showers and a kitchen are on the same floor. Room cleaning, and laundry service are free of charge. The dorms are provided with an entertainment room with billiard, snooker, TV, Ping-Pong tables, and a baby-foot. Students are given full access to the university’s free Wi-Fi, allowing them to be connected in the dorms, university campus, and sometimes in the hospital. Two dormitory buildings are available, in Shweikh and Kaifan, both of which are near Kuwait Tertiary Health Care Area, Al-Sabah Area.

We offer our incoming students three meals a day that are served as a buffet in the student dorms, which are served for 3 hours duration each. Students are often invited to join the doctors or students for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.


Social program

Each student is assigned a contact person. And each contact person is a part of a group of three contact persons, in order to give students the chance to interact and socialize with each other. In the unlike situation of the CP being unavailable, one of his group CP’s will take over. Many attractions can be found in Kuwait, and many trips are organized. If you like the sea, you can enjoy are lovely boat trips in the Gulf, and visit many Kuwaiti Islands. If you haven’t seen the desert before, our students will take you on a desert safari, and desert camps where you can enjoy an original Arabian Night. During summer, we don’t allow you to go back without a tan! There’s nothing like the beach in a real hot day. Usually, students are invited to their CP’s “chalets” and beach houses with friends for a weekend. If you’re a shopaholic, you’ll fall in love with the avenues, the biggest shopping mall in the Middle East. You don’t only shop over there; you can work out your calf muscles with how much you’ll walk, and your biceps for how many bags you’ll leave with. For students who like sports, they’ll have to play soccer, volleyball, and basketball with our students during organized tournaments or random friendly matches. Furthermore, they will have the chance to experience some of our extraordinary fun sports, such as soap soccer and bossaball. It is actually as much fun as it sounds.


Local & National transportation

Pick up from airport will be offered regardless of the arrival time.

In coordination with the Public Service Office in Kuwait University, private bus transportation is arranged for all students from dormitory to hospital and back. Bus timings are flexible and can be changed according to students’ schedules. Sometimes, buses can be used for other purposes, such as trips. Furthermore, most of our local students have cars, and they won’t mind picking you up during a social program.


Weather

During June,July and August, the weather is hot but fortunatley air conditioner is present everyhwere. In October, the weather gets better and becomes cold in December and January. Best time to visit kuwait will be in February and March.


Social life

Young people in Kuwait spend their time with friends and family in many places including which shopping malls, cinema, cafes, restuarants and dewaniya (a place where men gather together in a special living area in someone's house) What makes the social program special is that people in Kuwait are extremely social and it's so easy for our incoming students to get along and get integrated into their lives.