An interview with Dr. Mohamed Hussen Ali (Bodaye)
(15-Nov-2017) An interview with Dr. Mohamed Hussen Ali (Bodaye), Dean of the Faculty of Medicine and Surgery at Mogadishu University
MU Faculty of Medicine is one of the leading medical schools in Somalia in terms of quality and facilities available for the students to practice. Thus, we have here Dr. Boodaaye, the Dean of the Faculty, to tell us about the Faculty and its academic system.
Question 1: When was the faculty established? And what are the main objectives of the faculty?
Answer 1: Although the university is now celebrating its 20th anniversary, the Faculty was established in 2013, and the main objectives of the Faculty is to fill the medical professional gap in Somalia which necessitates it to prepare our students to acquire a high level of medical proficiency in making surgery, case studies, physical examination, differential diagnosis, and the effective use of medicine’s evolving diagnostic and procedural capabilities.
Question 2: what can you tell us about your main achievements since now, and what are the future plans of the faculty?
Answer 2: Up to the present, everything is going on as it was planned and we have realized many things; the university administration is also always there for everything we need for the smooth running of the Faculty activities. Currently, the Faculty has realized unparalleled successes in academic level, and the Somali society will recognize this in the upcoming years. In this regard, the Faculty is producing highly qualified and well educated medical professionals by providing them with all possible facilities that are necessary for a medical student. Additionally, the university has a good reputation within and outside the country as the first university established after the collapse of Somali government in 1990. Hence we are trying our best to serve our country by producing highly skilled medical professionals. In the meantime, the feedback from the hospitals that our students visit for practice and internships is positively outstanding and this encourages us to continue along this path. We are really very proud of the status of our students.
Question 3: Tell us about the medical equipment you have and what do you use for teaching?
Answer 3: We have enough medical equipment that meets international medical standards and the medical technology benchmark. This makes us easy to teach our students the most current and required courses, thanks to the university administration which is helping us to meet the needs of our students at the right time. Moreover, we are really confident with the facilities we have, for instance, the Faculty has two labs, one intended to teach students microbiology, and another medical apparatus lab with all necessary medical instruments to allow students to become familiar with the medical tools at early stage. I can confidently state here that our students start practical classes as early as possible because we are committed to give them the opportunity to practice at the hospitals at early stage.
Question 4: How do you hire faculty lecturers and professors? And what are the employment requirements?
Answer 4: Hiring lecturers is very sensitive issue for the university in general; we look both experience and academic Degrees that are applicable to the course to be taught. As a medical Faculty, we have especial responsibility when it comes to hiring a lecturer as we are required to produce future Somali doctors. Therefore, we give especial attention to the quality and the talent of the lecturers, as there is a committee assigned to review the qualifications and the experiences of the applicants in order to identify the best applicants we can hire. Additionally, it is worth to mention that we hire qualified lecturers from within the country and from foreign countries.
Question 5: Which hospitals do you have relations with, and where do you send your students for internships?
Answer 5: As you know, the university is now building its own hospital which is about to finish soon and it is meant to accommodate students’ internships. But we have close relationship with many hospitals which facilitate our internship program and we really appreciate their contribution. The Faculty has a close relationship with the following hospitals in the city:
- Medina Hospital
- Kaysaney Hospital
- Daynile Hospital
- Ummah Hospital
- Adan Adde Hospital
- Egyptian Hospital
- Arafat Hospital
- Hannano Hospital
- Habeb Hospital, and
- Mogadishu City Hospital.
Question 6: What advice would you give to the students, lecturers, and the Somali community who are willing to know more about the university and the Faculty as well?
Answer 6: Firstly, I would recommend specifically to the students to work hard and commit themselves to their studies. Additionally, they should stop migrating to other countries and understand that they have responsibilities towards their country. That means they have to complete their studies at home-country before they move to another country. Secondly, for the parents, I would like to say to them: your children need your advice and your experiences, please advise them continuously. Thirdly, to the university, let us double our efforts to improve the quality of education. Finally, I would like to conclude with the Faculty motto “Small Quantity with Great Quality. “Tiro yar iyo Tayo Badan” and the university slogan “Towards a Better Future.”
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