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British Islamic Medical Association offers free training for all for all medical students joining the frontline


1 April 2020

British Islamic Medical Association offers free training for all for all medical students joining the frontline

This week, the British Islamic Medical Association (BIMA) has announced a free webinar for all final year medical students that are being recruited to work in the NHS amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. Medical students are being called upon to practice, which can feel difficult and overwhelming. To play its part in the national effort during this unprecedented emergency, BIMA, an affiliate of the MCB, is offering its services and guidance to all who need, not just its members.

Support in the form of a webinar will cover practical and clinical guidance, including dealing with emergencies and ward rounds, but also spiritual and self-care advice relating to sick leave, prayer and much more. This support is being offered to all final year medical students, regardless of membership, faith or background in order to best support those working to help others in need.

Commenting, Dr Sharif Al Ghazal, President of BIMA, said:

“Now more than ever, medical and Muslim communities need to come together and support each in any way that we can. BIMA has a long history of supporting Muslims in healthcare professions, but in this crisis, we wish to support all medics in any way we can.

“Being called to the frontline in such unpredictable and trying circumstances is a difficult position for any one person to be in, and it takes an immense physical, emotional, and spiritual toll.

“Those we are working tirelessly to ensure the health and safety of our communities and our loved ones deserve the utmost respect and support, and we hope that we are able to provide guidance to our newest colleagues.”

Commenting, Harun Khan, Secretary General of the MCB said:

“In these testing times, we must all pitch in to support the national effort in combating the Coronavirus and keeping our communities safe. BIMA have a long history of supporting Muslim healthcare workers, and this initiative to support all new healthcare workers – regardless of faith – is one that I am sure will be appreciated by many for years to come.

“We have seen an outpouring of community initiatives, from raising funds for personal protective equipment, opening mosque doors to make space for hospitals, and donating food to NHS workers. It is the responsibility of each and every one of us to do whatever we can to support others, and it is collective efforts like these which will help Britain overcome this crisis.”