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Islamic University of Gaza to Offer First Psychiatry Diploma

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“It is believed that treating the patients is useless, or that seeing a psychiatrist is considered as a stigma that haunts the patient within the surrounding community, which discourages many students from choosing this major.”

Baraa Al Akhras   A senior medical student in the Gaza Strip

Baraa Al Akhras, a senior medicine student who lives in the Gaza Strip, pointed out another difficulty, noting that the local culture regards mental disorders as a social stigma.

“It is believed that treating the patients is useless, or that seeing a psychiatrist is considered as a stigma that haunts the patient within the surrounding community, which discourages many students from choosing this major,” she said.

According to Abu Nimr, universities in the Gaza Strip show little interest in providing psychological support services to students in general, and especially to medical students. (See a related article, “Mental-Health Care on Arab Campuses is Increasing—Slowly.”)

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However, Naim, the faculty dean, is optimistic about the impact that the new diploma program will have.

“We strive to encourage students to join the new program due to its significant importance and the considerable need for it,” he said. “To this end, we will offer some scholarships and exemptions from paying tuition fees, while providing online training courses to attract the largest number of students for this major.”



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