​Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi’s Pharmacy Return to Practice Program is intended to reintroduce pharmacy degree graduates into the workforce through structured learning and exposure to hospital and health system pharmacy practice.

The program has two start dates; the first week of March, and the first week of September.

Return to Practice trainees will work 40 hours per week, Sunday to Thursday, with scheduled hours determined by their mentor. The program length will vary based on the trainee’s previous work experience, as well as required practice hours needed for their licensure.

Due to the nature of the Return to Practice roles and responsibilities, applicants must apply to and be approved by the Department of Health (DOH) regulatory body in order to partake in the Pharmacy Return to Practice Program.

Program Objectives

  • To provide Return to Practice trainees with an overview of the current health care environment.
  • To expose Return to Practice trainees to current standards of care and policy-driven pharmacy practice unique to hospitals and health systems.
  • To provide the opportunity for professional and personal growth through interaction with healthcare professionals, presentations and project processes.
  • To provide the opportunity to become an integral part of the department in the area they have been assigned.

 Frequently Asked Questions

What is the format of the Pharmacy Return to Practice program?

Which rotations are included in the program?

Return to Practice trainees rotate through the areas listed below. Please note that the exact duration of the rotations is based on the required practice experience for the individual, but will be at least 6 months in duration.

Required Rotations

  • Inpatient pharmacy practice including the sterile preparation center (8 weeks)
  • Ambulatory pharmacy practice (4 weeks)
  • Medication safety and quality (4 weeks)
  • Pharmacotherapy services: Internal medicine (4 weeks) and longitudinal anticoagulation clinic rotation (4 weeks)

Elective Rotations (4 weeks) which can be one of the below rotations or repeating a required rotation:

  • Nephrology
  • Critical care
  • Cardiology / heart failure
  • Infectious diseases
  • Automation and informatics
  • Transplant
  • Management

What are the eligibility / matching criteria?

Candidates who are eligible to apply include:

  • Pharmacy graduates from UAE-based schools of pharmacy who are not currently DOH licensed and have been are out of practice for more than 2 years.
  • Pharmacy graduates from foreign schools of pharmacy who are not DOH licensed and have been out of practice for more than 2 years.

Applicants are required to specify their preferred practice areas on their application form, anticipated attendance date and duration of the Return to Practice program. Applicant profiles will be reviewed by the Department of Pharmacy Services and priority will be given based on slot availability and the following criteria:

  • UAE nationals
  • Local university/school affiliations (if applicable)
  • UAE-based graduates
  • Merit-based criteria (GPA, grades, letter of recommendation)
  • Candidates with a Return to Practice requiring at least 6 months of training

Applicants meeting the above criteria will be required to complete an interview with the Department of Pharmacy Services prior to being accepted into the program.


What are the application requirements?

Applicants are required to submit the following:

  • Completed Return to Practice Traineeship application
  • DOH approval letter to enrol in a Return to Practice Program
  • Letter of intent (cover letter)
  • Transcript
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Two letters of recommendation (from their Faculty Supervisor or Director of Experiential Education)
  • Health clearance agreement
  • Police clearance letter
  • Proof of health insurance (inc. UAE coverage)