The Thumbay Hospital network is part of the Gulf Medical University Academic Health System and provides clinical training for the students of Gulf Medical University (GMU). Many of its doctors also have the privilege of being professors at the university, and as a result stay constantly updated on the latest trends and developments in the field of medicine. The Thumbay Hospital network prides itself on being the largest network of private academic hospitals in the region. This is one of the most important aspects which differentiate Thumbay Hospitals. In the UAE alone, Academic Health Centers of the GMU Academic Health System train around 20 percent of the doctors and 60 percent of the total healthcare professionals.