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Introduction

An important challenge for medical education internationally, is the design and implementation of curricula and  teaching practices which will develop skills of acquiring and applying knowledge efficiently, as well as critical thinking, analysis and professional behaviors and attitudes in all students.  Adopting a contemporary, integrated Problem Based Learning (PBL) curriculum from the University of Sydney, Australia, the College of Medicine has committed itself to meeting this challenge for the ultimate benefit of producing competent, life long learning practitioners of the highest standard. All curricula however need to be contextualized to suit its own circumstances and we continually endeavor to modify our curriculum to meet the challenges of educating effective Saudi doctors for the 21st century.  In so doing, we place high priority on the goal of enhancing the educational experiences of our students by making learning the core issue and define instruction as enhancing and facilitating the learning process.

Goal

Taking account of modern educational theory and research, our goal is to facilitate the design, delivery and quality management of curricula that are relevant to the needs of educating Saudi health professionals for the 21st century.

Objectives

  • Develop a College Curriculum which is relevant to KSA, yet in-line with best-evidence medical education (BEME) and contemporary medical education, and ensure that it is consistent with the Global Standards for Basic Medical Education as stipulated by the World Federation for Medical Education (WFME, 2003). (WFME Executive Council).
  • To identify gaps and unintentional redundancies within the curriculum by developing a curriculum map which provides a content index of medical and allied health care professions education and assist in answering questions such as 'where do we address topic X in the curriculum, at what level, to what extent, how, from whom and why?" and in response to be able to retrieve a list of learning opportunities, resources and assessments.
  • Conduct annual reviews of the COM curriculum to determine strengths and weaknesses of the curriculum and whether intended goals have been achieved.