We are proud to be the first, and largest, formally established Department of Medical Education in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. This demonstrates the strong commitment of College leadership to Medical Education as an essential tool for achieving educational excellence, and the implementation of innovative teaching methods such as problem-based, integrated learning.

Our main goals are to provide high quality educational services to all Colleges within the University including curriculum development, application of innovative instructional methods, educational research, student assessment, graduate level training in medical education and faculty and program evaluation. As the University grows our current contribution to the important activities of faculty enhancement, quality assurance, college promotion and educational leadership are also expected to expand.

Our vision is to be a pioneering, well renowned department in the region, recognized by the World Health Organization (WHO) as an international Collaborative Centre in the field of Health Professions Education. Realization of our goals means that we continually strive for achievement of specific educational, research and service objectives which ensure the continued educational integrity of the College and the University. Maintaining high educational quality of undergraduate and postgraduate courses including development of student assessments, enhancing our educational research output, faculty contributions to the University's scholarship indices and provision of expert educational input to new colleges within the University are also key aspects of our mission. Since our establishment in 2004, we have achieved international accreditation of the College of Medicine through the World Federation of Medical Education (WFME), published many factsheets, booklets and newsletters that have enhanced knowledge and understanding of key educational issues in our community and beyond. Indeed, the WFME reported that we met all essential and quality standards at a 90% level. However, achievements of this kind are only possible with the continuous support of College leadership and expertise of our faculty in medical education. We invite you to learn more about our Department by visiting the various units.

 

Dr. Ali Al Haqwi, MBBS, MRCGP, PhD

Chairman, Department of Medical Education
College of Medicine, King Saud bin Abdulaziz University for Health Sciences