Department of Medical Education- Background

The College of Medicine was initiated in 2004 and one of the first actions was to create the Department of Medical Education headed by the Chairman, Prof. Mohi Eldin Magzoub.  The Department slowly developed to include a pair of Maastricht graduates well-schooled in PBL and a small secretarial staff were assembled during the first two years. The two junior faculties actively counseled all aspects of the curriculum, including the tutorials, the satisfaction of blueprints through lesson plans and exam items, the development of an assessment system, and even the issues and concerns of the first batch of students.

Shortly thereafter, Dr. Francis Michael Seefeldt, a 27 year DME veteran from the world DME premier University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) joined, forming both a comprehensive faculty and course evaluation system and unit and a unique seminar series on medical education topics. In the following year Prof. Bashir Hamad, founder of two Community / PBL based colleges of medicine joined the Department. His area of expertise was Curriculum and Instruction.

During the 2006 - 2007 academic year,the Department initiated the first Masters in Medical Education in the Kingdom enlisting an average of 18-20 students per year, while the two-year program started its 8th Batch. The eleven full and part-time faculties are well known both nationally and internationally. They are regularly invited to, and presenting at, national and international conferences. The Department also utilizes an array of some of the top international experts for instruction in the Masters and faculty enhancement activities.
The Department takes pride in continued development of the ten modules/blocks for the Master’s Program with emphasis on student centered approaches, hands-on experiences and skills for graduates, many of whom are now holding key positions (Deans, Associate Deans, etc.) in the College, University and elsewhere in the Kingdom. DME had a prominent role in helping to establish other colleges in the University, especially in their initial curriculum development, e.g. respiratory care, emergency medicine, laboratory medicine, the pre- professional program, etc. Department members also chair and/or provide membership on most of the major committees of the College; collectively they offer services in many areas, including assessment, tutoring, curriculum design, evaluation and faculty enhancement.

The Department has also become increasingly active in accreditation and quality assurance roles, and has served as the primary local agent of the recent WFME accreditation. It has contributed in a major way in securing the two positions of secretariat and presidency of the Association of Medical Education in the Eastern Mediterranean Region (AMEEMR). Finally, its members are active in areas of publication and research, including many internal monographs, fact sheets and national and international articles and presentations.