The College of Medicine undergraduate program is a 7-years long program with 214 credit hours including premedical and internship years. The curriculum is at par with standard international trends in education. It is outcome based aligned with Saudi medical education directive framework (Saudi MEDs).
The program consists of a Common Year for Health Specialties (year 1), basic science years (years 2 & 3), a transitional year (year 4), clinical years (years 5 & 6), and Internship year (Year 7).
Common Year for Health Specialties (Year 1)
In this year, scientific courses—Biology, Chemistry, Physics, and Biostatistics—as well as English language course are taught, alongside computer skills, university skills, and Fitness and Health culture.
The Basic Science Years (Years 2 & 3)
Years 2 & 3 are divided into system-oriented blocks as follows:
Foundation of Medicine, Respiratory system, Cardiovascular, Renal, Musculoskeletal, side by side with Learning skills and Introductory to Islamic Doctrine are taught during the second year.
During the third year, Medical Professionalism, Neuropsychiatry, GIT, Reproduction, Endocrine system, and Arabic language skills are taught.
Aforementioned blocks cover multiple disciplines like anatomy, physiology, pharmacology, biochemistry, microbiology, immunology and pathology.
During these years, the students are introduced to basic clinical skills as part of the vertical integration of the curriculum.
The Transitional year (Year 4)
During this year, students cover different courses like Surgery, Medical Research, Community Medicine, Medical Informatics, Medical Radiology & Body Imaging, Forensic Medicine & Toxicology, and Medical Ethics.
The clinical years (Years 5 & 6)
They are divided into rotations through clinical departments including Surgery, Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, Obstetrics & Gynecology, Ophthalmology, ENT, Psychiatry, Orthopedics, Dermatology, Anesthesia, Family Medicine, in addition to two elective medical courses.
The Internship year (Year 7)
It is a 12-month mandatory clinical training period divided into six training specialties (IM, Surgery, Obstetrics & Gynecology, Pediatrics, Emergency Medicine, and Elective Specialty). The student who is being trained during this period is called Intern. This period is considered as integral part of the Bachelor’s degree in Medicine and Surgery. The student is not considered as a graduate and academically qualified for practicing the medical profession until completing this period successfully.
The delivery of programs is continuously monitored based on annual reports and improvement plans developed.
The curriculum utilizes a wide range of teaching and learning methods including problem-based learning cases, small-group discussion, practical classes, E-learning, student led seminars and simulation to enhance understanding and hands-on training. Integration in the curriculum is reflected through horizontal and vertical integration. In addition, a variety of assessment methods is used.
Continuous extensive review of the quality of teaching and learning is undertaken, which influences future changes in the educational environment affecting the program and identify areas of strength and weakness.