The Department of Medical Education, College of Medicine, King Saud bin Abdulaziz University for Health Sciences, initiated the first Masters in Medical Education Program (MMEP) in the Kingdom. The MMEP provides leadership opportunities to health professionals in the fields of medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, nursing, and other health professions. It prepares them to deliver quality standards and services in educational leadership roles and to improve their educational understanding, methods, and programs. The MMEP is committed to providing basic educational knowledge and skills through a comprehensive program designed to prepare faculty members to educate and lead health professionals.
The teaching strategy in this program is richly multivariate; it is highly student-centered, with student-led presentations, problem-based learning, and student projects complemented with student-led seminars, workshops, and interactive lectures involving classroom activity, outside projects and electronic learning materials such as Blackboard or Course Tool. The on-line website includes the curriculum contents and objectives, course timetables, PBL problems, lectures, references, links, formative assessment, online portfolio, and a system for student supervision and follow-ups.
The program is organized into 10 blocks averaging six weeks. These blocks focus on specific learning topics, inter-related to form an integrated whole. The student assessment process consists of different methods (individual assignments, PBL tutorials, presentations, quizzes and final exams) designed to match the respective expected learning outcomes for each block. Duration of the program is two years or four academic semesters. The first three semesters cover nine blocks and the fourth semester covers the thesis. The total CRH (credit hours) is 42, guided by the regulation of the Ministry of Higher Education for postgraduate training.
In summary, the highly motivated curriculum and instructional activities have been designed to prepare highly dedicated students to become effective and successful medical educators.
Medical Education Chairman