Our Clinical Affairs Office plays a major role in the management of phase III (clinical phase) of the curriculum. We are proud that the process of learning during phase III is student centered. The student either facilitates or leads the learning process under the supervision of highly qualified faculty members.
Our students have learned the skills of solving problem-based Learning sessions (PBL) during comprehensive phase II two-year pre-clinical blocks. All PBL cases are available on-line and are released one week prior to the assigned date wherein one student will work as facilitator in the first session. During the second session a tutor will be involved to enrich the students’ knowledge based on their relevant experience and expertise.
The patient-doctor-theme is dealt with in small sessions and comprises one of the essential components of the curriculum. A student leader directs the learning sessions while an expert tutor supervises. We also provide an innovative approach to medical internship where a framework for a medical intern’s competencies has been created. Clinical Affairs also attends to issues related to teaching assistants in various clinical departments.
To ensure that competent physicians will be cultivated in the future, the community-doctor and personal-professional development themes are integrated in phase III to expose the students to different ethical issues and to prepare them for any future possible difficulties. Finally, evidence-based medicine and the options program, (involving independent research) are two of the distinguished features of our curriculum.
The Clinical Affairs Office at the College of Medicine at KSAU-HS collaborates with different clinical departments at King Abdulaziz Medical City-Riyadh to promote excellence in undergraduate clinical education for medical students, medical interns and clinical teaching assistants. The office takes an important role in the field of continuing medical education by managing a comprehensive faculty enhancement program.
Associate Dean of Clinical Affairs
Dr. Hussain Al Gahtani