King Saud bin Abdulaziz University for Health Sciences
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|King Saud bin Abdulaziz University for Health Sciences|
|جامعة الملك سعود بن عبدالعزيز للعلوم الصحية|
|Established||25 April 2005|
|President||Dr. Bandar Al Knawy|
|Vice-president||Prof. Youssef Al Eissa, Dr. Abdulmajeed Al Abdulkareem, Prof. Majid Al Tuwaijri, Dr. Mohammad Al Jumah|
|Location||Riyadh, Jeddah, and Al Ahsa, Saudi Arabia|
|Affiliations||National Guard Health Affairs|
King Saud bin Abdulaziz University for Health Sciences (KSAU-HS) (Arabic: جامعة الملك سعود بن عبد العزيز للعلوم الصحية) is the first public university in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Middle East region specialized in health sciences. Its headquarters is in the main campus in Riyadh, the capital of Saudi Arabia. It has two other campuses both in Jeddah and Al-Ahsa. All of the campuses are located inside the parameters of King Abdulaziz Medical cities, and are overseen by the Saudi National Guard Health Affairs.
The establishment of KSAU-HS was announced by King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz on 16 Safar 1426 H corresponding to 25 March 2005 G.
Mission and Vision
King Saud bin Abdulaziz University for Health Sciences provides advanced education programs in health care professions in an academic setting that fosters excellence in innovative learning, scientific research, compassionate patient care and community health promotion, and enhances healthcare development nationally and globally.
The University is to be recognized as a center of excellence, offering the best evidence-based health education and utilizing concepts of information technology to attract the best students and faculty
College of Medicine
The university has two programs for medical college. One for undergraduates who come immediately after high school (stream one) and one for bachelor beholders who have had a previous degrees in ( Medical applied sciences, or general sciences ) whom then applied to medical school ( stream 2). Stream 1 will first enter the University of Pre-Professional Program (UPPP) for two years, which is considered phase 1. After that they complete a four-year program in the college of medicine, which is divided into two phases added to the previous phase. Phase 2 is the basic sciences phase which is divided into 9 blocks: Foundation, Muscoskeletal, Respiratory, Hematology, Cardiovascular,Neuroscience, Renal/Reproduction, Endo/Gastroenterology and Oncology. This phase takes 2 years; Mainly Problem Based learning sessions (PBL), some clinical skills and to a lesser extent direct patient encounter. Phase three is also two years and is the clinical sciences oriented phase with intensive hospital visits, clinical rotations and direct patient encounter. It is divided into 7 blocks: Neuroscience, Medicine, Family and Community Medicine, Surgery, Pediatrics, and Obstetrics and Gynecology. After finishing the three phases the student is considered a graduate, but does not get certified until one year of medical internship is accomplished.
The campus is in the east of Riyadh and officially opened in April 2013. Its design is a mix of contemporary and Islamic architecture to reflect the essence of Saudi local culture and tradition. The campus has a capacity of ten thousand students, but it can accommodate future increase in student enrolment.
Main units of the campus include: Administration Building, Conference Center, Clinical Skill Training Center, King Abdullah International Medical Research Center, the Colleges of Medicine, Nursing, Applied Medical Sciences, Dentistry, Pharmacy, Science and Health Professions, Public Health and Health Informatics, Housing Compounds, Sports Center and Recreational Facilities. There is a large landscaping area connecting the buildings with footpaths for easy movements and less usage of traffic. In addition, there is a trolleybus line that connects the main areas of the campus with the housing compound.
The architectural design of Jeddah Campus has integrated the new buildings with the existing complex of KAMC for easy communication. The campus can accommodate up to 4000 students. Main units of campus include: Administration Building, Conference Center, Clinical Skill Training Center, King Abdullah International Medical Research Center, Seven Colleges (Medicine, Nursing, Applied Medical Sciences, Science and Health Professions), Housing Compounds, Sports Center and Recreational Facilities.
Al Ahsa campus can accommodate up to 3000 students. Main units of the campus include: Administration Building, Conference Center, Clinical Skill Training Center, King Abdullah International Medical Research Center, Seven Colleges (Medicine, Nursing, Applied Medical Sciences, Science and Health Professions), Housing Compounds, Sports Center and Recreational Facilities.
Memorandum of understanding with Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, for the establishment of a Collaborating Center for CanMEDS competencies in Saudi Arabia. The mission of this center is to promote excellence in residency education. It will serve as the hub of a network of medical educators, trainers, and faculty committed to support, develop, and facilitate CanMEDS in all domain of medical education at both undergraduate, and postgraduate levels, as well as in the professional practice.
The center will host and present a series of conferences & workshops on residency training, and develop network of medical educators, and deliver education and training to the trainees in postgraduate medical education programs in Saudi Arabia. In Nov 2010, KSAU-HS hosted The Saudi Arabian Conference on Residency Education (SACRE). This conference was a landmark event that highlighted the collaboration KSAU-HS has with the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. Topic discussed in the conference program included key trends in development of residency education, quality in residency program, contemporary and emerging tools for assessment of resident competence, simulation technology to teaching & learning in postgraduate medical education, teaching the domains of physician competence using the CanMEDS framework, best research in residency education, new approaches for enhancing excellence in teaching and assessment in residency, current controversies in residency education and the implications for their own program.
The Association for Medical Education in the Eastern Mediterranean Region (AMEEMR) selected King Saud bin Abdulaziz University to be its headquarters. This decision came at the Association’s 2010 General Assembly, which College of Medicine at KSAU-HS hosted. Twenty-three representatives from fifteen countries and a representative for President of World Federation for Medical Education (WFME) attended the meeting.
KSAU-HS has a number of licensing agreements to develop its academic programs with prestigious universities worldwide: University of Sydney (Australia); University of Liverpool (UK); South Alabama University (USA); Flinders University (Australia); University of Arkansas (USA), Thomas Jefferson University (USA) University of Maryland (USA), Maastricht University (Netherlands), The University of Oklahoma (USA) and the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (USA).
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