The College of Medicine, previously called “College of Medicine and Medical Sciences”, was established by Royal Decree No. H/67 dated 28/7/1375H (1975G) in the Dammam campus of King Faisal University in the Eastern Province of Saudi Arabia. It is located on Gulf Shore road midway between Al-Khobar and Dammam, approximately 10 km from each.
The College of Medicine admitted its first batch of undergraduate medical students in 1395H (1975G) and the first batch of Nursing and Medical Laboratory Technology (MLT) students in 1409H (1988G). The MLT Department was transferred to the newly established College of Medical Sciences in the 1998/1999 academic year. In the same year, the name of the College was changed from “College of Medicine and Medical Sciences” to its present name “College of Medicine”.
The College pioneered postgraduate medical education in the Kingdom. Its postgraduate programmes were first to be recognized by the Arab Board for Medical Specialties and the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland.
The College organizes Continuous Professional Development Programmes designed for all health professionals in the Eastern Province in particular and the Kingdom at large. The College also participates in health education for the general public through local, national and regional information media.
Vision: The College is committed to professionalism and Islamic values as it strives to facilitate learning by medical students into the 21st Century; graduate competent and humane care providers appropriate for the needs of community; recruit and develop a dedicated staff-base; promote research and continuing professional development; and mobilize resources to meet society's changing healthcare environment.
Mission: The College of Medicine is dedicated to excellence in innovative Medical Education, ethical quality healthcare delivery and on-going client satisfaction, relevant research, and proactive participation in the national healthcare systems.
• Promote the understanding and application of Islamic values and traditions in all aspects of medical practice.
• Teach undergraduate medical and nursing students the knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary to become competent professionals, and, to foster in these students life long habits of scholarship and service.
• Advance knowledge through research in all areas related to health care. These areas include Basic Sciences, Clinical Sciences, Cultural and Behavioral aspects of medicine, methods for the delivery of Health Care, and the Medical Education process.
• Promote Continuing Professional Development to maintain and improve the competence of all professionals engaged in health care delivery.
• Provide exemplary primary, secondary and tertiary health care and other related community health services, in addition to teaching and research.
• Serve as a Medical Education Resource Center to related health professions and to the community and organizations involved in health care delivery.