King Faisal University

Medical Education






 ​Department of Medical Education

College of medicine, King Faisal University, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

“  Innovations for Educating the Educators”


The Department of Medical Education at the college of Medicine was established for improving Medical Education through planning of faculty development, assessment, support of successful implementation and review of curriculum, Continuing Medical Education Programs and conducting educational research.


The Medical Education department at of Medicine is accredited by the Saudi Commission of Health Specialities as Category “A” provider centre.


 To reach academic excellence and professionalism in order to match the vision University and college keeping in mind students' outcome and community needs.


To ensure continuous improvement in the quality of Medical Education and to provide an outstanding educational processes and environment through well-defined strategies aiming  at  the development of faculty, curriculum and educational resources and practices.

Tasks and Functions of Department


College of Medicine, King Faisal University has adopted the Problem based curriculum from university of Groningen in year 2012 (GMCA 2012). For some years traditional curriculum and Problem based curriculum will run parallel.


Due to this change of  integrated curriculum; roles and responsibilities are also required to be redefined.

Faculty teaching in traditional curriculum  required an intensive training to manage tasks in new curriculum.


Currently, the curriculum is divided into Preliminary years 1, 2 and 3 and Final Years 4 and 5.


GMCA Coordinators for both  parts are implementing the curriculum under supervision of GMCA Steering Team (GST) comprising of Higher Management and GMCA Coordinators.

Current organisational structure is divided into Implementation committees and Support Committees.


Implementation committees are for implementation of GMCA lines (Block lines, Professional Development and Progress Test line)


Support committees like Faculty Development committee, Assessment committee, Educational Support committees… etc.  are taking care of training needs.


All the above committees are currently independent, yet,  it is recommended that department of Medical Education can play an important role for all the above tasks in synchronising activities of committees for focal outcome.


Keeping in mind the central role of the department in curriculum development, delivery and support,


Following are recommended tasks and functions of Medical Education department:


1.      Faculty Development for all aspects; including assessment:   The department will recognize and support faculty members with specific needs for improvement including the tools they may need to instruct, guide, train, facilitate and mentor both in preliminary and final lines to enhance student's learning and quality of patient's care. This activities can be for local college needs or can be conducted as CME programs.


2.     Manpower management: The department will be indulged in the matter of manpower needs of  various departments according to the curricular demand.


3.     Innovative teaching and learning methodologies: It will look after the emerging teaching and learning methodologies and propose various new technological innovations.


4.     Regular Curriculum Evaluation and innovations: As the college of medicine has adopted the PBL curriculum (GMCA 20120); the medical education (ME) department is recommended to have regular review of curriculum and any implementation issues can be tackled by consultation with KFU's administration and University of Groningen. Planning of innovations in curriculum can be planned by ME department for better outcome.


5.      Plan and conduct Continuing Medical Educational programs: Calendar of CME activities will be prepared by ME department in consultation with various GMCA committees and academic departments. This includes the seminars, workshops, conferences as well as  hands on practice sessions. Applicable CME policy for all Departments to be discussed and endorsed, after which all the accreditation steps need to be done at an earlier stage with all announcement and invitations done at least 1 month before activity, to avoid any inconvenience..


CME activities will fulfil the necessary requirements for Saudi Commission of health specialities. CME activities can focus in following areas:

a.       Academic development

b.      Presentation and lecturing skills

c.       Small group facilitation

d.      Using technology in teaching

e.       Clinical teaching

f.        Teaching the challenging learner

g.       Evaluation and effective feedback 

h.      Assessment tools, Blue printing, MCQ construction,

i.        Item analysis, Standard setting

j.        Curriculum development

k.      Professionalism

l.        Educational research

m.    Any other specific needs can be considered


6.     Medical Educational research and publication: ME Department will be promoting educational research and publication support. It is recommended to have Medical Education Journal Club to create community of experts in current literature regarding teaching and learning, curriculum development, and evaluation. Faculty and students are equally invited to share in the groups.


Faculty members in department of medical education

Communication Email of Department:  




Dr.Fahad Wadani


Dr. Seba Ghreiz


Dr. Mohammed Yasser


Dr. Feroze Kaliyadan


Dr. Ossama Zakaria


Dr. Bhupendra Gosai


Dr. Hany Elbarbary


Dr. Sonia Allam


Dr. Lorina Badger