Medicine is the science of humanity and is a supreme massage to the community; while education is the corner stone of development and progress. When education and medicine meet, we should have a great value where ethics are coming into reality. I am honored to be the Head of Medicine Program in the Baterjee Medical College, where all the staff members are working consistently with great perseverance in laying down the basics of our future doctors. We are determined to continue to lead the way in medical education. Our aim is to provide physicians of the future with a world class, based on current knowledge, informed by research and with an awareness of societal needs. We hope to deliver world-leading research and inspirational teaching for tomorrow's scientists. All of these elements together offer a scale and range of work that will foster our strong tradition of innovation.
I take great pride in having the opportunity to lead it!
Dr. Ashraf Balbaa
Graduates of the medicine program are eligible to work only after passing the Saudi License Exam. At this moment he/she will be categorized as General Practitioner. To be specialized in one of the medical specialty, graduate should be attached to a residency program in one of the recognized hospitals or institutions that can offer specialized Certificate.
According to the Saudi Commission of Health Specialties you, graduates can be classified according to their qualification and experience into several professional categories
|General practitioner||Holder of abachelor’s degree in general medicine or dentistry who has at least completed the internship year|
A. Holder of a bachelor’s degree in general medicine who has completed the internship year and has at least one year of experience in the specialty field.
B. Holder of a diploma (one year) in a medical specialty.
C. Holder of a diploma/master’s degree (no less than two years) in a medical specialty, but does not yet have the required experience to qualify as a senior house officer.
|Senior House Officer||Holder of a specialty degree (no less than two years) who has the required experience. The total period of training to receive the degree as well as the actual experience must be four years.|
|Specialist Registrar||Holder of the Saudi specialty certificate (or equivalent).|
|Consultant||Holder of the Saudi specialty certificate (or equivalent) who has at least three years of experience in the specialty field at a recognized hospital or center.|
|General Specialty||Major specialty in one field of medicine, such as internal medicine and surgery. Training is carried out within a specific method at recognized center after receiving a bachelor of medicine. The practitioner must practice in the same specialty field.|
|Subspecialty||Specializing in a subspecialty of general medicine. Training is carried out through the acquisition of practical and theoretical experience after receiving a post graduate degree in a general specialty, e.g. specializing in cardiology after specializing in internal medicine.|
|Non-certified subspecialty||Specializing in a medical subspecialty (cardiology, neurology, endocrinology, etc), without receiving a post graduate degree in general specialty. Training is carried out after receiving a bachelor of medicine. The practitioner must practice in the same specialty field.|
|Non-practitioner||Holder of medical or health qualification who is not entitled to practice in the specialty because of non-practicing for two years.|
|Saudi Specialty Certificate||The highest professional certificate the Commission awards physicians. It is awarded after completing standardized clinical training and passing the required assessments. It is equivalent to a PhD.|
Qualification offered by the Program in Medicine is Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS). The length of the program is 7 years (which includes a foundation year). All students are eligible to practice Medicine in the country after passing the Saudi Licensing Examination (SLE).
After being eligible to admission to the Medicine program, it comprises 6 years, 5 for under graduate teaching and one internship year for the clinical training. Students cannot graduate until he/she passed successfully the fifth year and thereafter the internship year evaluation.
Throughout the first two years, students study the basic sciences as Anatomy, Histology, Physiology and Biochemistry. The third year is considered as the preclinical year where the student study more relevant subjects to the clinical career as Pathology, Pharmacology and Microbiology with some other specialties. Fourth and fifth years are the clinical years where the students study Surgery, Internal Medicine, Pediatrics and Obestratircs and Gynecology. The clinical training for these subjects is conducted through the Hospitals of Ministry of Health in Jeddah as King Fahd Hospital, King Abdul Aziz Hospital, Al Azizzia Hospital and Al Messadia Hospital. The students throughout the internship year will have their clinical training at these hospitals as well.
Theoretical teaching is mainly through lectures; however, a policy is being adopted now to encourage interactive participation of student throughout the lectures by frequently providing case studies and case scenarios. The main teaching methods in the practical and clinical sessions relies on problem solving by providing incidental cases and encouraging brain storming and critical thinking. With the new collaboration with the Maastricht University in Netherland, the college will apply the problem based student-centered learning in September 2015.