It was a little over a year ago when I became the first Chair of the Department of Family and Community Medicine at Alfaisal University College of Medicine. I must say a lot had happened in the department despite its recent inception and relative small size. Things to be proud of at the curriculum level is the reform of undergraduate curriculum into a longitudinal, multi- thematic, case based learning curriculum in Family Medicine.
At the level of graduate studies, the department is a crucial partner in the Master in Public Health along with its sister department, the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics.
For the department to fulfill its responsibility of serving the community, many course assignments included field projects. The department is fortunate to have its members with diverse clinical backgrounds including Family Medicine, Nutrition, Behavioral Sciences and represent vital clinical institutes, King Faisal Specialist Hospital, National Guard Hospital, and Security Forces Hospital being a few examples.
I want to conclude by telling you about two very exciting news. First, the Gulf Family Medicine Interest Group (GFMIG), a student driven and governed interest group to increase the awareness of Family Medicine among medical students and the medical community. Second, is my participation in the ACR's Professional Women Forum as a guest speaker and my presentation reflecting on the field of Family Medicine and my experience as a Family Physician in Toronto and Riyadh.
Dr. Bara AlGhalyini
Assistant Professor of Family & Community Medicine
Department Head for Family & Community Medicine