Welcome to the Department of Pharmacology at College of Medicine, Alfaisal University. Pharmacology is the study of the effects of drugs on living systems, while a drug can be defined as any chemical substance that exerts effects on a biological system. Broadly, Pharmacology includes how a living system handles a drug (Pharmacokinetics) and how the body responds to a drug (Pharmacodynamics).

At Alfaisal, we focus more on the basic concepts instead of just rote memorization of the names of drugs. Pharmacology is not taught as a separate discipline rather the curriculum is strategically designed in such a way that this discipline is always learnt in the context of clinical situations and in integration with other disciplines. This involves both didactic lectures and learning through small group PBL sessions. The Pharmacology teaching and learning commences from second year of the MBBS course in semester 3 and continues by the end of third year (Semester 6).

In semester 3, an integrated course "Pathogenesis of Disease" is run. The Pharmacology curriculum in this course is designed to develop an understanding of basic principles governing the fate of administered drug and the factors determining effective drug concentration at the desired site. In addition, this course provides information about how drugs produce their effects, the parameters required to compare drugs and their safety profile. Furthermore, drug groups with important clinical uses in more than one organ system such as drugs acting on the autonomic nervous system, antimicrobials, analgesics, and autacoids, are also covered in this course.

System-based Pharmacology commences after the "Pathogenesis of Disease" in integration with other basic and clinical sciences in the Neurosciences, Musculoskeletal, Cardiovascular, Respiratory, Renal, Hematology/Oncology, Dermatology and Special Senses Blocks.

Department & Programs

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Anatomy & Genetics

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Family & Community Medicine

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Biostatistics & Epidemiology

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Biochemistry & Molecular Medicine

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Microbiology & Immunology

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Pediatrics

Welcome to the Department of Pediatrics and Medicine. The department contributes to many courses of the undergraduate curriculum, mainly Pediatrics, Internal Medicine, Subspecialty Medicine clerkships, as well as internships in medical specialties.

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Pathology

Welcome to the Department of Pathology at College of Medicine, Alfaisal University. The Department of Pathology enthusiastically supports the mission and values of the Alfaisal University School of Medicine. Our VISION is to promote an educational atmosphere that motivates intellectual curiosity, meets students..

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Pharmacology

Welcome to the Department of Pharmacology at College of Medicine, Alfaisal University. Pharmacology is the study of the effects of drugs on living systems, while a drug can be defined as any chemical substance that exerts effects on a biological system.

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Medicine

Welcome to the Department of Internal Medicine at Alfaisal University in Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Internal medicine science represents the core knowledge for medical students and the future physicians. Our mission is to provide an exemplary student friendly learning environment for our students.

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Physiological Sciences

Welcome to the website of the Department of Physiological Sciences at Alfaisal University in Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The faculty members of the department provide expertise and teach different aspects of physiological sciences to medical and graduate students.

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Surgery, Obstetrics & Radiology

Welcome to the Department of Surgery, Obstetrics & Radiology at Alfaisal University in Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Our mission is to provide an exemplary teaching environment for our medical students and residents.

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