Over the last three decades, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has experienced a dramatic improvement in economic status. Health services have developed to an even greater extent, as indicated by accessibility and coverage indicators. Similarly, there also have been improvements in health indicators such as mortality, morbidity, and life expectancy. However, national health manpower development is not coping with the momentum and attendant growth. Saudis make up only 19% of workers in the health sector . This figure is extremely low when compared to other sectors such as education and agriculture. Expanding and changing medical education and medical practice is imperative in order to produce healthcare professionals in the needed quantities, at the right times and in the right places.

The existing curricula of many medical schools in Saudi Arabia follow traditional approaches, which deliver knowledge through fragmented and non-integrated avenues. Instead of being community-oriented, they are teacher-oriented and force students into passive roles. Such institutions produce students who opt to work only in urban areas, contributing further to the poor distribution of stable national health personnel and services throughout the Kingdom.

Alfaisal University medical college located in the capital city of Riyadh, responds to all of these challenges. The college follows an innovative approach in the education of health professionals, including problem-based learning and community-based education.

The Alfaisal College of Medicine follows a problem-based, self-directed curriculum, in which patients and problems are studied from multiple standpoints. Problem-based learning is integrated with appropriate clinical skills training and community-based experiences. Emphasis is placed on critical thinking and problem solving.

The main goal of the undergraduate program is to train students to be critical thinkers and problem solvers, skilled in sensing, formulating, and managing common health problems. In doing so, graduates are being better prepared to expand their competencies in any career and in any particular discipline. Graduate Programs and Research will ensure higher education at an international level that will distinguish the university as research based and working towards dissemination of knowledge.

The mission of the Alfaisal College of Medicine is to prepare its students for meeting and responding to the changing healthcare needs and expectations of the Saudi Arabian community. This is being achieved in full partnership with other healthcare providers and relevant sectors in the community.

Department & Programs

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Anatomy & Genetics

Anatomy is the language of medicine. It offers the foundation of knowledge to all medical students. Although the technology in teaching and learning has grown exponentially and continues to change..

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Family & Community Medicine

Welcome to Alfaisal Family and Community Medicine Department, one of the unique and influential distention of Family Medicine in Saudi Arabia and the Gulf.

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Biostatistics & Epidemiology

Our department offers several courses in biostatistics and epidemiology and has strong collaborations with public and private national and international health agencies and institutions.

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Biochemistry & Molecular Medicine

Biochemistry is a central basic discipline to all branches of Life Sciences deals with the chemical nature, function, structure, energetic and pathways of synthesis and degradation of simple to complex biological and/or cellular molecules to understand the various aspects of cellular..

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Microbiology & Immunology

Welcome to the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at the College of Medicine, Alfaisal University, Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. We utilize innovative approaches which stimulates critical thinking, intellectual discovery and promotes ..

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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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