I would like to begin by thanking Allah Subhans Waa Taalla for his blessings and providing me an opportunity to be a member of a dynamic team, whose mission in their capacity and orbit is to accomplishing the vision of his Highness, The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Abdullah Bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud, of spreading quality education and establishing world standard educational institutions in the Kingdom. In accordance to His Highness Vision, team’s idea was to establish a medical college which must have the long lasting benefits on the medical education in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
At the same time, it’s my great honor to serve as founding Dean of this college. For this, I thank His Excellency, Dr. Khalid Mohammed A. Al Ankary, Minister of Higher Education and His Excellency, Dr. Khaled Abdulrahman Al- Humoudi, Rector of Al Qassim University for the opportunity and for the trust they have placed in me to lead this institution.
Unaizah College of Medicine (UCM) is established in scenic location of Unaizah, with the collaboration of Wright State University, Boonshoft School of Medicine (WSU, BSoM), the essence of collaboration is, the curriculum of UCM, which will be the mirror to MD program of WSU, BSoM and it is the 1st medical college in the kingdom which offers the MD program of USA to our students.
This MD program meets the highest quality standards worldwide and the curriculum is being developed, reviewed and certified by the WSU, BSoM on regular basis. This curriculum emphasizes early longitudinal clinical experiences, integration of the basic and clinical sciences, teaching in ambulatory clinic settings and primary care. Our curriculum uses many learning methods, including standardized patients, clinical training models, computer-assisted instruction, human-patient simulators, small-group tutorials, interactive lectures and laboratory exercises.
Over and above of all learning methods, Team Based Learning (TBL), which is a unique and innovative method of learning, is the main source of learning for our students. It relates scientific principles and concepts to the prevention of disease and to the delivery of modern, compassionate medical care.
Our students will have the MD program in their own homeland of highest quality standards of USA, and in coming days, I can fore see, medical education in the Kingdom will be transformed into MD program and this will be the mile-stone achievement for advancement of medical education in the history of Ministry of Higher Education of Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.