Start Date
August 2024
SASCED/P
09120103
Duration
7 years
Fees
80,000 Saudi Riyals per year

Program overview

The MBBS program at FCMS is committed to provide a distinctive undergraduate educational experience that prepares medical students during their undergraduate studies, internship, postgraduate training, further studies, and specialization.

The program includes required and elective courses, modules, credit-hour requirements, and college requirements together with details of the courses to be taken each year or semester.

The MBBS curriculum includes a six-year annual undergraduate degree program and an Internship Year. It consists of four phases. It applies an interdisciplinary thematic approach, integrating biomedical and clinical sciences with early clinical experience, communication skills, and clinical training at hospitals and other primary healthcare facilities.

The program is structured as an integrated spiral curriculum according to the Saudi MEDs competency-based framework. Its learning strategies include interactive lectures, team-based learning (TBL), problem-based learning (PBL), common clinical presentations (CCPs), flipped class (FC), and tutorial sessions, together with student presentations and small-group learning supported by appropriate clinical experience. Such learning activities employ Various delivery strategies at both hospitals and community-based facilities.

The program promotes a culture that enhances teamwork, collaboration, critical thinking, scientific inquiry, lifelong learning, time management, and community service delivery. Those elements are embraced by medical students and recognized as important pillars of effective care delivery in medical practice. In addition, students should recognize that the assessments at various phases of the program are designed to recognize achievements and development rather than reward superficial learning. The assessments are constructive and recognize the development of key attributes and qualities rather than rewarding short-term superficial learning.

The Program Study Plan

The MBBS program uses a horizontally and vertically integrated annual system with rotations in clinical medicine and preparation for supervised practice.

The program consists of the following components:

  • General required courses: 30 credit hours (26 hours in Preparatory Year including 1 Islamic culture course; 2 credit hours) and 4 credit hours of other 2 Islamic cultures (one course in second year and once course in fourth year).
  • MBBS courses: 185 credit hours – Spans 5 years (with 3 courses in Preparatory Year).

Description of the Courses

ARAB 101 - Arabic Language I
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ISLM 101 - Islamic Studies I
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ENGL 101 - English Language I
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COMP 101 - IT Skills
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ARAB 102 - Arabic Language II
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BIOS 101 – Biostatistics
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ENGL 102 - English Language II
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MTER 101 - Medical Terminology
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BIOL 101 - Human Biology
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CHEM 101 - Introduction to Chemistry
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COMM 101 - Communication Skills- First Year
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PHYS 101 - Medical Physics
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MED 210 - Foundation of Medicine A
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MED 220 - Foundation of Medicine B
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ISLM 201 - Islamic Culture II
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MED 211 - Principles of Research
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MED 212 - Early Clinical Experience
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MED 221 - Musculo-Skeletal System & Integument
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MED 310 – Blood, Cardiovascular and Respiratory System
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MED 311 - Endocrine and Reproductive
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MED 320 - Nutrition-Gastrointestinal System
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MED 321 - Renal and Urinary System
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MED 322 - Central Nervous System
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ISLM 300 - Islamic Culture III
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MED 410 - Introduction to Medical Professions and Clinical Skills
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MED 412 - Medical Ethics
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MED 411 - Special Senses I
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MED 413 - Elective Course I
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MED 421 - Community Medicine
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MED 422 - Behavioral Sciences
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MED 423 - Laboratory Medicine and Diagnostic Radiology
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MED 424 - Elective Course II
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MED 511 - Internal Medicine
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MED 523 - Medico-Legal Sciences
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MED 512 - Special Senses II
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MED 513 - Mental Health & Psychiatry
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MED 514 - Elective Course III
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MED 522 - Surgery I
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MED 521 - Child Health
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MED 524 - Elective Course IV
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MED 613 - Anesthesia and Critical Care
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MED 621 - Surgery II and Special Surgery
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MED 611 - Women's Health
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MED 614 - Patient Safety
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MED 612 - Family Medicine
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MED 622 - Emergency Medicine & Accidents
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MED 623 - Management in Healthcare Org
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MED 624 - Research Project
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MED 625 - Patient Safety, Professionalism, Research, Engagement Leadership and Development (SPREAD)
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Internship Year

The Internship Training Year is governed by approved rules and regulations of FCMS and overseen by the office of the Vice-Dean for Clinical Affairs. Students must satisfy the requirements of the Internship Training Year (Phase 4) to be awarded the MBBS degree by FCMS. The certificate of the MBBS program is issued only after completion of the Internship Year.

During the Internship Year, students must:
  • Demonstrate competency and confidence in the performance of the professional tasks, duties, and responsibilities of a General Physician (Practitioner).
  • Develop and embrace appropriate professional attitudes and respect of ethics according to Islamic and professional values and standards.
  • Demonstrate with confidence all clinical and other skills pursued during the undergraduate program.
Students work full-time for 1 year (Phase 4), rotating among major clinical disciplines:
  • Internal Medicine
  • Surgery
  • Pediatrics
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • Family Medicine
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Elective speciality

How will you learn?

Through different teaching and learning strategies, including curricular and extra-curricular activities to achieve the program learning outcomes in all areas. This includes interactive lecture, small group discussion, problem-based learning, team-based learning, assignment, tutorials, flipped classes, research activities, students prepared Presentations, case based learning and practical demonstration. In addition to clinical training (bedside teaching, clinics visits, standardized patients’ sessions, and skills lab sessions).

How you will be assessed?

Through direct assessment method and indirect assessment method, direct assessment method includes written exams (MCQs, EMQs and Essay questions), assignment evaluation using rubrics, presentation evaluation using rubrics, portfolio (research activities, community services activities assignment, case study and reflection), OSPE/OSCE and lab manual Evaluation, clinical portfolio (Mini-CEX, DOPs, evidence-based assignments, case-based discussions, and reflections), while in indirect assessment method include course learning outcomes survey.

Careers Overview: 

Upon successfully completing 6 years MBBS and 1 year internship training, graduates will be General Physician (or General Practitioner of Medicine). General Practitioner can work in Ministry of Health/ Health sector/ or Educational Sector.

Job Prospects:

MBBS graduates will be able to work in the Healthcare System within the six themes of SaudiMEDs, patient care, research & scholarship, professionalism, communication & collaboration, community-oriented practice, and scientific approach to practice.

Career Advice:

All students are invited and encouraged to constantly meet with career counselors assigned by the Student Career and Alumni Unit (SCAU). Student career counseling is a process that helps students to know and understand their skills, abilities, and interests, and how it relates to the workplace to make an appropriate decision concerning their future career path. It is a dynamic and collaborative process between a faculty staff member and student, focused on the student’s needs and goals.