Study plan

  1. Introduction

The program of Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery (MBBS (aims at training and qualifying young generations of medical graduates through proper innovative programs in medical education.

The curriculum is taught in blocks centered on body systems with horizontal integration of basic medical sciences, and elements of vertical integration of clinical application and clinically related cases. This makes it easier for the student to understand the strong relationship between basic sciences and the applied clinical sciences.

The College encourages students to use all sources of learning and research, develop the scientific capabilities and personal aspects necessary to build a future doctor who will contribute effectively to community development and patient care.

 

  1. Degree Requirements:

Almaarefa College of Medicine program offers the degree of Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery (MBBS), which requires six years of study and one year of internship (222 credit hours in seven years). The first is a one-year (two semesters) premedical phase. The second is a two and a half-year (five semesters) basic sciences phase, in which students study all body systems in integrated blocks with clinical relevance. The third phase is a two and a half-year (five semesters) phase composed of clinical rotations in the different fields of Medicine and Surgery. One-year (12 months) Internship is required after completion of all courses before official graduation.

 

  1. Curriculum Phases

The total program is divided into four phases as follows:

  1. Phase I (Premedical):  One year (two semesters – 35 credit hours):

Students in the first year study preparatory courses that enhance their skills through intense English courses and courses in major scientific disciplines (Physics, Chemistry, and Biology), in addition to general courses that improve their communication and computer skills and Islamic and Arabic language courses. A GPA of 2.5 out of 4 and successful completion of courses in English, Biology, Chemistry, and Physics are pre-requisites for registration of the Foundation Courses in level three (first semester of year II).

  1. Phase II (Basic Medical Sciences): Years 2,3, and 4 (five semesters – 93 credit hours):

This phase covers all body systems in health and disease. It begins with the Foundation Courses (ANAT214, PHSL215, and PATH216) in level (semester) 3, which cover general principles of all basic sciences in Medicine. Passing all three courses is a pre-requisite to continue studying body system blocks in the levels to follow.

In the following semesters (levels 4-7), all body systems are covered integrating basic medical sciences (horizontal integration) and some clinical applications and cases (vertical integration). Each body system block integrates related basic sciences (anatomy, histology, embryology, physiology, biochemistry, pathology, microbiology, pharmacology), in addition to radiological anatomy, and clinically relevant information. Completion of this phase is a prerequisite for the transition to phase III.

 

  1. Phase III (Clerkship Clinical Rotations): Years 4,5,and 6 (five semesters – 92 credit hours)

Patients' encounter starts in level 8, which includes therapeutics and introduction to clinical medicine, which are pre-requisite to continue further clinical medical sciences and clinical rotations in medical and surgical specialties (levels 9-12). Completion of all courses in this phase is a prerequisite for transition to phase IV.

  1. Phase IV (Clinical Internship): One year (12 months)

After successful completion of all previous courses (220 credit hours), students must successfully complete one year (12 months) of internship rotations to complete the graduation requirements for MBBS (Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery). Rotations are performed in major disciplines of Medicine and Surgery with a choice of elective disciplines at accredited training institutes.

 

  1. Degree Requirements

 

Overall Summary of Degree Requirements

Requirements

Cr. Hrs.

Description

University Requirements

16

Islamic (4) Arabic (4), Computer (3), Statistics (3), Communication (2)

College Requirements

37

English (13), Sciences (11), Principles of Learning (4), Psychology (3), Computer for Health (2),  Islam and Ethics (4)

Specialty Requirements

169

Foundation (12), Body System Blocks (74), Clinical Rotations (83)

Total

222 Credit Hours

A: University Requirements

Course Code

Course Title

Credit Hours

ISLM101

Islamic Culture

2

ISLM103

Economic System in Islam

2

ARAB101

Arabic Language-1

2

ARAB103

Arabic Language-2

2

COMP100

Computer Essentials

3

COMM201

Communication Skills

2

BIOS101

Biostatics

3

Total

16

B: College Requirements

Course Code

Course Title

Credit Hours

ENGL102

General English II

5

ENGL104*

General English III

5

ENGL103

English for Health Sciences

3

PHYS101

General Physics

3

CHEM101

General Chemistry

4

BIOL101

General Biology

4

PYSC201

Introduction to Psychology

3

COMP201

Computer for Health Sciences

2

ISLM301

Contemporary Jurisprudential Medical Issues

2

ETHC411

Ethics and Law for Health Professions

2

MEDU222

Principles of Learning and History of Medicine

4

Total

37

 

*To improve the English language level, the English language courses were changed from EBG 101 (5 hrs.) and ENGL 102 (5 hrs.) in version 1 of the program to ENGL 102 (5 hrs.) and ENGL 104 (5 hrs.) in version 2 of the program.

 

C: Specialty Requirements

Code & Number

Course Title

Cr. Hrs.

Pre-Requisites

ANAT214

Principles of Anatomy, Histology and Embryology

4

ENG104, BIOL101, CHEM101, PHYS101

PHSL215

Principles of Physiology, Biochemistry and Pharmacology

4

ENG104, BIOL101, CHEM101, PHYS101

PATH216

Principles of Pathology, Microbiology and Community Medicine

4

ENG104, BIOL101, CHEM101, PHYS101

HMIM224

Hemopoietin & Immune Systems

6

ANAT214, PHSL215, PATH216

MSK225

Musculoskeletal System

6

ANAT214, PHSL215, PATH216

RESP312

Respiratory System

6

ANAT214, PHSL215, PATH216

CHP310*

Community Health

2

PATH216

CVS322

Cardiovascular System

6

ANAT214, PHSL215, PATH216

RSCH410**

Introduction to Health Research

2

CHP310

URIN313

Urinary System

5

ANAT214, PHSL215, PATH216

LAB304

Medical Laboratory

2

_

REPR314

Reproductive System

5

ANAT214, PHSL215, PATH216

ENDO412

Endocrine And Metabolism

6

ANAT214, PHSL215, PATH216

RSCH420**

Field Health Research

2

RSCH410

CNS413

CNS, Special Senses and Behavior

8

ANAT214, PHSL215, PATH216

GIT323

Gastrointestinal System

6

ANAT214, PHSL215, PATH216

MGEN410

Medical Genetics and Advanced

Topics In Medicine

2

 

COMM403

Communication Skills with Patients

2

 

MIMG422

Medical Imaging and Intervention

2

 

THER425***

Therapeutics

8

All System Blocks

MED435****

Introduction to Clinical Medicine

6

All System Blocks

SKIL402

Clinical Professional skills

2

 

ENT531

Otolaryngology

3

MED435, THER425

FAM530

Family Medicine

3

MED435, THER425

ANAS538

Anesthesia

2

MED435, THER425

DERM533

Dermatology

3

MED435, THER425

OPTH532

Ophthalmology

3

MED435, THER425

PSCH534

Psychiatry

4

MED435, THER425

FRNS537

Principles of Forensic Medicine

3

MED435, THER425

EMR539

Emergency

4

MED435, THER425

ORTH536

Orthopedics

4

MED435, THER425

GYN535

Obstetrics & gynecology

6

MED435, THER425

MED 631

Internal Medicine I

6

MED435, THER425

PED 632

Pediatrics I

6

MED435, THER425

SURG 633

Surgery I

6

MED435, THER425

MED 634

Internal Medicine II

6

MED435, THER425

PED 635

Pediatrics II

6

MED435, THER425

SURG 636

Surgery II

6

MED435, THER425

MED701

Internship I

1

All 220 Credit Hours

MED702

Internship II

1

MED701

Total

169 Credit hours

 

* The name of the course CHP300 (2hrs.) in version-I of the program was changed to CHP 310 (2hrs.) in version-II of the program.

** The course CHP 310 (2hrs.) in version-I of the program was replaced by the courses RSCH 410 (2hrs.) and RSCH 420 (2hrs.) in version-II.

*** The course THER 424 (6hrs.) in version-I of the program was replaced by the course THER 425 (8hrs.) in version-II, and the course IMS 423 (6hrs.) was cancelled, adding its unrepeated contents to the course THER 425 (8hrs.) in version-II.

**** The course MED 431 (4hrs.) in version-I of the program was replaced by the course MED 435 (6hrs.) in version-II.

 

Detailed MBBS Graduation Plan by Level                      

 First
code Course Name Hr. requisite
BIOS 101 Biostatistics 3 -
COMP 100 Computer Essentials 3 -
ISLM 101 Islamic Culture 2 -
ARAB 101 Arabic Language I 2 -
PHYS 101 General Physics 3 -
ENGL 102 General English II 5 -
Total: 18
                                   
 Second
code Course Name Hr. requisite
BIOL 101 General Biology 4 -
ARAB 103 Arabic Language II 2 -
CHEM 101 General Chemistry 4 -
ENGL 103 English for Health Sciences 3 ENGL 102 - S
ENGL 104 General English III 5 ENGL 102 - S
Total: 18
                                   
 Third
code Course Name Hr. requisite
MEDU 222

Concepts and Principles of Learning & 

History of Medicine

4 -
ANAT 214 Principles of Anatomy Histology and Embryology 4 ENGL 104 - S
BIOL 101 - S
CHEM 101 - S
PHYS 101 - S
PHSL 215

Principles of Physiology, 

Biochemistry and Pharmacology

4 ENGL 104 - S
BIOL 101 - S
CHEM 101 - S
PHYS 101 - S
PATH 216

Priniples of Pathology, 

Microbiology and Community Medicine

4 ENGL 104 - S
BIOL 101 - S
CHEM 101 - S
PHYS 101 - S
PSYC 201 Introduction to Psychology 3 -
Total: 19
                                   
 Forth
code Course Name Hr. requisite
HMIM 224 Hemopoietic Immune Systems 6 PATH 216 - S
ANAT 214 - S
PHSL 215 - S
ISLM 103 Economic System in Islam 2 -
MSK 225 Musculoskeletal System 6 ANAT 214 - S
PHSL 215 - S
PATH 216 - S
COMM 201 Communication Skills 2 -
Total: 16
                                   
 Fifth
code Course Name Hr. requisite
RESP 312 Respairatory System  6 ANAT 214 - S
PHSL 215 - S
PATH 216 - S
CHP 310 Community Health 2 PATH 216 - S
COMP 201 Computer for Health Sciences 2 -
ISLM 310 Contemporary Jurisprudential Medical Issues  2 -
CVS 322 Cardiovascular System  6

ANAT 214 - S

PHSL 215 - S

PATH 216 - S

Total: 18
                                   
 Sixth
code Course Name Hr. requisite
RSCH 410 Introduction to Health Research 2 CHP 310 - S
URIN 313 Urinary System 5

ANAT 214 - S

PHSL 215 - S

PATH 216 - S

LAB 304 Medical Laboratory 2 -
REPR 314 Reproductive System  5

ANAT 214 - S

PHSL 215 - S

PATH 216 - S

ENDO 412 Endocrine And Metabolism  6 ANAT 214 - S
PHSL 215 - S
PATH 216 - S
Total: 20
                                   
 Seventh
code Course Name Hr. requisite
RSCH 420 Field Health Research  2 RSCH 410 - S
CNS 413 CNS, Special Senses and Behavior 8 ANAT 214 - S
PHSL 215 - S
PATH 216 - S
GIT 323 Gastrointestinal System  6 PATH 216 - S
ANAT 214 - S
PHSL 215 - S
MGEN 410 Medical Genetics and Advanced Topics in Medicine  2 -
COMM 403 Communications Skills with Patients 2 -
Total: 20
                                   
 Eighth
code Course Name Hr. requisite
ETHC 411 Ethics and Law for Health Professions  2 -
MIMG 422 Medical Imaging and Intervention  2 -
MED 435 Introduction to Clinical Medicine 6 -
THER 425 Therapeutics  8

ANAT 214 - S

PHSL 215 - S 

PATH 216 - S 

SKILL 402 Clinical Professional Skills  2 ANAT 214 - S
PHSL 215 - S
PATH 216 - S
Total: 20
                                   
 Ninth
code Course Name Hr. requisite
ENT 531 Otolaryngology 3 -
FAM 530 Family Medicine  3 -
DERM 533 Dermatology 3 -
OPTH 532 Ophthalmology 3 -
PSCH 534 Psychiatry 4 -
Total: 16
                                   
 Tenth
code Course Name Hr. requisite
ANAS 538 Anesthesia 2 -
FRNS 537 Principles of Forensic Medicine 3 -
EMR 539 Emergency  4 -
ORTH 536 Orthopedics 4 -
GYN 535 Obstetrics and Gynecology 6 -
Total: 19
                                   
 Eleventh
code Course Name Hr. requisite
SURG 633 Surgery I 6 -
MED 631 Internal Medicine I 6 -
PED 632 Pediatrics I 6 -
Total: 18
                                   
 Twelfth
code Course Name Hr. requisite
SURG 636 Surgery II 6 -
MED 634 Internal Medicine II 6 -
PED 635 Pediatrics II 6 -
Total: 18
Thirteen: Internship - 1
Fourteen: Internship - 2