The Department of Medical Education, College of Medicine, KSAU-HS, initiated the first Masters in Medical Education Program (MMEP) in the Kingdom during the Academic Year 2006-2007 with 18-20 student intakes per year. The MMEP provides leadership opportunity to health professionals in the fields of medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, nursing, and other health professions. It prepares them to deliver quality standards and services in educational leadership roles and to improve their educational understanding, methods, and programs. The MMEP is committed to providing basic educational knowledge and skills through a comprehensive program designed to prepare faculty members to educate and lead health professionals.
The Program aims at promoting the acquisition of knowledge, skills, and attitudes in the field of medical education. The learning objectives are based on the competencies and task analyses of those job descriptions expected to be performed by graduates. These competencies are gradually built and developed throughout the course of the program. In general, at the end of the program the graduate is expected to:
- Critically evaluate the theoretical and empirical educational literature particularly as it relates to education for the health professions;
- Plan, design, and implement a relevant course for health professionals based on international principles of learning and instruction, with special reference to workplace-centered problem-based learning;
- Provide scientifically based advice and assistance in medical education to teachers, curriculum committees, management of educational units, and to promote implementation of related skills;
- Demonstrate effective teaching and communication skills;
- Show high quality students assessment by using the proper tools.
- Plan, design, and implement an adequate evaluation strategy and effect in proper utilization;
- Implement new trends in medical education e.g. Problem-Based Learning, recent Adult Learning Principles and, Community-Based Education;
- Develop and enhance the programs of Continuing Medical Education (CME) and Evidence-Based Medicine (EBM); and
- Conduct research studies on topics significant to the field; and, for that purpose, to teach how to formulate a research question, design a study, collect reliable and valid data, perform appropriate statistical analyses, and interpret and report research findings.