- Teaching and Examinations :
King Khalid University Hospital is the main teaching hospital in Saudi Arabia with 800-beds and a large expansion program. The four areas of emphasis are: General medical care with a large attachment and a busy accident and emergency department, tertiary referral care, undergraduate and postgraduate training, and research.
The undergraduate is offered through two (2) courses: Med 341 which offers each student six (6) hours of bedside hands-on presentation and Course 441 which is delivered as an eight (8) week internship divided between the university hospital, and another four (4) selected hospitals in Riyadh region.
In addition, both courses offer interactive tutorials and student presentations. This has replaced the old didactic teaching and covers about 80 medical topics. The shift from printed sources to internet based information about 2005. All academic staff have individual access to internet and staff and students have free access to several restricted sites like mdconsult.com, sciencedirect.com, and proquest.com. The latest circular from the library lists the password for twenty restricted medical sites. Part of the student presentation is compulsorily internet-based and serves at assessing their ability to derive information from peer-reviewed articles.
The undergraduate examinations have dispensed with essay-type questions are currently either MCQ's or clinical scenario-type. The clinical cases are now increased at the expense of the "oral" type of exams. This has been replace with ten (10) OSCE stations which ensures infirmity of cases and marking.
The residency training program offers daily admission rounds, a weekly grand round, a weekly consultant update, and frequent exam-oriented activities like reviews in subspecialty, MCQs and data interpretation. The pulmonology fellowship offers weekly a clinico-radiological conference, a journal club, and a teaching presentation alternately presented by a fellow and a consultant.
Examinations Sample :
1. The following are true regarding the management of an acute asthma attack :
a. Systemic corticosteroids are proven to improve survival
b. Intravenous theophlline benefits outweight its side effects
c. Hypocapnea is expected as a result of hyperventilation
d. Absence of wheeze can be the result of respiratory muscle fatigue
e. Palpable pulsus paradoxus is a sign of attack severity