Introduction

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

The FCMS provides students and other stakeholders with detailed information on the MBBS program specifications. This 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 learning environment is organised to provide appropriate facilities with flexibility in time, place, and style of learning according to international standards.

The MBBS program is structured as an integrated spiral curriculum according to the Saudi MEDs competence-based framework. Its learning strategies include interactive lectures, team-based learning (TBL), problem-based leaning (PBL), 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 MBBS program promotes a culture that enhances teamwork, collaboration, critical thinking, scientific inquiry, lifelong learning, time management, and service delivery. Those elements are embraced by medical students and recognised as important pillars of effective care delivery in medical practice. In addition, students should recognise that the assessments at various phases of the program are designed to recognise achievements and development rather than reward superficial learning. The assessments are constructive and recognise the development of key attributes and qualities rather than reward short-term superficial learning.

Program Objectives and Outcomes

Program Objectives

The measurable objectives of the MBBS program at FCMS are summarized as follows:

  • Early clinical experience and exposure
  • Graduating lifelong learners
  • Graduating reflective learners
  • Horizontal and vertical integrated curriculum
  • Graduating skillful learners
  • Graduating Professional physicians
  • Graduating physician with research skills
  • Graduating physician with community service and engagement experience

MBBS Program Study Plan

The MBBS program at FCMS 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: 35 credit hours – Preparatory Year
  • Islamic culture courses: 8 credit hours – 4 courses (2 in the Preparatory Year, 2 in the second and fourth years, respectively)
  • MBBS courses: 176 credit hours – spans 5 years

MBBS Curriculum Phases

The MBBS program at FCMS is divided into four phases:

  • Phase 1 – Preparatory Year: year 1
  • Phase 2 – Foundations of Medical Sciences: years 2 and 3
  • Phase 3 – Clinical Medicine: years 4, 5, and 6
  • Phase 4 – Internship Training Year: year 7

Admission Requirements for the program

The Board of Trustees (BOT) of FCMS determines the number of students that will be admitted each academic year based on the recommendation of the College Council. The admission requirements for new students to the MBBS program at FCMS include:

  • Hold a Saudi Secondary School Certificate - Science Section (or Equivalent) obtained within the last 5 years with a General and Science Grade not less than 80% to 85%
  • Pass the college Mini Multiple Interviews
  • Pass a General Aptitude Test (Qudorat) with a score not less than 70%
  • Pass a Standard Achievement Admission Test (Tahseely) with a score not less than 70%
  • Pass a medical check-up as specified by FCMS

Transference

Students may transfer from one program to another program within FCMS and thus change their specialty. Transference within FCMS is performed per the following guidelines:

  • The applicant completes a transfer request form and submits it to the Academic Affairs Unit (AAU)
  • The AAU processes the request and sends it with the student’s transcript to the Program Director
  • The Program Director reviews and submits a report to the VDAA for review and recommendations
  • The VDAA reviews the report and related documents to ensure their agreement with FCMS policies and regulations and then forwards them to the FCMS Academic Affairs Committee for a decision
  • The decision of the Academic Affairs Committee is ratified by the College Council and the Dean of FCMS
  • The AAU notifies the student of the decision.