Learning and teaching activities are at the core of academic planning and performance and are considered the priority tasks for all faculty members. The College adopts a problem-based, community-oriented, student-centered integrated curriculum. In addition to the intended learning outcomes, the college program is expected to develop the following special student attributes:
- Creative, problem solving, self-directed learner
- Higher level of clinical skills
- Commitment to community needs
- Higher level of skills in information technology
- Research orientation
- Better communication skills with team work and leadership capacities
The Teaching strategies include the following: problem discussion sessions in small groups; seminars assignment and presentation; relevant and complementary interactive lectures; panel discussions; free self-directed learning slots; student-faculty contact during staff office hours; bed-side teaching; tutorials; e-learning; small student-research projects; case presentation.
The College puts the highest emphasis on quality of learning and teaching and has developed rigorous mechanisms for monitoring and periodic evaluation of these activities. The Medical Education Department, along with the academic committees, ensures constant monitoring of inputs, processes and outputs of the learning and teaching activities.
The context in which the physicians of tomorrow will be practicing is changing considerably and at a fast pace. The healthcare of tomorrow will have a focus on communities and preservation of health, rather than the conventional patient-focused and disease oriented medical practice. The medical doctors of the future need to be leaders and decision makers; they should be self learners and in a continuous learning process; they should be well-versed in research; and they should be able to practice evidence-based medicine.
Accordingly, the College has developed a didactic strategy that is based upon self-directed and problem-based learning, is student-centered and uses an evidence-based and community-oriented approach. Enhancing the faculty members’ competence through professional development and research, and collaboration with renowned national and international institutions are important elements of the strategy to achieve the institutional vision.