Research is the process of identifying, developing, testing and implementing new information with the goal of solving problems and improving human conditions. Research is the cornerstone for all academic activities and is the main yardstick to measure progress toward excellence. In the context of health and medical research, the responsibility on the institutions in Saudi Arabia is even greater. Training doctors and allied health professionals who are literate in and accustomed to research is one of the primary tasks of a University-based medical institution.
QUCOM has carefully deliberated before establishing its research priorities and developing its agenda for academic and applied research. In general, the current research priorities fall into three broad areas:
- Basic medical sciences, including biomedical research and biotechnology
- Clinical medicine, including investigations of the causes and risk factors of common diseases, and developing and testing effective and innovative treatment regimens
- Community health research, including prevention research in identifying community risk factors and developing and testing health promotion and disease prevention programs
The College provides an excellent environment for nourishing budding researchers and to facilitate the seasoned ones, in nearly all disciplines of medical sciences. The College has at its priority research agenda including the outstanding challenge of a phenomenal increase in the life-style related diseases, in a society that is in rapid transition to join the most modern and technologically advanced nations of the world.
The College administration is strongly supportive to research and provides many incentives for students, faculty and staff to design and conduct independent research projects. Research training of medical students is a top priority for the College. Students are exposed to research methods in their first year, and are taken through a process by which they learn how to design, conduct, analyze and present the results of a research project. At the end of the third year, the students have gone through the experience of designing and conducting an independent research project. During fourth and fifth years, they are exposed to medical audit, which uses many aspects of their research training. Also during the clinical years, students receive basic training in evidence-based medicine, which further enhances their skills in interpretation of research information.
Phases in research training of medical students