The Arabian Gulf University and the College of Medicine and Medical Sciences were established by a Decree from the General Council of Ministers of Education in the GCC Countries at their 5th Meeting in Kuwait on 30th March 1980. The first batch of 37 students was admitted to the Pre-Medical Programme of the College in October 1982 and the first class graduated in 1989/90. The College admits upto 150 students annually from the GCC Member Countries according to an agreed allocation formula. Currently, in the academic year 2009-2010, the total number of registered Undergraduate Medical students in all the six years is 797, and there are 41 students in three Graduate Programmes of the College.
The College follows a problem-based, student-centred curriculum. In this system of education, teaching and learning are carried out through an integrated organ-system based process with the faculty members acting as facilitators to small groups of students. This educational strategy, which is currently being adopted by an increasing number of Medical Colleges throughout the world, aims at equipping the Medical Graduate with the desired knowledge, the appropriate attitudes and professional skills which are necessary for the effective and successful practice of medicine in the community, and for lifelong learning in the rapidly advancing field of medicine.
The primary mission of the College is to produce Medical Graduates able to recognise and respond effectively to the health needs of the individuals, families and communities of the Arabian Gulf Region; while remaining sensitive to the socio-cultural norms and Islamic Values of their people. In addition, the College facilitates developments at all levels in the continuum of medical education and undertakes basic and applied research in response to priority health needs of the Region.
Graduate programmes include Diploma, Masters, and PhD training in selective specialist areas of Medicine and Medical education.
The College sees its role in the GCC Region as one of leadership, through :
- Setting benchmarks and standards of excellence in both Undergraduate and Postgraduate Medical Education.
- Fostering closer relationships between National and Regional Institutions in both education and research.
- Helping create a Region-wide system for quality assurance in medical education and training.
- Fostering a culture of problem-based self-learning, and practice of evidence-based healthcare and medicine.
- Provision of a platform for Regional strategic planning in health and health education.
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