Medicine Academic Regulations

Medicine Academic Regulations

Educational System

  • The program follows the credit hour system with a slight modification. One credit hour is equivalent to 15 hours of theoretical teaching or 30 hours of practical or clinical teaching or a mini-discussion session or 45 hours of field training during the semester.The European system is used to transfer and collect credit hours (ECTS) (It is expressed in terms of student workload) (SWL).One (ECTS) unit is equivalent to 25 hours of the student's total work hours.Expected values ​​for each semester:
    • From 18 to 19 credit hours for a 15-week semester or 24-26 credit hours for a clinical semester that extends over 20 weeks (1.25 credit hours for each clinical academic week).
    • From 25 to 28 contact hours per week.
    • 750 hours of total student workload for a 15-week semester.
    • An average of 30 ECTS units for a semester of 15 weeks or 40 ECTS units for a 20 weeks' semester. `

Duration of study

The duration of study for a bachelor's degree in Medicine and surgery is five years, divided into two phases:

  • Phase I (Pre-Clerkship).

Including the first three years divided by six semesters. Each semester lasts for 15 weeks of teaching, in addition to a preparation period and exams.

  • Phase II (Clerkship).

It includes two years of studies; each year consists of 40 teaching weeks plus a preparation period and exams. Clinical teaching is executed in rotation between clinical departments.

The study is followed by two years of compulsory training as a trainee doctor. After that, the graduate is granted a permit to practice the profession and is registered with the Medical Syndicate.

Characteristics of the Study

    • It teaches scientific medical subjects in English. The college may ensure that the student is proficient in the English language. The textbooks, exercises, and exams are all in English.
    • The program adopts a shift from teaching Medicine using separate courses to integrated educational units.
    • Study in Medicine is regular and requires attendance, as attendance and absence rates (in discussions, practical and clinical training, and field visits) are recorded in particular statements. The student is not allowed to sit for the exams unless he meets the attendance percentage 75% of the study activities in which attendance is recorded.
    • The program adopts a specified number of clinical cases and situations (Core clinical cases and situations). A set of skills are covered throughout the program at progressive levels (spiral revisit).

    The study is divided into two phases:

    • Phase I (Pre-Clerkship).

    The first, second, and third years (which are the years in which the student studies basic medical sciences with parts of clinical sciences) consist of six semesters. In the first year, the introduction to the study of basic sciences is done to introduce each science's basics. In the second and third years, the various body systems are studied as integrative units. Among the eight basic sciences (Anatomy – Histology – Physiology – Biochemistry – Diseases – Drugs – Microorganisms – Parasites) so that horizontal integration is achieved between the basic sciences, and the scientific material can be presented in the form of cases.

    In order to achieve vertical integration with clinical sciences at this stage, related topics from the two subjects of general Internal Medicine and General Surgery are studied simultaneously, with a prelude to clinical training by taking the patient history and conducting a clinical examination of body systems – and this can be used by the skills laboratory (Skills Lab)

    • Phase II (Clerkship).

    (The fourth and fifth years) are the years in which the student studies clinical sciences (General and Special Internal Diseases – General and Special Surgery – Gynecology and Obstetrics – Pediatric Diseases – Ophthalmology – Otolaryngology – Emergency Medicine – Forensic Medicine and Clinical Toxicology – Family Medicine) in addition to Community Medicine and Industrial Medicine. The student is trained in different clinical departments in groups alternately in university hospitals, hospitals, and health centers outside the university, approved by the faculty board for training, either through E-Learning or in a quick introduction, followed by a presentation of topics emphasizing clinical training in methods of detection, diagnosis, and patient handling.

    The program provides intensive semesters (which can be summer) for students who postponed their studies with an acceptable excuse, students who fail, or students who must re-study some courses in subsequent semesters.

Study Plan

The total credit hours for the program are 209 credit hours including:

  • 20 university requirements (14 compulsory and 6 elective) hours, provided that the student does not choose elective courses taught in Medicine.
  • 189 hours of the field's requirements (185 compulsories and 4 clinical electives).
  • The number of credit hours for each semester, as shown in the following table:

 

FifthFourthThirdSecondFirstYear
654321Semester
404015th15th15th15th15th15thWeeks
5050191818181818Credit hours

 

Curricula for developing personal and professional skills

It is taught in two stages:

  • Ø First: the first and second years include two credit hours, which train the student in learning, thinking, communication, practical presentation skills, and other personal and professional skills.
  • Ø Second: The fourth and fifth years include 4 credit hours that train students in Leadership Skills, Hospital Management, and Health Economics.

Elective Courses

  • It includes two groups; the student chooses from each:
    • The first group: is the university's electives and includes: 6 credit hours are available for the student to register two hours in any semester over five years.
    • The second group is a two-week clinical training in any medical specialty chosen by the student inside or outside the field during the summer semester starting from the third year. This training is estimated to be two accredited hours. The specialties are selected from the list of specializations available for training, either inside or outside the field.

Suspension, Discipline & Dismissal

  •  Suspending the enrollment and postponement of studies and examinations.
    • The Universities Organization Law and its executive regulations shall be applied concerning suspending enrollment and postponing studies.
    • Suppose the student has an excuse that prevents him from attending the study. In that case, he has the right to submit a request to suspend his registration for a full academic year within a maximum of one month from the start of the study. 3 'If, however, an acceptable and urgent excuse occurs to him after a month has passed from the beginning of the school year, he has the right to submit a request to postpone the final examination to the second round if he has met the required attendance rate (75%). If he does not meet the required attendance rate, he has the right to submit a request to postpone studying the unit or modules until a later semester.
    • The student or his parent submits a request to suspend registration for a full academic year and the documents that prove the reasons for stopping the enrollment (sick certificates – social reasons … etc.) to the Vice Dean for academic and student Affairs to consider the request and give an opinion. Submission of applications shall occur at the beginning of the academic year and no later than one month from its beginning.
    • The maximum suspension of enrollment is two years during the study period.
    • As for postponing the exams, excuses are provided within two weeks of the end of the exam. If a student misses the exam with an acceptable excuse, he can sit for the second-round exam and keep the grades of the year's work, and the grades obtained in full are calculated for him.

    The maximum years of study (Discipline and Dismissal).

    • The Universities Organization Law and its executive regulations shall be applied about discipline or dismissal from the field. It is not permissible for any student to claim that he is not aware of these regulations or that he does not have access to the university and the bulletins or what is published on their announcements' board concerning these instructions. The field's board decides on cases in which there is no text in this bylaw and the problems arising from its application. The following are the rules for dismissal from the college in case of exhaustion of the following:
    • The maximum failure in any course or module is four times.
    • The maximum number of studies in the first phase (Pre-Clerkship) is five years.
    • The maximum number of studies in the second (Clerkship) phase is four years; If the student has not exhausted the years granted to him as a rest for repetition in the first phase, he can take advantage of these opportunities in the second phase.

    The maximum number of years of study for the bachelor's degree is ten years (consisting of nine regular years in addition to one year of suspension), including excuses, suspension, and re-registration due to failure.

Exams & GPA

  • Study and Exam dates.

    Phase I – Pre-Clerkship:

    • Ø The first semester (Fall) begins in September and lasts for 15 weeks of teaching, followed by a preparation period and exams that end before the mid-year vacation. The second semester begins after the mid-year vacation ends and lasts for 15 weeks of teaching, followed by a preparation period and exams. Through the two semesters, formative, practical, and end of year's performance examinations are held.
    • Ø The second-round exam for the first and second semesters will be held at the end of August, considering no conflict in the exam dates for the two semesters.

    Phase II – Clerkship:

    • Ø The first semester (Fall) begins in September and lasts for 20 weeks of teaching, followed by a preparation period and exams that end before the mid-year vacation. The second semester begins after the mid-year vacation ends and continues for 20 weeks of teaching, followed by a preparation period and exams.
    • Ø The second-round exam will be held at the end of August.

Rules for moving to the higher academic level.

  • Ø The student moves from the first semester to the second semester without success in the courses or modules for the first semester.
  • Ø The student must pass each course or module separately.
  • Ø Suppose a student fails or is absent from the first-round examinations without an acceptable excuse from the College Board. In that case, he is permitted to sit for the second-round examinations (practical and written), and an arithmetic factor replaces the continuous assessment scores. A maximum score is calculated for him at 64.9%. However, if he is absent with an acceptable excuse, he retains the continuous assessment scores, and his grade is preserved when taking the second-round exams.
  • Ø Suppose the student fails after taking the second-round exams in the courses or modules representing ten credit hours or less. In that case, he moves to a higher academic level. He takes the exam in the courses or modules in which he has failed in a semester or subsequent semesters and does not keep the grades of the year's work, and the grades he gets are calculated for him with a maximum of 84.9%. The second is in courses or modules representing more than ten credit hours. He does not transfer to the higher academic level, and he must repeat the academic year. He takes the exam only in the courses or modules in which he failed and did not keep the year's work grades, and the grades obtained are calculated for him with a maximum of 84.9%; in this case, he can study courses from the longitudinal or optional tracks.
  • Ø The student does not proceed to the second stage unless he succeeds in all modules and the first stage courses except for any extended courses.
  • Ø For the fourth year: If the student fails after taking the second-round exams in representative courses 15 credit hours or less, then he moves to the fifth year, and after its completion, he must re-study those courses in which he failed in a semester or subsequent semesters and does not keep the year's work grades, and the grades he gets are calculated for him with a maximum of 84.9%. If he fails after the second round of exams (except for extended courses) that represent more than 15 credit hours, he does not transfer to the fifth year. He must repeat the academic year, and he takes the exam only in the courses in which he failed and does not keep the grades of the year's work. He can study courses from the longitudinal or optional tracks for the fifth year, not exceeding the maximum number of credit hours for the fourth year.
  • Ø Regarding the fifth year; If the student fails after taking the second-round exams in one or more subjects, he must repeat the school year and take the exam only in the courses in which he failed and not keep the grades of the year's work. The grades obtained for him are calculated with a maximum of 84.9%. The student cannot graduate unless he is successful in all modules and academic courses.

Grades and Grade Point Average GPA (Grade Point Average).

First: Ranks:              

  • A student is deemed to have failed if he obtained a score of less than 60% of the maximum result.
  • The overall grade of the student in the bachelor's degree is calculated based on the cumulative GPA for all academic years, according to the following table:

 

GradePercentage of Students Marks
ExcellentFrom 85% to 100%
Very GoodFrom 75% to less than 85%
GoodFrom 65% to less than 75%
PassFrom 60% to less than 65%

 

 

 

 

  • The student is awarded an honors degree if he can maintain a GPA of 3.3 during his studies in the program. Provided that he has not failed any of the semester exams except for the elective subjects, he must have studied at least 50% of the graduation requirements and not have been issued a disciplinary punishment during his school years.

 Second: Average score points: Grade Point Average (GPA)

 The grade point average is calculated as Average Point Grade (GPA) according to the following schedule:

PointsGradePercentage of Students Marks
4.0A +More than 97%
AFrom 93% to less than 97%
3.7A-From 89% to less than 93%
3.3B +From 84% to less than 89%
3.0BFrom 80% to less than 84%
2.7B-From 76% to less than 80%
2.3C +From 73% to less than 76%
2CFrom 70% to less than 73%
1.7C-From 67% to less than 70%
1.3D +From 64% to less than 67%
1.0D.From 60% to less than 64%
0.0FLess than 60%

 

The cumulative GPA is calculated upon graduation or upon transferring to another program as follows:

  • First, the student's points in each teaching unit or course are calculated by the number of credit hours for the module or course.
  • All grades ​​of the studied modules and courses are added.
  • The sum is divided by the total number of credit hours studied.

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