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Medical Biochemistry


Medical Biochemistry is a division of the laboratory medicine that is generally concerned with analysis of bodily fluids, which are useful for diagnostic and therapeutic purposes. Many of clinical decisions are made based on laboratory test results, the majority of which are Biochemistry.

In 1971, King Saud University (KSU) established the Medical Biochemistry Unit at the College of Medicine. The unit, which is a part of the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, offers an excellent diagnostic service for the patients at King Saud University Medical City (KSU-MC) Hospitals; using fully automated analyzers: Amino-acid Analyzer for amino acid analysis, Gas Chromatogram with Mass Spectrometer (GC/MS) for urine organic acids analysis, HPLC for vitamins and catecholamines, ICP-MS for trace metals analysis, Tosoh G8 for HbA1C analysis, BN Prospec for serum proteins and Apo-lipoproteins and Minicap electrophoresis system for serum protein electrophoresis to mention but a few. Moreover, a variety of courses is offered, including: medical biochemistry, molecular biology and genetics, for both undergraduate and postgraduate medical students. These courses emphasize on recent findings and relevant fundamental background information.

The Clinical Biochemistry Unit laboratories at KSU-MC analyzes close to 4.2 million tests per year making about 70% of the pathology laboratory’s total workload employing advanced laboratory automation . The Routine Biochemistry unit consists of the following subunits with the average volume of tests they execute per year are as follows; the Routine Chemistry lab, 3,697,757 tests, endocrine lab, 338,465 tests, the TDM and toxicology, 33,510 tests, and urine chemistry bench, 54,596 tests.

The Special Biochemistry Laboratory and the Inherited Metabolic Disease Laboratory (IMDL) together executed about 63,812 tests per year.

In addition to the academic, diagnostic and research activities, the unit also offers annual training courses and workshops in different branches of medical biochemistry, in which the most recent knowledge of medical and clinical biochemistry are presented.

Under the umbrella of Vice-Deanship of Postgraduate and Research at the college of medicine, which is directly supervised by the Postgraduate Medical Education Centre, a diverse group of postgraduate programs is available for graduated medical doctors. KSU Fellowship Pathology Program (Medical Biochemistry) is one of these programs. The program will be conducted at the clinical biochemistry laboratories at College of Medicine, KSU; in collaboration with other units of the pathology department and laboratory medicine at:

  • King Abdul-Aziz Medical City, National Guard Hospital.
  • King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Center.
  • Prince Sultan Military Medical City.

The four institutions agreed to provide all facilities available, with regard to: Residency Training Committee Staff  band other members by request from Hematology, Immunology, Microbiology and Molecular Genetics\Cytogenetics units; education; equipment; and specimens for the training program. More details about the number of the participated faculty staff ( see attached link).

The KSU Fellowship Pathology Program in Medical Biochemistry is the only program currently offered in the Kingdom for medical graduat


KSU Fellowship Pathology Program (Medical Biochemistry).


In compliance with the vision of the College of Medicine, the graduates from the KSU Fellowship Pathology Program (Medical Biochemistry) will lead the field with major impact on the healthcare of the Saudi community and contribute significantly to the practice of the Laboratory Medicine.


  • To help in the interpretation and follow up of clinical biochemistry laboratory results.
  • To establish and maintain clinical quality standards.
  • To liaise with physicians to customize the laboratory services according to the physicians’ needs.
  • To educate and train undergraduate students, postgraduate candidates and staff.


  1. To prepare a highly qualified clinical biochemist.
  2. To provide residents with knowledge and skills for laboratory services and management.
  3. To encourage initiation and participation in scientific research.

The detailed objectives for each of the five academic years of the program are discussed with program structure.


Applicants must:

  1. Fulfill the general requirements of KSU for admission to postgraduate studies.
  2. Hold MBBS degree and have graduated within the last 5 years.
  3. Pass an interview and a selection examination prior to admission.
  4. Secure a letter of approval from his/her sponsor/employer that he/she would be a full-time resident all through the programme.


  1. Residents will abide by the rules and regulations of King Saud University Fellowship Programme in medical fields.
  2. The program will require successful completion of 4 years with an optional opportunity to add one more year for subspecialty training (Post-Fellowship Subspecialty Training).
  3. Training: will include formal lectures, seminars and practical sessions; carrying out a research project during the third year of training to be completed before the end of the fourth year; and the attendance of the relevant scientific meetings.
  4. Evaluation: Residents will be evaluated in theoretical and practical skills by continuous assessments and final examination at the end of every year. In addition, an oral examination will be held at the end of the fourth year.
  5. Examinations: As detailed in the general policies for the KSU Fellowship Program in Pathology. In short:
  1. R1, R2 & R3 Exams: Will be assessed as following:
    1.  Continuous assessment: 30%.
    2. Final Exam: 70%.
  2. R4 Exam: At the end of the fourth year of the program and consists of the following:
    1. Written Exam (Essays and MCQs): (40%).
    2. Practical Exam: (40%).
    3. Oral Exam: (20%).
  3. The candidates have to pass with a score not less than 60% in each part of the examination. However, the resident has to score a total of 70% in the whole examination in order to be considered as pass.
  4. Academic degree: The residents who have successfully completed the training program will be awarded a certificate from KSU entitled “KSU Fellowship Pathology Program (Medical Biochemistry)” and will be eligible to obtain a license as senior registrar in Medical Biochemistry from the Saudi Council for Health Specialties.
  5. The KSU Fellowship Pathology Program (Medical Biochemistry) has great similarity to the topics and subjects covered by MRCPath (Chemical Pathology).


Leave eligibility and stipulations applicable to the residents in the program:

  1. A total of 30 days’ vacation leaves per year, which may be split into 2 parts depending on the department’s requirements.
  2. Only One Eid holiday per year.
  3. Study leave (for conferences or preparing for an exam):
  4. Residents may apply individually for 7 days of study leave per year after approval from the program committee and department chairman.
  5. If the interruption is due to sickness, a medical report should be submitted to the program committee.
  6. Leave without pay and carry-over of leave days to the next year are NOT allowed.
  7. The maximum period for interruptions due to sick leave or maternity leave or other reasons including the annual leave should not exceed 90 days during the same year of training in the program.
  8. The Maternity leave for females will be (90) days during the whole period of the program and can be divided per resident’s request.

For more information, please visit the following link:

Residency Training Committee




Dr. Rana M. Hasanato (Program Director)

College of Medicine, KSUMC*

Dr. Ahmed Mujamammi (Program Deputy Director)

Dr. Khalid M. Sumaily

Dr. Essa Sabi

Dr. Zeyad Kurdee

Dr. Usman Ghani

Dr. Sumbul Fatmah

Dr. Waleed Al-Omaim


Dr. Samia Sobki


Dr. Waleed El-Tamimi


* King Saud University Medical City

** King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Center

*** Prince Sultan Military Medical City

**** King AbdulAziz Medical City, National Guard Hospital


Department of Pathology and Medical Laboratories,

College of Medicine, King Saud University,

P.O. Box 2925 (30), Riyadh 11461, K.S.A

Telephone:  +966-11-8066558

Fax : +966-11-4672462





Last updated on : January 12, 2023 3:19am