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Postgraduate studies

The Department prepares and trains resident physicians. This includes the internship fellowship in Internal Medicine from King Saud University and the Saudi Internal Medicine Fellowship, as well as the Arab Board Certificate in Internal Medicine in addition to 16 other training programmes. The department has more than 100 trainees across the various training programmes. 


KSU Internal Medicine Board Programme

Internal Medicine Residency Program, College of Medicine, in King Saud University Medical City is structured to provide a comprehensive core curriculum in internal medicine. This is accomplished through supervised daily patient care activities as well as other educational activities. 
The residency program is structured to ensure that each resident has the opportunity to acquire the knowledge, clinical skills, interpersonal skills, professional attitudes and behaviors, and experience required to become an outstanding general internist or subspecialist. 
For each required and elective rotation, the curriculum defines the educational purpose, training objectives, principal teaching methods, educational content, educational methods, and evaluation methods. 
The curriculum covers the full range of general internal medicine and all subspecialties. It also provides an educational framework for clinical experiences in the related specialties of dermatology, neurology and diagnostics medical specialties.

Message from the programme director:

Great residency training starts with motivated residents, enthusiastic staff and organized program.  We at King Saud University, Department of Medicine is proud of our graduates – the extraordinary residents over the passed years since the program started on 1981 where many of them now have an outstanding career. The Postgraduate Residency Training Program in Internal medicine, King Khalid University Hospital spans for four years.  Our overall goal is to train highly, competitively responsible and ethical physicians.  As of October 2013, the program was reformed and the objectives were redefined to reach a better standard. Further, this program is organized to provide early clinical, emergency and procedural skills to junior residents; allowing senior residents to consolidate more on their subspecialties and consultations skill across the four years training.  In the same way, affording senior residents the opportunity to teach, supervise and mentor the junior residents is also a privilege.

With its ratification, our residents are uniformly of the highest caliber, dedicated and committed to excellence.  They are, in fact, the greatest strength of our training program.  The commitment of our Department to residents’ education is reflected through activities including a weekly Academic Half-Day.  The residency program committee of the department at the university had extremely supported the program.  Indeed, we expanded further to involve residents to rotate at other major hospitals in Riyadh area this year.  With it, we proudly were the first internal medicine postgraduate program in the region to implement OSCE exams at end-of-the-year evaluation.
Please take the time to go through it and please do not hesitate to contact me for suggestions or inquiries.

Dr. Hatem Alnasser
Internal medicine Program Director.

Joining the programme: The Saudi Commission for Health Specialties (SCFHS) is a Saudi Arabian scientific commission that regulates all the medical training programs as well as health care-related practices and accreditation at all levels in Saudi Arabia.
After finishing medical schools, candidates typically apply for seats in one of the residency programs through SCFHS and enter a phase I matching system that matches the applicant choice of the wanted specialty as well as the training region/city. 
After the phase I matching results, the names of those residents who matched to internal medicine (usually around 200-250 applicants) will be sent to the internal medicine training center in Riyadh so that these centers offer interviews.
At King Saud University internal medicine program, traditionally a filtering system is used to select around 100 candidates for the interviews that is based on: grade point average (GPA), Saudi medical licensing exam (SMLE), and detailed review of the Curriculum Vitae (looking for an interest in internal medicine and future goals) and letters of recommendation,  
The interview structure traditionally had included the program director and a chief resident +/- an additional consultant all sitting in one room and the candidates enter the room one by one. Questions were open and follows the traditional methods. New residents are joining of the IM Residency program in October every year.


Ms. Jogi Chacko
Mobile: 0531905468


KSU Gastroenterology & Hepatology Fellowship Programme

The Gastroenterology and Hepatology Fellowship is a 3-year program designed to provide broad training in gastroenterology and hepatology to serve as an expert independent consultant and endoscopist for patients with diseases in the gastrointestinal tract and liver with available opportunities for advanced training in clinical research.

Message from the programme director: 

Despite the pandemic crisis that we are facing right now, we are open and willing to train those who are interested to join the Gastroenterology and Hepatology Fellowship Program.  Our aim is to impart adequate knowledge and skills to cope efficiently with relevant health problems.   Raise candidates’ awareness on the importance of a team approach to a medical problem, train candidates to perform independent research, and to adopt a research-oriented approach to new problems.  We also boast the trainee to develop self-confidence, to become well-disciplined and independent.  We provide an educational learning environment that is in accordance with international health care standards.  We assure that our graduates are well-trained, efficient, with the appropriate attitude towards work and in accordance with medical ethics.

Programme Structure:

This Specialty Program is a 36-month duration consisting of the following:
22 months of clinical gastroenterology
3 months of liver transplant
1 1/2 months of laboratory rotation (radiology/histopathology)
1 1/2 months colorectal/hepatobiliary surgery
2 months Research
3 months electives to be done in a selected interest provided it is approved by the training committee
3 months vacation (30 days per year of training) plus one week Eid holiday/year
Joining the programme: 
In order to join the program, should have the following:
      1-King Saud fellowship of Internal Medicine or Saudi Subspecialty certificate in the Internal Medicine or an equivalent recognized degree classified by the Saudi Commission for Health Specialties
      2-Internal medicine certificate (i.e. MRCP) with 4 years training in internal medicine in a recognized institute.
      3-A written permission from the sponsoring institute allowing the candidate to participate on a full-time basis for the entire period of the program
      4-A letter of approval from the place of work confirming permission to join the program on a full-time basis for the entire period of the program
      5-Three recommendation letters
      6-Curriculum Vitae
The acceptance of applications including the date of interview will be announced through the postgraduate center.

KSU Sleep Medicine Fellowship Programme

The Sleep center is well-prepared to start the fellowship training and to meet the fellowship requirement. We will brief the distinction and the excellence of the center at different levels:

Expertise: The center is run by qualified Sleep Medicine Specialists who have done their training in North America with collaboration and support from other related specialties:

Prof. Ahmed BaHammam: Prof. of Sleep Medicine
Dr. Salih Aleissi associate consultant sleep medicine 
Dr. Rouf Pirzada assistant consultant sleep medcine 
Dr. Muslim Alsaadi: Associate Prof. of Sleep Medicine
Dr. Abdulrahman Hajar: Assist Prof. of ENT with interest in Sleep Medicine
Collaborator from outside the University:

Dr. Fawzia Bamogadem: Consultant Neurology, Epilepsy and Sleep Medicine (King Fahd Medical City)
Dr. Adel Alharbi: Consultant Pediatric Pulmonary and Sleep Medicine (Riyadh Military Hospital)
Clinical Exposure: All types of sleep studies are conducted in the University Sleep Disorders Center. We see cases from different age groups (newborns to elderly). Additionally, we receive referrals from all over the Kingdom in all kinds of sleep disorders even the rare ones. The waiting list to undergo an overnight sleep study is eight months.

Technicians: The center has well-trained sleep medicine technicians

Facility: Adequate space for four-bedded sleep disorders center, with clinic, control room and discussion room. Other hospital facilities can be used for teaching if needed.

Equipment: The center has the state-of-the-art equipment for clinical training and research.

Research: Since its establishment in 2002, more than 90 peer-reviewed papers have been published and around 80 scientific abstracts have been read in local and international scientific meetings, in addition to invitations to write chapters in scientific books. A number of those presentations were done by trainees and students in the college of medicine. A medical student who was trained in the center has won the best research award in the Annual Meetings of the Saudi Thoracic Society on the year 2008 and the year 2009.

Message from the programme diretcor: 

Thank you for your interest in the Sleep Medicine Fellowship Training Program at The  King Saud Unversity Sleep Disorders Center.

 Our program is a one year of fellowship training after completing pulmonary medicine, and two years after completing psychiatry, pediatrics, otolaryngology, or neurology training and we graduate three to four trainees each year. Since inception, more than 12 individuals have graduated from our program and have gone on to positions in both academics and communities all over the country.

We are deeply committed to the training of well-rounded individuals who have both the depth of knowledge required of the next generation of sleep medicine experts, as well as the coping skills and work-life balance for long-term productivity. Our fellows are expected to function as junior faculty members, with the faculty always available for supervision and guidance. We take pride in our ability to tailor the program to the career aspirations of our fellows. In this regard, we can offer subspecialty electives, additional dedicated research time as well as enrollment in didactic courses offered on campus.

Ahmed BaHammam, MD, FCCP
Professor of Medicine
Program Director, Sleep Medicine Fellowship


Porgramme structure:

Degree Requirements:
This is a two-year fellowship program. The first year will be spent in pulmonary medicine training and the second year in the disorders center (one year will be counted for pulmonary fellows who have done two years of pulmonary medicine).
Below are the responsibilities and expectations of the fellow in training:

Practical Experience:

Interpret polysomnograms (PSG) at the SDC. This program requires a minimum of 150 PSG interpretations for sleep medicine fellowship completion, although there is ample opportunity for more.
Interpret Multiple Sleep Latency testing (MSLT) at the SDC. (minimum 25 for the fellowship)
Minimum 150 new patients and 150 follow-up patients must be documented in the fellow's logbook throughout the sleep fellowship. At least 50 of the new patients must include a diagnosis other than sleep-disordered breathing. Evaluation of at least 30 pediatric age patients is also required. Two half-day adult patients’ clinics and one every other week clinic at pediatric sleep clinic should give ample exposure to a required number of patients. Fellows will also attend respective clinics in other sub-specialty rotations. Overall, there are plenty of patients with a variety of sleep disorders to more than meet the minimum requirements.
Take sleep lab call & attend sleep business meetings
Teach rotating residents & students
It is strongly recommended to write at least one article that is preferably a result of the fellow's sleep research project, which was ongoing throughout the sleep fellowship
Must attend all sleep lecture series and complete required readings
Theoretical Knowledge:

1. Physiological basis of sleep

Physiology of sleep and wakefulness states as a function of age.
Sleep regulation as a function of age.
Models of ontogeny and biological function of sleep.
Electroencephalogram activity during wakefulness and sleep and staging of sleep.
Usefulness and limitations of different methods for scoring sleep stages.
Adaptation of bodily functions to sleep:
           - Brain activity.
           - Motor control of skeletal muscles.
           - Sensation.
           - The activity of the autonomic nervous system.
           - Heart and circulatory functions.
           - Respiratory functions.
           - Metabolic activity.
           - Hormone secretion.
           - Thermoregulation.
           - Effects of acute and chronic sleep deprivation.
            - Mental processes during non-rapid eye movement and rapid eye movement sleep, at sleep onset and upon awakening, e.g., reflexive activity, classic dreams, lucid dreams, nightmares, hypnagogic, and hypnopompic hallucinations.
2. Chronobiological aspects of sleep
Circadian rhythm, circadian clock, and its influence on circadian rhythms such as temperature and various physiological functions.
Chronobiological models of sleep regulation.
Circadian variation of cognitive performance.
Variation of tiredness and sleepiness during the day.
Methods for recording time-dependent variations of sleepiness and alertness.
Circadian rhythm disorders (diagnosis and management).
3. Diagnostic procedures and assessment of sleep disorders
Ability to perform clinical and psychological workup (interview and examination).
Adequate knowledge of the diagnostic approach to diseases listed in ICSD-2 (Sateia, 2005).
Mastering of diagnostic procedures including:
           - PSG.
           - Cardiorespiratory polygraphy.
           - MSLT and MWT.
           - Sleep/wake questionnaires.
           - Basic knowledge of other diagnostic tests, e.g., neuropsychological tests.
4. Treatment of sleep disorders
Influence of medication on sleep.
Sleep hygiene.
Drug therapy for sleep disorders.
Cognitive behavioral therapy and other psychotherapeutic procedures.
Nasal CPAP, principles of non-invasive ventilation.
Surgical procedures.
Dental appliances.
Light therapy.
This program should award the trainee a fellowship certificate upon the successful completion of requirements.


Joining the programme:

Admission Requirements:
The applicant must have completed residency/fellowship training in Saudi Board in one of the following specialties: Pulmonary Medicine, Neurology, Pediatrics, Psychiatry, or Otolaryngology. Or holds a certificate in one of the above specialties accredited by the Saudi Commission for Health Specialties.
The applicant must provide the following:

Completed application form (available at Residency Office or Click here to register)
Updated Curriculum Vitae and certificates
MBBS and Internship (copy)
Transcript of records (copy)
SLE: Saudi Commission License Exam (copy)
Certificate of completion of Saudi Board training by the Saudi Commission for Health Specialties.
Non-Saudi Board certificates should be accredited by the Saudi Commission for Health Specialties
A statement of purpose
Three recommendation letters
ID/Passport (copy)
Six pictures (passport size)
Letter of no objection from the primary employer (sponsor)
The following procedure will be followed:
            - The application should be submitted on or before the given deadline. Any incomplete application will not be accepted.
            - Candidate's file will be forwarded to the Department Program Director for review.
            - Accepted applicant will be informed in writing or by telephone contact to attend the selection exam.
            - For fees and other details, Please contact below:

Fellowship applications should be received between July 1 and September 30 for fellowship to begin January of the following year.



Office Secretaries at tel. # +966-1-467-9226/467-2609/467-1551/1554/ 1556/1564 ext 221  207 Fax #  481-1853



KSU Interstitial Lung Disease (ILD) Programme

King Saud University is widely recognized in the Kingdom for providing excellent service in the treatment of a wide range of respiratory disorders. In the field of Interstitial Lung Disease (ILD), we have become the leading referral center in the Kingdom. Since the inception of the Interstitial Lung Disease and Pulmonary Hypertension Center, we have evaluated more than 1200 cases of various ILDs and Pulmonary Hypertension over the past 5 years who have been referred from other medical centers in the Kingdom. There is no other medical center in the Kingdom who can boast of the quality and number of patients with ILD being catered to. The dearth of trained specialists in ILD behooves that a program be established to train physicians who are interested in caring for patients with ILD. Being a center widely recognized nationally and internationally to be a referral center for ILD cases, we hold a unique position to meet this need. The ILD Center is capable of running such a training program.

Message from the programme director: 

We are pleased to present one of a kind sub-specialty program in Interstitial lung disease.  The main objective of the KSU Fellowship Training in Interstitial Lung Disease is to provide the candidates with a learning experience that will assure competence in the specialized discipline of Interstitial Lung Disease. Specifically the program is aimed at providing the candidates with special skills in the diagnosis and management of Interstitial Lung Disease at a consultant level, allowing them to be able to manage these cases on their own and thus improve delivery of health care for these cases. 

Programme structure:

i. Continuing program development lecture series: will be conducted twice weekly (1 hour) to discuss about interstitial lung disease and associated disorders or complications. This will be presented by ILD fellow or a Pulmonary fellow. 
ii. Multidisciplinary ILD meetings: conducted twice a month and cases will be presented by the ILD fellow in a meeting involving various specialties involved in interstitial lung diseases (ILD pulmonology consultants, Radiologists, Pathologists, Rheumatologists, Thoracic Surgeons, Gastroenterologists, ILD allied staff- nurses, respiratory therapists). The meeting aims to come up with consensus diagnosis and plan of management.
iii. Pulmonology Journal Club: twice a month
iv. Radiology meeting: weekly (1 hour)
v. Pathology meeting: once a month (1 hour)
vi. Riyadh chest club meetings: monthly
vii. Saudi Association for ILD meetings: twice yearly
viii. Saudi Thoracic Society Annual meeting: yearly
Joining the programme:
Criteria for Admission into the Fellowship Program
a. Candidate should have a basic medical qualification such as the MBBS or equivalent degree acceptable by the King Saud University. 
b. He should have successfully completed internship. 
c. He should have passed a general internal medicine examination, e.g. King Saud Fellowship or Saudi Board, Arab board or an acceptable equivalent. 
d. The candidate should have passed a general pulmonary medicine examination, e.g. King Saud Fellowship or Saudi Commission for Health Specialties or an acceptable equivalent. A preliminary acceptance can be granted to candidates who pass the written part of the Pulmonary Medicine training exam. They will not be moved to the next level of training until they pass the clinical part of the Pulmonary Medicine examination.
e. He should pass a personal interview and/or a selection examination according to the rules and regulations of the KSU Fellowship programs. 
f. If not working in KKUH, a candidate must provide a release letter from his/her sponsor for the whole duration of the program. 
g. If working in KKUH, an approval from the Department of Medicine is required. The candidate should fulfill the requirements of the Post Graduate Medical Education regulations and payments.
Joysan Enriquez
Secretary /Pulmonology Division

KSU Rheumatology Fellowship Programme

The subspecialty of rheumatology includes a wide array of inflammatory, non-inflammatory, and degenerative diseases that affect the musculoskeletal system along with other organs. The purpose of rheumatology training programs is to train fellows to be accomplished practitioners and consultants in rheumatic diseases, as well as encourage professional and scholarly attitudes and approaches.


Message from the programme director: 

The field of rheumatology has evolved and expanded greatly with the many discoveries and introduction of newer effective therapies. The amount of national research published has not been up to the expectations. Unlike other implemented programs, this new program has been developed to include an organized curriculum that includes basic science, clinical skills and research methodology sessions that will hopefully graduates well trained rheumatologists that well have a the necessary tools to improve both quality of care and research in Saudi Arabia. 


Programme structure: 

The training should be held in King Khalid University Hospital and other accredited hospitals.
Duties will include:
1. Inpatient care of the rheumatology unit
2. Consultation
3. Outpatient care
4.     Medical day unit
1. Immunology/biochemistry (2 weeks)
2. Physiotherapy/Occupational therapy (2 weeks)
3. Pediatric rheumatology (4 weeks)
4. Orthopedic surgery (2 weeks)
5. Elective (8 weeks)
Half academic day will be held Sunday afternoon (1:30pm – 3:30pm) and will include:
1. Theoretical lectures
2. Clinical examination sessions
3. Journal club
4. Joint injection sessions
Duration: 2 years
Joining the programme: 
Admission Criteria
1. Successful completion of a board of internal medicine recognized by the Saudi Council Health Specialties
2. Passing the personal interview
3. Sponsorship letter for candidates sponsored by other health care facilities (If available)
4. Fulfillment of King Saud University requirements.
Upon successful completion of the training duration and final examination the candidate will be awarded King Saud University Rheumatology Fellowship (KSURF).
Secretary Email: 
Contact Numbers: 0114692502 , 0114692503

KSU Pulmonology Fellowship Programme

Contact information:


Mrs. Joysan Enriquez

Secretary /Pulmonology Division

Department of Medicine

Tel: +966 11 4671294


Program Director:

Dr.Nuha Al-Rajhi

Assistant Professor in Medicine.

Director Pulmonary Fellowship Program.

Consultant in Pulmonary & Interstitial Lung Diseases.


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