Basic Medical Sciences

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The Department of Basic Medical Sciences (BMS) is primarily involved in the teaching of the Phase I undergraduate programme, which spans over the first 2 years of the medical programme, postgraduate programmes (Masters and Ph.D), and diagnostic services.

The main objective of Phase I of the undergraduate programme is to understand the mechanisms of bodily functions in health and disease from the biological, behavioral, epidemiological and social aspects. Students are taught to integrate knowledge from the different disciplines into a meaningful whole, and to acquire skills in reasoning and deduction in order to solve medical and related problems.

Subjects covered in the two years are: Anatomy, Physiology, Biochemistry, Immunology, Pathology, Pharmacology, Microbiology, Parasitology and Biostatistics and Epidemiology. The teaching-learning is done in an integrated manner and several clinical correlation classes are held. Islamic input classes are  also held throughout the 2 years (and 5 years of the undergraduate programme).

Phase I is divided into 4 blocks in each of the two years and the teaching-learning methodologies include formal interactive lectures, tutorials, practical sessions, problem-based learning sessions, and student seminars. Examinations are held at the end of each of the 8 blocks and the first professional examination at the end of Phase I. An external Examiner is invited to assess the standard of the examination.

The Electron Microscope Unit (EMU), which is under the purview of BMS, is located on the first floor of the Kulliyyah of Medicine. Research Laboratories are located on level 3. Five Science Officers and 28 Laboratory Staff ensure the smooth running of the departmental teaching-learning, research and other academic activities. The administration office of the Department is located at level 2.