Education and Training  




The department of intensive care medicine has rotating residents from all disciplines within King Abdulaziz Medical city, from other institutions in the kingdom, ministry of health hospitals and even institutions outside the kingdom. The department aims to provide them a formal instruction, clinical experience and competency in a wide range of critical care medicine, technical and procedural skills. Around 20 to 25 residents rotate in the intensive care unit every two months. Truly innovative teaching remains a top priority for the department. Our residency curriculum includes contemporary teaching and learning strategies. In addition to a large number of patients’ exposure, residents will attend a basic critical care course that includes didactic lectures and workshops. They will also learn procedural skills (central venous catheterization, airway management, chest tube placement), teamwork and crisis management in our state of the art simulation laboratory. This is all accomplished through the treatment of a substantial patient population, the facilities of the Intensive Care department, and a diverse faculty.

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The ICU fellowship is a two-year program designed to expose the trainee to the full range of critically ill patients. The program is accredited by the Saudi Commission for health specialties. Fellows are eligible for Saudi Critical Care Board upon completion of the program. Fellows get exposed to trauma, burn, post-operative, neurologic and medical patients with multi-organ failure. We train fellows in the specific knowledge, skills, and attitudes required to master the six core competencies as outlined by International guidelines: patient care, medical knowledge, practice-based learning and improvement, interpersonal and communication skills, professionalism, and system-based practice. Fellows will have the opportunities also for participation in research, clinical investigation, and ICU administration.


Basic Assessment and Support in Intensive Care (BASIC) course is an international intensive care course established by the Chinese University of Hong Kong and our department conducts this course in collaboration with Dr. Charles Gomersall from Chinese University of Hong Kong, Prince of Whales Hospital the founder of this course.  Our ICU department has the authorization to run this course. Some ICU staff are on the steering committee for the course also. The course is designed for doctors with little experience in Intensive Care. It consists of a series of lectures and skill stations covering many aspects of the care of critically ill patients with an emphasis on supportive management, particularly mechanical ventilation. This course is given to residents and trainees rotating in the ICU department as part of their teaching activities. Also residents should complete pre and post-course MCQ tests for completion of the course. To obtain further information visit 



Fundamental Critical Care Support (FCCS) Course:

The Department continues to give this course, which had a great success.

Course Director:  Dr. Dawood

Instructors:  All ICU Consultants

Dr. Arabi is on the Steering Committee for the course in USA.

Fundamental Disaster Management (FDM) Course:

Course Director:  Dr. Qahtani

Critical Care Response Team (CCRT) Course:

Course Director:  Dr. Sultan

Instructors:  All ICU Consultants

Advanced Hazmat Life Support (AHLS):

Course Director:  Dr. Qahtani

This course is conducted in collaboration with the University of Arizona and is being held for the first time in the Middle East.

Mechanical Ventilation Course:

 Course Director:  Dr. Tlayjeh

 Instructors:  All ICU Consultants

Percutaneous Tracheostomy Course:

Course Director:  Dr. Haddad

Instructors:  All ICU Consultants

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