Journal article
Are we ready for arabization in medical education?

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Publication Details
Author list: Hassan M. Ismail
Publisher: Medknow Publications
Publication year: 2002
Journal: Journal of Family and Community Medicine
Journal name in source: Journal of family & community medicine
Journal acronym: JFCM
Volume number: 9
Issue number: 3
Start page: 67
End page: 69
Number of pages: 3
ISSN: 2230-8229
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PubMed ID: 23008682
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eISSN: 2229-340X

Objective: To obtain the views of faculty members of the College of Medicine, King Faisal
University on Arabization of medical education.
Methods: A cross-sectional study was conducted in the College of Medicine, King Faisal
University, Dammam, between January and June 2001 using a standardized 41-item
questionnaire to obtain the views of faculty members in both basic science and clinical
departments on issues relating mainly to scientific research. The responses were recorded
on a 5-point scale: strongly agree, agree, undecided, disagree and strongly disagree. A
couple of questions were used to probe the issue of publications in Arabic and translations
into Arabic.
Results: The response rate of faculty was 67% (74 of a total of 110 faculty members). The
participating faculty members included 22 professors, 27 associate professors, 23
assistant professors and 2 lecturers belonging to 24 departments (6 basic sciences, 18
clinical). Thirty- four members (45.9%) were in favor of Arabization and 40 (54%) were
Conclusions: Faculty members form the backbone for the implementation of Arabization
in medical education. The opinions obtained in this preliminary survey of the faculty of the
College of Medicine at King Faisal University indicate that we are still far from achieving
this goal in our medical education.

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