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 The Department of Medical Education in King Saud University’s College of Medicine recently held a faculty development workshop titled, “Leadership and Development Management.”  The workshop was chaired by Dr. Sami A. Alnassar, chairman of the department, and included the assistance of representatives of the World Health Organization (WHO).

Workshop guest speakers included Dr. Waleed Aboubakr, WHO Regional Advisor, and Professor Wagdy Talaat, WHO advisor and director of the Medical Education Department at Suez Canal University, Ismailia, Egypt.

The workshops's primary goal was to prepare leaders to better deal with change and development operations, and also to teach participants the basics of personality analysis to help identify leadership and administrative capabilities in individuals.  Many faculty and physicians from various health colleges and hospitals attended, as well as vice deans of the Colleges of Dentistry and Pharmacy.

Workshop topics included the role of WHO in supporting health and educational leadership in the region, modern leadership and management strategies, and analytical personality testing to assess leadership potential among participants.  Practical training for individuals to help them manage change in medical and health institutions was also included.

Dr. Nihal Khamis, chair of the Faculty Skills Development Unit, explained that the workshop was held in response to pressing needs for enhanced leadership training in the medical field and also to train leaders to master new strategies for change and development.  Recent studies have indicated that educators in medical specialties need to add experience in strategies for leadership and change.

Dr. Alnassar said that the workshop was part of a developmental plan adopted by the department to further improve the faculty's potential, to guarantee the quality of teaching and education for all students and to establish local and international links and partnerships with accredited educational institutions.  He added that another workshop objective was to define the role of professional values and aptitudes in training programs for both faculty and students to attempt to achieve distinction in scientific medical research.

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