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Sultan Qaboos Univ Med J. 2020 Feb;20(1):e83-e89. doi: 10.18295/squmj.2020.20.01.012. Epub 2020 Mar 9.

Effectiveness and Needs Assessment of Faculty Development Programme for Medical Education: Experience from Saudi Arabia.

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College of Medicine, King Saud bin Abdulaziz University for Health Sciences, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.



Faculty members are the most important resource in any institution of higher education as medical education has been, and continues to be, a priority for medical colleges in Saudi Arabia. This study aimed to assess faculty members' perceptions of faculty development programmes (FDPs) in supporting important goals in medical education. In addition, this study aimed to assess faculty members' perceived needs.


This cross-sectional study was conducted between August 2016 and August 2017 and involved participants from six universities in Saudi Arabia's Western Province. The survey consisted of 31 items designed to assess FDP effectiveness and 49 items designed to assess needs in FDPs.


A total of 210 faculty members participated in the study (response rate = 52.5%) and identified 49 needs. Faculty members perceived personal improvement in delivering medical education and the provision of greater educational involvement as the most effective considerations in an FDP. The respondents considered 13 needs to be of utmost importance; the remaining were considered important.


This study assessed and identified faculty needs and important skills to consider when establishing an FDP. Furthermore, it provided information addressing the needs of, or gaps between, current and desired conditions in medical education in Saudi Arabia. The study also identified the most important elements (i.e. personal improvement) of faculty-perceived effectiveness for a successful FDP in medical education.


Faculty; Medical Education; Needs Assessment; Perception; Program Development; Saudi Arabia

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CONFLICT OF INTEREST The authors declare no conflicts of interest.

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