Title: Comparative Study of Diagnostic Radiology Curriculum Delivered in Najran and Other Nine Universities at Undergraduate Level
Stream: Curriculum Design & Development
Presentation Type: Poster Presentation
Fawaz Alqahtani, Najran University, Saudi Arabia
Soheir E. Mohamed, Najran University, Saudi Arabia
Background: Diagnostic radiology plays a significant role in the process of diagnosing and treating diseases, thereby contributing to human health in general. Accordingly, radiographic technologists should keep up to date with deep knowledge and practice in this area. Therefore, radiological programs in Saudi universities should offer a curriculum that meets the requirements of modern technology in radiology.
Objectives: This study aims to review the curriculum of the diagnostic radiology undergraduate program at Najran University and comparing with nine selected universities with a focus on the discipline and the required courses for graduation.
Methods: Curricula, syllabi and courses specification were collected online from available universities websites and more comprehensive details on the curriculum of Najran University were obtained to enhance the analysis.
Results: The outcome of the current study provided recommendations to Najran University to develop the studied curriculum by adding medical terminology course to the curriculum and suggest a modification in the time allocated of the internship period.
Conclusion: Our results show that the curriculum of Najran University was consistent with other universities. The current study recommends the exclusion of a histology course from the curriculum, as it does not align with the program learning outcomes. Indeed, the time allocated to this course could be better used to effectively teach core clinical subject matters in medical imaging. The Internship period should be improved more effectively for students by deliver strong clinical practice within sufficient training hours in the college laboratories and Najran hospitals.
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