The Department of Pediatrics was established in 1981 and pioneered the first Residency Training Program in Pediatrics in the Kingdom, which is now accredited by the Saudi Council for Health Specialties and the Arab Board for Medical Specializations. The department has a well-equipped newborn nursery and a 10-bed Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), a general pediatric ward with 30 beds, and a pediatric emergency room and outpatient clinics. Recently, a separate Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) was added.


To provide comprehensive and specialized health care to sick and well newborn babies and children under 12 years of age. The department provides an ideal opportunity for medical students, nursing students, paramedical trainees, interns and residents to practice and fulfill the requirements for their training.


  • To treat and follow up on sick children.
  • To follow up normal children for growth and development.
  • To treat and follow up emergency and outpatient cases.
  • To teach 6th year medical students the Pediatrics course (MDPD 604).
  • To train junior pediatricians and help them to pass their Board examinations.
  • To train nursing students and prepare them to work in a Pediatrics Department.

Undergraduate Course

Pediatrics (MDPD 604)

The course enables 6th level medical students to acquire both clinical and theoretical experience in general pediatrics with a special emphasis on common pediatric disorders and problems of regional health importance.

On successful completion of the course, the students should be able to:

  • Demonstrate skills in pediatric history taking.
  • Perform a thorough physical examination.
  • Integrate history, clinical and laboratory findings
  • Demonstrate sound clinical judgment and appropriate care for infants and children.
  • Undertake necessary measures for prevention of pediatric disease in the community.

Published on: 12 May 2014
Last update on: 01 April 2024
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