At his Abediyah-based office, the President of Umm Al-Qura University (UQU), Dr. Bakri bin Maatouq Assas, reviewed the portfolio of the Dentistry Educational Hospital during the four educational years between its establishment in 1434-1435H and until 1437-1438H. This was in the presence of Dr. Abdulaziz Al-Khotany, Dean of the College of Dentistry, along with the College’s vice-deans and department heads.
During the meeting, Dr. Assas listened to a detailed explanation of the portfolio contents by Dr. Omair Bukhari, Vice-Dean for Clinical Affairs. Such contents included the facilities of the Educational Hospital including specialized clinics, emergency medical clinics, oral maxillofacial surgeries, 76 dental clinics and student clinics, in addition to an advanced radiotherapy department equipped with state-of-the-art technology, an assessment center and an ambulance. Moreover, the President of UQU saw the achievements of the Dentistry Educational Hospital such as, supervising the training of medical interns, establishing a medical records unit, obtaining the Saudi Board Accreditation to train doctors in the treatment of both nerve and gum, and opening the domain of volunteer work for graduates of the Hospital. In addition to that, the fulfillments of the Hospital enclosed the supervision of a distinguished cadre of staff members and 96 technical, health and administrative staff, establishment of an infection control committee to supervise all practices at the College, development of support services such as the Medical Statistics Unit and the Services and Patient Relations Unit, as well as the accreditation of all the Hospital’s programs by the German Accreditation Agency in Health and Social Sciences (AHPGS). Besides, among the achievements was the number of patients received during the past four years (i.e. up to 12162 patients, including 1391 patients who were treated at the emergency department, in addition to 120 patients who had dental implant). The Hospital also supervised the training of 82 interns of the first and second college graduates in addition to 16 Saudi Board dentists. In addition, 24737 fixed and mobile fixtures of crowns, bridges, ceramics and crews were made during 2015-2017. The hospital also examined 11 cases of tumors, and diagnosed three cancerous cases and converted them to complete treatment.
It is worth mentioning that the Hospital aims to be accredited by the Saudi Authority for Health Specialties for the training of Saudi Board dentists in orthodontics, providing medical and educational services, supporting scientific research, serving pilgrims, completing medical emergency room facilities, setting up and activating the electronic appointment system, as well as preparing and approving the Hospital Procedures Manual.
In this context, Dr. Assas commended the achievements of the Hospital during the past four years and the contributions of Dr. Ghassan No’man and Dr. Muhammad Baiary (Former Deans of the College of Dentistry), Dr. Abdulaziz Al-Khotany (the current Dean) and the College’s vice-deans and employees. He added that the College of Dentistry was one of the distinguished colleges in the university with its cadres of teaching staff and students and its events, activities and programs. Moreover, he confirmed that such distinction was achieved by the guidance of Allah, the Almighty, and then by the never-ending support of the wise leadership (May Allah support it!) for UQU, the constant follow-up by HRH Prince Khaled Al-Faisal bin Abdulaziz (Governor of Makkah Province and Consultant of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques), as well as the support of HE Dr. Ahmad bin Muhammad Al-Isa (Minister of Education). Dr. Assas stressed that such efforts rendered UQU ranking among the prestigious universities.
In turn, Dr. Abdulaziz Al-Khotany, Dean of the College of Dentistry, asserted that such achievements were fulfilled by the guidance of Allah, the Almighty, and then due to an institutional distinction and blessed effort by Dr. Ghassan No’man and Dr. Muhammad Baiary, Former Deans of the College of Dentistry, and their teamwork. He also commended the direct support and attention of the President of Umm Al-Qura University (UQU), Dr. Bakri bin Maatouq Assas, and HE Dr. Ahmad bin Muhammad Al-Isa, Minister of Education, in order to meet the expectations of the wise leadership (May Allah support it!).