Umm Al-Qura University, represented by the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology at the College of Medicine, launched the master's program in clinical toxicology two years ago. This program aims to improve the academic outcomes and to qualify specialized medical cadres, in line with the Saudi Vision 2030. The first class enrolled in this program will graduate at the end of the current semester.
The Head of the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology at the College of Medicine, Dr. Abdullah Al-Zahrani, asserted that this program is the first of its type in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Gulf countries and is also considered to be a rare specialization at the global level. Dr. Abdullah Al-Zahrani added that more than 90 students with bachelor's degree in medicine or pharmacy are currently enrolled in this program. In addition, this program has been designed with the aim of qualifying the medical cadres to handle the different types of intoxication in an optimum manner, and so improve the medical services offered to patients and contribute to saving critical cases of intoxication.
The Founder of the Clinical Toxicology Program and Head of the Saudi Toxicology Society, Prof. Saeed Al-Ghamdi, stated that the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology examined 19 graduation research papers for the students during the last two weeks, all of which were rich in scientific quality. Prof. Saeed added that the papers will be published in prestigious international journals to be a reference in the field of clinical toxicology, thereby leaving a positive impact on Umm Al-Qura University.