Over six years, the medical student at FMHS should complete 266 credit hours (CH) successfully, divided into two phases:

  • Basic Biomedical sciences phase: This phase is accomplished through the program where students complete 131 CH which extend for a minimum of three years and maximum of five. These include: 19 CH University compulsory, 87 CH as compulsory biomedical sciences courses, and 25 CH general elective and biomedical courses. All are offered at An Najah National University.
  • Clinical Medical Sciences phase: students complete 135 CH which extends for a minimum of three years to a maximum of five.

The student is eligible to transfer to the clinical phase if he/she fulfills the following requirements:

  • Complete all requirements and 131 CH of the Biomedical Sciences program and have a Bachelor degree in Biomedical Sciences.
  • Complete the elective courses needed as obligatory for MD program to be qualified to upgrade to the clinical DcM program.
  • Spend a minimum of three years and a maximum of five years in the BmS program.
  • Maintain a Grade Point Average ≥ 2.5 on a four GPA scale.
  • Earn a grade of ≥ 60% to pass each course of the Basic Biomedical Sciences courses.
  • To pass the TOEFL English language exam or IELTS with Minimum scores of 500 for TOEFL and 6.5 for IELTS.
  • The admission system allows Department of Medicine to conduct an entrance exam and personal interview to allow students to transfer to clinical phase.

The Doctor of Medicine program consists of 135 credit hour (CH) distributed over Year 4, Year 5, and Year 6. (40-48, 42-50, and 45 CHs; respectively). All courses are compulsory.

Generally, one CH equals one full-time week (with some exceptions in Year 6). For example, the 4 CH psychiatry course means 4 full-time weeks in a clinical rotation at the psychiatry hospital and/or clinics.

Next table describes the 3 years of the clinical phase.

  • "Orthopedics, Traumatology, and Surgical Emergencies" include: Orthopedics and Traumatology (4 weeks), Surgical Emergencies (3 weeks) and Neurosurgery (1 week).
  • "Selected Medical Specialties" includes Dermatology, Radiology, Anesthesia, and Family Medicine; 2 weeks each.
  • "Clinical Neurosciences and related subjects" include Clinical Neuroscience (3 weeks), ENT (Ear, Nose, and Throat; 3 weeks) and Ophthalmology (2 weeks).
  • "Forensic Medicine “includes lecture and when possible, students participate in post-mortem examinations (autopsy) at the Institute of Forensic Medicine located at the FMHS
  • In Year 6, Internal Medicine –Senior and General Surgery –Senior are 4 days/week courses, and the 5th day of each week is devoted for students’ research projects which usually involves working in labs or collecting data. Pediatrics –Senior, OB-GYN–Senior and Community Medicine are 5days/week courses.

Advisory Plan for Doctor of Medicine Program: All Compulsory Courses

Year 4

Course number

Course name

Weeks

CH

7000401

Research Methods for Clinical Sciences#

None*

2

7221401

Internal Medicine – Junior

12

12

7222401

General Surgery – Junior

12

12

7224401

OB-GYN Junior

8

8

7227401

Psychiatry

4

4

7405402

Women’s Health Issues#

None*

2

7226501

Elective Medicine: can be done at end of Y4 OR in Y5

4

4

7225501

Elective Surgery: can be done at end of Y4 OR in Y5

4

4

 

Total

36

40-48

Year 5

Course number

Course name

Weeks

CH

7223501

Pediatrics – Junior

12

12

7225502

Orthopedics, Traumatology& Surgical Emergencies

8

8

7226502

Selected Medical Specialties

  • Family Medicine- 2 CH
  • Dermatology- 2 CH
  • Radiology- 2 CH
  • Anesthesiology- 2 CH

8

8

7226503

Clinical Neurosciences & Related Subjects

8

8

7221501

Emergency Medicine

4

4

7227502

Forensic Medicine

None**

2

7226501

Elective Medicine:  can be done at end of Y4 OR in Y5

4

4

7225501

Elective Surgery: can be done at end of Y4 OR in Y5

4

4

7000503

Introduction to research project

None*

0

 

Total

48

42-50

Year 6

Course number

Course name

Weeks

CH

7000603

Research Project

***

6

7221601

Internal Medicine –Senior

8

8

7222601

General Surgery –Senior

8

8

7223601

Pediatrics –Senior

6

8

7224601

OB-GYNSenior

6

8

7227403

Health Economics#

None*

2

7227501

Community Medicine4

4

5

 

Total

32

45

*Theory courses provided in the afternoon and do not involve clinical rotations.

**Performed in groups in the afternoon period where students attend at mortuary

***Done via free research day on weekly bases during senior medicine and Surgery courses

Grading Scale for Clinical Phase

Mark in Letter

Mark in %

Mark in Number

Evaluation

A

90-100

4

Pass

A-

88-89.99

3.75

Pass

B+

85-87.99

3.5

Pass

B

80-84.99

3.0

Pass

B-

78-79.99

2.75

Pass

C+

74-77.99

2.5

Pass

C

70-73.99

2.0

Pass

C-

65-69.99

1.75

Fail

D+

63-64.99

1.5

Fail

D

60-62.99

1.0

Fail

D-

45.99-59.99

0.75

Fail

E

0-44.99

0.0

Fail

 

  • The passing grade for each course is 70%.
  • Students must pass all major subjects of each year level before progressing on to the next academic year major subjects.
  • The clinical skills lab provides technical skills training courses for medical students prior to or during interacting with patients. This starts in Year 3.
  • Prior to the opening of An-Najah National University Hospital (NNUH) in 2013, the clinical training for students was performed mainly at Palestinian Ministry of Health Hospitals and clinical facilities and at private hospitals and clinics.
  • In 2013, NNUH with 135 beds and expansions plans took major rope of the main training sites for students. It has been accredited by joint commission international (JCI).
  • NNUH has five main departments: Surgery, Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, Anesthesia, and Radiology with Subspecialties in Internal Medicine and Surgery and 64 Consultants and Specialists, most working full time.
  • NNUH now has thirteen residency and fellowship programs with 53 recruits. Fifty of them are on training programs and 3 are employed as service physicians. Senior residents take part in teaching and supervising students during the evening "on-calls" at NNUH.
  • At Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, "Department of Medicine" employs teaching and research assistants, who are licensed physicians. They supervise students’ rotations at the clinical sites listed below. The assistants’ roles include: monitoring student attendance, organizing the rotation schedules, collecting student evaluations from doctors, moderating the interactive sessions through case discussions and journal club and preparing the lecture schedule for each rotation. Additionally, in certain circumstances they may take role in teaching.
  • UNRWA facilities and private outpatient clinics also contribute to clinical training and onsite teaching.

Lists of Training Facilities that Provide Inpatient and Outpatient Services

Facilities

Location

Hospital Service

Specialties

Beds

Additional Teaching Space

An-Najah National Univesity Hospital

Nablus

University

Internal Medicine, Surgery Pediatrics, Anesthesia, Radiology, Orthopedic ENT, Neurology, Neurosurgery, Emergency

Ophthalmology, Cardiology, Nephrology, GIT, Cardiac Surgery, Urology, Adult and Pediatric Hemato-oncolgy and Surgery

135

Yes

Al-Watani Government Hospital

Nablus

Governmental

Internal Medicine, Neurology, Oncology

74

50-IM

11-ICU

9 ED

4 Triage

 

Women's Union Hospital

Nablus

Private

internal medicine, Pediatrics, OB-GYN

51

Yes

Rafidia Surgical Government Hospital

Nablus

Governmental

Surgery, OB-GYN, Pediatrics, Emergency, ENT, Orthopedic, Plastic Surgery, Urology

200

Yes

Dr. Khalil Suleiman Government Hospital

Jenin

Governmental

Surgery, Pediatrics, OB-GYN

Internal Medicine, Emergency

206

Yes

Tubas Turk Government Hospital

Tubas

Governmental

Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, Surgery, OB-GYN

70

 

Dr. Thabet Thabet Government Hospital

Tulkarem

Governmental

OB-GYN, Pediatrics, Surgery, Emergency

158

Yes

Al-Zakat Hospital

Tulkarem

Private

Internal Medicine

54

 

Nablus Specialty Hospital

 

Nablus

Private

Surgery, Internal Medicine, OB-GYN

54

ED

ICU

 

Darwish Nazza Government

Hospital

Qalqilya

Governmental

Internal Medicine, Surgery, Pediatrics, OB-GYN, Emergency

62

 

UNRWA Hospital

Qalqilya

UNRWA

OB-GYN

63

 

Yasser Arafat

Salfit

Governmental

Pediatric, Surgery

50

 

Palestine Medical Complex

Ramallah

Governmental

Pediatric

248

 

TOTAL

 

 

 

1427

 

*Additional to the services mentioned above, NNUH has a hemodialysis center with 340 patients on regular dialysis and 3000 outpatient visits yearly.