Riyadh, Saudi Arabia – Alfaisal University and the King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Center (KFSH&RC), in a groundbreaking collaborative initiative, are thrilled to announce the arrival of the first Canadian resident from the University of Toronto, Dr. Safia Yusuf, for a month-long training program at KFSH&RC in Riyadh. This event marks the beginning of a new chapter in global health and family medicine, highlighting our commitment to international collaboration, knowledge transfer, and educational exchange.
This collaboration is a testament to the strong partnership between Alfaisal University’s College of Medicine and KFSH&RC, jointly working to enhance global health education and practice. The pioneering step, facilitated by Dr. Baraa Alghalyini, Vice Dean and Chair of the Department of Family & Community Medicine (AU-DFCM) at Alfaisal University, and Dr. Ameen Alswes (Associate Professor at Alfaisal University and Consultant Family Medicine physician at KFSH&RC), represents a significant milestone in our efforts to cultivate global health initiatives. The collaboration with the University of Toronto is a testament to our dedication to enhancing clinical skills, knowledge exchange, and the overall advancement of family medicine on a global scale.
Dr. Safia will engage in an immersive training experience at KFSH&RC, gaining firsthand exposure to the unique healthcare challenges and practices in the Middle East. This initiative not only enriches the resident’s professional journey but also contributes to the enrichment of our medical community through the exchange of ideas and cultural perspectives.
Dr. Baraa Alghalyini states, “This collaboration is more than an educational exchange; it’s a bridge between nations, bringing together diverse expertise to advance the field of family medicine. We’re proud to host a University of Toronto Family Medicine resident and believe this is just the start of a long-lasting, fruitful partnership in global health education.”
Dr. Ameen Alswes adds, “Engaging with international talents provides our students and faculty with a broader understanding of global health challenges. It’s an invaluable opportunity for mutual learning and growth. This joint effort with Alfaisal University exemplifies our shared commitment to global health education and the exchange of medical expertise. We are delighted to be part of this international collaboration.”
Alfaisal University’s College of Medicine remains committed to leading the way in global health education. This partnership with the University of Toronto is a significant stride towards our goal of establishing a vigorous network of global health professionals dedicated to improving family medicine worldwide.
Both Alfaisal University’s College of Medicine and KFSH&RC look forward to more such collaborations, jointly shaping the future of healthcare and nurturing the next generation of medical professionals with a global perspective.