KFSH&RC Graduates the First Female Doctor in Women’s Health Fellowship Program




King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Centre in Riyadh has recently graduated Dr. FATIMAH AL-SAI’ARI, sent on internal scholarship by Prince Sultan Military Medical City, as the first female physician graduating from the Women’s Health Fellowship Program. This program is an educational and training curriculum launched by KFSH&RC in 2015, whereby graduates are awarded the certificate of Fellowship in Women’s Health as the first program of its kind in this field of specialty at the local and regional levels.   

Dr. Muneerah Albugami, Internal Medicine and Women’s Health Consultant at KFSH&RC who is also the Supervisor of the Women’s Health Fellowship Program at KFSH&RC in Riyadh, stated that the Program is accredited by the Saudi Commission for Health Specialties (SCFHS) who has issued an accreditation certificate to the Program as a medical postgraduate curriculum offered by KFSH&RC. It is the first program of its type in Saudi Arabia and the Middle East. Dr. Muneerah said and added that the Program has been designed to provide training to male and female physicians who are capable of delivering quality medical service to Saudi women.   

She further indicated that there are four female doctors who have recently joined the Women’s Health Fellowship Program. There are endeavors to increase the number of trainees because of the need for male and female doctors specialized in this field. She alluded that it is a new field of specialty which has started to come into being in the USA and Canada and it’s not related to the Obstetrics & Gynecology specialties. She elaborated that the Women’s Health Fellowship Program tackles the management of diseases which are more common in women, such as the heart diseases, osteoporosis, menopausal-related diseases, coagulation /blood clots, psychological testing/assessment of mental health, and the early detection of tumors such as the breast cancer and cervical cancer.

     Dr. Muneerah pointed out that the requirements for joining the Women’s Health Fellowship Program include the attainment of the Arab Board or the Saudi Board in Internal Medicine or Family Medicine by the physician to be admitted to the Program. 

She confirmed that KFSH&RC is a pioneering leader opening up new lines in the design of numerous medical training programs which have contributed to the graduation of a number of doctors at the level of Saudi Arabia, the Gulf region and the Arab countries.