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Table 1 Distribution of medical schools and Saudi physicians per province population and area in the Kingdom of Saudi of Arabia (Total = 28 medical schools)

From: Steps towards establishing a new medical college in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia: an insight into medical education in the Kingdom

Name of the province Population of the province (100,000) Area of the province (km 2 ) Province population density (per km 2 ) Number of medical schools per province Name of the medical school(s) in the province Ratio of medical school to province population (1,000,000) Ratio of medical school to province area (350,000 km 2 ) Total number of practicing Saudi physicians (both males and females) in the province (2009) Ratio of Saudi physicians to province population (100,000) Ratio of Saudi physicians to province area (350,000 km 2 )
Al-Jawf (Jouf) 4.4 100,212 4.4 1 1. Al-Jouf. 2.3 3.5 38 8.6 132.7
Northern Borders 3.2 111,797 2.87 1 1. Northern Border (Arar). 3.1 3.1 9 2.8 28.2
Tabuk 5.6 108,000 5.19 1 1. Tabuk. 1.8 3.2 27 4.8 87.5
Ha’il 5.3 103,887 5.1 1 1. Ha’il. 1.9 3.4 28 5.3 94.3
Al-Madinah 15.1 151,990 10 1 1. Taibah. 0.7 2.3 438 29.0 1008.6
Al-Qassim 10.2 65,000 16 2 1. Qassim University. 2. Sulaiman Al-Rajhi. 2.0 10.8 97 9.5 522.3
Makkah 58 164,000 35.4 6 1. Umm Al-Qura. 2. Ta’if. 3. Batterjie. 4. Ibn Sina. 5. King Saud bin Abdulaziz for Health Sciences. 6. King Abdulaziz. 1.0 12.8 3278 56.5 6995.7
Al-Riyadh 54.6 412,000 13.2 9 1. Al-Imam Mohammad Bin Saud. 2. King Saud. 3. King Fahd Medical City. 4. King Saud bin Abdulaziz for Health Sciences. 5. Al-Faisal. 6. Al- Majma'ah. 7. Al-Maarefa. 8. Prince Salman bin Abdlaziz (Al-Kharj). 9. Princess Nora. 1.6 7.6 1363 25.0 1157.9
Eastern Province 41.2 672,522 6.1 2 1.Dammam University. 2. King Faisal (Al-Hasa). 0.5 1.0 965 23.4 502.2
Al-Bahah 4.6 15,000 30.7 1 1. Al-Bahah 2.2 23.3 42 9.1 980.0
Asir 19.1 81,000 23.6 1 1. King Khalid (Abha) 0.5 4.3 265 13.9 1145.1
Jizan (or Jazan) 13.6 11,671 117 1 1. Jazan. 0.7 30.0 169 12.4 5068.1
Najran 5 119,000 4.2 1 1. Najran. 2.0 2.9 26 5.2 76.5