Under the patronage of Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Public Health Ghassan Hasbani and in the presence of President of the Order of Physicians in Lebanon Dr. Raymond Sayegh, the Faculty of Medicine at BAU celebrated the graduation of the 13th batch of Specialised Doctors who successfully completed their clinical training in the various medical specialties at several university and educational hospitals in Lebanon. The event was also attended by BAU academic and administrative staff, hospital directors and graduates’ families.
The batch included 54 doctors specialised in Diagnostic Radiology, Pediatrics, General Surgery, Internal Medicine , Obstetrics and Gynecology, Emergency Medicine , Urology, Orthopedics , Laboratory Medicine , Ophthalmology , Otorhinolaryngology , Hematology and medical Oncology, Anesthesia and Reanimation, Neonatology ,Gastroenterology, Pulmonary and critical Care, Cardiology.
After the Lebanese and BAU Anthems, a short film about the achievements of the Faculty of Medicine was presented followed by the Graduates’ speech given by Dr. Mira Badih who recalled the years of hard work and fatigue and hoped the batch would be a group of doctors who operate according to the professional conscience always armed with the moral values they acquired from their families and professors. For her, doctors represent the conscience of their society and their sense of humanity constitutes an important part in the process of treatment.
In turn, Dean of Faculty of Medicine Professor Najlaa Meshaal congratulated the graduates, pointing out that, in line with BAU’s policy to achieve excellence and obtain international accreditation of all its programs, the Faculty of Medicine completed its self-study and successfully accomplished the initial accreditation visit last month based on the criteria of the European Commission for Medical Education which include one hundred and six basic standards as well as 90 additional special standards to measure the quality of education.
President of the Order of Physicians in Lebanon Dr. Raymond Sayegh spoke about the difficulties doctors and graduates are facing in their work in Lebanon at the moment. He stated that the duty of the Board of Physicians is to rectify issues and improve conditions, pledging to launch initiatives to meet the needs, develop legislation and protect the rights of the physicians.
Dr. Bahij Arbid, representing the ceremony patron Minister Hasbani, indicated that the health problems in Lebanon are related to politics and the various trends in the health system, pointing out the successes achieved in the areas of health, the most important of which are the improvement in the health indicators, the diversity of the health market services, excellence in the quality of hospitalization and the development of the health care sector.
BAU President Professor Amr Galal El-Adawi expressed his thanks and gratitude to all those who exerted effort, knowledge and time and accompanied the graduates in their journey until they earned their degrees with confidence and competence, enabling them to stride towards society and contribute to the human health thanks to their acquired knowledge and experience.
President El-Adawi’s thanks were also due to the university and educational hospitals, being BAU’s partners in the medical education system, namely Hammoud, Makassed, Sahel, Rafic Hariri, Zahraa, Notre Dame du Liban and Saida hospitals. Professor El-Adawi acknowledged these hospitals’ outstanding scientific contributions and expertise which have had a great impact on BAU graduates today.
The ceremony ended with the University President presenting Minister Hasbani’s representative with a shield of appreciation followed by the distribution of certificates to the graduates and taking the graduation oath.