Historical Background

The Faculty of Medicine, Beirut Arab University (FOM_BAU) was established in 1995. Its journey towards pursuing international standards in medical education is a continuous process of experiences, reflection, concept development, evaluation, improvement and change.

The Faculty offers a Bachelor Degree in Medicine and Surgery (M.B.B.Ch), in addition, the Faculty provides Master and Doctorate Degrees in some Basic and Clinical Medical specialties. Moreover, 24 residency and fellowship programmes are running in collaboration with many affiliated hospitals in Lebanon. At present, 491 students are enrolled in the programme and 805 already graduated.

The faculty has affiliations with many distinguished hospitals in Lebanon; in Beirut, it is affiliated with Makassed General Hospital, Dar El Ajaza Al Islamia Hospital, Najjar and Military Hospital Hospital. The affiliation with hospital extends to cover Lebanese regions outside Beirut; Hammoud Hospital University Medical Center and Saida Governmental Hospital at Saida city, Rayak and Beqaa hospitals in the region of Beqaa, Mazloum, Alnini, and Haykel Hospitals in the city of Tripoli. In addition, the faculty has agreement with Notre Dame du Liban Hospital in Junia at the north of Beirut. The agreements with these hospitals provide students with venues for undergraduate clinical training and postgraduate professional residency and fellowship programmes.

At its beginning FOM_BAU adopted the six years discipline-based programme on a scholar-year basis; afterwards the same curriculum was adjusted to comply with the credit hour system adopted by the University in the year 2005, which was intended to give students more flexibility and simplicity to select their courses and adjust their schedules.

With the rapid and fundamental changes the medical education field is undergoing worldwide at all levels, FOM_BAU found its way to move from traditional curriculum based on disciplines and teacher centered learning policy to an outcomes and competencies based curriculum, with the adoption of an integrated curriculum. Accordingly, different strategies of authentic learning are implemented including Problem based Learning (PBL), Team-Based Learning (TBL) and Case Based Learning. Basic Medical Sciences and Clinical Sciences are integrated from day one. Inculcating a research culture all through the different phases of the curriculum is one of the key features of its program.

The implementation of the “Outcome Based Integrated Curriculum” started since the academic year 2010/2011. The first group of students of this reformed programme graduated on June 2016.

Academic Relationships

  • Hammoud Hospital University Medical Center
  • Makassed General Hospital
  • Dar Al-Ajaza Al-Islamia Hospital
  • Saida Governmental Hospital
  • Najjar Hospital
  • Notre Dame du Liban Hospital
  • Riyak Hospital
  • Beqaa Hospital
  • Mazloum Hospital
  • Alnini Hospital
  • Haykel Hospital
  • Military Hospital