The Faculty of Medicine at BAU celebrated the launching of its 14th batch of Residency doctors who successfully completed their clinical training in the various medical specialties at several university and educational hospitals in Lebanon in the presence of the President of the Council of Ministers represented by MP Mohammad Hajjar and Chairman of the Board of Physicians in Lebanon Dr. Raymond Sayegh represented by Professor Bernard Gerbaka, BAU academic and administrative staff, hospital directors and graduates’ families.
The batch included 53 doctors specialized in General Surgery, Orthopaedic Surgery, Obstetrics and Gynaecology , Paediatrics, Internal Medicine , Anaesthesia , Psychiatry , Laboratory Medicine, Radiology , Ophthalmology in addition to Pulmonary and ICU, Cardiology, Nephrology, Neonatology, Gastroenterology, Endocrinology, Infectious Diseases, Neurology .
After the Lebanese and BAU Anthems, a short film about the achievements of the Faculty of Medicine was presented followed by the graduates’ speech delivered by Graduate Dr. Thuraya Alameddine who considered the day “a feast after long years of obtaining education, knowledge, expertise and skill development. It is the feast of the culmination of the human message that we have worked hard to achieve in order to serve the voluntary goals, to see the good work enlightened by all the heavenly religions and to imitate the principles of the Prophet based on mercy, salvation and repentance.”
In turn, Dean of Faculty of Medicine Professor Najlaa Meshaal congratulated the graduates, pointing out that “modern science has provided a lot for mankind, contributed to the development of the different aspects of diagnosis and treatment in addition to the high techniques for organ transplantation, and helped in reproduction and treatment of stem cells and genetic genes as well as many more. All these sciences were left to the professional conscience of the doctor and researcher to identify the ethical frameworks to work by, ensuring patient safety and human rights”.
Professor Gerbaka, representing Chairman of the Board of Physicians in Lebanon, pointed out that “the graduation of specialized doctors today sheds light on two things: the first is the increasing number of doctors and medical faculties and the second is the Colloquium Exam which should be available to all medical schools.” He also cautioned against the random increase in the number of physicians in Lebanon, calling on medical faculties in Lebanon in cooperation with the Board of Physicians in Lebanon and the Ministry of Health to develop a plan to harmonize the number of physicians with the need for this specialization in the labour market.”
He thanked Beirut Arab University for its constant response to the Board’s plans on many medical and scientific issues.
In his speech, BAU President Professor Amr Galal El-Adawi indicated that “the world is witnessing a rapid development in medical education and medical sciences. The Faculty of Medicine at Beirut Arab University has accompanied this development by adopting the latest methods in curriculum design, learning approaches and assessment techniques at the undergraduate level. Since 2010, the Faculty has implemented the modern curriculum in education which blends clinical sciences with basic medical sciences from the very beginning. and graduated two batches following this program since 2016.”
Professor 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. BAU President’s thanks were also due to the university and educational hospitals, being BAU’s partners in the medical education system and acknowledged their outstanding scientific contributions and expertise which have had a great impact on BAU graduates today. He also expressed his deep thanks to the Board of Physicians in Lebanon and the North which takes care of and organizes the medical profession, being committed to the human health.”
The ceremony ended with the distribution of certificates to the graduates and taking the Graduation Oath.