The Faculty of Medicine at Beirut Arab University celebrated the launching of the 17th batch of residency doctors who successfully completed their clinical training in the various medical specialties at several university and educational hospitals.
The precautionary measures that were imposed due to the Covid -19 Pandemic required organizing it as per the health guidelines, standards, and social distancing followed at the university where the commencement ceremony was streamed through BAU Official Website and Social Media, which allowed the graduates’ families to watch it.
The batch included 60 doctors in Pulmonary and ICU, Cardiology, Nephrology, Internal Medicine, Hematology, Geriatric diseases, Neonatology, Infectious Diseases, Bariatric Surgery, Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Anesthesia and Reanimation, Orthopedics, Urology, Radiology, General Surgery, Laboratory Medicine, Cardiothoracic surgery, Otorhino-laryngology, Intensive care medical, Gastro-enterology
After the Lebanese and BAU anthems, the Master of the Ceremony, Dr. Issam Shaarani, Assistant Dean for Graduate Medical Education, delivered his speech. He said “It is an exceptional ceremony, in exceptional circumstances, in the light of a pandemic that affected all countries in the world and put all health systems in front of a real experience that showed the world that the white armies are the most capable to defend people, not the weapon armies”.
He added; “It is our pride that this ceremony assembles doctors who were front liners in confronting this pandemic. They did not hesitate a moment to perform their tasks despite all the difficulties and dangers. We are honored to have our partners in training our graduate doctors who are the hospital directors who are still resisting in serving and protecting our society despite the economic crisis that prevails the country.
The Graduates’ speech was delivered by Dr. Amin Abiad who addressed and advised the doctors saying that “We are here to turn one page and open another, we fight battle after battle. As our journey comes to an end, I advise you not only to carry with you in the coming days what you have gained of knowledge and experience. Do not forget what you were taught of good morals and manners. Do not forget where you gathered here for so many years it has the right to be described as a university that gathers. Be its best ambassadors in society.... Carry the banners of Beirut Arab University in Lebanon and abroad."
In her speech, the Dean of the Faculty of Medicine, Professor Najlaa Mashaal, congratulated the graduates, saying, "This celebration comes for the second year in a row in exceptional circumstances in which you, as doctors, are engaged in a continuous struggle to confront the emerging corona virus pandemic. The struggle represents an unprecedented challenge for all humanity in its modern era. You are fighting for this struggle, exposing your lives to risks no less than the doctors who go to war face when they treat the injured and wounded.
Professor Mashaal added, “We must always remember that although modern medical sciences and technologies have given a lot to humanity, they have contributed to the development of various aspects of diagnosis and treatment. However, these sciences have left to the doctor’s and researcher’s professional conscience to determine the ethical frameworks to work in a way that guarantees the safety of the patient and preserves his human rights”.
In his speech, President of Beirut Arab University Professor Amr Galal El-Adawi, indicated, “We celebrate today the graduation of residency doctors who joined the university 12 years ago where it was a long and difficult journey. I am very proud that you are doctors from Beirut Arab University who played big role in the past period during the pandemic circumstances that the world passed through. You were the heroes of the past period, I felt what you suffered for the sake of humanity in order to relieve the pain and treat the human being, despite all the difficulties that Lebanon is going through, you were up to the challenge and lifted the suffering of people infected with Corona.”
President El-Adawi pointed out, "We, at the university, started to vaccinate students and all the staff after the university bought Pfizer Vaccine from the Ministry of Health, so that we can return safely at the beginning of next year safely. We established a center to give the Corona Vaccine at Beirut Arab University with the help of the Faculty of Medicine and the contribution of the Faculties of Pharmacy and Health Sciences."
Professor El- Adawi concluded his speech: “You are the children of this Land. You will face great challenges because of the crises that Lebanon is going through. You must stand by your country and fight for it. You should have faith in God and be determined to bring Lebanon back again, because Lebanon is for the youth. You are the hope for Lebanon. Resist in light of these unprecedented challenges that the country is going through. You must not adapt to the crises and let things collapse. Your country needs you. Hold on, tolerate, and be confident in citizenship until we overcome difficulties so that Lebanon returns like it was.”
The ceremony ended with the distribution of certificates to the graduates and taking the Graduation Oath.