Under the auspices of Minister of Public Health Dr. Jamil Jabak represented by Professor Joseph Helou, the Faculty of Medicine at BAU celebrated the launching of its 15th batch of specialised doctors who successfully completed their clinical training in the various medical specialties at several university and educational hospitals in Lebanon and in the presence of Chairman of the Board of Physicians in Beirut Professor Sharaf Abou Sharaf represented by Dr. Ahmad Sadek, BAU President Professor Amr Galal El-Adawi, academic and administrative staff, hospital directors and graduates’ families.

The batch included 64 doctors specialised in Obstetrics and Gynecology, Urology, Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, Otorhinolaryn-gology, Anesthesia and Reanimation, Radiology, Laboratory Medicine, Cardiology, Nephrology, Hemaoncology, Orthopedics, Gastroenterology, Cardiology, Pulmonary and ICU, Radiology, Emergency Medicine, Pulmonary and critical Care, Hematooncology, Bariatric Surgery, Neonatology, Urology.

After the Lebanese and BAU Anthems, Dr. Anis Mrad delivered the graduates’ speech in which he stated that “medicine is a noble profession. It is a science that needs study, and an art that needs practice. It is also a humanitarian message provided by its holder to those who need it, be they friends or a foes.”

In turn, Dean of Faculty of Medicine Professor Najlaa Mashaal congratulated the graduates, pointing out that “the qualitative development and continuous upgrading of the programs of specialization in line with international standards is the real challenge facing all of us at this stage so as to keep pace with the rapid development of various medical sciences in diagnosis, treatment and medical research.”

In his speech, President of Beirut Arab University Prof. 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 starting with first level, and following this program, three batches have graduated so far.”

Professor Sadek pointed out that “we have worked extensively with many medical school deans and with the Ministries of Higher Education and Public Health to issue a decree entitled ‘Permission to practice the profession of medicine and mandatory specialization’ which was approved in 2013, yet its application hasn’t been approved so far. The decree mainly aims to raise the scientific level of the medical body in parallel with the advanced international standards, standardize the concepts among the various medical schools and find a realistic solution to the annually unplanned and unorganised growing surplus number of graduate doctors. This is what we aim to continue working on up to its implementation in cooperation with the universities.”

Professor Helou addressed the graduates, saying that previously, doctors pursued their studies abroad and then returned home, contrary to what is happening today. According to Bloomberg's study conducted last year, the health sector in Lebanon ranked 32rd in the world and the first in the Middle East. This year, we came 28th globally and maintained first place in the Middle East against the United States which came 36th. We are proud of our health sector in all its fields. However, there are almost missing specialties in Lebanon that must be addressed in contrast to overloaded enrolment in other medical specialties.”

Afterwards, President El-Adawi presented BAU shield as a token of gratitude and appreciation to Professor Helou followed by a documentary about the faculty achievements.

 The ceremony ended with the distribution of certificates to the graduates and taking the graduation oath.