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LAU School of Medicine and HMI organize a series of events on medical education

Drs. Eckhert and Badr during the national workshop on April 23.

The panelists at the national workshop.

In his opening speech, Dr. Jabbra emphasized the importance of "ethical and moral precepts" in medical education and clinical training.

Dean Badr gives his opening speech.

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May 5, 2008—

The LAU School of Medicine in collaboration with Harvard Medical International organized a series of events on medical education on April 21-23. The program included a grand round, a mock demonstration, visits, presentations, and workshops.

On the first day, guest faculty Dr. Thomas Anders, Distinguished Professor Emeritus in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at UC Davis M.I.N.D. Institute, presented a grand round on “Pediatric Sleep Disorders” at Clemenceau Medical Center.

The grand round was followed by a tour of CMC and a visit to other teaching and research facilities, which are leading candidates for affiliation with the LAU School of Medicine.

The next day, a one-day workshop on the “Implementation of Curriculum” was conducted by the HMI team, which included Dr. N. Lynn Eckhert, Director of Academic Programs, and Dr. Constance M. Bowe, Senior Consultant.

Around 20 newly recruited LAU medical faculty members attended the workshop coordinated by Dr. Zeinat Hijazi, Assistant Dean for Medical Education at LAU. The main topics addressed during the event, which took place on the Beirut campus, included: “Applications in Curriculum Design of the Kolb’s Learning Style Inventory, ” “Alignment of Learning and Assessment Objectives in Designing an Integrated Curriculum,” and “Organizational Culture of a Medical School.”

The workshop also featured a mock, problem-based learning class in which eight second-year pre-medical students participated. Another group of seven students from both campuses, together with faculty members, observed the exercise.

On the last day, the School of Medicine and HMI organized a half-day national workshop entitled “Medical Education: A New Vision” at CMC.

After the welcoming speech by CEO of CMC Mounes Kalaawi, LAU President Joseph Jabbra, and Dean of the School of Medicine Kamal F. Badr delivered opening speeches.

In her keynote address, Dr. Eckhert discussed the “New Trends in Medical Education and International Accreditation of Medical Schools.” She then chaired a panel discussion, the objective of which was to launch a national dialogue on “Modernization and Harmonization of Medical Education in Lebanon.”

The panelists included Dr. Georges Aftimos, President of the Lebanese Order of Physicians and high-level officers of six medical schools in Lebanon, namely Dr. Negib Geahchan representing Dean Fernand Dagher (Université Saint-Joseph) and Deans Kamal Badr (LAU), Philippe Chedid (Lebanese University), Nadim Cortas (AUB), Kamal Kallab (Université Saint-Esprit de Kaslik), and Camille Nassar (University of Balamand).

The discussions focused on how the rich diversity of medical educational traditions in Lebanon can transform it into the dominant provider of human resources in medical education and training in the Middle East, thus meeting the growing needs of the region.

Next, Dr. Hijazi presented an overview of the LAU medical curriculum, followed by the last speech, entitled “Managing Institutional Resistance That Arises When Breaking With ‘Tradition,’ ” delivered by Dr. Bowe.

The School of Medicine started its operations with the appointment of Founding Dean Badr in December 2006, after which curriculum design and faculty recruitment started. Construction of the medical school building in Byblos began in early 2008. Currently, more than 76 premedical students are enrolled in the undergraduate program, and in September 2009 the first class of students will be admitted.

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