Second batch of medical students welcomed to LAU
The new class of 32 students participates in an orientation on the Byblos campus.
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LAU’s Gilbert and Rose-Marie Chagoury School of Medicine welcomed its new class of 32 students during an orientation on August 27 at LAU Byblos.
Students were introduced to key members of the university and learned about different services, before being guided on a campus tour.
“We want you to think of LAU as a place to learn rather than a place to teach. Everything here will be supporting you to learn,” Dr. Abdallah Sfeir, LAU provost, told the incoming M.D. students.
“You have everything put at your disposal. The only thing we require from you is passion, time and love for what you do,” he added.
During the campus tour, the students got to peek at the site of their new medical school building currently under construction. For the time being, the students will make use of the temporary facilities inside the Dorms A Building.
Student training will also take place at University Medical Center - Rizk Hospital, and other hospitals with which LAU has clinical affiliations.
The medical school, which opened its doors to its founding class of 25 students last year, has a stated mission to “educate and train a new physician, one superbly trained in the art and science of medicine and who believes deeply that a physician is, above all, a merciful healer.”
The students were reminded of this mission, as the ethical and moral responsibilities of physicians were emphasized at the orientation.
Elie Samia, director of the Guidance Office in Byblos, told the students that LAU is a center for “diplomacy, conflict resolution, intellectual yearning, and emotional development.”
“Experience has taught us that the best way to unleash the potential of our students is to give them responsibility and authority,” Samia said, who informed them of the different avenues they were free to take as they enter the university, but encouraging them to follow a path toward “creative excitement.”
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