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Dean Camille Nassar was responsible for launching the Clinical Skills II initiative.
“The aim of the Clinical Skills II – course was to reach out to the medical community in the North and “practically
 learn from their experience rather than having physicians teach clinical skills in a classroom setting.”


Med Students in Specialty Clinics

Second year students in the Faculty of Medicine were assigned this year visits to 34 private specialty clinics, on an alternate week basis, as part of their Clinical Skills II rotation.
The visits provided an opportunity for students to approach patients, interact and examine them in those clinics.

Clinical Skills II Rotation is offered as part of the Faculty of Medicine curriculum — which emphasizes the importance of integrating medical knowledge, clinical skills and professional attitude as a prerequisite for appropriate, effective and efficient patient care.

“We are proud to be the first medical school in Lebanon to integrate the Clinical Skills II – CS II - course in the regional community clinics as part of the Med II teaching process,” said Dr Ojaimi – Med II Curriculum Coordinator. This is a first community-based activity, successfully launched in 2013-2014 and based on Dean Camille Nassar’s request, said Dr. Ojaimi.

Dr. Nassar said that the aim of the Clinical Skills II – course was to reach out to the medical community in the North and “practically learn from their experience rather than having physicians teach clinical skills in a classroom setting.”

The feedback from students, said Dr. Ojaimi, was “highly positive.”
One student, Lian​ Abou Salman, described the course as “the best ever that we attended in Med school.”  Another, Rody Barakat, said he finally “felt like a real physician,” while Firas Yassine said he now felt “much more confident in approaching and examining patients.”

Reaching out to Northern Lebanon’s community of physicians and patients “was a wise and fruitful step as far as bridging the gap between Balamand Faculty of Medicine and the surrounding community,” said Dr. Ojaimi. “It is a great opportunity for our students to prove and convey to our community the high academic standards that they are equipped with.”

Added Dr. Ojaimi, “The welcoming remarks and the respect of patients showed to the medical students were also touching:  Patients felt proud to have Balamand future doctors around.”
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