The Medical Curriculum
The Faculty of Medicine and Medical Sciences defines its curriculum as a competency-based curriculum built on the 6 ACGME (American Council of Graduate Medical Education) core competencies of medical knowledge, patient care, interpersonal and communication skills, practice-based learning and improvement, systems-based practice, and professionalism to ensure that students acquire the knowledge, skills, and attitudes by the end of the MD program .
The MD program is a four-year-program consisting of two years of basic or pre-clinical sciences, MED I and MED II, and two years of clinical clerkships, MED III and MED IV.
The MED I curriculum consists of a horizontally integrated organ system model supported by clinical correlations. The gross and microscopic morphology of each organ system is blended with physiology and embryonic development to allow students to learn structure and function as one continuum. This curriculum provides students with the appropriate knowledge in basic biomedical sciences, medical biostatistics and epidemiology, behavioral sciences, and medical ethics and jurisprudence, as well as a hands-on ultrasound experience to correlate their basic sciences didactic lectures with diagnostic imaging. In MED I, students also spend a total month in the University Hospital attending a Clinical Skills I course consisting of lectures and supervised rotations where they learn history taking and performing a comprehensive physical exam.
The MED II curriculum is a horizontally integrated modular system consisting of didactic lectures and clinical cases to provide students with a comprehensive and detailed knowledge in the fields of basic biomedical sciences (Pathology, Pathophysiology, and Pharmacology and Therapeutics). The curriculum also consists of a month of University Hospital-based training during which students undergo a course of Clinical Skills II to further consolidate their history taking and detailed physical exam performance, in addition to basic nursing skills (IV line-insertion and medication administration for instance) and attending and passing a basic life support (BLS) course.
MED I and MED II students undergo direct assessments such as formative and summative written examinations in multiple choice question (MCQ) format as well as practical examinations in Human Gross Anatomy in MED I or simulation for basic life support (BLS) certification in MED II.
The MED III and MED IV curriculum is patient-centered and consist of core clerkships as well as elective rotations to offer students an exposure to all specialties and subspecialties in a supervised academic setting. Thus, the curriculum features an extensive development of the different clinical sciences encompassing all core specialties (MED III year) and subspecialties (MED III and MED IV) to strengthen the students’ knowledge, shape their clinical skills, and mold their attitudes into professional and competent physicians.
Students in MED III are subject to a one-month-vacation and 11 consecutive months of supervised bedside training, regular in-house calls, daily didactic lectures and attending rounds, in addition to outpatient exposure in the OPD and the multispecialty clinics. MED III students are also required to complete the American Heart Association Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) course by the end of their year.
T he MED III curriculum consists of 5 clinical clerkships as follows:
- Internal Medicine Clerkship for 12 weeks
- Community Health Clinic, 4 weeks
- Inpatient services, 8 weeks
- Surgery Clerkship for 12 weeks
- General Surgery, 4 weeks
- Orthopedic Surgery, 2 weeks
- Urology, 2 weeks
- Neurosurgery, 2 weeks
- Cardiothoracic Surgery, 1 week
- Vascular Surgery, 1 week
- Pediatrics Clerkship for 8 weeks
- Obstetrics and Gynecology Clerkship for 8 weeks
- Psychiatry Clerkship for 4 weeks
The curriculum in MED III also incorporates a “Preventive Medicine and Health Administration” course that exposes students to the topics of health systems and administration, planning and policy making in Lebanon, healthcare and public health services, disease surveillance and outbreak monitoring, the role of physicians in society, and the complexities of clinical practice. Moreover, a course in “The Ethics of Public Health” is presented to students in a series of seminars that addresses clinical case scenarios as in the real clinical practice within the Lebanese context.
The MED IV curriculum is a combination of core mandatory elements and electives and selectives. The MED IV curriculum allows three months of electives open to all specialties, one month selective in surgical specialties, one month selective in medical specialties, and one month-vacation.
The MED IV year consists of the following clinical clerkships:
- Internal Medicine Clerkship for 4 months
- ER, 1 month
- CCU/6FN, 1 month
- ICU, 1 month
- Ward, 1 month
- Otorhinolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery Clerkship for 2 weeks
- Anesthesiology Clerkship for 2 weeks
- Ophthalmology Clerkship for 2 weeks
- Medical ImagingClerkship for 2 weeks
- Three elective rotations, 4 weeks each
- One month-selective rotation in one of the following: Pediatric Surgery, Neurology, Dermatology, Infectious Diseases, Endocrinology, and Medical Lab
- One month-selective in Surgery
MED III and MED IV clerkships take place at the University Hospital. Elective rotations can take place at the University Hospital, the American University of Beirut Medical Center, Hospitals affiliated with the University of Balamand in the US, or any hospital that the student chooses in Europe, Australia, Canada, or the US if he/she gets an official acceptance.
Clinical training is supervised in all clerkships and student acquisition of knowledge, skills, and attitudes is evaluated via internal (bedside MiniCEX, written and oral, and NBME exams) and external (USMLE I & II, IFOM, National Qualifying Exam or Colloquium) assessment tools.
Medical students in pre-clinical and clinical years are given opportunities to be involved in ongoing research projects with Faculty members. Students are also required to follow clinical pathways and provide evidence from medical literature in all their patients encounters, diagnosis, assessment, and plans. Moreover, the Faculty of Medicine and Medical Sciences provides medical students with unlimited access to the Up-To-Date online medical database in the University Hospital and remotely to support them to think and practice by evidence.
Please refer to the Catalogue for the description of courses.