The LAU Gilbert and Rose-Marie Chagoury School of Medicine offers a four-year undergraduate medical program conceptually based on the integration of basic biomedical, social, and clinical sciences. The Med I-Med II curriculum consists of a series of modules: the introductory Foundations of Medicine, followed by a sequence of organ-system modules. The Med-III and Med-IV years consist of rotating clinical clerkships, the majority of which are required, or “core”. Additionally, a capstone course takes place at the end of the Med-IV year. Elective content is offered mainly during the last year of study, when 14 weeks are devoted to clinical rotations of the student’s choice, subject to approval by the Office of Medical Education. Electives may be intramural or extramural - the latter taking place in Lebanon or at international sites.
The curriculum includes subjects that are taught and developed progressively at multiple stages of the students’ education, as well as subject areas that run as themes or “spreads” throughout the program. As shown in the curricular timeline, examples of major spreads include Patient Safety, Research, Ethics, Professionalism, and Communication Skills. The required Longitudinal Program spans the entire Med-III year, and allows students on different rotations to gather together weekly for lectures, tutorials, or workshops on a variety of topics. The Continuity Experience Clerkship spans the third and fourth years. In this clerkship, students follow an individual patient or family and gain understanding of the impact of home, community, and environment on their patients’ health and well-being.
The curriculum structure is detailed below, along with a visual representation, for easier viewing.
Year I Modules
|Foundations of Medicine||14 Weeks|
|Hematology & Immunology||7 Weeks|
Endocrinology & Reproductive Medicine
Year II Modules
Musculoskeletal & Dermatology
Neurosciences & Psychiatry
Year III Clerkships
|Internal Medicine||8 Weeks|
|Obstetrics & Gynecology||8 Weeks|
|Primary Care||4 Weeks|
Year IV Clerkships
|Core/Required except for electives|
|Internal Medicine||4 Weeks|
|Anesthesiology & Rehabilitation||4 Weeks|
|Emergency Medicine||4 Weeks|
|Intensive Care Unit||4 Weeks|
|Capstone Week||1 Week|
- Patient Safety
- Communication Skills
- Continuity Experience Clerkship (Years III and IV)