MD Program

Local and Regional Affiliates

During their clinical years, students train at the main LAU teaching and research facility, the Lebanese American University Medical Center-Rizk Hospital in addition to other LAU clinical affiliates, serving either as sites for core clerkships [such as the Psychiatry clerkship at the Psychiatric Hospital of the Cross, the Pathology clerkship at the Sacred-Heart Hospital, and the Obstetrics & Gynecology clerkship at Rafik Hariri University Hospital (RHUH)], or as sites for elective rotations.

The LAU Medical Center-Rizk Hospital is a multi-specialty, multidisciplinary academic medical facility located in Achrafieh.

Established in 1925 as Clinique Dr. Rizk, today LAU Medical Center-Rizk Hospital serves as the primary teaching hospital for LAU Schools of Medicine, Nursing, and Pharmacy.

Renowned in the community for its long heritage of fostering excellent health through caring about the well-being of each of its patients, LAU Medical Center-Rizk Hospital has evolved since its beginning to become one of the leading hubs for comprehensive patient services.

LAU Medical Center-Rizk Hospital physicians are leaders in their respective fields. Under their stewardship, the Medical Center continues to set the highest community standards in ethics and patient safety.

LAU Medical Center-Rizk Hospital is committed to continuing to build on its excellence in patient care, clinical outcomes, teaching, and scholarship by investing in human resources as well as cutting-edge technology to achieve its vision as the premier Medical Center for patient care in the region.

The Psychiatric Hospital of the Cross is a specialized center for psychiatric illnesses providing comprehensive care to psychiatric patients in the acute and chronic settings. It hosts medical students from various medical schools in Lebanon and offers a rich exposure to both common and rare psychiatric encounters. It is the primary site for the education of our Med-III students in the field of clinical psychiatry.

The Sacred-Heart Hospital is a healthcare facility situated in Mount Lebanon providing general and specialized care in medical and surgical specialties, including Otolaryngology, Pathology and other areas, where LAU students in their Med-IV year rotate and attend clinics and surgical operations. The large volume of encounters ensures  adequate clinical exposure for many students and residents at the same time. In addition to those from LAU, students and residents from the Lebanese University Medical School rotate in this facility as well.

Clemenceau Medical Center (CMC) is a state-of-the-art, private, 158-bed hospital - accredited by the Joint Commission International and affiliated with Johns Hopkins Medicine International — where students can broaden and enrich their education and practical skills training in a different environment. The hospital is designed to offer patients the most innovative treatments and technologies available in the region, in a safe and compassionate setting. CMC is a site for elective rotations, especially in the Department of Pathology.

The Military Hospital is a facility that delivers health care to those serving in the Lebanese Army and their families. The hospital is recognized for its substantial patient load and variety of patient encounters; this enhances students’ exposure to clinical cases and their experience in managing challenging situations - particularly those involving emergencies. Students rotate through this hospital to complete the requirements of the Primary Care core clerkship.

Rafik Hariri University Hospital (RHUH) is the major governmental hospital in Lebanon, offering academic training to young doctors, nurses, pharmacists and dietitians. It includes 430 beds and 14 operating rooms, and delivers a full range of primary and highly specialized care provided by a professional and dedicated staff. RHUH’s most vital contribution is in providing advanced medical care to the ever-increasing proportion of needy patients in Lebanon. Students rotate at this facility to fulfill the requirements of some core clerkships, such as Obstetrics & Gynecology, or to enrich their exposure in specific elective specialties (Elective Clinical Rotations).

The Primary Health Care Centre - Hazmieh (PHCCH) is a non-profit medical center that serves the population living in Hazmieh and the cities around PHCCH. It has been equipped with the highest international standards and was inaugurated in January 2020. Its mission is to provide, at minimal or no cost, quality health services to underprivileged persons, regardless of race, gender, georgraphic location, ethnic origin, or religious affiliation. In fullfulling its mission in health care delivery, this dispensary promotes a message of solidarity and selfless compassion among those who serve in it, and to the patients who benefit from its activities. Med III students attend the clinics as part of their Primary Care core clerkship.