Student Activities


MSA (LAU Medical Students Association)

The Medical Students Association is an LAU student club that personifies the humanitarian spirit of the Gilbert and Rose-Marie Chagoury School of Medicine. The MSA organizes a variety of outreach, educational, and fundraising activities throughout the year. These events bring together the community of faculty, staff, and students from LAU’s medical school and medical centers, at the same time raising money to benefit the community at large.

All LAU medical students are eligible to join the MSA and take part in activities. The MSA is overseen by a board of eleven students, elected yearly by their classmates. In addition to a club president, vice president, treasurer, and secretary, the MSA Board includes the heads of several committees: the External Affairs, Social, USMLE, Awareness, MedNashra, DMD, and Media Committees. A faculty member from the School of Medicine serves as official club advisor and provides guidance for the organization.

Check out our activities and events on the MSA Facebook page or contact us.

Major events sponsored and organized by the MSA

LeMSIC (Lebanese Medical Students International Committee)

The International Federation of Medical Students Associations (IFMSA) is an organization of medical students, for medical students and by medical students. Founded in 1951, the IFSMA currently holds 136 National Member Organizations from more than 126 countries and areas with over one million students represented worldwide. IFMSA is recognized by the World Health Organization and the World Medical Association.

In 1964, the Lebanese Medical Students’ International Committee was founded and joined IFMSA as an active national member organization. LeMSIC is an independent, student-run, nonpolitical, non-governmental and not-for-profit organization that has worked toward empowering medical students, introducing them to global health, and providing them with exchange opportunities.

LAU LeMSIC is an official student club at the university. It is also a unique resource that allows LAU medical students to collaborate on meaningful projects and experience life abroad through professional or research exchange offered by IFMSA. Through LAU LeMSIC, participating students have the opportunity to expand their knowledge, broaden their perspective, and build long-lasting relationships with medical students from around the world.

The LAU LeMSIC local committee is headed by a Local Director who coordinates the work of members and standing committees, and collaborates with other local committees. At LAU, we have four standing committees: professional exchange (SCOPE), research exchange (SCORE), public health (SCOPH), and reproductive health and rights including HIV & AIDS (SCORA). Committee leaders, who are elected on a yearly basis, organize events within LAU and participate in national events organized by the national standing committee. The LAU LeMSIC team receives support from a designated faculty advisor at the LAU Gilbert and Rose-Marie Chagoury School of Medicine.


“This was the best experience of my life. Not only have I gotten exposed to a different hospital environment, but also I learned about the Russian culture and traditions and got to meet lovely fellow medical students who have turned into dear friends of mine.”

Rasha Abou Jaoude


“IFMSA was a life-changing experience, from the challenges of living independently to the satisfaction of meeting amazing people and cultures from all around the world. The best way to summarize this trip with one word is ‘incredible’ for students evolve not only as physicians but also as individuals. Thank you for ‘bringing us together’ IFMSA in ways I would have never imagined possible.”

Mohammad Othman El Helou