The visiting students elective program of the LAU Gilbert and Rose-Marie Chagoury School of Medicine is accepting applications for the 2023/2024 academic year. The school of medicine will continue to monitor the status of the coronavirus pandemic and will provide updates on this page. See guidelines pertaining to COVID-19, below.
The Lebanese American University Gilbert and Rose-Marie Chagoury School of Medicine and its main affiliated hospital, LAU Medical Center-Rizk Hospital, accept only visiting students who are in good academic standing and who have satisfactorily completed their pre-clinical courses and core clerkships.
The school of medicine welcomes visiting students according to the schedule of the rotations below based on availability. Visiting students should apply at least two months before the start date of the elective. The minimum duration of electives at the school of medicine is four weeks.
Students are responsible for arranging on their own expenses, housing and boarding, as well as their own transportation in addition to all gasoline and parking fees incurred.
Additional guidelines concerning COVID-19:
- Students must show their COVID-19 vaccination card upon arrival at LAU Medical Center-Rizk Hospital; an electronic copy must already be on file with the Office of Medical Education.
- Students’ COVID-19 vaccination status should be up-to-date: Two doses of vaccine only IF the second dose was within the past five months – OR – Third (booster) dose required IF the second dose was received more than five months earlier. Note that in view of the evolving COVID-19 pandemic, vaccination requirements may be subject to change according to WHO recommendations.
- Local students must provide proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test that is no more than 72 hours old, before the start date of their elective.
- International students must take a COVID-19 PCR test upon arrival at LAU Medical Center-Rizk Hospital, at their own charge, and be in quarantine for five to seven days before taking a second PCR test; the Infectious Diseases team will determine the status of each student’s case according to the latest updated recommendations from WHO.
- All visiting students will have an orientation session held with the Infection Control team on the first official day of their elective rotations.
Once a preliminary acceptance has been issued, the student must provide the following additional documents within 30 days of the acceptance email before further consideration of the application:
- One recent passport-sized photo
- A photocopy of the identity card or passport
- A letter of good standing
- A letter of recommendation from the Dean’s Office including information regarding clinical clerkships that were completed or are in progress
- A completed immunization form confirming evidence of vaccination including hepatitis B and a recent PPD test, and a COVID-19 vaccination card.
- Medical health insurance coverage
- Liability insurance coverage (in case of clinical rotation)
- Drug screen test (for international applicants)
A final acceptance (or rejection) email will be issued within two weeks of receipt of all pertinent documents. It is the responsibility of the visiting student to ask for a performance evaluation through the Office of Medical Education and to make sure the evaluation is processed and delivered to home institution. The school of medicine may use its own form or any other evaluation form provided by the home institution of the student.
Visiting students may apply for an elective/observership by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org, for checking elective availability. Upon confirmation, visiting students need to submit an online application. A 75 USD non-refundable fee will be charged at the time of application (online payment). Online application will not be considered until the applicant submits a transcript and an updated CV.
The school of medicine offers electives in the following departments as well as their respective available sub-specialties:
- Internal Medicine (and sub-specialties including Emergency Medicine, Family Medicine, Social Medicine and others)
- Obstetrics & Gynecology
- Surgery (and sub-specialties including Orthopedic Surgery, Urology and others)
- Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
- June 5-July 2-2023
- July 3-July 30, 2023
- July 31-August 27, 2023
- August 28-September 24, 2022
- September 25-October 22, 2023
- October 23-November 19, 2023
- November 20-December 17, 2023
- December 18-January 14, 2023
- January 15-February 11, 2024
- February 12-March 10, 2024
- March 11-April 7, 2024
- April 8-May 3, 2024