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Bioethics Matters in the Arab World

The Salim El-Hoss Bioethics and Professionalism Program (SHBPP) at the American University of Beirut Faculty of Medicine (AUB FM) is an interdisciplinary resource for faculty, students, healthcare providers and policy makers who are involved in bioethics education, research, and consultation in Lebanon and the region. Launched in April 2010, it is the first targeted initiative in the Arab World that seeks to educate, research, and champion issues related to professionalism, medical humanism and bioethics. Thus, the SHBPP aims at enhancing public awareness and understanding as well as scholarly work on contemporary issues related to bioethics, humanism and professionalism. It promotes and encourages the development of the requisite skills, attitudes, and behaviors among those who practice medicine on issues such as end of life care, medical economics, health administration, law and policy, and ethics and research in Lebanon and the Arab World. 

Upcoming Events 

Research in Developing Countries
* Date: May 25-26, 2014
* Location: The Arab Organizations Headquarters Building, Kuwait

Ethics and the Use of Placebos in Therapy
* Date: Monday May 26, 2014
* Time: 5:00 pm
* Location: Abdulrazzak Khalid Zaid Al-Khalid Auditorium, Dasman Diabetes Institute, Kuwait

Call for  papers for the first two books of their kind in the Arab World
* Narrative Matters: Doctors' Personal Stories with Patients
Call for papers (in Arabic)

* Narrative Matters: Nurses' Personal Stories with Patients
Call for papers (in Arabic)

More Events


 Med IV student presents Grand Round entitled “Uterine Transplant: Promising yet Controversial” (February 12, 2014)
Zaid Al Tawil, currently a fourth year medical student, and a member of last year's first prize winning group in the Bioethics Documentary Award (part of the PPS2 course for third year medical students), gave a presentation entitled "Uterine Transplant: Promising yet controversial" in the Obstetrics and Gynecology  Grand Round held on February 12, 2014 in SB101. The presentation gave a brief overview of the latest advancements in uterine transplantation and some available experimental data and then discussed in detail the various controversies surrounding the use of such reproductive technologies with focus on the ethical and religious controversies. The talk was moderated by Dr. Thalia Arawi.

Zaid giving his presentation Dr. Anwar Nassar, Dr. Thalia Arawi and Mr. Zaid Al Tawil

Presentation (with permission)

Med 1 Students honor cadavers in Anatomy lab: (January 3, 2014)
The pictures below are of the memorial for cadavers held by med 1 students after completing their anatomy  unit, part  of their Physicians, Patients and Society 1 (PPS1) course.
Students were inspired by the lectures and discussions they took in "The Anatomy Lesson” and "Caring Spotlight Experience" (CSE) - part of PPS1- and appreciated the humane aspect of their work and the important role played by their "silent teacher”.

As one student, Sara Moufarrij said: "In med I sometimes we are disconnected from the humane aspect of medicine…and I know in Anatomy, when we first walked into the lab, I was a bit horrified by what I was seeing in front of me; but gradually I forgot that I was dissecting someone that used to live, someone who used to walk and someone who used to breathe. When I realized this I was really upset with myself and I was worried that this might translate into my profession. And so I always want to maintain this understanding that medicine is about the humane aspects, not just about the science. And thus if we keep promoting this kind of ceremony, we will remind ourselves that medicine is a lot more complicated and a lot more humane than what we might think it is in med I and med II." Fellow student Rasha Reslan added, “they [the cadavers] have given us the best that they have to offer, their bodies….and I can safely say that we have all learned so much from them. This is the best way that we can honor their memory”.

The students gathered and paid homage to their “first patients" through a memorial which consisted of candles, a moment of silence and respect followed by prayers. This is a historical moment which marks a change in the culture of AUBFM and the thinking of students.
Dr. Abdo Jurjus, who supported this initiative, orchestrated the event. He, along with Dr. Elie El-Chaer (Professor, Anatomy, Cell Biology and Physiological Sciences), who offers unit in CSE- PPS1 entitled the Anatomy Lesson, and Dr. Thalia Arawi, who coordinates the PPS1 course and teaches the CSE Module, played a role in allowing the students see the human in the cadavers and feel the need to thank them and honor them.

Set-up for the memorial service in the Anatomy lab Students Rasha Reslan and Sara Moufarrij addressing the class
The students paying homage by prayer A class photo with Drs. Sabra, Jurjus and Arawi

SHBPP’s Founding Director visits his Beatitude Cardinal Bechara Al Rai at Bkerke (December 12, 2013):
Founding Director of the Salim El-Hoss Bioethics and Professionalism Program at AUB-FM/MC was received by his beatitude Cardinal Bechara Al Rai in Bkerki on December 12, 2013.

Dr. Arawi acquainted the Cardinal with the program and its regional outreach. The meeting was very successful as collaboration and commitment from the Cardinal was conveyed to support SHBBP and its activities.
SHBPP has always made sure to include the point of view of the Church by having members from the Clergy partake in conferences on various bioethical issues.

Dr. Arawi will soon be meeting with the Grand Mufti Mohamad Rashid Qabani.

Dr. Arawi with Cardinal Al-Rai


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