July 30, 2019
The Scholars in HeAlth Research Program (SHARP) graduated its seventh cohort on July 26, 2019, after an intense six weeks of intensive didactic and hands on day long sessions on Ethics, library science, biostatistics, epidemiology and large datasets.
The program, a collaborative effort between the Faculty of Medicine and Faculty of Health Sciences, culminated with five presentations, on the morning of the 26th addressing research questions with analyses based on the NSQIP large database. The graduation was a celebration and culmination of hard work by a cohort of 21 graduates largely medical doctors from Lebanon but also Iraq, Syria and Palestine; mostly from AUB and few from Lebanese University and Saint George Hospital University Medical Center.
During the ceremony the Program Director, Ghada El-Hajj Fuleihan, MD, MPH, FRCP, said that "the Scholars in HeAlth Research Program, summer certificate and master degree, were the product of perseverance and passion, with a purpose to develop and deliver a curriculum that would transform careers of our graduates, buddying physician scientists, as it did ours."
"Every class is slightly different but certainly special. Yours is certainly no exception. Driven, thirsty for knowledge, enthusiastic and engaged. You, our graduates are the real reason SHARP is such a success and why our distinguished faculty sacrifice part of their summer and commit to teach, year after year, and relentlessly so..." said Dr. El Hajj Fuleihan.
Dr. Hani Tamim, Summer Program Director also addressed the graduating class: ”I would like to remind you of Dr. El Hajj Fuleihan’s comment at the beginning of the program. She told you all what you are going to be doing in the next 6 weeks is to study, eat and sleep, it was clear at the time that you did not take that statement seriously. Well, I guess now it’s clear for you that it was not an exaggeration. So after all of your hard work these past weeks, I would like to applaud each of you for your commitment, perseverance, and dedication. You have endured a long summer to bring you to this rewarding day. It is obvious that your research knowledge and the expertise that you have gained are adequate enough to make you excel in your future research activities.”
Student representative Nancy Mikati also gave a speech during the ceremony thanking all faculty and staff members in the program. Mikati said "I would like to genuinely thank the accomplished SHARP faculty who dedicated their time to us. We were blessed to have you as our mentors for 6 weeks. We have learned so much from all of you in so little time. You’ve transformed our class into a cohort of young researchers. You gave us inspiration to strive for perfection in our work. Each one of you is an example to follow and we genuinely
appreciate your patience with us."