American University of Beirut

The Research Personnel Program (RPP) and the Post-Doctoral Program

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​It is a yearly program that includes bi-monthly seminar series, a number of training workshops, and an integrated project.

Target Audience

For the Research Personnel Program (RPP):

Research fellows (with an MD or Ph.D. degree) or research assistants/coordinators willing to commit for a one-year supervised research training, including two tracks: clinical research and basic sciences research.   

For the Post-doctoral Program:

Research fellows (with an MD or Ph.D. degree) willing to commit for a two-year supervised research training, including two tracks: clinical research and basic sciences research.    


The aim of these two programs is to support research fellows and research assistants/coordinators at AUBMC in developing research skills and competencies that allow them to advance their research careers.

RPP Team Members

Contributing faculty :

​​Contact Information

Ms. Sara Khansa
Telephone: 961 1350000 ext. 5452 

RPP 2023/2024  ​
CRI Lecture Series -cycle 2.pdf

These series are delivered in 3 repetitive cycles throughout the academic year. The summer cycle (July-September) consists of bi-weekly sessions. The fall (October-March) and the spring (March-April) cycles consist of weekly sessions. 

Logistical details of the mini-workshops: 

  • Period : Oct 17, 2023, till March 5, 2024
  • Day & Time : Tuesdays 4:00 pm-5:00 pm (Beirut time) 
  • Duration : 1 hour 
  • Format : Hybrid via Zoom 
  • Location  : Halim and Aida Daniel Academic and Clinical Center (ACC) multipurpose room 1&2

​Date TitleSpeaker
Oct 17, 2023Introduction/Formulating a Research QuestionMarlene Chakhtoura, MD, MSc
Oct 31, 2023Protocol write-upMarlene Chakhtoura, MD, MSc
Nov 7, 2023Study design I: observational studiesMartine El Bejjani, PhD
Nov 14, 2023Study design II: Clinical TrialsMarlene Chakhtoura, MD, MSc
Nov 28, 2023Effective Literature Search IOla El Zein, PhD                                       
Dec 5, 2023Effective Literature Search IIOla El Zein, PhD                                        
Dec 12, 2023End Note: A Reference ManagerOla El Zein, PhD                                       
Dec 19, 2023Statistics I: Data Management and CleaningEman Sbaity, MD
Jan 2, 2024BibliometricsLokman Meho, PhD
Jan 9, 2024Statistics II: Descriptive AnalysisHani Tamim, PhD
Jan 16, 2024IRB​ I: Ethical Considerations in Clinical ResearchAbir Dakik, MSc
Jan 23, 2024IRB II: Informed Consent in Human Subject ResearchMira Zantout, BSc
Jan 30, 2024Introduction to systematic review and meta-analysisElie Akl, MD, MPH, PhD
Feb 6, 2024Manuscript writingElie Akl, MD
Feb 13, 2024Statistics III: Inferential AnalysisHani Tamim, PhD
Feb 20, 2024AuthorshipElie Akl, MD, MPH, PhD
Feb 27, 2024Poster preparation & presentation skillsNada Assaf, MD                               
March 5, 2024Research in EPIC / Chart Review
Hassan Mallah, PhD

Seminars start on Wednesday, October 25, 2023, and include 

  • Didactic sessions (see below list of topics, Year 1 or Year 2 (topics being provided every other year) for RPP, Years 1 and 2 for Post-doctoral Program) 
  • Project presentation 
  • Journal club 

Logistical details of the seminar series:

  • Period        : Oct 18, 2023, till May 22, 2024
  • Time          : Wednesdays at 1:00 pm twice per month
  • Duration     :1 hour
  • Format       : In-person
  • Location     : ACC multipurpose room 3​

Year 1 – 2023-2024:

Oct 25, 2023Intro and networkingProgram participants
Nov 1, 2023Introduction to REDcapJoanne Khabsa, BS Pharm, MPH
Nov 8, 2023Repeated measures Martine El Bejjani, PhD

Nov 29, 2023Rating the certainty of evidence using the GRADE approach
Joanne Khabsa, BS Pharm, MPH
Dec 6, 2023Journal club 

Program participants​

Dec 13, 2023
Project presentation

Program participants 

Dec 20, 2023Scientific Publishing and Scholarly AssessmentsKhalil Kreidieh BS-MLT, MS
Jan 10, 2024Genetics/GenomicsRami Mahfouz MD, MPH
Jan 17, 2024Project presentation

Program participants 

Jan 24, 2024
Project presentation

Program participants

Feb 7, 2024
Project presentation

Program participants

Feb 21, 2024
Project presentation

Program participants

Feb 28, 2024
Project presentation

Program participants

Mar 6, 2024
Project presentation

Program participants

Mar 20, 2024Social mediaNidal Mawas, MA
Apr 3, 2024Translational researchRihab Nasr, PhD
Apr 17, 2024
Project presentation

Program participants

Apr 24, 2024Artificial IntelligenceAlbert El Hajj, MD
May 15, 2024
 Project presentation

Program participants

May 22, 2024Wrap-up and evaluationRPP committee and participants​

​​2023/2023 Open House Awards:

  • 1st Prize: Dr. Mariam Zahwe- Surgery – Mentor: Dr. Eman Sbaity “Performance of sentinel lymph node biopsy after neoadjuvant chemotherapy in clinically node positive breast cancer patients: systematic review and meta-analysis"
  • 2nd Prize: Dr. Hind Anan- Emergency Medicine - Mentor: Dr. Afif Mufarrij “The incidence of stroke mimics in the emergency room of a tertiary care center in Lebanon"
  • 3rd Prize: Dr. Johnny Zakhour– Internal Medicine - Mentor: Dr. Souha Kanj Sharara “Predictors of mortality of mucormycosis: a retrospective study from a tertiary care center in Lebanon"

Mentorship appreciation awards were distributed to one RPP mentor:

  • Dr. Margret Shirinian - Experimental Pathology, Immunology and Microbiology


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