American University of Beirut

Faculty Advancement Program (FAP)

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

Target Audience

Newly recruited faculty members in the Faculty of Medicine.

*In 2020-2021, the FAP was open for the first time to candidates inside Lebanon i.e. outside AUB/AUBMC and the region. 



  • To train new and junior faculty members* of the FM in clinical research
  • To support the development of FM junior faculty members into clinical researchers.
  • To build capacity to support CRI training activities and provision of services in clinical research
  • To create a supportive faculty forum to discuss and collaborate on research projects

All new and junior faculty members interested in applying for a Seed Grant are required to take the "Faculty Advancement Program in Clinical Research" before submitting their proposals for the fund.​


FAP Team Members

FAP director: Martine El Bejjani, PhD
FAP coordinator: Sara Khansa, MBA


Contact Information

Ms. Sara Khansa
Telephone: 961 1350000 ext. 5452 ​


2022/2023 FAP Calendar​​​​​

Program Description​

Tentative DateSeminarSpeaker
October 19, 2022Welcome and introductory sessionFAP faculty
November 2, 2022Research career planningFAP mentors and guest speakers
November 16, 2022Formulating a research questionDr. Marlene Chakhtoura​
November 30, 2023IP discussion I: Research question
December 7, 2022Scientific writingDr. Elie Akl​
December 21, 2022ABCs of research designsDr. Martine Elbejjani
January 4, 2023ABCs of statisticsDr. Hani Tamim​
January 18, 2023IP discussion II: Research design and methodology
January 25, 2023Networking-Meet and Greet
February 1, 2023Ethical considerations in clinical researchDr. Ali Abu Alfa
February 15, 2023Resources for grants applicationDr. Fadia Homeidan
March 1, 2023Building a research teamDr. Khaled Yunis​
March 15, 2023IP discussion III: Analysis and anticipated Results/tables
March 29, 2023Applied topics in researchFAP mentors and guest speakers
April 5, 2023Artificial intelligenceDr. Albert El Hajj​
April 19, 2023Scientific publishing and scholarly assessmentsMr. Khalil Kreidieh​
April 26, 2023IP discussion IV: Challenges​​
May 3, 2023Social mediaMs. Rose Kfoury ​
May 31, 2023MentorshipDr. Elie Akl​
June 7, 2023IP discussion V: Addressing Reviewer's comments 
June 21, 2023Program evaluation  ​


 FAP awards for best proposal 2022-2023​

  • 5 awards were distributed to FAP participants for the best research proposals: ​

    1st Prize: Dr. Lara Hilal- Radiation Oncology-Mentor: Dr. Youssef Zeidan “Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs for the prevention of pain flares during palliative radiotherapy for bone metastasis"

    2nd Prize: Dr. Wassim Jalbout - Radiation Oncology -Mentor: Dr. Youssef Zeidan “The risk of secondary cancer from breast radiotherapy"

    2nd Prize: Dr. Larry Bodgi - Radiation Oncology -Mentor: Dr. Youssef Zeidan “Radiobiological characterization of bladder cancer: development of radiosensitivity predictive assays"

    3rd Prize: Dr. Nour Mokalled -Internal Medicine-Mentor: Drs. Marlene Chakhtoura and Martine Elbejjani In patients undergoing autologous or allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT), does elevated pre-transplant ferritin level correlate with increased liver iron content, and worse post-transplant outcomes?"

    3rd Prize: Dr. Evelyne Baroud -Psychiatry-Mentor: Dr. Wael Shamseddeen Prevalence and correlates of emotion dysregulation in children and adolescents with cancer"

    Mentorship appreciation awards were distributed to 3 FAP mentors:

    • Dr. Youssef Zeidan - Radiation Oncology
    • Dr. Eman Sbaity -Surgery​
    • Dr. Anthony Macari - Dentofacial Medicine


FAP portfolio.pdf


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