American University of Beirut

Expected Competencies

​​​​​​​​​​​​The vision of the AUBFM educational program is to produce physicians who are healers, scholars, educators and advocates.

As a healer, the physician provides compassionate care to the sick with the aims of achieving cure when possible,restoring wellbeing, providing comfort, and finding meaning beyond the illness experience. A healer must attend to the whole being of the patient, must be a moral agent who recognizes the right course of action, must be able to establish a trusting relationship and communicate effectively with the patient, must act on behalf of the patient showing respect and understanding, and must have a solid grasp of the scientific basis of medicinein order toexercise sound clinical reasoning and judgment.

As a scholar, the physician aims to achieve excellence and expertise in the knowledge and skills needed to practice medicine or to conduct research, and must exercise systematic thinking using the scientific method to gain and interpret new knowledge and make decisions.

As an educator, the physician has a responsibility to educate patients and to disseminate knowledge to students, trainees, colleagues and coworkers.

As an advocate, the physician realizes the multiple factors that influence health care within the community and is dedicated to improving health care access and education to both the patient and to the community at large.

To embrace and fulfill these roles, the physician must possess a set of attributes that foster awareness of the responsibilities and duties required to assume the above roles. The AUB medical graduate will thus be competent as a(n):

  • Humane and moral professional
  • Scientist
  • Clinical problem solver
  • Effective communicator
  • Patient and community advocate
  • Reflective and wholesome person

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