American University of Beirut

Residency Program

The Ophthalmology Residency program is designed to provide a broad foundation in all of the subspecialties of ophthalmology in a 36-month curriculum which combines a structured clinical science course in didactic presentations, clinical conferences and independent study.

Resident physicians are expected to achieve the six ACGME-I competencies of:

  • Patient Care
  • Medical Knowledge
  • Interpersonal and Communication Skills
  • Professionalism
  • Practice-based Learning and Improvement
  • Systems-based Practice
A one year internship in internal medicine or surgery in an ACGMEi accredited program is required before applying to ophthalmology residency program.
For more information about the admission process and eligibility, please follow this Link.

Resident Selection

The Ophthalmology residency program has a selection committee which consists of Program director, program coordinator, two residents, and all full time attendings. The program director in consultation with the residency selection committee will meet to review the completed applications and rank the candidates based on the information obtained from the initial application, and interviews. The final rank order list is then forwarded to the GMEC for review and approval.

The Program Director is Rola Hamam, MD. She is directly responsible for all administrative issues relating to residents during their training, and for compliance with departmental and institutional guidelines. Residents are expected to report to her directly with any issue relating to their training. Her office is on the seventh floor, Room a-706. She can be reached at beeper no 0624, or through her email:

The Program Coordinator is Farah Masri. She is responsible for the scheduling and coordination of the weekly Resident Core conferences, Monthly Journal Clubs, Morbidity & Mortality Conferences, and Grand Rounds. She is responsible for all administrative aspects of the program, including processing travel and vacation requests, reimbursements, purchasing educational materials, collecting and anonymously collating evaluations, as well as coordinating the Annual In-Service Exam and Resident Research Day. Her office is located on the 6th Floor, phase 1, and room W 636. She can be reached at her extension 5687 or through her email:

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