The aim of the program is to graduate competent general pediatricians capable of serving the community and advocating for child and adolescent health and wellbeing in Lebanon and beyond. It also aspires to graduate competitive candidates for local and international fellowship programs and leaders in the field of child and adolescent healthcare. The program includes a team of experienced physicians and educators who are committed to resident education through continuous supervision and mentoring. It focuses on providing in depth exposure to general pediatrics and pediatric subspecialties. It also trains residents to practice evidence based medicine and to acquire basic research skills thus enabling them to practice according to up-to-date evidence and guidelines and to advance the knowledge in the fields of pediatrics and pediatric subspecialties. We are committed to training well-rounded pediatricians who have solid general knowledge in pediatrics and are able to recognize and initiate management for both common and uncommon conditions.
The Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine Residency Training Program is one of the oldest specialty training programs in Lebanon and the region. The program has been graduating competent pediatricians for more than 50 years and continues to provide state-of-the-art graduate medical education in pediatrics. In 2017, the Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine Residency Training Program at AUBMC became the first ACGME-I accredited program in Lebanon and the 6th in the region. Our training program is structured according to ACGME-I standards and compares to programs in the USA in terms of structure and educational content.
The program is a three year categorical program based at the American University of Beirut Medical Center, a regional tertiary care medical center. AUBMC is a pioneering center for undergraduate and graduate medical education with leading accredited programs in various specialties and subspecialties. The Department of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine has a multidisciplinary team of health specialists including general pediatricians and pediatric subspecialists who are dedicated to supervising and mentoring pediatric residents. The program is designed to ensure exposure to a wide pediatric and adolescent patient population in different settings including inpatient, outpatient and acute care.
The program has educational agreements with two major health and academic institutions in Lebanon: Makassed General Hospital and the Central Military Hospital. Through these agreements, the program ensures exposure to a bigger and more diverse patient population. The program is also seeking to expand its collaborations in Lebanon and abroad to create more educational, training and career opportunities for its trainees.
Dr. Rana Sharara-Chami
Associate Professor of Pediatrics
Associate Program Director
Office extension: 5536
Dr. Katia El Taoum
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
Associate Program Director
Office Extension: 8206
General Program Goals by PGY Level
During the first year of residency training, the trainee is expected to master medical, clinical and interpersonal skills that allow him/her to function smoothly as part of the healthcare team. PGY-1 residents will learn the normal physiology and the pathophysiology of neonates, children and adolescents and how to apply medical principles to real life clinical situations. Residents will learn how to differentiate between normal variants and disease states. Residents are expected to develop their clinical judgment, sense of responsibility and knowledge base by being an effective team member, engaging in all patient care activities and attending educational activities such as lectures, talks and case discussions.
In their second year, residents are expected to improve their overall skills and become more comfortable carrying out clinical responsibilities, formulating differential diagnoses and developing management plans. PGY-2 residents should accurately recognize symptoms and assess sick children. At this level, the resident will transition into an advanced leadership and supervisory role where he/she is expected to handle responsibilities independently. The resident will be trained to have a holistic approach to infant, child and adolescent healthcare. At this level, residents are also expected develop leadership skills and provide teaching as well as streamline communication within their team.
At the senior level, the resident is expected to act confidently and independently in preparation for independent practice. Residents will further develop their clinical skills, knowledge and judgment and will become reliable physicians capable of carrying out patient centered medical care. Residents should be efficient and responsible team leaders. They will be coached to become role models for other team members. In their third year, residents are also expected to assume a supervisory role within the medical team and to further develop their teaching skills. At this level residents should be able to provide a comprehensive assessment and evaluation of a sick child and to independently manage a wide range of pediatric illnesses with referral to subspecialists when needed.
Rotations and Educational Experiences
The academic year is broken down into block rotations set annually by the GME office. The academic year is usually composed of 13 block rotations.
Ms. Raneem Kadi
GME Program Coordinator
Office extension: 5559
Applying to training program
Applications to all GME programs open every year for one month during November. Applications are submitted electronically to the GME office.
For more information about the application process and needed documents, please visit the
GME office webpage