Residency Program

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​The AUB residency program in psychiatry is designed to ensure that its graduates are able to render effective professional care to psychiatric patients. It is accredited by both the Accreditation Counsel for Graduate Medical Education International (ACMGE-I) and the Arab Board. The graduates will possess sound clinical judgment, requisite skills, and a high order of knowledge about the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of all psychiatric disorders, together with other common medical and neurological disorders that relate to the practice of psychiatry. Graduates will have a keen awareness of their own strengths and limitations, and recognize the necessity for continuing their own professional development.  ​


The ultimate goal is to ensure the development of highly trained specialists in the field of psychiatry and who can provide quality clinical care, with special emphasis on the unique socio-cultural characteristics of the Arab communities while meeting the standards of the ACGME-International Specialty Program Requirements for Graduate Medical Education in Psychiatry.


The mission of the program is to develop and graduate highly capable, confident, and ethical specialists in psychiatry who can manage the complete spectrum of conditions that arise in the area of mental health care in a humane manner. The program focuses on developing specific general areas of medical competence, patient care, medical knowledge, interpersonal and communication skills and profession.

Program Sites

The AUB Psychiatry Residency Program involves multiple sites:
  • ​AUBMC Inpatient Psychiatric Unit: A ten- bed specialized inpatient unit with support staff, nursing and therapists. The unit houses a state-of-the-art electroconvulsive unit unique in the Middle East region.
  • AUBMC Outpatient Private Clinics: Covering child, adolescent, and adult psychiatry and psychology
  • AUBMC Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Program
  • AUBMC Psychological Assessment Center
  • AUBMC Outpatient Clinics (OPD) staffed by full time specialized faculty and associate clinicians.
  • AUBMC Inpatient Neurology, Internal Medicine and Pediatrics
  • Hospital of the Cross (a primary off-site program): This institution became a psychiatric hospital in 1953. It is one of the largest psychiatric hospitals in the region and has had a long history of training for students and residents. Drs. Dori Hachem and Charles Baddoura, experts in the field of training and education of medical students and residents, are both clinical associates in the AUB Department of Psychiatry.
Other sites are being considered. These could include the Lebanese established psychiatric inpatient services as well as international well-established residency programs in the US and Canada.

Admission Requirements

Previous Training and Experience
Admission into the AUB Residency Training Program in Psychiatry requires the trainee to minimally possess an MD degree or equivalent degree from a recognized, accredited medical school that is recognized by the Lebanese Ministry of Higher Education and Public Health.

Graduates of medical schools (outside the United States and Canada) and who have obtained their medical degree from an approved medical school listed in the International Medical Education Directory (IMED) other than AUB are eligible to join our post-graduate programs if they have passed the:

  • United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) Step 2 Clinical Knowledge (with grade 85 and above) or its equivalent, the International Foundations of Medicine Clinical Science Examination (IFOM CSE)
  • The English Proficiency Exam that includes either TOEFL (minimum score of 573, 230, or 88 on PBT, CBT, or IBT respectively) or IELTS (minimum score of 7.0).
Physicians may enter psychiatry programs at either the first-year or second-year postgraduate level.

Physicians entering at the second-year psychiatry postgraduate level must document successful completion of a clinical year of education in an accredited specialty requiring comprehensive and continuous patient care, such as a program in internal medicine, family medicine, pediatrics, or transitional year program. For physicians entering at the PG-2 level after completion of such a program, the PG-1 year may be credited toward the 48-month requirement.


As part of our commitment to a global education, we welcome trainee doctors from around the world who are interested in gaining specific exposure to the practice of psychiatry at our centre. Candidates would preferably be in their final years of training and need to be fluent in English. Knowledge of Arabic is a bonus as most clinical interaction at the various sites takes place in that language. Electives are generally for a minimum of 4 weeks. Prior approval of the program director and the GME office is essential and we strongly encourage you to make contact as much in advance as possible. For further information please contact the program coordinator Ms. Nibal Safah by email on​ or by phone on AUB extension 5664.

Duration of the Program

Residency education in psychiatry requires 48 months. Although residency is best completed on a full-time basis, part-time training at no less than half time is permissible to accommodate residents with personal commitments (e.g., child care).

Please contact Mrs. Nibal Safah, Residency Program Coordinator​, ext 5664 for additional information
​If you are interested in applying to the program please visit the GME link

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Joseph El Khoury, MD
Director of the Residency Program