American Univesity of Beirut

Residency Program

​The AUB residency program in psychiatry is designed to provide comprehensive training for doctors who have demonstrated excellence and dedication while aiming to pursue a career in psychiatry in clinical and academic settings. It is recognized by the Lebanese Order of Physicians. It is accredited by the Accreditation Counsel for Graduate Medical Education International (ACMGE-I) and the Arab Board. Graduates are expected to have fulfilled all competencies allowing them render effective specialist medical care. They are expected to have developed sound clinical judgment, complex clinical 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 also have acquired a keen awareness of their own strengths and limitations, and recognize the necessity for continuing their own professional and academic 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 10 beds specialized inpatient unit with support staff, nursing and psychosocial services. 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 Consult/Liaison Service
  • AUBMC The Dr Agnes Varis Substance Abuse Program
  • AUBMC Partial hospitalization Program
  • AUBMC Psychological Assessment Center
  • AUBMC Trans-magnetic Stimulation (TMS) service
  • 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.
  • Hotel Dieu de France (HDF): For the past two years an exchange agreement has been established between our two departments, allowing additional experience for our senior residents.
  • Other sites are always being considered. Special links are also established with institutions offering training opportunities in the US and the UK.


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.

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 at ​or ext. 5664 for additional information
If you are interested in applying to the program please visit the GME link


Elias Ghossoub, MD, MSc
Director of the Residency Program 


Ms. Nibal Safah
Program Coordinator

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