American Univesity of Beirut

Admission Requirements to Fellowship Programs

​Who can apply to the GME Fellowship Programs? 

​Residents who have:

  • graduated from a medical school registered in the International Medical Education Directory (IMED)
  • are completing or have completed their GME residency training program
  • satisfactory passed an English Proficiency Language Examination
  • ​​successfully completed the required Fellowship Admission Examination


    Online Application:

    ​Applicants wishing to apply to GME Fellowship Programs need to:

    1. Access the application form (Application for Graduate Medical Education)
    2. Fill the online ​application
    3. Upload the following documents and match them to the checklist at end of application:
      • Photocopy of ID and passport
      • Photocopy of Social Security Number if the applicant is a US-Citizen/Green-Card Holder
      • Passport size photo
      • Updated Curriculum Vitae (CV)
      • Certified copy of the Medical Degree (MD) impressed with original University seal(s)
      • Certified copy of the medical school transcript of record
      • Certified copy of the residency degree or if not applicable an enrollment letter from the institution in which the resident is training
      • Certified copy of license to practice Medicine from the Lebanese Ministry of Public Health (if applicable and required only from Lebanese citizens)
      • A minimum of three letters of reference provided by faculty members who had an academic contact with the applicant (Please click here to see requirements for letter of reference)
      • Official score report of the English Language Proficiency examination
      • Report or letter verifying that the resident have passed the specialty board certification (if applicable)
    4. ​Application fees ($100) to be paid by credit card at the end of the online application

    On Application Choices:

    1. Programs will be blinded on the applicants' choices.
    2. Applicants have the choice to apply to 2 fellowship training programs provided that they rank their choices. The ranking will be used in the matching process where the priority is for the first choice that will override the second choice (i.e. if an applicant is accepted in both choices, he/she will be automatically accepted in the 1st choice and dropped from the 2nd choice acceptance list).
    3. The GME office will not accept any changes in the application choices done after the submission of the online application.

    On Application Documents:

    1. Applicants need to upload all of the required documents to the online application and match them to the checklist at end of application by November 25, 2019.
    2. Any document not printed in English must be accompanied by an acceptable original English translation performed by a qualified translator. Each translation must be accompanied by an affidavit of accuracy acceptable to the AUBMC.
    3. Any required documents not uploaded on the online application within the application period can be e-mailed the GME Office staff no later than January 10, 2020.
    4. Applicants are kindly asked to keep the original documents until asked by GME Office staff by e-mail to hand them in person or by a delegate to by courier to the GME Office address . Applicants are expected to abide by the deadline mentioned in the e-mail.
    5. Eligible applicants might be asked by some fellowship programs to submit personal statements describing interest in the sub-specialty and career plans. Such statements should be forwarded to the concerned programs and not through the GME Office. ​Kindly do not upload the personal statements with the required documents on the Online Application.

    On Application Process:

    1. After submitting the online application and required papers, the GME Office will be reviewing the applicants' submitted information.
    2. The GME personnel will be contacting the applicants if additional documents are needed.
    3. Applicants who didn't meet the GME eligibility requirements or have an incomplete application will be receiving an e-mail on the non-acceptance of their application. Application fees are non-refundable.
    4. Applications of eligible applicants will be forwarded to the concerned program(s).
    5. Applicants may be invited for an interview in one or two programs.
    6. Each program will announce the selection results to the applicants after the GME Committee approval. Acceptance to any of the residency programs is highly competitive.​​
    7. Accepted applicants who accept the offered position and sign the letter of intent but later decide not to join the GME fellowship program will not be eligible to apply to any GME Program at AUB ​in the future.


    The below 2 qualifying examinations are required from residents applying to the GME fellowship programs at AUB:

    English Proficiency Examination

    Applicants must show a level of proficiency in the English language by obtaining the minimum scores in any of the below exams:

    Exam Minimum Score in English Language Proficiency Requirements (ELPR)
    TOEFL (Computer Based) 230
    TOEFL (Paper Based) 573
    TOEFL (Internet Based) 88
    IELTS – Academic (British Council) 7.0
    Applicants exempted from sitting for English Proficiency Exam
    • AUB graduates​
    • AUB residents
    • Graduates who completed both their Bachelor's & MD degrees at University of Balamand
    • Graduates who completed both their Bachelor's & MD degrees at Lebanese American University
    • Graduates of recognized colleges or universities in North America, Great Britain, Australia, and New Zealand
    English Exam Validity Period Two years

    ​* Notes:

    • Applicants can register for the above English Exams at the concerned centers and not through GME Office.

    Fellowship Admission Examination

    App​licants interested in applying to the fellowship programs at the AUB GME Office are required to sit for an examination that reflects their residency knowledge.

    Exam Specialties
    Applicants exempted from sitting for Fellowship Admission Examination
    • AUB residents
    • Applicants with any board certification
    • Applicants to Ophthalmology fellowship programs provided that they have board certification or have passed the International Council of Ophthalmology Examinations​
    IFOM Fellowship Admission Examination Applicants to Internal Medicine, Obstetrics & Gynecology, Pediatrics and Surgery fellowship programs are offered this exam at GME once a year​
    Departmental Fellowship Admission ExaminationApplicants to Anesthesiology and Diagnostic Radiology fellowship programs are offered this exam at GME once a year
    IFOM & Departmental Fellowship Admission Exams Validity Period Two years

    ​* Notes:

    • Applicants to Ophthalmology fellowship programs who have passed the international Council of Ophthalmology Examinations​ need to upload the report(s) to the online application or to e-mail the documents to the ​GME Office by January 10, 2020.

    ​On Registration for the Fellowship Admission Exams: 

    Residents who do not have board certification are required to register at the GME Office for the Fellowship Admission Exam. They need to:

    1. Pass by the GME Office after submitting the online GME application
    2. ​Bring a passport size, colored photograph
    3. Pay the Fellowship Admission Examination registration fee
      • T​he non-refundable examination fees can be paid by cash at AUBMC Cashier's Office after getting the examination charge codes' paper from the GME Office. Please do not send cash in mail. If applicant can't pay the money by cash, please contact the GME Office to arrange for Wire Transfer.
    4.  Get the examination registration slip from the GME Office.
    Applicants will get detailed information on the examination venue and rules by e-mail at least 3 days before the exam.

    2019 Fellowship Admission Exam Dates at AUB:

    ​​Deadline for registration for Fellowship Admission Exam at GME Office
    Date of Fellowship Admission Exam at GME Office
    November 25, 2019
    December 14, 2019​

    2019 Fellowship Admission Exam Fees at AUB:

    ​Fees for Academic Year 2020-2021
    ​Fellowship Admission Exam


    Application deadlines and important dates for Academic Year 2020-2021 are:


    Application OpensApplication DeadlineRegistration for the IFOM Clinical Specialty ExamLatest Deadline to submit English Proficiency Exam score or any other pending application documentDecision Notification Date
    November 1, 2019November 25, 2019November 25, 2019January 10, 2020 by end of April 2020

    Important Dates:

    IFOM Clinical Specialty Exam For Fellowship ApplicantsInterview PeriodGME Orientation Week for New Fellows (MANDATORY)Academic Year Starts
    December 14, 2019 During the months of February & March 2020June 8 to 12, 2020June 15, 2020


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