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  • ​​On the occasion of World Medical Ethics Day, commemorated on September 18th, SHBPP organized a number of interactive games for medical students, residents, and staff addressing various topics related to medical ethics at each of the four stations. Winners entered a draw for several delightful prizes. A special thanks to the help and support of our dedicated medical students who volunteered to make this activity a success! 

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  • Med 2 Students rotate in the ICU (surgical and medicine) as well as RCU as part of their clinical ethics course.
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  • PPS2 Med II Clinical Ethics at the Cemetery. For the first time in the world, bioethics is being taught at the cemetery.
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  • ​"Physicians Patients and Society " (PPS) 1&2 courses' orientation for Med 1&2 students. Looking forward for the new year! 

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  • ​Congratulations! MAGNET recertification.


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  • ​​​​​Congratulations to the graduates of the 4th Disclosure of Error Course held between SHBPP and ​KHCC.​


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  • ​​Mr. David Curry, Mr. Imad Sadek, and Dr. Thalia Arawi Sign an MOU between ge2p2 global and Salim El-Hoss Bioethics and Professionalism Program - AUBFM & AUBMC.​

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  • ​Congratulations to our colleagues!
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  • MAGNET accreditation: Great Ethics Team!

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  • Welcome to the SHBPP family!

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  • Congratulations to SHARP 2019 graduates!​​​

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  • SHBPP proudly annouces the first SHBPP-MOH (Ministry of Public Health) internship program with medical student Dana Naamani as the first intern to complete the program.
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  • Dr. Thalia Arawi m​eets with HE. Dr. Abdul Latif Al Hamad at the headquarters of the Arab Fund for Social and Economic Development- in Kuwait.​
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  • Dr. Thalia Arawi gave a talk about Ethics of Mentoring at the Research Ethics and Authorship seminar
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  • ​​Congratulations to SHBPP researchers :" Pivotal role of clinical ethics consults in critical clinical decision making the neonatal intensive care unit within an Arab Culture" has been accepted for publication in Journal of Pediatric and Neonatal Individualized Medicine​

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​​The campaign will be open very soon. Stay tuned to make a difference.
Join us and make this happen. The Ghassan Abu-Sitteh Humane Medicine Library which will feature talks by Dr. Abu-Sitteh, Workshops, books, references, etc. It is public and free for all in the hope of graduating more humane physicians concerned about humane patient-centered care.​


The first meeting of the Medical Center Ethics Committee for the year 2019 with Dr. Thalia Arawi as Chairperson and Dr. Mahmoud Choucair as Co-Chair. (February 2019)

 



​The first English-Arabic Bioethics dictionary by Dr. Rouhi Baalbaki and Dr. Thalia Arawi (December 30, 2018)

The Salim El-Hoss Bioethics and Professionalism Program (SHBPP) collaborated with Dr. Rouhi Baalbaki and Dar El-Ilm Lil Malayin, one of the leading and distinguished publishers in the region, in a pioneering initiative to develop and publish a dictionary of bioethics terms in Arabic. With the increasing recognition of the importance of Bioethics in healthcare, research and medical education in the Arab region, this dictionary will serve to fulfill the growing demand for a comprehensive reference to unify the bioethics language in Arabic and to create new terms that are missing in the Arabic lexicon. This dictionary, which will be available for purchase at the Beirut International Arab Book Fair starting December 30, 2018, will facilitate future publications, discussions, and symposia on bioethics and will contribute to the development of the field in the Arab region. ​

​​​​​​​​​​SHBPP's 1st Calligraphy workshop (May 2 - 14, 2018)
Calligraphy, the window to culture. In the aim of tracing it all back to the golden age, the SHBPP held its first fundraising calligraphy workshop in collaboration with the artist Fadi Alouwayed with amazing feedback from the participants. The proceeds of the workshop went to support the SHBPP. 

SHBPP at the Qatar Genome Programme (April 29-30 2018)
The Qatar Genome Programme (QGP), a member of Qatar Foundation, hosted its second symposium under the theme 'Ethics, Regulations and Best Practices in Genomic Medicine'. The symposium, which was held in collaboration with the Ministry of Public Health and the Research Centre for Islamic Legislation and Ethics, at the Qatar National Convention Centre.
The QGP symposium is bringing together industry experts, researchers, policy-makers, and academics from Qatar and around the world to discuss a range of topics relevant to the genomics field, including governance of national genomic projects, genomic data ownership and sharing, delivery of genomic data and its integration into the national health system, and bioethics.


​SHBPP announced its first Bioethics Postdoctoral Research Fellow (April 20, 2018) 
The SHBPP is pleased to share that Miss Sarah El Halabi (Med IV) has been accepted as the first Postdoctoral Research Fellow at SHBPP. This marks yet another changing point in history! 

 


Dr. Thalia Arawi and Dr. Laila Dirani gave a session on "Media, Ethics, and Mental Health" as part of the Middle East Medical Assembly (MEMA) ( April 19, 2018)


Dr. Thalia Arawi participated in a meeting held by the  Lebanese National Consultative Committee on Ethics. (April 18, 2018)


​SHBPP's third annual newsletter (April 2018)
The Salim El-Hoss Bioethics and Professionalism Program is pleased to share the third issue of its annual newsletter in both English and Arabic languages. 

 


"She - هي" art exhibition (April 4, 2018)
The Salim El-Hoss Bioethics and Professionalism Program held its first art exhibition "She - هي" commemorating International Women's Day in the presence of his Excellency the Lebanese Minister of State for Women's Affairs Mr. Jean Oguasabian, Ms. Lina Daghlawi Moukarzel, president of the Council of Arab Women, and the press.


"Contemporary Issues in Bioethics Series" (April 4, 2018)
The Salim El-Hoss Bioethics and Professionalism Program proudly presents the "Contemporary Issues in Bioethics Series" which is the product of third-year medical students' work as part of their Biomedical Ethics Course. ​


The PopTalk held its 3rd Poptalk event "وهلأ لوين؟" (March 26, 2018)
The ‪PopTalk team at the AUBFM, under the patronage of the Salim El-Hoss Bioethics and Professionalism Program, organized the fourth PopTalk event under the title "وهلأ لوين؟" on Monday, March 26, 2018. The event hosted two speakers: Dr. Mohammad Ali Rida (Rheumatology fellow at AUBMC) and Dr. Faek Jamali (Surgical oncology physician at AUBMC). Both speakers shared personal experiences of their medical practice at AUBMC and abroad. They also presented to the audience the reasons behind their decision to stay in Lebanon and pursue their career instead of leaving Lebanon to continue abroad!


​Founding Director of SHBPP, Dr. Thalia Arawi was elected as a fellow at the GE2P2 global foundation for governance, ethics, evidence, policy, and practice. (March22, 2018) 
The founding purpose of the ge2p2 foundation is to advance ethical and scientific rigour in research and evidence generation for governance, policy, and practice in human rights action, humanitarian response, health, education, heritage stewardship, and sustainable development – serving governments, international agencies, ingos, civil society organizations (csos), commercial entities, consortia, and alliances!

 


“Compassion Veraque”- Humane medicine musical performance
The SHBPP-AUBMC is delighted to share with you the official video of the first musical composition illustrating the physician-patient encounter composed by one of our very own, Mr. Faysal Tabbara (Med III). The musical performance entitled “Compassion Veraque" was inspired by the daily life experience at the hospital. It illustrates the delicate interaction between the patient and the physician, which encompasses a myriad of emotions, confusion, uncertainty, happiness, trust, serenity, care, and above all, empathy.



SHBPP held its 2nd Forum Theatre "كنت ناطرة الحكيم بس" (January 30, 2018)
The SHBPP held its 2nd Forum Theater كنت ناطرة الحكيم بس on January 30, 2018, which portrayed the case of a leukemia patient receiving the news of her diagnosis from her physician! The spectators turned into Spec-Actors and made a big difference in the course of events.​


​SHBPP celebrates AUBMC's commitment to Humane Medicine (January 30, 2018)
On January 30, 2018, SHBPP celebrated AUBMC’s commitment to Humane Medicine and the official release of the M=EC2 equation denoting that "Medicine is about Empathy, Caring and Curing". The event featured a number of guest speakers, a short video marking the birth of Risho and Risha, and a musical performance (entitled Compassion Veraque) that was invented specifically for this event and played with an orchestra and accompanying choreographed piece by the IC Middle School Performing Arts Club -Ras Beirut. The dance portrayed a patient struggling with her fear during her clinical encounter with her physician. The aim was to demonstrate the need for humane medical practice and its impact on patient care. The performance was followed by a live testimony of a patient suffering from GBM. The president and the Dean were presented with the AUBMC Humane Medicine flag by the Founding Director of the SHBPP. Prior to the event, LeMSIC volunteers set up interactive booths outside SML and in front of AUBMC entrance. They introduced the concept of Humane Medicine to medical students, residents, physicians, nurses, and AUBMC staff and engaged them in interactive activities about ethics and humanism in medical practice! The Medical Humanism Fund volunteers also held a bake sale on the same day at AUBMC main lobby which included tasty cakes and hot drinks from Café Younes from which proceeds went to support needy patients.


Ambiguous Genitalia session for Med II students (December 11, 2017)
A very interesting session with Med II students around the topic of Ambiguous Genitalia from medical, psychological, legal, ethics, etc. perspectives. with Drs. Mona Nasrallah (Coordinator), Hala Tfaily, Leila Dirani, and Thalia Arawi.


An Evening of Genuine Musical Enchantment with Inveterate Artist Mustafa Hilal (November 30, 2017)
The Salim El-Hoss Bioethics and Professionalism Program organized its first concert inviting members of the community to a night of genuine musical enchantment with inveterate artist Mr. Mustafa Hilal, who captivated the audiences with his performance of timeless tarab, folklore, and oriental songs.  Proceeds from the concert went to support the SHBPP. 


"Ethos of Morals and Duties" - Avila, Spain (November 19-21, 2017)
Dr. Arawi from SHBPP was invited to participate in the conference "Constructing Peace. A  Challenge for Christianity and Islam" at the Universidad de la Mistica in Avila, Spain. Dr. Arawi talked about the Ethos of Morals and Duties, the necessity of being virtuous as a whole and not only in part and the importance of respecting the principle of ethics when dealing with humans in general and patients in particular.


The SHBPP launched #Fawanees (October 19, 2017)
#Fawanees aims at taking people on a journey and allowing them to see the accomplishments of Arab scientists and scholars that have left an impact on our modern lives.


The SHBPP at AUBMC  invited Dr. Rasha Hamra to give a lecture entitled “Lebanese Code of Ethics for Drug Promotion" to members of the Medical Center Ethics Committee (16 October 2017)


​Dr. Thalia Arawi gave a talk on the "Not so Hidden Curriculum" (September 28, 2017)
In the last meeting of the PRIME committee, Dr. Arawi discussed the "not so hidden curriculum" in a presentation focusing on the importance of role models in the medical curriculum in addition to their influence on medical students' and residents' behaviors. 


Lecture on the "The Healing Symphony" (September 27, 2017)
Dr. Thalia Arawi gave an interactive talk on ethics in family medicine under the title "The Healing Symphony" as part of the AUBMC's Family Medicine Departmental town meetings. The talk took place on Wednesday, the 27th of September, 2017. The talk was attended by residents and physicians. 


3rd Forest event: A Medical Team's Unforgettable Care (September 20, 2017)
On Wednesday, September 22, 2017, the third “Epocsohtets!" (aka Frost) was held with Mr. and Mrs. Hammoud as the invited speakers. Mr. and Mrs. Hammoud, parents of late Ibrahim Hammoud and their daughter Fatima Hammoud, shared their positive and negative personal experiences with the medical team at AUBMC. They also addressed their audience of physicians, medical students, as well as family and friends about the importance of empathy and support in medical practice, and explained how being there for the patient and his/her family members as humane healthcare practitioners makes a difference.

The Salim El-Hoss Bioethics and Professionalism Program releases a video on the occasion of the Global Medical Ethics Day (September 18, 2017)​

Dr. Arawi discussed  Medical ethics in Lebanon during her interview with Mrs.  Angelique Mons on Radio Liban (August 14, 2017)

The SHBPP at AUBFM-MC is now officially a Network Affiliate of the International Academy of Medical Ethics and Public Health. Congratulations to all of us!!

  • The Salim El-Hoss Bioethics and Professionalism Programme at AUBFM-MC is now officially a Network Affiliate of the International Academy of Medical Ethics and Public Health, founded this September in Paris. This Academy is headquartered at the Université René Descartes (Sorbonne Paris Cité). The network has 120 affiliated centers from different countries and renowned universities (McGill, Yale, Sorbonne, Oxford, Vanderbilt, Bristol, etc.). SHBPP is the first and only Network Affiliate from the Middle East. ​

Congratulations SHBPP!!!                                                                                                   
  • The International Academy of Law and Mental Health (IALMH) is founded on the belief that issues arising from the interaction of law and mental health can be best addressed through multidisciplinary and cross-national approaches, drawing on law, the health professions, the social sciences, and the humanities. Every two years, the IALMH holds an International Congress on Law and Mental Health, bringing together the international community of researchers, academics, practitioners and professionals in the field, whose wide-ranging perspectives provide for a comprehensive look at important law and mental health issues.

 

Interview with "​Academic Foresights" ​on "Medical Ethics in the ​Arab Region"                       ​ 
  • Dr. Thalia Arawi discussed “Medical Ethics in the Arab Region" in her interview with the online journal “Academic Foresight". Dr. Arawi highlighted the current situation of medical ethics in the Arab region, medical ethic's evolution over the next five years, and the structural long term perspectives of medical ethics in the Arab countries. Read the interview in full: Medical ​Ethics                                             
Lecture on "Diagnostic Radiology's​ Unspoken Qualms" (July 3, 2017)
  • Dr. Thalia Arawi gave an interactive talk on ethics in radiology under the title "Diagnostic Radiology's Unspoken Qualms" as part of the AUBMC's Radiology Department daily morning lectures. The talk took place on Monday, the 3rd of July, 2017 at the Garden Offices. The talk was attended by residents and physicians.


SHBPP residents' orientation session (June 5, 2017)
Dr. Thalia Arawi, Founding Director of the SHBPP, addressed new residents at AUBMC during the Residents Orientation session which took place on June 5, 2017, in a lecture entitled “The days are long, but the years are short: Respice Finem”. The lecture highlighted the significance of mortality, compassion, and trying to make a difference in the lives of others both in one’s personal life and practice. At the end of the session, residents were asked to write their future selves a letter that they will receive during their residents’ graduation ceremony. All residents were given pins of the Asclepius rod embossed with the Latin expression “Respice Finem” – meaning “Consider the end”.​


SHBPP's second annual newsletter (May 2017)
The Salim El-Hoss Bioethics and Professionalism Program is pleased to share with you the second issue of its annual newsletter in both English and Arabic languages.   ​



​SHBPP at the workshop of the Office of the Minister of State for Women's Affairs (April 28, 2017)
​Dr. Thalia Arawi, Founding Director of the Salim El-Hoss Bioethics and Professionalism Program, was invited by the Office of the Minister of State for Women's Affairs (OMSWA) to participate in its workshop discussing the strategy of the ministry. The workshop took place at the Monroe Hotel, Beirut on April 28, 2017, and was attended by a number of academic professionals, experts, and NGO representatives from all over Lebanon. 


First Forum Theater: " منحكي ولا ما منحكي؟" (April 25, 2017)
A superb Interactive Theatre session where spectators turned into Spec-Actors and made a big difference in the course of events. A big thank you to the wonderful AUB Theatre Initiative team led by Dr. Sahar Assaf and Mrs.Nazha Harb​.


2nd FROSt event: Dr. Fuleihan: Unforgettable Physician, Unforgettable Hero! (March 30, 2017)
On Thursday, March 30, 2017, the second “Epocsohtets!" (aka Frost) was held with Mrs. Wadad El Hoss as the invited speaker. Mrs. Wadad El Hoss shared her family's personal experience with Dr. Farid Fuleihan, whom she characterized as an "Unforgettable physician and Unforgettable hero". Mrs. El Hoss addressed her audience of residents, physicians, as well as family and friends about the importance of empathy and support, and explained how being there for the patient not only physically but also emotionally makes a difference.


PopTalk 3.0: "Milestones Through Medicine"​ (March 28, 2017)
The ‪PopTalk team at the AUBFM, under the patronage of the Salim El-Hoss Bioethics and Professionalism Program, organized the third PopTalk event under the title "Milestones Through Medicine" on Tuesday, March 28, 2017. The event hosted a list of speakers which included medical students, residents and attending physicians at the American University of Beirut, who​ shared highlights of their personal experiences of the pre-clinical an​d clinical years in medicine. The speakers also highlighted the importance of role models and mentors in the journey of medicine as well as the valuable lessons learned from all the struggles it might bring. Congratulations to the PopTalk team for yet another successful event!​


SHBPP at the Patients' Rights and Duties pact in Muscat, Oman (March 16, 2017)  ​
SHBPP founding Director Dr. Thalia Arawi met with HE Minister of Health Dr. Ahmed bin Mohammed bin Obaid al-Sa'eedi in Oman, and was invited to participate on behalf of the WHO in the Ministry of Health conference discussing the Patients’ Rights and Duties Pact that was held in the Grand Mosque in Muscat, Oman on March 16, 2017.


SHBPP at the 10th Annual Congress of the Lebanese Society of Critical Care Medicine (March 10-12, 2017)
SHBPP Founding Director Dr. Thalia Arawi was invited to participate in the 10th Annual Congress of the Lebanese Society of Critical Care Medicine, where she gave a talk about physicians and patients in critical care to a wide audience of physicians and healthcare professionals from all over Lebanon.


Seventh Bioethics Rounds on the Ward (BROWnies) activity (March 10, 2017)
The 7th BROWnies activity took place on March 10, 2017, with attending physicians, residents, nurses, 4th-year medical students, Associate Professor of Pediatrics Dr. Marianne Majdalani, as well as AUBMC clinical bioethicist Dr. Thalia Arawi. The activity brought forward several insightful discussions and recommendations all aiming towards enhancing patient-centered care. It was followed up with a chat about the ethical issues surrounding medical technologies.

"The not so hidden Curriculum" featured in the PRIME times' 3rd issue (March 10, 2017)
  • “The Not so Hidden Curriculum", an article written by Dr. Thalia Arawi was featured in PRIME times' 3rd issue. The article describes the significance of the informal and hidden curricula in medical teaching and elaborates on the role of the faculty, through proper role modeling in preserving the formal curriculum and preventing the potentially damaging effects of the hidden curriculum.
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​International Women's Day - Be Bold for Change (March 8, 2017)
  • ​International Women's Day is celebrated on March 8 every year. The Salim El-Hoss Bioethics and Professionalism Program (SHBPP) at AUBMC has taken the opportunity to shift perspectives away from the social constructs that constrain women to more positive empowering attitudes. #BeBoldForChange. Perceive menopause differently and recognize it as another beginning to a different stage in a woman's life; menopause is a natural process rather than a debilitating condition.

 


Ethics Matters lecture at the International College, Ras Beirut (March 2, 2017)
As part of SHBPP's outreach activities, Founding Director of SHBPP gave an Ethics Matters lecture in which she discussed the issue of "End of Life Concerns" with students at the International College Ras Beirut Middle School.



SHBPP's First Frost Event (February 16, 2017)
"From the Other Side of the Stethoscope " (Frost) is an open forum created by the SHBPP for individuals to convene and discuss issues related to patient care in an informal setting. This initiative aims to teach students the importance of care through sharing stories of patients highlighting their experiences “from the other side of the stethoscope".

On Thursday, February 16, 2017, the first “Epocsohtets!" (aka Frost) was held at the Issam Fares Hall in AUB with Mr. Charif Kaiss as the invited speaker.

​Mr. Charif Kaiss was born on the 20th of August 1994 and was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia B-cell type on the 29th of August 2015. Charif spent five months at AUBMC, where he received chemotherapy followed by a Bone Marrow Transplant. In his informal and inspiring talk, Charif shared his experience not only as a cancer survivor but as a patient who had to overcome all sorts of challenges while battling against the disease. Charif addressed his audience of students, residents, physicians, as well as family and friends about the importance of empathy and support in the physician-patient encounter, and how a simple smile can make a huge difference for the patient. He spoke about an invisible magic wand that made a big difference in his care and cure that kept him hopeful and enthusiastic in his journey towards healing, and he thanked the team of physicians, residents, and nurses who helped him along the way. Charif stressed that his experience taught him that medicine is more than just a science, it is also an art, and that his new aspiration is to reach out to patients in the hope of inspiring and supporting them in their own battles.


​Sixth Bioethics Rounds on the Ward (BROWnies) activity (February 3, 2017)
The sixth BROWnies activity took place on February 3, 2017, with attending physicians, residents, nurses, 4th-year medical students, Associate Professor of Pediatrics Dr. Marianne Majdalani, as well as AUBMC clinical bioethicist Dr. Thalia Arawi, and secretary of the Child Protection Program at AUBMC Ms. Aida Habbal. The activity brought forward several insightful discussions and recommendations all aiming towards enhancing patient-centered care


First BEAM Event launched at AUBMC
Bioethics And the Media (BEAM) is a student lead initiative in collaboration with the Salim El-Hoss Bioethics and Professionalism Program. BEAM’s main goal is to integrate bioethics into the medical mindset in a fun and innovative manner by screening movies containing diverse bioethics dilemmas and issues, which are followed by a short panel discussion.  These discussions involve specialists, patients, and caregivers. The first BEAM event launched at AUBMC on January 23, 2017, with the movie screening of The Doctor, followed by a discussion with Dr. Faek Jamali and Dr. Thalia Arawi. This event was attended by medical students (1-4), residents, attending physicians and MCEC members and friends



SHBPP presentation at the new faculty orientation
Dr. Thalia Arawi was invited to give a presentation at the new faculty orientation, which was attended by 6 new faculty members at AUBMC, to introduce them to the Salim El-Hoss Bioethics and Professionalism Program highlighting their involvement with patient care. ​


SHBPP Founding Director, Dr. Thalia Arawi, was invited to the Majlis Al-Shura in Muscat Oman on behalf of the WHO to discuss the need to revise the Patient Safety Law in Oman. The meeting took place on January 18, 2017.


Fifth Bioethics Rounds on the Ward (BROWnies) activity (December 16, 2016)
The fifth BROWnies activity took place on December 16, 2016, with attending physicians, residents, nurses, 4th-year medical students, Associate Professor of Pediatrics Dr. Marianne Majdalani, as well as AUBMC clinical bioethicist Dr. Thalia Arawi, and secretary of the Child Protection Program at AUBMC Ms. Aida Habbal. The activity tackled a case of child abuse highlighting the legal and psycho-social considerations, as well as the proper course of action required with such patients. This brought forward several insightful discussions and recommendations all aiming towards enhancing patient-centered care.


BEAM (Bioethics Education and the Movies) launched at International College IC Middle School Ras Beirut! (November 30, 2016) 
On the occasion of the World AIDS Day 2016, the outreach initiative of the Salim El-Hoss Bioethics and Professionalism Program at the American University of Beirut held its first BEAM event which consisted of screening the movie Philadelphia followed by a panel discussion by Dr. Abdel Rahman Bizri (MD in infectious diseases at AUBM) and Dr. Thalia Arawi (Bioethicist at AUBMC). During the event, students donated money to the SHBPP Medical Humanism Fund.


“The Lures of the Scalpel” Grand Round at Weill Cornell Medicine – Qatar (November 6, 2016)
Dr. Thalia Arawi, Founding Director of SHBPP and Clinical Bioethicist at AUBMC, was invited to give a Grand Round at Weill Cornell Medicine – Qatar addressing healthcare professionals including physicians, pharmacists, nurses, medical educators, and students. The talk, entitled “The Lures of the Scalpel”, addressed the ethical controversies surrounding plastic surgery. Dr. Arawi discussed that amidst the rising “market” demands for plastic surgery in the Arab region, it is crucial that plastic surgeons recognize the importance of maintaining the internal ends of medicine in their practice and not to be drawn away by the lures of commercial and financial gain. The talk was followed by Q&As. 

Exciting news for SHBPP! Article about the Physicians, Patients, and Society (PPS) series featured in PRIME Times newsletter's second issue
"Making Good Doctors: Ethics and Medical Humanities at the AUBFM", an article about the PPS series courses was featured in PRIME Times' second issue. This issue focuses on themes of humanities and the use of medical technology in medical education and SHBPP is proud to have an article featured.


​The Collaborative for Leadership and Innovation in Health Systems (CLI) at AUB collaborates with the SHBPP (October 18, 2016)
The Collaborative for Leadership and Innovation in Health Systems (CLI) at AUB in partnership with Ahliah School organized an interactive educational workshop on October 18, 2016, titled “The Research Journey: Innovative Approaches in Engaging Communities in Research”.
The workshop consisted of a number of hands-on activities distributed over six booths that explained the various aspects of research. Booth N.4 introduced students to the principles of research ethics and clarified what is expected from them as researchers, how to prevent research misconduct, how to address ethical issues arising during their research projects, and what is the role of an ethics review committee. This booth was organized in collaboration with the Salim El-Hoss Bioethics and Professionalism Program at the AUBFM-MC. Graduate and undergraduate students led the activities in each booth.


Election of Dr. Thalia Arawi as the first Chair of the Bioethics Network on Women's Issues in the Arab World (October 15, 2016)
Board members of the Bioethics Network on Women's Issues in the Arab Region (BiNWIAR)met on October 14-16, 2016 at the UNESCO office in Cairo, Egypt to elect the first Chair for the network. Dr. Thalia Arawi, Founding Director of the Salim El-Hoss Bioethics and Professionalism Program - AUBFM & AUBMC at AUBMC, was elected as the first Chair of BiNWIAR.
BiNWIAR, a network established with the support of the Unesco Cairo Office office and the Academy of Scientific Research and Technology - ASRT, aims at enhancing awareness, offering solutions and making a difference on issues related to women and health such as female genital mutilation, aesthetic surgery, early marriage, rape, gender selection, hymen reconstruction, domestic violence, neglect of elderly women, and access to healthcare.


“Improving the Prescribing Quality and Patter of Pharmaceutical Drugs in Lebanon” policy dialogue (October 14, 2016)
In collaboration with the Ministry of Public Health, the Knowledge to Policy (K2P) Center at the Faculty of Health Sciences at the American University of Beirut organized a national policy dialogue on Friday, October 14, 2016, which aimed at Improving the Prescribing Quality and Pattern of Pharmaceutical Drugs in Lebanon. The dialogue was facilitated by the head of the K2P Center, Dr. Fadi El-Jardali, who pre-circulated the K2P Policy Brief to all attendees to enable more scientific and systematic participation. Dr. Thalia Arawi, Founding Director of SHBPP and Clinical Bioethicist at AUBMC, was invited to participate in the policy dialogues. 

The dialogue tackled the problem of inappropriate prescribing of pharmaceutical drugs in Lebanon and its underlying factors. It presented four approaches to solving the problem: at the regulatory and policy, at the organizational level, at the health care professional level, and at the consumer level. Finally, it proposed practical implementation considerations for the application of the proposed solutions, each with its own barriers and counterstrategies.


SHBPP campaigns for the empowerment of older persons (October 1, 2016)  
On the occasion of the United Nations International Day of Older Persons (IDOP), the Salim El-Hoss Bioethics and Professionalism Program took the opportunity to highlight the value of older people in our societies in an effort to shift perspectives about ageing from stereotypical and prejudicial attitudes to more positive and supporting attitudes, which can ultimately enhance the day-to-day experiences of older people and improve policy responses and services. 

Observed on October 1st of every year, IDOP celebrates the important contributions that older people make to society and aims to raise awareness of the issues and challenges of aging in today’s world. The theme for 2016, “Take a Stand Against Ageism”, draws attention to and challenges ageism – the negative attitudes and discrimination based on age - and the detrimental impact it has on older people. Accordingly, the SHBPP created three posters with themes that draw upon positive attitudes towards aging and the empowerment and appreciation of older persons; the posters were released and shared on SHBPP's social media platforms


The Third Educational Symposium of Dar Al-Ajaza Al Islamia Hospital (October 1. 2016)
Dr. Thalia Arawi, Clinical Bioethicist and Founding Director of the Salim El-Hoss Bioethics and Professionalism Program was invited to take part in the Third Educational Symposium of Dar Al-Ajaza Al Islamia Hospital which was held at the Lancaster Plaza Hotel on October 1, 2016, which marks the occasion of the International Day of Older Persons. Dr. Arawi was part of the panel at the third session that took place under the title  "Living and dying in pain: it doesn’t have to happen".


The Annual Conference of the Lebanese Society or Family Medicine: Family Medicine in a Globalized World (September 30 - October 1, 2016)
Dr. Thalia Arawi, Clinical Bioethicist and Founding Director of the Salim El-Hoss Bioethics and Professionalism Program, was invited to participate in the Annual Conference of the Lebanese Society or Family Medicine, held for this year under the title of "Family Medicine in a Globalized World" at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Beirut, between September 30 and October 1, 2016. Dr. Arawi took part in a discussion panel addressing the issue of the commercialization of medicine along with Dr. Georges Kehdy and Dr. Salah Zeineddine.


New Faculty Orientation on the Salim El-Hoss Bioethics and Professionalism Program (September 9, 2016)
New faculty members joining the American University of Beirut Faculty of Medicine (AUB FM)and Medical Center (AUBMC) attended an orientation session about the Salim El-Hoss Bioethics and Professionalism Program on Friday, September 9, 2016. Dr. Thalia Arawi, Founding Director of the SHBPP, introduced the faculty members to the mission of the program and gave them an overview of the services it provides as well as the many initiatives it has accomplished and continues to work on.

 


H.E. Dr. Salim El-Hoss reading the first issue of the SHBPP Newsletter, Al Mashrabiya (Friday, September 2, 2016)
Following up on the SHBPP activities, H.E. Dr. Salim El-Hoss read the first issue of the SHBPP Newsletter, Al Mashrabiya which summarizes the main activities of the SHBPP for the year 2015. Dr. El Hoss commented that he is "very proud this program is making a difference" and "look(s) forward to see how it will further make a difference in the Arab Region".


​SBHPP announces the release of its "Human Research: Should I participate" brochure
The Salim El-Hoss Bioethics and Professionalism Program announces the release of its "Human Research: Should I participate" brochure in English and Arabic and in collaboration with the Ministry of Public Health. This flyer will be made available at all the hospitals and research centers in Lebanon.


The Nuffield Council on Bioethics and SHBPP collaborate to release new Arabic animated video on "Health research: making the right decision for me"
The SHBPP is happy to share a product of its collaboration with the Nuffield Council on Bioethics, the highest bioethics authority in the UK. The Nuffield Council on Bioethics has achieved an international reputation as an independent body advising policymakers and stimulating debate in bioethics. This collaboration led to the production of an Arabic Version of an animated short video about research ethics for children: Health research: making the right decision for me. This animation reveals ethical issues from the perspective of Mia – a character who goes through some of the questions and issues that might be raised when a young person is invited to take part in clinical research.​



"Introduction to Research Ethics and Responsible Conduct of Research" in the Scholars in Health Research Program (SHARP) summer certificate program (June-July 2016)
The Scholars in Health Research Program (SHARP) launched its summer certificate program for the fourth time on June 15, 2016. One of the required courses in the program is the “Introduction to Research Ethics and Responsible Conduct of Research” which is coordinated by Dr. Thalia Arawi, Founding Director of the Salim El-Hoss Bioethics and Professionalism Program at AUB-FM/MC. The course includes lectures given by Dr. Mona Naboulsi, Dr. Rami Mahfouz, Dr. Ghada Hajj Fuleihan and Ms. May Al-Kassar covering a wide array of aspects of research ethics such as the history of ethical principles, the development of research codes of conduct and ethical practices and includes various ethical issues. 

This year, in order to bridge the gap between theory and practice on the issue of the use of animals in research, students visited the Animal Care Facilities (ACF) at the Faculty of Medicine in AUB, where they were able to view first-hand the processes and procedures required in the ethical conduct in animal research. As a result, students were able to appreciate the important role ACF is playing in research at AUB. 

The work of the class of 2016 for the Research Ethics course project resulted in student presentations on numerous topics like Research in the ED, Compassionate Use, Research and vulnerable populations, Research during times of crisis, whistleblowing, data management, mental health research, stem cell research, etc.


Historical moment? Charter on the Ethics of Research:
Officials from all universities in Lebanon signed the Charter on the Ethics of Research in the Grand Governmental Saray on Friday, July 15, 2016.
The Charter was developed with the help of numerous universities including the American University of Beirut, The Lebanese University, St. Joseph University, and others. SHBPP is to be part of this commitment. We hope this will make a difference.


​BROWnies' 4th activity (July 1, 2016)
The fourth BROWnies activity took place on July 1st, 2016 with attending physicians, residents, interns, nurses, 4th-year medical students, and AUBMC clinical bioethicist. Insightful discussions and recommendations all aiming towards enhancing patient-centered care.


Workshop: How to Report Bioethics? UNESCO initiative in collaboration with New Health Concept (with SHBPP participation) (June 20-22, 2016)
Dr. Thalia Arawi, Clinical Bioethicist and Founding Director of the Salim El-Hoss Bioethics and Professionalism Program, was invited to participate in the UNESCO initiated workshop "How to Report Bioethics?", which was held on June 20-22, 2016 at the Padova Hotel, Sin El Fil, in collaboration with New Health Concept (NHC), a Lebanese organization specialized in healthcare management and consulting. The three-day workshop was attended by journalists, journalism students as well as healthcare professionals involved in bioethics. The main speakers included Dr. Nagi Souaiby, founder of NHC and professor at the Faculty of Medicine in St. Joseph University, Dr. Roula Douglas, a journalist at L'Orient-Le Jour and professor at the Lebanese University, and Dr. Thalia Arawi. Other speakers at the workshop were Dr. Mona Osma, Dr. Michel Daher, Dr. Georges Sadaka, Mrs. Saada Allaw. 



“Ethical Issues in Genomic Nursing" (May 13, 2016)
On the occasion of the 48th Middle East Medical Assembly (MEMA) at AUBMC, founding director of SHBPP Dr. Thalia Arawi was invited as a panelist at the “Ethical Issues in Genomic Nursing” panel discussion as part of the "Transforming Care Through Genomic Nursing" sessions on May 13, 2016. The panel included Drs.: Kathi C. Huddleston, Lina Badr, Thalia Arawi, Father Boulos Wehbe and Al Sayyed Jaafar Hussein Mohammad Fadlallah, who offered various ethical, clinical, and religious perspectives to specific cases brought forward at the discussion and tackled numerous questions from the audience. The panel discussion drew in a large audience and was attended by faculty, staff, and students, and was moderated by TV presenter Rima Karaki. 


“HIV/AIDS and Moral Concerns” lecture formed 2 students
Dr. Thalia Arawi, Clinical Bioethicist and Founding Director of the Salim El-Hoss Bioethics and Professionalism Program, gave a lecture addressing the second year medical students on the issue of moral concerns related to HIV/AIDS on May 12, 2016, at The Issam Fares lecture hall in AUBMC. The lecture was followed by Q&A’s. 

 


Second Bioethics Multimedia Festival (May 7, 2016)
On May 7, 2016, The Salim El-Hoss Bioethics and Professionalism Program at the American University of Beirut Medical Center organized the second "Bioethics Multimedia Festival", a celebration of the works of med. 3 students in their “Physicians, Patients and Society 3 (PPS3)” course. The top 10 submissions for this year were chosen, and students showcased samples of their bioethics projects (documentaries, edutainment games, and posters) tackling a range of bioethics topics. Students received certificates in recognition of their work.


"Al Mashrabiya": SHBPP's Newsletter in its first issue
Salim El-Hoss Bioethics and Professionalism Program released its first newsletter in English and Arabic.



BROWnies activity (April 21, 2016):
The third BROWnies activity took place on April 21, 2016: with residents, interns, nurses, 4th-year medical students, and AUBMC clinical bioethicist.


SHBPP (AUBFM-MC), Beni-Suef University in Egypt (Faculty of Medicine) the Academy of Scientific Research and Technology and UNESCO collaborate to hold a conference on "Social and Ethical aspects of Women’s Health Care Issues in Upper Egypt" (April 10, 2016)
Dr. Thalia Arawi, Clinical Bioethicist and Founding Director of the Salim El-Hoss Bioethics and Professionalism Program attended the conference "Social and Ethical Aspects of Women's Health Care Issues in Upper Egypt" which was held on Sunday, April 10, 2016 at Beni-Suef University, Egypt by UNESCO in collaboration with the Academy of Scientific Research and Technology and SHBPP. Dr. Arawi gave a lecture entitled "Baby à la Carte" which was followed by Qs and As.


Conference at Al Azhar University: International Islamic Center for Population Studies and Research (April 9, 2016)
Dr. Thalia Arawi, Clinical Bioethicist and Founding Director of the Salim El-Hoss Bioethics and Professionalism Program attended the conference "Equity in Access to Quality Health Care Service and Information" held on Saturday, April 9, 2016, at Al Azhar University, Egypt. Dr. Arawi gave a lecture entitled "The Abuse of the Scalpel" which was followed by Qs and As.


​Psychiatry Didactic Sessions (March 29, 2016)
Dr. Thalia Arawi, Clinical Bioethicist and Founding Director of the Salim El-Hoss Bioethics and Professionalism Program, gave a lecture under the title "Clinical Ethics and the Whole Patient" as part of the didactic sessions at the AUBMC Psychiatry Department.

 

International Women’s day event at IC Middle School Ras Beirut in collaboration withSHBPP (March 17, 2016)
On the occasion of International Women’s Day, which falls on the 8th of March, The Salim El-Hoss Bioethics and Professionalism Program at the American University of Beirut Medical Center collaborated with the International College (IC) Middle School, Ras Beirut on a student activity to shed light on bioethics issues pertaining to women. The event showcased the creative posters and videos prepared by a group of ninth grade students from IC. The students received certificates of appreciation for their creative and enthusiastic efforts.
Stay tuned for more!


1st Gulf Patient Rights Conference, Riyadh (February 2016)
Dr. Thalia Arawi, Clinical Bioethicist and Founding Director of the Salim El-Hoss Bioethics and Professionalism Program gave a presentation at the conference. During the event, more than 50 top national, regional and international experts in health care, law, psychology, sociology, and management discussed issues related to patients’ rights.
The three-day event was inaugurated by Deputy Health Minister Hamad Al-Dowailia.
The topics included patient rights from the Islamic perspective, international and regional experiences and the role of civil society organizations.
The discussions also included diagnosing the current state of patient rights practices in GCC countries, the role of health facilities and health team members, regulatory authorities and educational, professional and legal institutions in promoting patient rights.


"العربية الأولى في الجمعية العالمية للأخلاقيات الأحيائية"
Assafir article on Dr. Arawi's appointment on the Board of the International Association of Bioethics (February 27, 2016)

 


Women's Day lecture at Internatioinal College, Ras Beirut (February 25, 2016)
On the occasion of International Women's Day, Dr. Thalia Arawi, Founding Director of the SHBPP, gave a lecture "Women's Bioethics 101: Speak Up!" at the International College, Ras Beirut to raise awareness on bioethics issues that face women. The audience exhibited great interest in the subject and engaged in an interactive discussion in the Q&A's segment at the end of the lecture. 

     


The Knowledge to Policy (K2P) Center policy dialogue (February 5, 2016):
The Knowledge to Policy (K2P) Center of the Faculty of Health Sciences at the American University of Beirut produced a policy brief showcasing the size of the problem of medical errors in Lebanon and shedding light on issues of cause and accountability.
The center organized on February 5, 2016, a policy dialogue entitled "Addressing Medical Errors in the Lebanese Healthcare System" in collaboration with the Lebanese Ministry of Public Health to reach a comprehensive, evidence-based mutual understanding leading to real improvement in patient safety practices. The dialogue was facilitated by the head of the K2P Center, Dr. Fadi El-Jardali, who pre-circulated the K2P Policy Brief to all attendees to enable more scientific and systematic participation. More on this link: (Click Here)


Dr. Thalia Arawi appointment on the Board of the International Association of Bioethics
Dr. Thalia Arawi, Founding Director of the Salim El-Hoss Bioethics & Professionalism Program (AUBFM-AUBMC), has been appointed on the Board of the International Association of Bioethics, the most prestigious and active bioethics association worldwide. The IAB is the organizer of the World Bioethics Congress (the largest gathering of bioethics thought-leaders in the world). Dr. Arawi is the first Arab member to ever be elected to this position and has received numerous regional and international congratulations on this appointment.

 


Cambridge Bioethics Education Network Istanbul Conference and Meeting, Istanbul (January 21- 22, 2016):
Dr. Thalia Arawi, Founding Director of the Salim El-Hoss Bioethics and Professionalism Program at AUBFM-MC attended the Cambridge Bioethics Education Network Istanbul Conference and Meeting held in Acibadem University, Istanbul, Turkey on January 21-22, 2016. Dr. Arawi served as a moderator and a speaker at the conference. She presented her talk under the title “A View from Within- For Better Patient-Centered Care”, which was followed by Qs and As.
During her visit, Dr. Arawi also participated in a round at the Acibadem University medical school and visited the simulation center.


​The Salim El-Hoss Bioethics and Professionalism Program (SHBPP) at AUBFM/AUBMC and The Home Hospice Organization of Lebanon (SANAD) join forces!
Students at AUBFM are being taught the importance of becoming healers as opposed to healthcare practitioners and skilled technicians. To that effect, The SHBPP has introduced the Physicians, Patients and Society courses which aim at helping students appreciate that medicine is an art not only a science and that humanism and empathy are part and parcel of being a doctor. 
To bridge the gap between theory and practice even further, the SHBPP and SANAD are collaborating on a pilot project to provide an opportunity for second-year Medical Students at the AUBFM to volunteer with SANAD in meeting the social, emotional, spiritual, and practical needs of individuals and families living with a life-threatening illness through working with terminally ill patients and their families at their homes, under the full supervision of SANAD’s medical team. 
Medical students will be offered an opportunity to appreciate and see first-hand the psycho-social dimension of illness. In addition, this experience will allow medical students gain hands-on experience in volunteerism as well as to sensitize and equip them with the skills needed when working with patients and their families within the patient’s own environment. Patients suffer, but so do their families: a perspective often ignored in medical schools. 
GOOD LUCK SHBPP AND SANAD for collaboration first of its kind!


Mediation in the School Environment (December 2, 2015):
The Salim El-Hoss Bioethics and Professionalism Program at the American University of Beirut Medical Center collaborated with the International College (IC) Ras Beirut to hold a workshop entitled “Mediation in the School Environment” hosted by guest speaker Dr. Haavi Morreim on Wednesday, December 2, 2015. Morreim worked on advanced Mediation and Conflict Resolution scenarios with leadership teams from all schools at IC. This is a follow-up workshop for last year's work with more advanced scenarios developed jointly with Mrs. Wadad El Hoss.


The SHBPP and PopTalk team organized the PopTalk 2.0 event: "Behind the White Coat" (November 25, 2015)
The ‪PopTalk‬ team at the AUBFM, under the patronage of the Salim El-Hoss Bioethics and Professionalism Program, organized the PopTalk 2.0 entitled "Behind the White Coat". Dr. Ismail Khalil, a renowned peripheral vascular surgeon who has been part of the AUBMC community for over five decades, and Khalil Choucair, a second-year medical student at AUBMC, shared their inspirational experiences of medicine behind the white coat. The event was attended by students, staff, and faculty from AUB.


AUBMC Child Protection Program Launching and Training workshop (November 7, 2015):
The Department of Psychiatry and the Department of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, in collaboration with the Salim El-Hoss Bioethics and Professionalism Program, launched the AUBMC Child Protection Program. Three hosts gave each a talk related to their field of expertise: Maitre Caroline Rizk explained the Lebanese legal framework on child protection, Dr. Thalia Arawi spoke about the role of the medical profession and Ms. Aida Habbal discussed the child protection policy and the flow of the process at AUBMC. The lectures were followed by case reviews and discussions on physical abuse, sexual abuse, emotional abuse and neglect, and false alarm.


AUBMC's Chief of Staff‎ addresses med 2 students during their "Bioethics and Patient Care" Module (November 5, 2015)
Dr. El Solh's visit and chat ‎about the importance of relevance and importance of bioethics inpatient care is a great and much appreciated institutional support.

 


SHBPP Outreach Program: Child Protection Workshop (October 16, 2015)
As part of its outreach activities, the Salim El-Hoss Bioethics and Professionalism Program in collaboration with the International College Middle School, Ras Beirut gave a workshop on Child Protection for the faculty at the IC Middle School. The workshop was led by Dr. Thalia Arawi, Clinical Bioethicist and Founding Director of the SHBPP and Mrs. Wadad El-Hoss, Director of IC Middle School Ras Beirut.


Launching of the AUBMC Child Protection Program:
The Department of Psychiatry and the Department of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, in collaboration with the Salim El-Hoss Bioethics and Professionalism Program, will be launching the AUBMC Child Protection Program. Launching Ceremony is on November 7th, 2015.

 


Meeting of Eastern Mediterranean Research Review Committee (ERC), EMRO, Cairo, Egypt (6-7 September 2015)
Dr. Thalia Arawi, Clinical Bioethicist and Founding Director of the Salim El-Hoss Bioethics and Professionalism Program gave a presentation entitled “Review of Biomedical Research in Lebanon” at the Meeting of the Eastern Mediterranean Research Review Committee (ERC), EMRO, Cairo, Egypt. She also participated in discussions and deliberations.

 


“Osler And Beyond: Clinical Ethics And Patient Centered-Care” (October 6, 2015)
Dr. Thalia Arawi, Clinical Bioethicist and Founding Director of the Salim El-Hoss Bioethics and Professionalism Program gave a lecture entitled “Osler And Beyond: Clinical Ethics And Patient Centered-Care” on October 6th, 2015 as part of the Internal Medicine Medical Grand Rounds at AUBMC. In her lecture, Dr. Arawi highlighted the role of clinical ethics in better patient-centered care by sharing two cases on which she was consulted. Dr. Arawi defined the roles of Health Ethics Committees in providing patient-centered care. However, she highlighted that their role is wanting without bedside ethics which allow a multidimensional encounter involving the patient, the family, healthcare team and other stakeholders. Bedside ethics consults allow listening, interaction and appreciation of the particulars of a case which are necessary in order to unravel, interpret and deal with the ethical concerns being faced. The lecture was followed by Qs and As.​



WHO-EMRO Survey
Dear Colleagues,
WHO - EMRO has recently launched a survey on bioethics and we would be grateful if you could kindly fill it in an send back before August 23, 2015, to Project coordinator Dr. Ben-Ammar: msbenammar@gmail.com who guarantees that confidentiality of information will be preserved.
This survey will allow WHO - EMRO to establish a database of ethics institutions (IRB, REC, research centers, national commissions, and committees) and a database of experts in the field of bioethics.
Thank you again for being part of this important project.
Best regards,
Talia 

Research Ethics and Responsible Conduct of Research in the Scholars in Health Research Program (SHARP) summer certificate program (June-July 2015)
After graduating its first class in the summer of 2013, the Scholars in Health Research Program (SHARP) launched its summer certificate program for the third time in June 2015. One of the required courses in the program is the “Introduction to Research Ethics and Responsible Conduct of Research” which is coordinated by Dr. Thalia Arawi, Founding Director of the Salim El-Hoss Bioethics and Professionalism Program at AUB-FM/MC. The course includes lectures given by Dr. Mona Naboulsi, Dr. Rami Mahfouz, Dr. Ghada Hajj Fuleihan and Ms. May Al-Kassar covering a wide array of aspects of research ethics such as the history of ethical principles, the development of research codes of conduct and ethical practices and includes various ethical issues. The work of the class of 2015 for the Research Ethics course project resulted in student presentations on numerous topics like Research in the ED, Compassionate Use, Research and vulnerable populations, Research during times of crisis, whistleblowing, data management, mental health research, stem cell research, etc.

 


HE Dr. Salim El-Hoss replies to the words of Dr. Ghassan Abu-Sittah, recipient of the AUBFM- Salim El-Hoss Bioethics and Professionalism Humanism and Professionalism Award, 2015.
A trustee emeritus since 2001, a trustee since 1991 HE Dr. Salim El-Hoss replied to the words of Dr. Ghassan Abu-Sittah, recipient of the Salim El-Hoss Bioethics and Professionalism AUBFM Humanism and Professionalism Award, 2015 by sending him the attached letter.

 


"سوء ممارسة طبية أم إعلامية؟" - Assafir Newspaper article by Dr. Thalia Arawi (June 16, 2015)

 


Founding Director of the SHBPP participates as bioethics expert in the WHO-EMRO Expanded Meeting of the Editorial Board of the Eastern Mediterranean Health Journal. 
took place at the WHO-EMRO headquarters in Cairo, Egypt on June 6-7, 2015.


SHBPP holds the first "Bioethics Multimedia Festival" (May 20, 2015)
The Salim El-Hoss Bioethics and Professionalism Program at the American University of Beirut Medical Center launched the First "Bioethics Multimedia Festival", a celebration of the works of med. 3 students in their “Physicians, Patients and Society 3 (PPS3)” course. The top 10 submissions for this year were chosen, and students showcased samples of their bioethics projects (videos, edutainment games, and phone apps) tackling a range of topics: pediatric clinical trials, competition in medical schools, patients non-compliance, breaking bad news, teaching hospitals, cryopreservation of embryos, hymenoplasty and several bioethical scenarios on research, transplants, etc... In her opening speech, Dr. Thalia Arawi, Founding Director of the Salim El-Hoss Bioethics and Professionalism Program at AUBFM-MC, boasted that AUBFM is the first teaching hospital to launch such projects and to hold such an event. The festival took place in the Issam Fares Lecture Hall and was attended by faculty, staff, and students from AUB and AUBMC. 


“Ethical Issues in End of Life Care- Artificial Nutrition and Hydration (ANH)" (May 8, 2015)
On the occasion of the 47th Middle East Medical Assembly (MEMA) at AUBMC, founding director of SHBPP Dr. Thalia Arawi gave a talk entitled “Ethical Issues in End of Life Care- ANH: Damned if you do, damned if you don’t” as part of the "Nutritional Insights in Oncology" module on May 8, 2015.


SHBPP at the First International Bioethics Conference (Muscat, March 2015)
Dr. Thalia Arawi, Founding Director of the Salim El-Hoss Bioethics and Professionalism Program at AUBFM-MC participated in the First International Bioethics Conference in Muscat, Oman. The conference was held from 8 to 10 March 2015 and was organized by the Omani National Bioethics Committee (NBC) in collaboration with the Sultan Qaboos University (SQU), the Research Council (TRC) of Oman and UNESCO. The following topics were covered during the conference: premarital genetic testing; genetics and biotechnology, e.g. stem cells research; global bioethics and sharing of benefits; Ebola outbreak: ethical lessons learned and a future research agenda; religious and cultural perspectives in bioethics; Islam and bioethics; and challenges faced by National Bioethics Committees to establish rules and draw up legislation.​


A joint session formed 2 students on Child Abuse (February 23, 2015) 
Dr. Thalia Arawi, Clinical Bioethicist and Founding Director of the Salim El-Hoss Bioethics and Professionalism Program and member of the Child Protection Committee (CPC) and Dr. Leila Dirani, Assistant Professor at the Department of Psychiatry and Chairperson of the CPC, gave a joint session addressing second-year medical students on the issue of child abuse on February 23, 2015 at SB101 in AUBMC. The lectures were followed by Q&A’s, and at the end of the session, lapel pins for child abuse prevention were distributed to the audience. ​


"Mediation in the School Environment” (January 28, 2015)
The Salim El-Hoss Bioethics and Professionalism Program at the American University of Beirut Medical Center collaborated with the International College (IC) Ras Beirut to hold two workshops entitled “Mediation in the School Environment” hosted by guest speaker Dr. Haavi Morreim on Wednesday, January 28, 2015. The purpose of the workshops was to provide administrators and faculty some specific tools for resolving conflicts that may arise in the education setting (among students, parents, teachers, and administrators) by establishing trust, listening carefully to each person's concerns and perspectives, and engaging in collaborative problem-solving. During her day at IC, Dr. Morreim worked with leadership teams from all schools at IC in two consecutive workshops and discussed specific sample cases shared by the school directors. This was followed by a general lecture on the same topic for all faculty and staff at IC. 


"Conflict Resolution in the School Environment" Dr. Haavi Morreim
“Clinical Ethics: Towards Patient-Centered Care” (January 14, 2015)
Dr. Thalia Arawi, Clinical Bioethicist and Founding Director of the Salim El-Hoss Bioethics and Professionalism Program gave a lecture entitled “Clinical Ethics: Towards Patient-Centered Care” on January 14, 2015, at the Hisham Jaroudi Auditorium as part of the Pediatric Grand Rounds at AUBMC. During the lecture, Dr. Arawi highlighted the role of clinical ethics in better patient-centered care by discussing pediatric cases on which she was consulted. According to her, bedside ethics consults are extremely important in helping the consultant appreciate the important particulars of a case which are necessary in order to deal with the moral conundrum being faced. The lecture was followed by Qs and As.

 


SHBPP at the 18th International Annual Meeting of the Lebanese Society of Obstetrics and Gynecology (November 2014)
The Lebanese Society of Obstetrics and Gynecology held its 18th International Annual Meeting under the title “Roadmap to Women’s Health Screening and Prevention" on November 13-15, 2014 at Hilton Beirut Metropolitan Palace in Beirut. Founding director of SHBPP, Dr. Thalia Arawi attended the conference and served as panelist and moderator with Dr. Gamal Serour (Director, International Islamic Center for Population Studies and Research) and Dr. Frank Chervenak (Chairman of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Weil Cornell) on cases related to In Vitro Fertilization, Termination of Pregnancy and Hymenoplasty.

 


SHBPP at the Lebanese International Fertility Summit (Beirut, October 25, 2014)
The Lebanese Fertility Society held the Lebanese International Fertility Summit 2014 (LIFE 2014) under the title “Where Fertility Comes First" on October 24-25, 2014 at Hilton Beirut Metropolitan Palace in Beirut. Founding director of SHBPP, Dr. Thalia Arawi attended the conference and served as a panelist on the topic of “Ethics, Fertility, and Law”. 

 


SHBPP founding Director attends training on Healthcare Conflict Resolution and meets with hospital ethics committees in Memphis, Tennesee 
Dr. Thalia Arawi, Founding Director of the Salim El-Hoss Bioethics and Professionalism Program at AUBFM-MC attended a three-day training program on Alternative Dispute Resolution in Healthcare at the Alternative Dispute Resolution Institute (ADRI) in Memphis, Tennessee, the USA from October 8-10, 2014. 

On her visit, Dr. Arawi also attended two hospital ethics committee meetings at the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital and the Regional One Health medical center (the MED) in Memphis. 


SHBPP founding Director gives a talk at New York University Langone Medical Center
Dr. Thalia Arawi, Founding Director of the Salim El-Hoss Bioethics and Professionalism Program at AUBFM-MC, was invited to give a talk at the Department of Population Health, Division of Medical Ethics in the New York University Langone Medical Center. The lecture entitled "Bedside Ethics and Patient-Centered Care" took place on Monday, October 6, 2014. 


SHBPP founding Director discussed projects with Cardinal Beshara al-Rai 
Dr. Thalia Arawi, Founding Director of the Salim El-Hoss Bioethics and Professionalism Program at AUBFM-MC was received by his Beatitude Cardinal Beshara Al Rai and shared with him projects of national and regional impact which involve the religious authorities. The Cardinal was enthusiastic about the projects which he found important and timely and will be discussing those with the Vatican this week with during his visit. The meeting took place in Bkerke on September 29th, 2014 and confirmed again the close link and collaboration between SHBPP and the Church.

 


SHBPP Founding Director meets with the Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdul Latif Darian
Dr. Thalia Arawi, Founding Director of the Salim El-Hoss Bioethics and Professionalism Program at AUB-FM/MC, was received by his Excellency the grand mufti Abdul Latif Darian at Dar el Iftaa on September 22, 2014.
Dr. Arawi acquainted the Grand Mufti with the program and its regional outreach. The meeting was very successful as collaboration and commitment from the Grand Mufti were conveyed to support SHBPP and its activities. SHBPP has always made sure to include the point of view of Dar al Iftaa and the Church by having members from the Clergy partake in conferences on various bioethical issues.
This visit marks the beginning of a promising collaboration between SHBPP and Dar al Iftaa as was the case with his Beatitude Cardinal Bechara Al Rai in Bkerke on December 12, 2013.

 


“The Ethics of Liver Transplant” lecture
Drs. Thalia Arawi and Dr. Ala’ Sharara, Professor and Head of the Division of Gastroenterology at AUBMC, gave a joint talk on “The Ethics of Liver Transplant” to med II students on Friday, September 5, 2013, from 11 to 1:00 at the SB101 in AUBMC


Research Ethics and Responsible Conduct of Research in the Scholars in Health Research Program (SHARP) summer certificate program (June-July 2014)
After graduating its first class in the summer of 2013, the Scholars in Health Research Program (SHARP) launched its summer certificate program for the second time on June 16, 2014. One of the required courses in the program is the “Introduction to Research Ethics and Responsible Conduct of Research” which is coordinated by Dr. Thalia Arawi, Founding Director of the Salim El-Hoss Bioethics and Professionalism Program at AUB-FM/MC. The course includes lectures given by Dr. Mona Naboulsi, Dr. Rami Mahfouz, Dr. Marry-Ellen Serridan and Ms. May Al-Kassar covering a wide array of aspects of research ethics such as the history of ethical principles, the development of research codes of conduct and ethical practices and includes various ethical issues. The work of the class of 2013 for the Research Ethics course project resulted in the production of a research participant’s guide on “Human Research”. The guide was printed (in English) by SHBPP and distributed to different research centers and healthcare institutions in the Arab region; an Arabic version will also be made available shortly. 


SHBPP at the Fourth Cambridge Consortium for Bioethics Education (Paris, June 23-25, 2014)
Founding Director of SHBPP, Dr. Thalia Arawi, was invited to the Fourth Cambridge Consortium for Bioethics Education which was held in Paris, France from June 23-25, 2014. She presented a talk entitled “Graduating the Vitruvian Physician”. A panel discussion about bioethics education followed. 


"Healing Arts": Physicians, Patients and Society 1 in the MainGate. 
A review under the title of "Healing Arts" was published in the Spring 2014 issue of AUB's MainGate magazine on the new course "Physicians, Patients and Society 1" that was given for the first time this year to med 1 students at AUBFM as part of the Impact Curriculum.

 


Residents: Healers in the Making”: talk by Founding Director of SHBPP to incoming Residents
Dr. Thalia Arawi, Founding Director of the SHBPP addressed new residents during the Residents Orientation session which took place on June 9, 2014, about the importance of being a healer as opposed to a skilled technician. Empathizing the philosophy of AUBMC with its emphasis on Patient-Centered Care, she highlighted them the important role character and role modeling play in their own lives and that of their patients.

 


Talk about the Medical Humanism Fund at International College, Ras Beirut
Dr. Thalia Arawi, Founding Director of the Salim El-Hoss Bioethics and Professionalism Program at AUBFM-MC, and Mrs. Wafa Khansa, Social Services Manager at AUBMC, were invited by Mr. Riad Chirazi to give a talk about the Humanism Fund on Tuesday, May 20, 2014, at the International College, Ras Beirut. The talk addressed the IB and 4th high school classes and explained to the students that the fund is dedicated to helping needy patients who present to the American University of Beirut Medical Center (AUBMC) and who cannot afford to pay for their treatment. According to Dr. Arawi, the purpose of the talk is to encourage students to get involved and come up with new ideas to raise funds such a humane cause.


SHBPP at the 10th International Conference for Clinical Ethics Consultation (Paris, April 24-26, 2014)
"The Patient's Voice" (La Voix du Patient) was the theme of the 10th International Conference for Clinical Ethics Consultation which took place in Paris. Speakers from all over the Western world shared their experiences and ideas regarding the Voice of the Patient and its relevance in patient care. Dr. Thalia Arawi, Founding Director of the Salim El-Hoss Bioethics and Professionalism Program at AUBFM-MC gave a talk entitled "The Voice of the Patient: The Thread that Completes the Tapestry" during which she stressed the importance of listening to patients. In her presentation, Dr. Arawi also highlighted the following:

  1. When healthcare team members work in isolation, regardless of their dedication, the best outcome is not reached. 
  2. Clinical ethics consultants learn from patients and from members of the healthcare team.
  3. Patient-centered care is better served when patients and members of the healthcare team are encouraged to speak up and they are "listened to". 
  4. Unless we listen to the patient/surrogate and unless the patient (when possible) or surrogate is involved in his/ her story, the consultation betrays the patient in reducing him/ her to a case vignette.​


"The Relevance of Bioethics" talk at International College, Ras Beirut
As a part of the "Ethics Matters" initiative and the SHBPP's outreach, Dr. Thalia Arawi, Founding Director of the Salim El-Hoss Bioethics and Professionalism Program at AUBFM-MC, gave a lecture under the title "The Relevance of Bioethics" to high school students at the International College, Ras Beirut on Tuesday, April 15, 2014. The lecture was followed by a Q&A.



Med IV student presents Grand Round entitled “Uterine Transplant: Promising yet Controversial” (February 12, 2014)
Zaid Al Tawil, currently a fourth-year medical student, and a member of last year's first prize winning group in the Bioethics Documentary Award (part of the PPS2 course for third year medical students), gave a presentation entitled "Uterine Transplant: Promising yet controversial" in the Obstetrics and Gynecology Grand Round held on February 12, 2014 in SB101. The presentation gave a brief overview of the latest advancements in uterine transplantation and some available experimental data and then discussed in detail the various controversies surrounding the use of such reproductive technologies with focus on the ethical and religious controversies. The talk was moderated by Dr. Thalia Arawi. 


​Med 1 Students honor cadavers in Anatomy lab: (January 3, 2014)
The pictures below are of the memorial for cadavers held by med 1 students after completing their anatomy unit, part of their Physicians, Patients, and Society 1 (PPS1) course.
Students were inspired by the lectures and discussions they took in "The Anatomy Lesson” and "Caring Spotlight Experience" (CSE) - part of PPS1- and appreciated the humane aspect of their work and the important role played by their "silent teacher”.

As one student, Sara Moufarrij said: "In med I sometimes we are disconnected from the humane aspect of medicine…and I know in Anatomy when we first walked into the lab, I was a bit horrified by what I was seeing in front of me; but gradually I forgot that I was dissecting someone that used to live, someone who used to walk and someone who used to breathe. When I realized this I was really upset with myself and I was worried that this might translate into my profession. And so I always want to maintain this understanding that medicine is about the humane aspects, not just about the science. And thus if we keep promoting this kind of ceremony, we will remind ourselves that medicine is a lot more complicated and a lot more humane than what we might think it is in med I and med II." Fellow student Rasha Reslan added, “they [the cadavers] have given us the best that they have to offer, their bodies….and I can safely say that we have all learned so much from them. This is the best way that we can honor their memory”.


SHBPP’s Founding Director visits his Beatitude Cardinal Bechara Al Rai at Bkerke (December 12, 2013):
Founding Director of the Salim El-Hoss Bioethics and Professionalism Program at AUB-FM/MC was received by his beatitude Cardinal Bechara Al Rai in Bkerki on December 12, 2013. 

Dr. Arawi acquainted the Cardinal with the program and its regional outreach. The meeting was very successful as collaboration and commitment from the Cardinal were conveyed to support SHBBP and its activities. SHBPP has always made sure to include the point of view of the Church by having members from the Clergy partake in conferences on various bioethical issues.

Dr. Arawi will soon be meeting with the Grand Mufti Mohamad Rashid Qabani.

 


SHBPP at the Third Cambridge Consortium for Bioethics Education (Paris, June 2013)
Founding Director of SHBPP, Dr. Thalia Arawi, was invited to the Third Cambridge Consortium for Bioethics Education. She presented a talk on Physicians, Patients, and Society II, a required Bioethics course offered to med III students at AUB-FM. Dr. Arawi coordinates this course which is given by her and a team of 13 faculty members, mainly from AUB-FM. A panel discussion about bioethics education followed. Dr. Arawi was also invited by the Director of the Consortium to Chair a Pan Arab Bioethics Working Group. 25 Countries were represented in the Consortium. 


SHBPP meeting with HE Sheikh Abdulatif Al-Hamad in Kuwait (June 9, 2013) 
On Sunday, June 9, a delegation from AUB-FM’s Salim El-Hoss Bioethics and Professionalism Program (SHBPP) traveled to Kuwait to visit HE Sheikh Abdulatif Al-Hamad, Director General / Chairman of the board of Directors of The Arab Fund for Economic and Social Development.  The delegation included Mrs. Wadad Salim Hoss, Dr. Thalia Arawi (Founding Director of SHBPP), and Mr. Walid Katergi (Director of Development at AUB).

The visit started by thanking The Arab Fund and HE Mr. Al-Hamad for their support of the SHBPP.  It is with this support that the SHBPP was able to accomplish so much in the last two years.  Dr. Arawi then updated Mr. Al-Hamad on activities, workshops, conferences, that were undertaken, and are being planned in the future, by the SHBPP.  They also presented Mr. Al-Hamad with a preliminary annual report.

 


Remembering Dr. Edmund Pellegrino...
day afternoon, a week before his 93rd birthday.

Dr. Pellegrino is a very dear person to my heart. He was the first supporter of the Salim El-Hoss Bioethics and Professionalism Program and without him, we would probably have not existed. His letter is the first thing I hung on the wall of my office when we launched the program. It was followed later by a photo that Marti, his assistant, took of us at Georgetown.  

Dr. Pellegrino always had a full schedule. However, he found time to discuss with my med. students matters related to bioethics. It was the highlight of the course!

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He will always be remembered.  May his soul rest in peace.

Dr. Edmund Pellegrino is considered one of the founders of bioethics and an early pioneer in teaching humanities in medical schools. He was John Carroll Professor Emeritus of Medicine and Medical Ethics and Senior Research Scholar at the Kennedy Institute of Ethics at Georgetown University. He was also the Chairman of the US President’s Council on Bioethics.
                                                                                                                                                                                             
 -   Thalia Arawi

 


Med III students present Grand Round entitled “IVF: The Ethical Controversies” (June 5, 2013)
Paul Ramia and Salim Rahhal, the second prize winners of the Bioethics Documentary Award (part of the PPS2 course for third-year medical students) gave a presentation entitled "IVF: The Ethical Controversies" in the OBS/GYN Grand Round held on June 5, 2013, in Issam Fares Hall. The talk was moderated by Dr. Thalia Arawi.

 


"The Humane Physician: An Islamic Perspective" public lecture at the Near East School of Theology (May 16, 2013)

 


Humanities and Professionalism lectures at the 46th Middle East Medical Assembly (MEMA) (May 10, 2013)
As a part of the Humanities and Professionalism section of the Medical Education module in the 46th Middle East Medical Assembly sessions, Dr. Julie Aultman, Director of the Bioethics Certificate Program, Chair, Institutional Review Board and Associate Professor of Family and Community Medicine at the Northeast Ohio Medical University, gave two lectures on the hidden curriculum in medicine and the use of the narrative approach in medicine. The lectures were held in the Hisham Jaroudi Auditorium and were moderated by the founding director of SHBPP Dr. Thalia Arawi and Assistant Dean for Undergraduate Medical Education Dr. Ramzi Sabra. 


The Lebanese Society of Critical Care Medicine holds its 6th Annual meeting opening with an Ethics Lecture (March 1-3, 2013)
The Lebanese Society of Critical Medicine held its 6th Annual meeting on March 1-3, 2013 at the Movenpick Hotel & Resorts in Beirut. The meeting was launched with a lecture on “Physicians, Patients and Critical Care” which emphasized the importance of ethics in critical care and the impact of ethics consultation on patient care and management. The presentation was given by the founding director of SHBPP, Dr. Thalia Arawi who also was also a moderator during the event. 


Lawyer of the Lebanese Order of Physicians talks to MED III students about the revised Lebanese Code of Medical Ethics (February 1 & 8, 2013)
As part of their Physicians, Patients and Society II (PPS II) course, Maître Charles Ghafari, lawyer of the Lebanese Order of Physicians, was invited by Dr. Thalia Arawi (coordinator of PPS II) to address MED III students and to discuss with them the revised Lebanese Code of Medical Ethics (2012). 

 


AUBMC leading in Bedside Ethics Consultations (February 2013) 

 


Founding Director of the Salim El-Hoss Bioethics and Professionalism Program Dr. Thalia Arawi receives Activity Director Award from the Continuing Medical Education Office at AUBMC (December 18, 2012)

 

 Dr. Arawi receiving Award from CME AUBMC


SHBPP Founding Director gives a presentation at the REU Grand Rounds lecture series in the Faculty of Medicine (AUB FM) 
The Research Education Unit (REU) at the Clinical Research Institute (CRI) in the Faculty of Medicine hosted founding director of the SHBPP at AUB’s Faculty of Medicine Dr. Thalia Arawi to give a presentation on research ethics as a part of the REU Grand Rounds lecture series. The lecture, entitled “Why Research Ethics?” gave an overview of the history and principles of research ethics as well as their applications, while providing various cases of unethical research.  Dr. Arawi stressed that “unethical research is not only tarnishing the research but is also tarnishing medicine itself”; thus the need to enhance ‘ethical research’ in medicine. The lecture was held on Wednesday, October 24, 2012, at 1:00 pm in SBS 101 at AUBMC, and it was attended by medical students, residents, physicians, and staff involved in research at AUB and AUBMC. 

The SHBPP's Fifth National Conference on “Ethics and Medical Reliability” on October 6, 2012, at the Golden Tulip Hotel, Beirut, Lebanon.

 


SHBPP at the ISESCO-UNESCO Second Meeting of ISESCO Bioethics Committees, Four Points Sheraton Hotel, Beirut, Lebanon. 

The Salim El-Hoss Bioethics and Professionalism Program displayed at the Cambridge Consortium for Bioethics Education, (Paris, France April 11-13, 2012)


Founding Director of Salim El-Hoss Bioethics and Professionalism Program (SHBPP) visits the King Hussein Cancer Center in Amman (March 19, 2012)
During her visit to Amman, Jordan, Dr. Thalia Arawi, Founding Director of SHBPP was invited to the King Hussin Cancer Center and met with Dr. Fadwa Attiga, the Chief Scientific Officer and discussed several issues related to research and ethics and talked about possibilities of future collaborations between KHCC and SHBPP. She also visited Dr. Maysa Al Hussaini, the IRB Chairperson. Dr. Arawi toured with Dr. Amid Abu Hmaidan, the Director of the Cancer Registry and visited the Nuclear Medicine section, the Medical Library, the Game Area for pediatrics, the Telesynergy Unit and the Royal Suites.

 


SHBPP Founding Director visits the Nuffield Council on Bioethics and the Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children - UK 
During her visit to the Nuffield Council on Bioethics, Dr. Arawi met with the Director of the Council and with staff members and talked about the running of the Council and of possible future collaborations. During her visit to the Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children, she toured the NICU with Consultant Intensivist and vice chair of the Clinical Ethics Committee Dr. Joe Brierley, met with Clinical Ethics Committee chair, Dr. Mary MacLeod and attended a Clinical Ethics Committee meeting. 


SHBPP goes to the Faculty of Agriculture and Food Sciences (FAFS)
The Faculty of Agriculture and Food Sciences (FAFS) hosted clinical bioethicist and founding director of the SHBPP at AUB’s Faculty of Medicine, Dr. Thalia Arawi, to give a presentation in connection to medical ethics, the physician-patient relationship, and the nutritionist-patient relationship. The presentation addressed senior nutrition students who will soon be holding their internship in hospitals. The lecture took place on January 4, 2012, at 5:00 pm in AGR102 at the FAFS. The Lecture was facilitated by Dr. Farah Naja (FAFS), Assistant professor at the Department of Nutrition and Food Sciences. According to Dr. Naja, “ I believe that lectures and workshops such as this one are of great interest to students as they provide guidance to dietetics practitioners and their professional practice”. In her lecture entitled” Clinical Ethics”, Dr. Arawi talked about what it means to be a patient and highlighted ethical issues that arise when dealing with patients. She also discussed the intricacies of the relationship between patients and healthcare workers and tackled the notions of medical ethics and how to deal with moral quandaries. Many questions were raised such as conflict of interests, the relationship between physicians and dietitians, professional conscience, etc. Dr. Arawi commented that this was a great opportunity and that she is looking forward to further collaborations between the SHBPP and the FAFS. According to her, nutritionists are an integral part of the healthcare team and ethics is an important part of their education.

 


Ethics in the Face of Temptation: When Should Craniofacial Surgery for Children be Okayed? 
Ethics in the Face of Temptation: When Should Craniofacial Surgery for Children be Okayed? (November 17, 2011) 
The ethical implications of cosmetic surgery on minors were recently discussed in a presentation hosted by the SHBPP at AUB’s Faculty of Medicine (AUB FM). 
Dr. Ghassan Abu-Sittah, craniofacial, plastic and reconstructive surgeon from the AUB FM, recently gave a presentation entitled, “Changing Faces: Ethical Challenges in the Correction of Facial Differences in Children.” 
According to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, 160,283 children aged 18 and below underwent cosmetic interventions in 2008. Such procedures were not only to correct birthmarks or cleft lip palate but also to reshape “Asian eyes” and undergo breast enlargements. 
Many parents and cosmetic surgeons think that if the technology is available and if the child will most probably benefit emotionally, there is no harm done. 
But is this really how things ought to be? Is there no line between what a physician can do and what a physician should do? 
As part of the Ethics Matters lecture series organized by the bioethics program, the presentation attempted to address these issues. 
“Surgery that is done to alter a child's face results in a change in that person's identity and cannot be entered into lightly,” said Dr. Abu-Sittah. “By taking more time to consider the tremendous meaning and the ethical implications that our work has outside the operating room and in the context of who the patient is becoming, we will have a greater chance of not just enhancing someone's appearance, but also improving his/her quality of life.” 
Dr. Thalia Arawi, a clinical bioethicist and founding director of the SHBPP argued that several questions need to be raised when dealing with this issue: “Is the surgery really needed to reduce physical or psychosocial risk and if it is necessary, when (and to what extent) should it be performed?” 
Dr. Arawi also highlighted that the risk-benefit ratio cannot be overestimated and noted the important role played by the parent/surrogate who is making the decision on behalf of the minor and the future repercussions of this decision. However, she added, “Sometimes the question that arises is whether it is ethical not to operate on the patient?”


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