American Univesity of Beirut

Abdul Wahab Itani Moral Courage Award

​Moral courage is an exceptionally honored trait exhibited by individuals, who, despite potential personal risk, decide to act upon their ethical values to help others during difficult ethical dilemmas. These individuals struggle to do the right thing, even when others choose less optimal behavior, which may comprise taking no action at all.  Morally courageous professionals persevere to stand up for what is right despite the consequences or even when their action means they may do so alone.

Since moral courage requires a steadfast commitment to standing up for what is right, morally courageous individuals deserve to be acknowledged and honored. Accordingly, an annual award will be offered to encourage residents, fellows, and medical students at AUBMC to continue being a role model in moral courage, particularly when it comes to patient-centered care. The award is aligned with AUBMC 2020 Vision in that it gives supremacy to patient-centered care and emphasizes the value of doing the right thing even in the most challenging situations.

Under the auspices of the Salim El-Hoss Bioethics and Professionalism Program (SHBPP), Ms. Diala Itani, the wife of the late Mr. Abdul Wahab Itani will grant the award to the candidate who exemplifies qualities of moral courage and shows integrity and consistency of thought and action. 

Ms. Itani believes that professional moral courage leads the way to value-based decisions. The willingness to question, speak up, and be courageous in a world filled with inequities deserves to be a priority in the work setting

Potential recipients include residents, fellows, and medical students (year 3 and 4) at AUBMC. The recipient shall receive $1000, an award, and a moral courage pin.

Nominations should be received by Thursday, March 1, 2018

​The Salim El-Hoss Bioethics and Professionalism Program granted its second AUBMC- SHBPP Abdul Wahab Itani Moral Courage Award during the AUBFM White Coat Ceremony which took place ( June 7, 2019).
The award, consisting of a medal, pin, and a check in the amount of $1000, was presented to this year’s winner graduating fourth-year medical student Mr. Michael Dagher EVP and Dean Mohamad Sayegh, Associate Dean of Medical Education Dr. Kamal Badr and SHBPP Founding Director Dr. Thalia Arawi. 

​This year, Dr. Ghassan Abu-Sitteh was also chosen as an Honorary Recipient of the Moral Courage Award, marking the first time a physician is granted this prestigious award in recognition of his exceptional dedication and courage in defying the dangers of war and conflict to help underserved patients through volunteerism and campaigning to secure all possible means of support.

A first at AUBFM-MC, in Lebanon and the region, the award was first launched in December 2017. Under the auspices of the Salim El-Hoss Bioethics and Professionalism Program, the award is granted by Ms. Diala Itani, the wife of the late Mr. Abdul Wahhab Itani, to a medical student or resident/fellow who exemplifies qualities of moral courage and shows integrity and consistency of thought and action. Ms. Itani believes that professional moral courage leads the way to value-based decisions. The willingness to question, speak up, and be courageous in a world filled with inequities deserves to be a priority in the work setting. 

According to Dr. Thalia Arawi, Founding Director of SHBPP, “moral courage is an exceptionally honored trait exhibited by individuals, who, despite potential personal risk, decide to act upon their ethical values to help others during difficult ethical dilemmas. Morally courageous professionals persevere to stand up for what is right despite the consequences or even when their action means they may do so alone. Since moral courage requires a steadfast commitment to standing up for what is right, morally courageous individuals deserve to be acknowledged and honored. Accordingly, this annual award will be offered to encourage residents, fellows, and medical students at AUBMC to continue being a role model in moral courage, particularly when it comes to patient-centered care. The award is aligned with AUBMC 2020 Vision in that it gives supremacy to patient-centered care and emphasizes the value of doing the right thing even in the most challenging situations.” 

In response to receiving the award, Mr. Michael Dagher expressed his gratitude stating “I am honored to hear that I have been chosen as the recipient of such a special award! It is an honor that I do not take lightly.” 

On the other hand, Dr. Ghassan Abu-Sittah, also the recipient of the 2015 AUB FM- SHBPP Humanism and Professionalism Physician Award, remarked: “In the daily lives of all of us there are two moments that we can never escape. First thing in the morning when you look at yourself in the mirror and last thing at night when you put your head on the pillow and try to go to sleep. No amount of hubris or self-delusion can help you get through those fleeting moments that feel like a lifetime. It is only the moral decisions we make in the daily lives that allow us to look at ourselves in the mirror and put our heads on the pillow. I am grateful for this award.”​


The Salim El-Hoss Bioethics and Professionalism Program (SHBPP) Announces the Winner of the First Moral Courage Award 2018 (June 4, 2018)

The Salim El-Hoss Bioethics and Professionalism Program granted the first AUBMC- SHBPP Abdul Wahab Itani Moral Courage Award during the AUBFM White Coat Ceremony which took place on June 4, 2018. The award, consisting of a medal, pin, and a check in the amount of $1000, was presented to this year's winner graduating fourth-year medical student Mr. Mohamad Ali Cheaito by President Fadlo Khoury, EVP and Dean Mohamad Sayegh, and Dr. Thalia Arawi.

A first at AUBFM-MC, in Lebanon and the region, the call for nominations for the award was first announced in December 2017. Under the auspices of the Salim El-Hoss Bioethics and Professionalism Program.

According to Dr. Thalia Arawi, Founding Director of SHBPP, “moral courage is an exceptionally honored trait exhibited by individuals, who, despite potential personal risk, decide to act upon their ethical values to help others during difficult ethical dilemmas. Morally courageous professionals persevere to stand up for what is right despite the consequences or even when their action means they may do so alone. Since moral courage requires a steadfast commitment to standing up for what is right, morally courageous individuals deserve to be acknowledged and honored. Accordingly, this annual award will be offered to encourage residents, fellows, and medical students at AUBMC to continue being a role model in moral courage, particularly when it comes to patient-centered care. The award is aligned with AUBMC 2020 Vision in that it gives supremacy to patient-centered care and emphasizes the value of doing the right thing even in the most challenging situations."

In response to receiving the award, Mr. Mohamad Ali Cheaito expressed his gratitude by humbly thanking his family, role models at AUBFM and AUBMC, and all those who helped mold him into the physician he is today. Addressing the class of 2020, he added “always remember that although the world has a lot of physicians, we still have a shortage of healers who possess the moral courage to do the right. Please try to be such healers this world needs."

 

  1. Video
  2. Video​
  3. Video​

Contact Us

For various questions, please try contacting us via social media first!
read more

Privacy Statement

We take data privacy seriously and adhere to all applicable data privacy laws and regulations.
read more

Copyright and Disclaimer

Written permission is needed to copy or disseminate all or part of the materials on the AUB website.
read more

Title IX, Non-Discrimination, and Anti-Discriminatory Harassment

AUB is committed to providing a safe, respectful, and inclusive environment to all members of its community.
read more