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American University of Beirut Medical Center (AUBMC) –Salim El Hoss Bioethics and Professionalism Program (SHBPP) Awards Ceremony 2022

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American University of Beirut Medical Center (AUBMC) –Salim El Hoss Bioethics and Professionalism Program (SHBPP) Awards Ceremony 2021

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​​​​​​​​​Beirut Today: No one can maim their spirit: On Palestine and the UN’s broken conscience by Dr. Thalia Arawi​.


Mental Health in the Arab Region: BBC interview with SHBPP Founding Director, Dr. Thalia Arawi.

The Salim El-Hoss Bioethics and Professionalism Program (SHBPP)​ and The King Hussein Cancer Center (KHCC) join forces. (February 2019)

The Ethical Part ​to Authorship​

The SHBPP granted the first AUBMC- SHBPP Abdul Wahab Itani Moral Courage Award during the AUBFM White Coat Ceremony to the graduating fourth-year medical student Mr. Mohammad Ali Cheaito by President Fadlo Khoury, EVP, and Dean Mohamad Sayegh, and Dr. Thalia Arawi. ​ (June 4, 2018)


The American University of Beirut Faculty of Medicine (AUB FM) and the Salim El-Hoss Bioethics and Professionalism Program (SHBPP) proudly presented the Humanism Award for 2018 at the opening of the Residents Graduation Ceremony which was held on Friday, May 25, 2018, at the AUB Assembly Hall.

​​The Salim El-Hoss Bioethics and Professionalism Program at AUBFM/MC 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.

Dr. Thalia Arawi and Mr. Fadi El- Oweid introduces SHBPP's 1st art exhibition "She - هي" on the أخبار الصباح show - Future TV (March 24, 2018). 


The SHBPP at the AUBFM/MC held its 10th Regional Conference "Aging Arab Women: Myths, Facts, and Implications" in Tunisia (February 6 & 7, 2018)
In the first collaboration between the Salim El-Hoss Bioethics & Professionalism Program at the American University of Beirut Faculty of Medicine and Medical Center and the University of Carthage, with the Institut Pasteur de Tunis and UNESCO Cairo Office, the 10th regional conference was held at the Faculté des Sciences Juridiques, Politiques et Sociales de Tunis campus in Tunis, Tunisia on February 6-7, 2018 under the title “Aging Arab Women: Myths, Facts, and Implications". The conference brought together experts in health, education, law, psychology, and religion from the MENA region who gave presentations tackling various key issues facing Arab women today, particularly the portrayal of women in the region through the media, culture, religion, art, and education and its implications on the status of women. 

SHBPP celebrates AUBMC's commitment to Humane Medicine (January 30, 2018)

Dr. Arawi, SHBPP's Founding Director, attends the conference at the Universidad de la Mistica in Avilla- Spain (November 19-21, 2017) 
Dr. Arawi, SHBPP's Founding Director, was invited to attend a conference "Building peace: A challenge for Christianity and Islam" at the Universidad de la Mistica in Avilla- Spain. The conference brought together religious figures and representatives from all over the world to discuss how Christians and Muslims are together working towards common peace. 


"Ethos of Morals and Duties" - Avilla, Spain (19-21 November 2017)
Dr. Arawi from SHBPP talks 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. 
Read the article in full here: Moltaka-Al-Khabar-Spain
Watch the video here:

"The Arab 'Stepford Wives': A Deceiving & Ailing Vanity" by Dr. Thali Arawi (Nov. 14, 2017)

"An Open Letter to the Lebanese Government: Justice for our teachers" by Dr. Thalia Arawi.
Well worth reading!


"كتاب مفتوح الى وزير الصحة حول قضية منى البعلبكي" – Al Nahar Newspaper by Dr. Thalia Arawi (August 6, 2017)  

The SHBPP presents the Humanism and Professionalism Award at the resident’s graduation ceremony (May 26, 2017)

SHBPP at the Patients' Rights and Duties pact in Muscat, Oman (March 16, 2017)​


SHBPP's 2017 International Women's Day Campaign: "Be Bold For Change"

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. (January 18, 2017)

​The SHBPP and Weill Cornell Medicine - Qatar (WCM-Q) collaborate to hold a regional conference “Ethical and Legal Dilemmas in the Practice of Medicine and Research: A Middle East Perspective" (November 4 and 5, 2016)​

SHBPP in L'Orient Le Jour "L’AUB engagée dans la promotion de la bioéthique et du professionnalisme médical dans le monde arabe" (September 14, 2016)

"Check Up": SHBPP in AUB's the MainGate magazine (Spring/Summer 2016)


Workshop: How to Report Bioethics? UNESCO initiative in collaboration with New Health Concept (with SHBPP participation) (June 20-22, 2016)


The SHBPP presents the Humanism and Professionalism Award at the resident’s graduation Ceremony (June 1, 2016)

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)


International Women’s day event at IC Middle School Ras Beirut in collaboration withSHBPP (March 17, 2016)

The SHBPP at the AUB FM- MC and in collaboration with the Arabian Gulf University (AGU) held its 
8th Regional conference entitled "Stem Cells: Promises and Controversies".

1st Gulf Patient Rights Conference, Riyadh (February 2016)


"العربية الأولى في الجمعية العالمية للأخلاقيات الأحيائية"
AssafirarticleonDr.Arawi'sappointment  on the Board of the International Association of Bioethics (February 27, 2016)


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.



SHBPP and the Director of the Child Protection Program at AUBMC give a presentation for teachers and parents at International College, Ras Beirut (October 7, 2015)


H.E. Dr. Salim El Hoss sends a message to the recipient of the Salim El-Hoss Bioethics and Professionalism Humanism and Professionalism Award 2015 


The SHBPP presents the Humanism and Professionalism Award at the resident’s graduation ceremony (June 9, 2015)


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

AUB-FM Holds its Annual White Coat Ceremony (June 1, 2015)

AUB-FM Releases a New Medical Oath (May 2015)


The Salim El-Hoss Bioethics and Professionalism Program at the holds the First Bioethics Multimedia Film Festival in the Arab Region (May 20, 2015)

The Salim El-Hoss Bioethics and Professionalism Program at AUBFM and AUBMC holds its 7th Regional Conference “Medical Malpractice, Errors and Disclosure” (January 31, 2015)

SHBPP founding Director discusses projects with Cardinal Bshara al Rai (September 29, 2014)

SHBPP Founding Director meets with the Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdul Latif Darian (September 22, 2014)

"Healing Arts": Physicians, Patients and Society 1 in AUB's the MainGate magazine (Spring 2014)

The SHBPP presents the Humanism and Professionalism Award at the resident’s graduation ceremony (June 10, 2014)

The Salim El-Hoss Bioethics and Professionalism Program at the American University of Beirut Faculty of Medicine holds its 6th regional Conference “Research in Developing Countries” (May 25-26, 2014)

SHBPP at AUBFM holds its Fifth Regional Conference on "Bioethics Issues for Women: Ethics of Reproductive Health - Social and Political" (February 8, 2014)

SHBPP’s Founding Director visits his Beatitude Cardinal Bechara Al-Rai at Bkerke (December 12, 2013)

SHBPP at the AUBFM holds the Eighth National Conference on "Physicians, Torture and the Ethics of Medicine" (November 23, 2013)

The SHBPP Ethics Matters lecture on Rethinking Humane Care for Humans…Trivial, Superficial, Unrealistic or Essential? (October 18, 2013)

The SHBPP presents the Humanism and Professionalism Award at the resident’s graduation ceremony  (May 30, 2013)

SHBPP at the AUBFM holds the Sixth National Conference on "Advancing Medical Ethics and Professionalism" (March 15-16, 2013)

AUBMC leading in Bedside Ethics Consultations

SHBPP at the AUBFM holds the Fourth Regional Conference on "Bioethics and the Media" (December 11, 2012)

SHBPP at the AUBFM holds the Fifth National Conference on “Ethics and Medical Reliability” (October 6, 2012)

The SHBPP at the AUB FM holds the Third Regional Conference on "Stem Cell Research: Current Controversies” (September 14-15, 2012)

The Salim El-Hoss Bioethics and Professionalism AUB Faculty of Medicine Humanism and Professionalism Award 2012 awarded to Dr. Nabil Sharara (Family Medicine) and Dr. Hossein Darwish (Resident in Neurosurgery) (June 8, 2012)

SHBPP Ethics Matters Lecture on Good Communication is not Magic: An Empirical Approach to Talking with Seriously Ill Patients (March 29, 2012)

SHBPP Talk with Bayynat Magazine (March 3, 2012)

P Ethics Matters Lecture on Organ Donation: Ethical and Religious Perspectives (February 20, 2012)

SHBPP Future interview (February 8, 2012)

SHBPP OTV interview (February 3, 2012)


SHBPP Future TV Interview (January 19, 2012)


The SHBPP at the American University of Beirut, Faculty of Medicine (AUB FM) hosts its First National Nursing Ethics Conference on” Nursing and Healthcare Ethics: Making a Difference for Patients”(January 13-14, 2012)

SHBPP MTV Interview (January 12, 2012)

(November , 2011)

SHBPP Television Interview (September 21, 2011)

Emergency and Disaster Ethics Discussed in Ethics Matters Series (September 19, 2011)

The SHBPP Hosts its Second Regional Conference this Time on Current Controversies in Research Ethics (September 16-17, 2011) 

When Autonomy and Beneficence Come into Conflict ( September 15, 2011)

The SHBPP Releases the Arab Bioethics Society Forum


Ethical, Legal, and Social Challenges of Pharmacogenetics Explored (June 2, 2011)
On Thursday, June 2, 2011, and as part of its Ethics Matters lecture series, The SHBPP hosted Assistant Professor of Pharmacology and Toxicology, Dr. Nathalie Zgheib, who gave a presentation on pharmacogenetics (PGx) from an ethical, legal and social standpoint. PGx has emerged as a new tool for the optimization of drug therapy. 


AUB Lecture Addresses Medical Malpractice (April 7, 2011)


Ethical Issues in Surgery at AUB FM (March 25, 2011)


Research at AUB: Toward More Responsible Conduct (January 1​0, 2011)

How do you Implement Medical Justice? (May 12, 2010)

Launching of the First Arab and Middle East Biomedical Ethics e-network (April 29, 2010) 
The SHBPP launched the first Arab and Middle East Biomedical Ethics Electronic Network by starting a biomedical ethics Listserv that links professionals from different countries of the Arab World and the Middle East. 

  • AUBMC News

AUB Celebrates the Launch of its SHBPP  (April 7, 2010)

​Ethics Matters in Conducting Social and Behavioral Researchers (SBS) (February 17, 2010)
The lecture entitled "Challenges of SBS Research: highlights and case studies," Sheridan overviewed current issues and concerns over SBS and their Institutional Review Boards (IRBs) to an audience of nearly 40 academics including Provost Dallal and FAS Dean McGreevy.

Human Research Protection Program at AUB FM ( February 13, 2010)

Physicians, Patients, and Society II go Blended! (May 3, 2010)​

Research Ethics Talk at International College (November 4, 2010)
On November 4, 2010, Dr. Thalia Arawi, founding director of the SHBPP gave an interactive presentation to students of the 4th College Preparatory Program at the International College, Ras Beirut Middle School about the importance of Research Ethics. If you wake up one day and discover that you were paralyzed from the neck down, what would you do in order to walk up again? All the students agreed that they would do ANYTHING. By the end of the session, students changed their mind: There are certain things they would not do. Research, they understood, have certain guidelines and regulations that ought not to be transgressed. They learned about the history of research abuses, the rise of research ethics, the role of Institutional Review Boards, the rights of research participants and the face that research ethics applies too in the case of animals. Most importantly, they agreed with Einstein that “many people say it is the intellect which makes a great scientist. They are wrong: it is the character.” 

  • Inside IC Newsletter​

Director of SHBPP at AUB FM Holds a Workshop on the Teaching of Biomedical Ethics at the University of Damascus (August 5, 2010)
Towards the end of the workshop, the following recommendations ensued: 
  1. Participants unanimously agreed that there is a need to promote the teaching of medical ethics to students of medicine and that this needs to be more emphasized during the clinical years than during the basic sciences years.
  2. It was agreed that medical ethics is an interdisciplinary field and that professors from different disciplines will be involved in teaching. For that purpose, a number of workshops and training sessions will be held.
  3. The possibility of creating an online biomedical ethics discussions forum between students and professors was also raised. The possibility of holding such forums between the medical students of Damascus University and the American University of Beirut was also discussed​


The SHBPP at AUB FM Holds the First Regional Conference on Biomedical Ethics in Medical Schools (September 17-18, 2010)

The SHBPP Holds the First Meeting Towards the Founding of the First Arab Biomedical Ethics Society (September 18, 2010) 
During the first Regional Conference which was held September 17-18, 2010 at the Gefinor Rotana Hotel in Beirut, several 
professionals from the Arab World (Egypt, Bahrain, Syria, Lebanon, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Sudan, Jordan, Kuwait, Tunisia, and others) and in the presence of UNESCO Cairo Office Program Specialist, Dr. Orio Ikebe, met together with the Founding Director of the SHBPP and agreed on founding what will be the first Arab Bioethics Society. ​

End of Life Issues in Medicine (May 7, 2009)

(September 15, 2009)

Ethics Matters Initiative Launched at AUB FM (November 2008)
The ever-growing developments in medicine and healthcare have brought up scores of ethical issues that deserve much-needed awareness. On this note, the Ethics Matters Initiative was launched in November 2008 under the Education Unit of the Medical Dean's Office. The idea of the initiative was conceived by Dr. Thalia Arawi, Clinical Bioethicist and coordinator of bioethics teaching at the Faculty of Medicine.

  • AUBMC News

White Coat Ceremony (June 15, 2008)
The ceremony and oath of dedication to the care of patients is a reminder to students of the commitment needed to complete their medical education as well as the responsibilities that come with the profession of medicine. The AUB FM White Coat Ceremony the class of 2010 was held in Issam Fares Hall, reminding students that the white coat is not a sign that they have arrived, but that they have begun the journey that will last the rest of their lives.  
Parents and faculty members attended the ceremony which was followed by a reception. 

This White Coat Ceremony was supported, for the first time, by a grant from the Arnold P. Gold Foundation, a foundation committed to promoting humanism in medicine. 

​School of Nursing Hosts Lecture on Ethics in Medicine (October 25, 2007)

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