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The first family medicine program in the Arab world was established in Lebanon in 1979 at the American University of Beirut. Currently, there are two family medicine training programs in Lebanon:


American University of Beirut Training Program

The American University of Beirut Family Practice Residency Program (FPRP) was established in 1979. It is a 16-resident, four-year program that offers four positions in the first year. One completed year of internship is required, preferably in family medicine. Candidates should pass the Dean's Exam administered by the Dean's Office of the Faculty of Medicine at AUB.

The program consists of block rotations as well as longitudinal experiences with mental health, obstetrics, pediatrics and minor surgery. Residents are exposed to the following medical settings: in-patient care with admission privileges in the tertiary care hospital, American University of Beirut Medical Center (AUBMC); ambulatory care in the Out-Patient Department (OPD) within AUBMC as well as an out-patient clinic in the Military Hospital; and emergency care within the Emergency Department at AUBMC. Residents are expected to have duties every third night.

Residents are evaluated quarterly by faculty members and by their performance on the American Board of Family Medicine In-Training Examination, and the Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE). Graduates are entitled to apply for the Arab Board of Family Medicine.

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Saint Joseph University Training Program

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