MD Program

The four-year MD Program consists of two pre-clinical years spent on the main campus and two clinical years at Saint George University Medical Center in Beirut.

The pre-clinical years are characterized by an integrated, system-based learning curriculum in which medical students are exposed within each organ system to the principles of histology, pathology, physiology, pathophysiology, pharmacology, physical examination, and major imaging findings, as well as to clinical problem solving. Our Faculty of Medicine and Medical Sciences is among the first medical schools in Lebanon to incorporate a course on clinical skills within the community clinics of the region. In the clinical years, medical students are trained by competent clinical faculty to acquire the fundamental skills needed to be compassionate physicians and scientists skilled in the prevention, diagnosis, and management of diseases.

Medical students take the internationally-standardized National Board Medical Examinations (NBME). These exams provide us with statistical student performance data that allow the Faculty to analyze the yearly performance of individual examinees and prepare our students for the USMLE exams.



The Faculty of Medicine and Medical Sciences endeavors to provide excellence in medical education and patient care as it fosters in its graduates a firm commitment to clinical competence, delivery of high quality care to all people with uncompromising ethical principles and advocating worthwhile basic and clinical research for the advancement of medical care.


The aim of the MD program is the preparation of physicians that demonstrate upon graduation the following competencies in medical education:
  • - Medical knowledge

  • - Patient care

  • - Interpersonal and communication skills

  • - Practice-based learning and improvement

  • - Systems-based practice

  • - Professionalism

Program Learning Outcomes

Medical Knowledge

Medical students will demonstrate a basic understanding of the physical, psychological, pharmacological, and ethical matters that impact patient care.

By the time of graduation, students are expected to:
  1. Discuss the normal structure and function of the human body at the whole body, organ system, organ, tissue, cellular and molecular levels.

  2. Define the genetic and biochemical basis of cellular function.

  3. Identify the fundamental concepts in biochemistry and immunology.

  4. Apply the basic principles of epidemiology and statistics to determine illness within a population.

  5. Recognize normal psychological development.

  6. Identify the main pathological mechanisms that underlie cellular injury, neoplastic and hemodynamic derangements with nutritional and environmental pathology.

  7. Apply the clinical, laboratory, diagnostic imaging, pathology and pathophysiological principals to diseases.

  8. Analyze the principles of both curative and palliative therapeutics necessary for providing the best therapeutic options.

  9. Analyze the ethical issues governing the medical profession.

Patient Care

Graduates will demonstrate the fundamental skills needed to be a compassionate physician and a scientist effective and efficient at prevention, diagnosis, and management of diseases.

By the end of the program, graduates will be able to:
  1. Generate a complete patient history.

  2. Perform a complete or focused physical exam in context of the patient's age and subspecialty.

  3. Analyze the patient's information gathered through clinical assessment.

  4. Develop differential diagnosis.

  5. Design an optimal treatment in clinical medicine and patient care.

  6. Plan the patient's investigations and management needs depending on the level of acuity.

  7. Generate a management and diagnostic plan while being able to discuss principles, advantages, and disadvantages of all modalities with the patient.

  8. Perform common clinical procedures.

  9. Communicate the results of medical investigations or the progress of a patient in the hospital orally or in writing.

  10. Appraise the need for requesting consultation with other health professionals for the well-being of patients. 

Interpersonal and Communication Skills

Graduates will communicate effectively with their patients, their families, their colleagues, and members of the healthcare team.

By the end of the program, graduates will be able to:
  1. Conduct a thorough medical history.

  2. Communicate effectively orally and in writing the medical information to colleagues and attendings.

  3. Communicate in a clearly articulated way the medical diagnosis and the management plan to patients and families.

  4. Work effectively with other health care professionals in caring for patients.

Practice-Based Learning and Improvement
Graduates will effectively use resources and conduct a critical analysis of health care practices to continuously improve patient care.

By the end of the program, graduates will be able to:
  1. Utilize information technology and other resources in management of the patient.

  2. Identify, evaluate, and manage problems in their learning of patient care practices.

  3. Promote continuous self-education.

Systems-Based Practice
Graduates will identify and evaluate issues in the health care system and effectively use resources to deliver optimal health care to their patients.

By the end of the program, graduates will be able to:
  1. Discuss different health care systems, specifically the Lebanese one.

  2. Discuss the role of health care policy in improving patient care.

  3. Use system resources available to patients for health education, treatment and rehabilitation.

  4. Discuss the non-biological determinants of health and the economic, psychological, social and cultural factors that contribute to the development of diseases.

  5. Interpret information about health indicators to identify needs of communities and plan appropriate interventions.

  6. Apply the principles of cost-effectiveness in patient care.

  7. Analyze the organization, financing, and delivery of health care.

  8. Discuss the role of medical jurisprudence in health care.

  9. Demonstrate understanding of and respect for the roles of other health care professionals and the need to collaborate with others in caring for patients and in promoting the health of the population.


Graduates will demonstrate the ability to place the interests of patients above those of the physician and set and maintain standards of competence and integrity.

By the end of the program, graduates will be able to:
  1. Determine personal and professional conflicts of interest.

  2. Demonstrate a commitment to scientific knowledge, patient confidentiality, physician accountability, and improvement of care quality.

  3. Demonstrate honesty and integrity in all interactions with patients, families, colleagues, and the healthcare team.

  4. Apply the ethical principles governing the medical profession.

  5. Demonstrate cultural sensitivity when dealing with patients.

  6. Manage a just distribution of finite resources.

  7. Promote access to medical care.