Welcome to the Department of Surgery at the LAU Gilbert and Rose-Marie Chagoury School of Medicine and LAU Medical Center-Saint John’s Hospital. The Department of Surgery has talented and dedicated faculty members organized within surgical divisions. The vision of the department is to develop academic and clinical centers of excellence dedicated to the highest standards of patient care, clinical training, and research. The department of surgery offers comprehensive surgical residency training in General Surgery, Urology and Neurosurgery
Bassem Y. Safadi, M.D., F.A.C.S.
Welcome to the Lebanese American University (LAU) Department of Surgery at the Gilbert and Rose-Marie Chagoury School of Medicine and LAU Medical Center-Saint John’s Hospital (LAUMC-SJH). Our mission in the Department of Surgery is to provide superb and comprehensive surgical care, solid postgraduate surgical training and exceptional teaching.
The Department of Surgery has full-time and part-time faculty members who contribute to clinical care, residency training, medical student education and clinical research. The department is comprised of the divisions of cardiothoracic surgery, general surgery, neurosurgery, pediatric surgery, plastic and reconstructive surgery, surgical oncology, urology, and vascular surgery. We work closely with other departments within the university, school of medicine, and LAU owned, operated or affiliated medical centers to provide the best quality surgical clinical and research programs.
The LAU Department of Surgery offers postgraduate training in general surgery, urology and neurosurgery. The Arab Board of Medical Specialties has accredited all three programs. Surgical residents spend the bulk of their training at LAUMC-SJH but also rotate in other LAU operated or affiliated hospitals, which adds to their breadth of training. Dedicated program directors oversee and monitor the quality of training and work closely with residents and faculty members to achieve the highest standards in surgical training. Our medical students spend 8 weeks of surgical clerkship in their third year and many of them choose to spend elective rotations during their fourth year. Students are an integral part of our department and we pride ourselves in providing them with the highest standards of surgical education through didactics, conferences and supervised medical care.
We are proud that our department is giving back to our community by treating those who need our care with compassion and by educating and training young physicians and surgeons who will lead healthcare in the future. We strive to excel, grow and give more.
Division of CardioThoracic Surgery
Division of General Surgery
Division of Neurosurgery
Division of Pediatric Surgery
Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
Division of Urology
Division of Vascular Surgery
General Surgery Residency Program
The Lebanese American University Gilbert and Rose-Marie Chagoury School of Medicine is dedicated to providing a comprehensive General Surgery Residency Program. Each year a select number of qualified individuals are chosen to join the program. We provide a one-year preliminary track or a five-year categorical track.
The preliminary track allows a broad range of training without the expectation to complete the program at our institution. This track includes rotation in General Surgery, Cardiothoracic surgery, Vascular Surgery, ER, Urology, Anesthesia, Head and Neck, ICU, and Orthopedics.
The categorical track involves a 5-year training program that comprises of research opportunities, academia, workshops, practice and systems-based learning, preoperative and postoperative patient care, surgical skills, clinical training. This track provides training across a number of subspecialties that includes Vascular Surgery, Hepato-Pancreatic Biliary Surgery, Colorectal Surgery, Breast Surgery, Digestive Disease Surgery, Endocrine Surgery, Surgical Oncology, Trauma and Critical Care. The division of General Surgery provides residents with a high-level of training from our dedicated faculty. The aim of our program is to produce exceptional future surgeons.
The program follows the six ACGME-I core competencies for training, teaching, and assessment:
- Patient Care and Procedural Skills
- Medical Knowledge
- Practice-based Learning and Improvement
- Interpersonal and Communication Skills
- Systems-based Practice
- Medical knowledge
- ABSITE (minimum 20th %tile)
- MyEvals platform evaluations
- Procedures log
Residents will rotate at the following Medical Center sites:
- LAU Medical Center-Rizk Hospital, Achrafieh
- LAU Medical Center-St. John Hospital, Jounieh
- Rafic Hariri University Hospital (RHUH)
- Clemenceau Medical Center (CMC)
Weekly Academic & Medical Conferences:
- M&M Cases
- Journal Club
- Case Presentations
- Tumor Board
- ABSITE Review
To apply for General Surgery residency program:
Urology Residency Program
The Urology residency program at the Lebanese American University-School of Medicine (LAU-SOM) and LAU Medical Center-Saint John’s Hospital (LAUMC-SJH) is a competency-based curriculum. The six ACGME-I core competencies are the focus for training, teaching, and assessment.
Our program is a 5-year post-graduate training program that started in 2013. The main clinical training sites are the LAU medical centers “LAU Medical Center-Rizk Hospital (LAUMC-RH) and soon LAU Medical center-St. John Hospital (LAUMC-SJH)”. The affiliated hospital in Lebanon is Clemenceau Medical Center (CMC).
Resident selection for PGY1 spot takes place during their Med-4 year. One Resident is selected every year for the PGY1 Urology spot.
A PGY1 resident who successfully finishes his/her preliminary year in Surgery may fill vacant position at PGY2 level.
We have five residents at a time in the program. One preliminary PGY-1 resident rotates in Surgery. Two junior Urology residents (one PGY-2 and one PGY-3) rotate at LAUMC-RH and LAUMC-SJH. Two senior Urology residents (one PGY-4 and one PGY-5) rotate at LAUMC-RH and CMC.
Our Mission is to graduate proficient urologists. The faculty of the Urology residency program are top-class role models who provide trainees with the ability to develop their ethical and professional behavior, and to acquire the interpersonal and communication skills mandated to be outstanding physicians.
The healthy environment for learning and the appropriate guidance help the trainees in acquiring the cognitive and psychomotor skills needed for independent, safe and evidence-based practice in order to compete with local and international Urology graduates.
Our vision is to graduate highly qualified clinical and academic Urology teachers, and to recruit outstanding graduates who will join the LAU Urology residency program in order to move it forward and continuously improve it.
Our educational activities are:
- Daily Teaching Rounds.
- Outpatient Clinics with active participation in patients’ assessment.
- Weekly Urology conferences: Didactic Instructions, Case-Based Discussion, M&M Meetings, and Journal Club.
- Monthly: National Urology conferences supervised by the Lebanese Urology Society with all national Urology programs.
- Monthly: Common Lectures with other LAU residency programs.
- Training on Procedures: Office-Based, Endoscopic, Open, and Laparoscopic/ Robot-Assisted procedures.
Urology residents are assessed using formative and summative assessments. The six ACGME-I Urology competencies are assessed using the related sub-competencies. Our assessment tools are:
- Mini-CEX: Formative and Summative.
- Chart Stimulated Recall (CSR): Formative and Summative.
- Direct Observation of Procedural Skills (DOPS): Formative and Summative.
- Knowledge Tests: Local MCQs’ exams and EBU ITE, Summative.
- 360 Evaluation (Multi-Source Feedback): Formative.
- Global Rating (GR): Summative.
- Portfolio Assessment: Formative and Summative.
Our division’s research initiatives are centered on identifying research opportunities as they unfold during the program years. In 2020, we started to provide our residents with appropriate training and guidance on clinical research. We hope to initiate, in the near future, a productive research program based on solid ground in order to move the Urology knowledge forward. Our long-term aim is to be internationally recognized as contributors in filling the knowledge gaps in Urology. Together we learn, together we move forward. We do our best to turn our residents into outstanding urologists.
If we can be of any assistance to you in providing other information about the Urology-training program here at LAU-SOM and LAUMC-SJH, please let us know!
To apply for Urology residency program: