Saint George Hospital University Medical Center guarantees professional and specialized service for its active role in education and academic advancement.
For several decades Saint George Hospital has trained residents and interns in all specialties and is continuing to do so in association with the University of Balamand Saint George Faculty of Postgraduate Medical Education. This Faculty established in 1999 trains residents and fellows in various disciplines in Medicine.
The Faculty provides a scholarly environment in which both teaching staff and residents can participate in a well-structured postgraduate curriculum, in research activities and in on-going medical education.
The residency-training program facilitates interaction among all involved: healthcare providers, patients and families. Its Medical Staff is comprised of qualified and competent individuals who provide inpatient hospital care, and contribute to the instruction of house staff, interns and residents.
The training program offers residents the opportunity of personal, clinical and professional growth under the supervision and guidance of the teaching faculty and administration. The program ensures that house staff provides safe, effective and high quality patient care with increased responsibility at each postgraduate level.
Ranking among the oldest three hospitals in Lebanon with a long standing history of medical care, Saint George Hospital University Medical Center played an instrumental role in establishing the Faculty of Medicine and the Faculty of Postgraduate Medical Education. In October 2001 Saint George Hospital became the University Hospital of the Faculty of Medicine and Medical Sciences at the University of Balamand. The medical program was launched in the Fall of 2001. The first group of medical students graduated with an M.D. degree in July 2005.
By 2015, the Faculty of Medicine and Medical Sciences at the University of Balamand would have graduated more than 400 students, with more than half of them pursuing residency training in the USA.
Medical education at the University of Balamand starts with the first two years at the main campus of the University located over the Hill of Balamand near the coastal area of al-Kurah, northern Lebanon.
The four-year MD program is completed with two years of clinical training at Saint George Hospital University Medical Center in Achrafieh- Beirut.
Institutional affiliations with leading centers of excellence in Europe and North America facilitate transfer of knowledge and extensive academic and professional exposure of students and faculty.
The mission of the Faculty of Health Sciences of the University of Balamand is to mobilize, develop and organize professional, technical and other forms of international, regional, national and community-based resources. This is done in order to support the development of the ethics, principles, sciences, policies, strategies, research, practices and manpower categories necessary to the development of the health systems, services and related conditions in Lebanon and the region.
Guided by the principles and policies of the University of Balamand, and working in partnership with Saint George Hospital, the Faculty is committed to basic and applied research as well as to human resource development and provision of services to the health and social welfare sectors. In doing so, the Faculty will seek excellence, encourage creativity, foster professionalism, reward commitment and advance professional ethics.
The academic program leading to a B.S degree in Nursing is established to prepare competent professional nurses with solid theoretical and clinical foundations. It fosters professionalism, advances critical thinking, problem solving skills, leadership qualities and asserts nursing as a structured discipline.
Clinical skills are developed in a well-structured, highly equipped, professional setting that includes laboratories, audio-visual learning aids and the clinical facilities of Saint George Hospital.
Graduates will be prepared to assume professional roles and pursue advanced education and training.
The program aims at preparing professional laboratory technologists to ultimately fulfill their roles as competent essential members of the health-care team. The theoretical core courses of the program ensure basic education, general culture and specialized knowledge, while its applied training provides the graduates with clinical technical skills and practical on-the job experience.
Young graduates of this program would be competent to occupy a variety of laboratory- related professions.
This program aims at developing multi-disciplinary young professionals capable of assuming active roles in health promotion and advocacy. The Program fosters building knowledge and developing skills essential to assessing needs and implementing and evaluating health promotion programs.
Graduates would promote change in favor of healthier lives and, as team members, they would be able to assume highly needed roles and make use of opportunities.
The Hospital has been more than proactive in translating its commitments in support of healthier lives to families and communities, and a healthier nation through, among other things, its growing partnership with the Faculty of Health Sciences.
Students in Nursing and Laboratory Sciences complete clinical training requirements through hospital departments and facilities benefiting from a mentoring involvement of professional hospital staff. The same is expected for students in the field of dietetics.
Public Health and Health Promotion students proactively engage in outreach and community based programs of the Hospital.
This partnership benefits faculty, students and involves families and communities.
A unique program that produces multi-disciplinary young professionals with basic knowledge, technical and communication skills and leadership qualities ready to assume a leading role in the health, and social welfare development sector.
Graduates will be competent to be actively involved in planning, programming and implementation of development programs using scientifically, developmentally and socially sound and acceptable principles and practices. They will be out in the community ready to make a difference.