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This program is open to non-Lebanese medical doctors and is designed in accordance with the requirements of the American and the Arab Boards of Dermatology. The program consists of a three or four-year training period, depending on whether the applicant has completed a year of internship. An internship in the Department of Dermatology will be required in the case where it has not been completed prior to recruitment.


Admission Requirements
All candidates must be holders of the MD degree or its equivalent degrees from a recognized university. They should sit for the Dean's Exam which is administered by the Deanís Office of the Faculty of Medicine at AUB during the month of April and pass the exam before their applications are considered. Candidates are exempted from this exam if they have successfully passed the clinical part of the USMLE. Applications for the Dean's Exam and the Residency Training Program are available at: Office of the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
Faculty of Medicine
American University of Beirut
P.O.Box: 113-6044
Beirut - Lebanon
Fax: 00961 1 744464 or 00961 1 342517
Tel: 00961 1 374374 or 00961 1 350000 ext: 4702

Applicants must demonstrate a level of English proficiency either by passing the English Entrance Exam (EEE) which is administered by AUB with a minimum score of 500 or by achieving a minimum score of 575 in the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). The Office of Tests and Measurements at AUB will provide information on the schedules of the EEE.

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Tuition Fee
A tuition fee of $12,000/year will be charged.
The fee is subject to change without advanced notice.


The Program
This training program is organized to provide trainees with the educational and practical experience that will enable them to deliver superior and specialized care to patients with diseases of the skin, hair, nails and mucous membranes. Its curriculum is diversified, broad, progressive and systematic. During the period of full training, the resident will acquire knowledge in clinical dermatology and in the pertinent basic sciences which bear upon the specialty of dermatology with the aim of producing a well-accomplished dermatologist of high clinical and academic standards. Trainees in the program will be required to participate in the following activities:
  • clinical activities
  • conferences and meetings
  • research

Clinical Activities
First year residents will receive a major part of their clinical training in the Outpatient Department (OPD) at AUBMC. They will be responsible for working up assigned new cases, as well as following up old cases in the OPD morning clinics. The trainee will interview and examine patients, write the history and thereafter, present and discuss the case with the attending staff on duty. Morphology, clinicopathologic correlation, differential diagnosis and therapeutic strategies will be underscored during the discussion of cases to ensure that residents will acquire, grasp and apply all these considerations during their training and later in private practice.

The workup of patients may entail performing and/or interpreting one or more of several diagnostic or therapeutic procedures which first year residents will be expected to learn either under the supervision of an attending staff or a senior resident. These include:
  • KOH smear and culture for fungal infections
  • gram stain for bacterial infections
  • Tzank smear for viral infections
  • skin biopsy
  • cryosurgery
  • electrosurgical techniques
  • patch testing for contact eczema
  • intralesional injections
  • phototherapy
  • laser surgery
Practical experience in the techniques of dermatologic surgery will also be emphasized. The main categories that are recognized include:
  • electrosurgery
  • cryosurgery
  • biopsy
  • excision, incision, shave, etc...
  • curettage
  • incision and drainage
  • chemical destructive techniques
  • nail biopsy and avulsion

Conferences and Meetings
Trainees will be required to attend and participate in the following activities:
  • weekly Basic Science Seminar
  • weekly Journal Club for elective students and housestaff
  • weekly slide reviews/differential diagnosis
  • weekly Histopathology Course/unknowns
  • weekly Fitzpatrick book review
  • bimonthly Dermatologic Surgery Lecture Series
  • bimonthly Histopathology Conference
  • bimonthly Journal Club
  • bimonthly Grand Round/Case Discussion
  • bimonthly dialogues in dermatology (AAD Series)
  • monthly consultation review
  • monthly Basic Science Journal Club
Additional annual or seasonal activities include the following:
  • spring clinical meeting
  • annual dermatology update
  • visiting dermatologists
The inpatient facilities will provide second and third year residents, as active care takers, and first year residents, as observers, with the opportunity to treat the more serious cutaneous diseases on a frequent basis and to observe the dermatologic manifestations of systemic diseases.

Clinical and laboratory teaching will be achieved by an adequate supply of properly classified anatomic and pathologic materials, including histologic and photographic slides. Basic pathologic reaction patterns of the skin will be stressed to second and third year residents. Weekly clinical slide review and histopathology unknowns are two teaching methods that serve the above goals. The curriculum of the tuition fee-based Residency Training Program in dermatology is also inclusive of sexually transmitted diseases. Diagnostic and therapeutic skills, as well as basic knowledge of pathogenesis, will be emphasized. Interdisciplinary approaches will be encouraged due to the nature of these conditions.


The participation or exposure of residents to basic and clinical research will be encouraged during training subject to resources and availability of funds.


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