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​​​​​​The Salim El-Hoss Bioethics and Professionalism Program (SHBPP) at the American University of Beirut Faculty of Medicine (AUB FM) is an interdisciplinary resource for faculty, students, healthcare providers and policy makers who are involved in bioethics education, research, and consultation in Lebanon and the region. Launched in April 2010, it is the first targeted initiative in the Arab World that seeks to educate, research, and champion issues related to professionalism, medical humanism and bioethics. Thus, the SHBPP aims at enhancing public awareness and understanding as well as scholarly work on contemporary issues related to bioethics, humanism and professionalism. It promotes and encourages the development of the requisite skills, attitudes, and behaviors among those who practice medicine on issues such as end of life care, medical economics, health administration, law and policy, and ethics and research in Lebanon and the Arab World. 
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Call for  papers for the first two books of their kind in the Arab World
 
 
* Narrative Matters: Doctors' Personal Stories with Patients
Call for papers (in Arabic)

* Narrative Matters: Nurses' Personal Stories with Patients
Call for papers (in Arabic)

 

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SHBPP at the Patients' Rights and Duties pact in Muscat, Oman (March 16, 2017)
SHBPP founding Director Dr. Thalia Arawi met with HE Minster of Health Dr. Ahmed bin Mohammed bin Obaid al-Sa'eedi in Oman, and was invited to participate on behalf of the WHO in the Ministy of Health conference discussing the Patients’ Rights and Duties Pact that was held in the Grand Mosque in Muscat, Oman on March 16, 2017.

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SHBPP at the 10th Annual Congress of the Lebanese Society of Critical Care Medicine (March 10-12, 2017)
SHBPP Founding Director Dr. Thalia Arawi was invited to participate in the 10th Annual Congress of the Lebanese Society of Critical Care Medicine, where she gave a talk about physicians and patients in critical care to a wide audience of physicians and healthcare professionals from all over Lebanon.



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Bioethics Rounds on the Ward (BROWnies) activity (March 10, 2017)
The 7th BROWnies activity took place on March 10, 2017 with attending physicians, residents, nurses, 4th year medical students, Associate Professor of Pediatrics Dr. Marianne Majdalani, as well as AUBMC clinical bioethicist Dr. Thalia Arawi. The activity brought forward several insightful discussions and recommendations all aiming towards enhancing patient centered care. It was followed up with a chat about the ethical issues surrounding medical technologies.
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Ethics Matters lecture at the International College, Ras Beirut (March 2, 2017)

As part of SHBPP's outreach activities, Founding Director of SHBPP gave an Ethics Matters lecture in which she discussed the issue of "End of Life Concerns" with students at the International College Ras Beirut Middle School.

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SHBPP's First FROSt Event (February 16, 2017)
"From the Other Side of the Stethoscope " (FROSt) is an open forum created by the SHBPP for individuals to convene and discuss issues related to patient care in an informal setting. This initiative aims to teach students the importance of care through sharing stories of patients highlighting their experiences “from the other side of the stethoscope".

On Thursday, February 16, 2017, the first “Epocsohtets!" (aka FROSt) was held at the Issam Fares Hall in AUB with Mr. Charif Kaiss as the invited speaker.

​Mr. Charif Kaiss was born on the 20th of August 1994 and was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia B-cell type on the 29th of August 2015. Charif spent five months at AUBMC, where he received chemotherapy followed by a Bone Marro​w Transplant. In his informal and inspiring talk, Charif shared his experience not only as a cancer survivor, but as a patient who had to overcome all sorts of challenges while battling against the disease. Charif addressed his audience of students, residents, physicians, as well as family and friends about the importance of empathy and support in the physician-patient encounter, and how a simple smile can make a huge difference for the patient. He spoke about an invisible magic wand that made a big difference in his care and cure that kept him hopeful and enthusiastic in his journey towards healing, and he thanked the team of physicians, residents, and nurses who helped him along the way. Charif stressed that his experience taught him that medicine is more than just a science, it is also an art, and that his new aspiration is to reach out to patients in the hope of inspiring and supporting them in their own battles.

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Sixth Bioethics Rounds on the Ward (BROWnies) activity (February 3, 2017)
The sixth BROWnies activity took place on February 3, 2017 with attending physicians, residents, nurses, 4th year medical students, Associate Professor of Pediatrics Dr. Marianne Majdalani, as well as AUBMC clinical bioethicist Dr. Thalia Arawi, and secretary of the Child Protection Program at AUBMC Ms. Aida Habbal. The activity brought forward several insightful discussions and recommendations all aiming towards enhancing patient centered care.
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First BEAM Event launched at AUBMC
Bioethics And the Media (BEAM) is a student lead initiative in collaboration with the Salim El-Hoss Bioethics and Professionalism Program. BEAM’s main goal is to integrate bioethics into the medical mindset in a fun and innovative manner by screening movies containing diverse bioethics dilemmas and issues, which are followed by a short panel discussion.  These discussions involve specialists, patients, and caregivers. The first BEAM event launched at AUBMC on January 23, 2017 with the movie screening of The Doctor, followed by a discussion with Dr. Faek Jamali and Dr. Thalia Arawi. This event was attended by medical students (1-4), residents, attending physicians and MCEC members and friends.

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SHBPP presenation at the new faculty orientation
Dr. Thalia Arawi was invited to give a presentation at the new faculty orientation, which was attended by 6 new faculty members at AUBMC, to introduce them to the Salim El-Hoss Bioethics and Professionalism Program highlighting their involvement with patient care.
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SHBPP Founding Director, Dr. Thalia Arawi, was invited to the Majlis Al Shura in Muscat Oman on behalf of the WHO to discuss the need to revise the Patient Safety Law in Oman. The meeting took place on January 18, 2017.
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