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Leading Regional Transformation in Training and Research

Program Overview


The American University of Beirut Medical Center (AUBMC) has been hosting the “Association of Academic Health Centers International (AAHCI) Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Regional Office” since 2017, with an objective to further engage and network with peer institutions in the region to share knowledge and expertise in addressing the challenges and growth strategies facing academic medical centers http://www.aahcdc.org/Newsroom/Press-Releases/View/ArticleId/20454/AAHCI-Opens-Two-New-International-Regional-Offices

Following the success of the inaugural AAHCI-MENA Regional Conference last September on “Transformation of Medical Education in the New Era: Humanism, Technology and the Physician of Tomorrow,” and AAHCI-MENA is collaborating with the ACGME-I to host its second regional conference on "Leading Regional Transformation in Training and Research". The conference will be held on the campus of the American University of Beirut Medical Center.

This year’s conference focus will be on the academic health centers in the MENA region that share the challenges of limited resources, an underdeveloped research culture, and inadequate investment in research education. Despite these challenges, regional academic centers aspire to produce research that is relevant at both the local and global levels. This regional conference will tackle the issues of finding new sources of research support, nurturing the culture of research in the region, investing in research education, and promoting regional collaborations.

Message from the Chair


As we move into the era of personalized medicine, health care professionals need to develop familiarity with the challenges of creating regionally meaningful research to address the genetic, environmental, political, and regulatory characteristics of countries in the MENA region. This conference will address ways to foster research collaborations in the region, regulatory, geopolitical and religious challenges, as well as the importance of creating biorepositories and core facilities.

Samia J. Khoury, MD
Director, Abu Haidar Neuroscience Institute
Associate Dean for Clinical and Translational Research
Director, Nehme and Therese Tohme Multiple Sclerosis Center
Professor of Neurology and Immunology
American University of Beirut



The educational aspect of our meeting is a natural extension of the first part that carries a focus on research. This section is organized in collaboration with ACGME-I with themes related to regional accreditation and certification, resident well-being, quality and patient safety as well as a joint session with AAHCI focusing on fostering a culture of research in graduate medical education. We are very excited to have and share this meeting with all of you.

Salah Zeineldine, MD FACP
Assistant Dean for Graduate Medical Education
Designated Institutional Official (DIO)
Academic Associate Hariri School of Nursing
Faculty of Medicine
American University of Beirut

At the end of this activity, participants will be able to:

  • Define and discuss regional challenges in tissue banking in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA)
  • Describe needed infrastructure, sustainable funding, governance and regulations, governmental laws in the different countries in the MENA region
  • Discuss the core research labs among institutions, as regional ‘centers of excellence’
  • Describe the framework for collaboration across different institutions
  • Discuss regional geopolitics, religious challenges, and regulatory including human protection
  • Discuss innovations in medical education

This activity has been designed for physicians in all specialties, namely Allergy, Immunology, Anesthesiology, Pain Management, Cardiology, Critical Care, Dermatology, Emergency Medicine, Endocrinology, Family Practice, Gastroenterology, Hematology / Oncology, Infectious Disease, Internal Medicine and subspecialties, Nephrology, Neurology, Neurosurgery, Nursing, Ophthalmology, Orthopedics, Pathology, Pediatrics, Pharmacology, Psychology / Psychiatry, Pulmonology, Radiology, Rheumatology, Immunology, Surgery, Urology, Wellness, Women's Health and other Health Care Professionals. In addition to Nurses, Nurse Practitioners, Professors, Residents, Fellows and students.

This activity has been planned and implemented through the joint providership of The Cleveland Clinic Foundation Center for Continuing Education.
This Activity has been approved for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit.
The Cleveland Clinic Foundation Center for Continuing Education designates this

The Cleveland Clinic Foundation Center for Continuing Education has implemented a policy to comply with the current Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education Standards for Commercial Support requiring resolution of all faculty conflicts of interest. Faculty declaring a relevant commercial interest will be identified in the activity syllabus.