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Transformation of Medical Education in the New Era

The Middle East and North Africa Regional Office hosted a regional meeting in Beirut, Lebanon on September 26-28, 2018. This meeting focused on the Transformation of Medical Education in the New Era.


Program Overview


AUBMC and AAHC-I have partnered with Columbia University/Narrative Medicin​e Program, Lebanese American University Chagoury School of Medicine, and the University of Balamand Faculty of Medicine, to host a Regional Conference: "Transformation of Medical Education in the New Era" on the campus of the American University of Beirut Medical Center from September 27 to 29, 2018. The impending impact of Artificial Intelligence on healthcare delivery will lead to radical revisions of the entire edifice of medical education, starting with the undergraduate (“pre-med”) curriculum and extending to graduate medical education. In this new era, diagnostic accuracy and therapeutic options will be more reliably provided by machines, re-focusing the role of the physician on the personalized approach to patient care, and on the professional, humane, and social determinants of illness. The physicians of tomorrow must master new technologies and acquire a significantly deeper knowledge of medical humanities, narrative medicine, precision medicine, and medical genetics. This will necessitate new offerings in the undergraduate and MD curricula, and will redefine the profile of medical school applicants. These changes will also present a major challenge to the teaching faculty at all academic health centers, and to how schools of medicine will work symbiotically with the medical centers which serve as their teaching institutions.

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

  • Define and discuss regional challenges in medical education in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA)
  • Define future pre-medical requirements in medical humanities, AI, and bioinformatics, and describe the profile of future medical school applicants
  • Define the role of medical humanities in the new medical curriculum
  • Describe Narrative Medicine and the teaching of the principles and practice of Narrative Medicine
  • Describe the role of artificial intelligence in Personalized Medicine
  • Discuss future transformation of medical practice in the AI environment, including devices, robotics
  • Examine the future of medical education in light of the impending influence of artificial intelligence (AI) and medical informatics on healthcare delivery

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, Neph​rology, Neurology, Neurosurgery, Nursing, Ophthalmology, Orthopaedics, 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 in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of The Cleveland Clinic Foundation Center for Continuing Education and the Parkinson Study Group. The Cleveland Clinic Foundation Center for Continuing Education is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The Cleveland Clinic Foundation Center for Continuing Education designates this live activity for a maximum of 10.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Participants claiming CME credit from this activity may submit the credit hours to the American Osteopathic Association for Category 2 credit

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