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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. 

Upcoming Events

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)


More Events


  • Lecture on "Diagnostic Radiology's​ Unspoken Qualms" (July 3, 2017)
    Dr. Thalia Arawi gave an interactive talk on ethics in radiology under the title "Diagnostic Radiology's Unspoken Qualms" as part of the AUBMC's Radiology Department daily morning lectures. The talk took place on Monday, the 3rd of July, 2017 at the Garden Offices. The talk was attended by residents and physicians. 
  • SHBPP residents' orientation session (June 5, 2017)
    Dr. Thalia Arawi, Founding Director of the SHBPP, addressed new residents at AUBMC during the Residents Orientation session which took place on June 5, 2017 in a lecture entitled “The days are long, but the years are short: Respice Finem”. The lecture highlighted the significance of mortality, compassion, and trying to make a difference in the lives of others both in one’s personal life and practice. At the end of the session, residents were asked to write their future selves a letter that they will receive during their residents’ graduation ceremony. All residents were given pins of the Asclepius rod embossed with the Latin expression “Respice Finem” – meaning “Consider the end”.​

  • SHBPP's second annual newsletter (May, 2017)
    The Salim El Hoss Bioethics and Professionalism Program is pleased to share with you the second issue of its annual newsletter in both English and Arabic languages.    
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    AL-MASHRABIYA-ENGLISH.pdf   AL-MASHRABIYA-ARABIC.pdf                                                                                                                     
  • SHBPP at the workshop of the Office of the Minister of State for Women's Affairs (April 28, 2017)
    ​Dr. Thalia Arawi, Founding Director of the Salim El-Hoss Bioethics and Professionalism Program, was invited by the Office of the Minister of State for Women's Affairs (OMSWA) to participate in its workshop discussing the strategy of the ministry. The workshop took place at the Monroe Hotel, Beirut on April 28, 2017 and was attended by a number of academic professionals, experts, and NGO representatives from all over Lebanon. 

  • ​​First Forum Theater: " منحكي ولا ما منحكي؟" (April 25, 2017)
    A superb Interactive Theatre session where spectators turned into Spec-Actors and made a big difference in the course of events. A big thank you to the wonderful AUB Theatre Initiative team led by Dr. Sahar Assaf and Mrs.Nazha Harb​                                  first interactive theater.jpg _MG_5464.JPG _MG_5514.JPG _MG_5519.JPG _MG_5567.JPG _MG_5594.JPG

  • 2nd FROSt event: Dr. Fuleihan: Unforgettable Physician, Unforgettable Hero! (March 30, 2017)
    On Thursday, March 30, 2017, the second “Epocsohtets!" (akaFROSt) was held with Mrs. Wadad El Hoss as the invited speaker. Mrs. Wadad El Hoss shared her family's personal experience with Dr. Farid Fuleihan, whom she characterized as an "Unforgettable physician and Unforgettable hero". Mrs. El Hoss addressed her audience of residents, physicians, as well as family and friends about the importance of empathy and support, and explained how being there for the patient not only physically but also emotionally makes a difference.

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  • ​​PopTalk 3.0: "Milestones Through Medicine"​ (March 28, 2017)
    The ‪PopTalk team at the AUBFM, under the patronage of the Salim El-Hoss Bioethics and Professionalism Program, organized the third PopTalk event under the title "Milestones Through Medicine" on Tuesday, March 28, 2017. The event hosted a list of speakers which included medical students, residents and attending physicians at the American University of Beirut, who​ shared highlights of their personal experiences of the pre-clinical an​d clinical years in medicine. The speakers also highlighted the importance of role models and mentors in the journey of medicine as well as the valuable lessons learned from all the struggles it might bring. Congratulations to the PopTalk team for yet another successful event!

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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 Ministry of Health conference discussing the Patients’ Rights and Duties Pact that was held in the Grand Mosque in Muscat, Oman on March 16, 2017.

  • 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.
  • Seventh 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.

  • "The not so hidden Curriculum" featured in the PRIME times' 3rd issue (March 10, 2017) “The Not so Hidden Curriculum", an article written by Dr. Thalia Arawi was featured in PRIME times' 3rd issue. The article describes the significance of the informal and hidden curricula in medical teaching and elaborates on the role of the faculty, through proper role modelling in preserving the formal curriculum and preventing the potential damaging effects of the hidden curriculum.
    The Not so Hidden Curriculum​                                                                                                                   
  • International Women's Day - Be Bold for Change (March 8, 2017)                             ​International Women's Day is celebrated on March 8 every year. The Salim El-Hoss Bioethics and Professionalism Program (SHBPP) at AUBMC has taken the opportunity to shift perspectives away from the social constructs that constrain women to more positive empowering attitudes. #BeBoldForChange. Perceive menopause differently and recognize it as another beginning to a different stage in a woman's life; menopause is a natural process rather than a debilitating condition.
    Click Here​ for the full video.



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