School of Medicine and Medical Sciences

Doctorate of Medicine

Hybrid
120credits

Courses

MED1 & MED 2
MDG550Anatomic Pathology Laboratory
1 credits
These lab courses will train students in real tissue preparation and allow them to concretize what they have learned in oral presentations in the anatomical pathology courses.
MDG520Cardiovascular Pathology
3 credits
This course covers the dysfunction of the cardiovascular systems. There will be a quick review of normal physiology, focus on cardiac pathology with all recognized diseases, mainly those most frequently encountered in clinical practice. This section 2 mainly focuses on coronary artery diseases and valvular diseases. This course will give you a solid foundation in cardiovascular pathology and prepare you for future therapeutics courses.
MDG510Clinical Pharmacology and Toxicology
3 credits
This course will cover all the major classes of medications. For each class of medications, the following subjects will be covered (including but not limited to): therapeutic use of the class, mechanism of action, pharmacological properties, pharmacokinetics, side effects, drug-drug interactions, use of the medications in specific populations (pregnancy, lactation, renal failure, liver failure...)
MDG565Dermatology and Plastic Surgery
3 credits
At the end of this course the student, a future general practitioner, will be able to examine a patient suffering from dermatosis, to recognize the lesions and to describe them, and to be able to differentiate and diagnose the most frequent dermatological pathologies. The student must know how to recognize the surgical indications and appreciate the urgency of the treatment.
MDG585Ear, Nose, and Throat Pathology, and Ophthalmology
3 credits
This course will develop ENT pathology concerning the ear pathologies, and functional hearing disturbances, nose and sinuses diseases, oropharynx pathologies laryngeal and cervical, and facial pathologies in order to help the GP to treat the most frequent, to detect the most critical and follow up the most dangerous.
MDG515Electrocardiology and Hemodynamics
3 credits
This course covers multiple topics regarding dysfunction of the cardiovascular system, mainly in electrocardiology and cardiac mechanics. After a quick review of normal physiology, cardiac pathologies will be presented with a focus on recognized diseases, mainly those related to dysrhythmias and heart failure. The course is presented by cardiologists, cardiac anesthesiologist and cardiovascular surgeon, each of them has a different expertise in the field. Consequently, we expect that this course will give you a solid basis in the cardiovascular pathologies relevant to the course and prepare you adequately for the future therapeutics courses.
MDG535Endocrine and Metabolic Diseases
3 credits
This course aims to introduce, elaborate and explore diseases of the endocrine system and some of the frequent metabolic disorders to medical students in order to help then achieving a good GP practice.
MDG625Forensic Pathology and Medical Law
3 credits
This course is given in the form of 17 class sessions and 6 group work sessions. This course is equivalent to 3 credits. It aims to familiarize students, future practitioners, with public health and occupational medicine.
MDG545Gastrointestinal Pathology
3 credits
This course covers medical and surgical diseases of the digestive tract. The development of the various chapters of the sessions will be supervised by recall and synthesis to make them easy to understand and interesting to observe. As in, students will learn flexibly a significant pathology for their medical education. At the end of the course, students will be able to acquire the basic knowledge of the discipline, to prepare successfully their medical degree and to adequately prepare testing and specialization contests.
MDG615Hematology and Clinical Biology
3 credits    |    Pre-requisite: SMG512
In the first part of the clinical biology course hematology will be discussed, including the basic concepts required to understand the physiology of blood cells, bone marrow and blood-forming organs, as well as, hemostasis. This understanding can then be used to properly interpret laboratory tests and make treatment and management plans. There will be a special emphasis on both the cytologic and immunophenotypic diagnostic aspect of hematological diseases. In the second part of the course, clinical chemistry will be taught, including the foundations of clinical biochemistry that are necessary to understanding biochemical investigations. By using clinical cases as teaching material, the student will gain the knowledge and skills to make appropriate use of biochemical tests for the diagnosis and management of disease.
MDG555Hepatobiliary and Pancreatic Pathology
3 credits
This course treats the pathologies of the liver, biliary tract and pancreas. The courses will be shared between gastroenterologists and surgeons teachers. This course will aim to be complete and sufficient for students to acquire the basic knowledge necessary for their installation as general practitioners or specialists.
SMG511Hospital Training I
1 credits    |    Pre-requisite: SMG510
During internship, the students must be able to recall all their knowledge in semiology and pathology in order to gain skills to question the patient and the family regarding the patient's medical history, perform a complete and thorough clinical examination, write a good medical observation based on the collection of data and the clinical examination, develop diagnostic hypotheses and discuss them with the residents and the attending physicians, and respect ethics and deontology.
SMG512Hospital Training II
3 credits
This course explains the various rheumatic diseases most frequently observed in internal medicine and general medicine, and moves on to rapid diagnosis and planning a course of action both therapeutic and educational.
SMG513Hospital Training III
3 credits
MDG595Infectious Diseases
3 credits
The purpose of this course is to deliver to students a thorough knowledge of different infectious diseases, which are the most useful for a general practitioner due to their prevalence, their severity, and the presence of possible therapeutic resources or their didactic interest. It will outline different disease processes and diagnostic procedure for each and allow the student to have hospital diagnostic and therapeutic responsibilities in decision-making procedures.
SMG510Introduction to Hospital Training
1 credits
During their internship, the students must be able to integrate all their knowledge in semiology and pathology in order to question the patient and family regarding the patient's medical history,perform a complete and thorough clinical examination, write a good medical observation based on the collection of data and the clinical examination;, and respect the rules of ethics and deontology.
MDG630Introduction to Medical Research
3 credits
This integrated course is a series of lectures and tutorials covering fundamental concepts and basic analytic methods relating to the design, analysis, and interpretation of clinical research studies. It will prepare students in medical thesis concepts as well as clinical research organization.
MDG580Neurological Diseases
3 credits
The purpose of this course is to deliver to students a thorough surgical and medical knowledge of diseases of the nervous system that are the most useful for a general practitioner due to their prevalence, their severity, the presence of possible therapeutic resources or their didactic interest. It will outline different disease processes and diagnostic procedure for each and allow students to have hospital diagnostic and therapeutic responsibilities in decision-making procedures.
MDG560Obstetrics and Gynecology
3 credits
This course allows the student to recognize the various obstetrical and gynaecological conditions beginning with normal delivery and ending with the different surgical gynaecologic pathologies. The content of this course is as follows: normal delivery; its presentation, surveillance, complications, spontaneous abortions, vulvar and vaginal pathologies, uterine pathologies, ovarian and tubal pathologies, breast tumors, hemorrhages, infertility, hormonal problems; puberty, menstrual cycle, menopause.
MDG590Oncology
3 credits
This course is divided into two parts: The part one focuses on solid tumors. Part two is on hematologic malignancies. The first session introduces the course, followed by sessions on the carcinogenesis and principles of cancer therapy, then a detailed session on prevention and early detection. The other sessions focus on oncologic emergencies, paraneoplastic syndromes, and detailed sessions focus on the most prevalent and the most lethal cancer, as well on those that shows some exemplarity. The second part of the course describes the most common hematologic malignancies as well as those who need particular care as they are extremely dangerous.
MDG570Pathology of the Musculoskeletal System
3 credits
The purpose of this course is to enable students to acquire notions of useful bases that any general practitioner should know, to be able to make diagnoses in everyday bone and joint diseases. The course includes concepts on pediatric orthopedics, notions on degenerative and infectious diseases and finally traumatology.
MDG600Pediatrics
3 credits
The objective of this course is to provide a rapid overview of common paediatric topics. This course focuses on measuring the ability of the medical student to gather and analyze data and formulate a treatment plan. In addition, an overview of the most frequent surgical situations is analyzed.
MDG575Psychopathology
3 credits
Modern psychiatry has expanded its focus to other areas than alienation, such as anxiety in all its forms, somatoform disorders, pain, psycho-oncology, eating disorders, sexuality, etc. It is estimated that around 25% of patients seen in general practice suffer from psychiatric symptoms or disorders. It is essential that future doctors receive more training in these newly recognized diseases that represent the quarter of their professional activity. Training in conventional psychiatry, such as schizophrenia, is no longer sufficient. The purpose of this course is to learn the basics in the diagnosis and treatment of the major psychiatric disorders found in child and adult psychiatry.
MDG620Public Health and Occupational medicine
3 credits
- Introduction to the doctor-patient relationship, doctor-hospital relationship, doctor-justice
- Lebanese Code of Medical Ethics
- Introduction to the three areas of medical law: medical liability, patient rights and bioethics
- Bioethics laws currently in force
MDG525Pulmonary Pathology
3 credits
Following the acquisition of knowledge in physiology, pathophysiology and clinical symptomatology , the course of medical and surgical lung diseases, coupled with clinical training and access to records of hospitalized patients, allows students to get to know the different lung diseases in their different aspects; clinical presentation, diagnosis, assessment, differential diagnosis and therapeutic approach that any general practitioner should know. This course focuses on various lung diseases; infections, interstitial diseases, obstructive diseases, asthma, neoplasm, vascular disease, pleural disease, respiratory distress...
MDG540Specialized Anatomic Pathology
3 credits
This course will give students the tools to diagnose lesions in different organs of the human body. It will let them recognize the abnormal appearance of the tissues in a given organ when subject to a pathological process.
MDG610Systemic Diseases and Internal Medicine
3 credits    |    Pre-requisite: SMG512
This course explains the various rheumatic diseases most frequently observed in internal medicine and general medicine, and moves on to rapid diagnosis and planning a course of action both therapeutic and educational.
MDG530Urinary Tract Pathology
3 credits
This is a urology-nephrology course that enables students to study, diagnose and treat male and female urinary tract diseases, and diseases in the male reproductive system. It familiarizes students to common urological problems including urinary obstruction, urinary incontinence, infections, and tumors of the urogenital tract, etc. It also teaches students nephrological pathologies to know the diagnosis and pathophysiology of renal diseases (tubular, glomerular, and vascular), and how to differentiate between acute and chronic renal failure. It allows students to know the essential concepts of urology for future daily medical practice.
MED3 & MED4
MDG645Clinical Reasoning and Risk Management
3 credits
This course describes and elaborates on the process of reasoning facing a clinical situation, dealing with the best use of the knowledge gained by students through the learning process, considering, above all, the safety of the patient, the team and, finally, themselves. The course will be divided into 3 parts: (1) the reasoning process, (2) risk management, (3) ethical problems, with clinical examples concerning in particular organ transplantation.
SMG514Hospital Training IV
3 credits    |    Pre-requisite: SMG513
During the internship, the students must be able to recall all their knowledge in semiology and pathology in order to gain skills to question the patient and the family regarding the patient's medical history, perform a complete and thorough clinical examination, write a good medical observation based on the collection of data and the clinical examination, develop diagnostic hypotheses and discuss them with the residents and the attending physicians, elaborate a tailored plan of investigations based on a clear structure, and respect ethics and deontology.
SMG519Hospital Training IX
3 credits    |    Pre-requisite: SMG517
During the internship, the students must be able to recall all their knowledge in semiology and pathology in order to gain skills to question the patient and the family regarding the patient's medical history, perform a complete and thorough clinical examination, write a good medical observation based on the collection of data and the clinical examination, develop diagnostic hypotheses and discuss them with the residents and the attending physicians, elaborate a tailored plan of investigations based on a clear structure, and respect ethics and deontology.
SMG515Hospital Training V
3 credits    |    Pre-requisite: SMG514
During the internship, the students must be able to recall all their knowledge in semiology and pathology in order to gain skills to question the patient and the family regarding the patient's medical history, perform a complete and thorough clinical examination, write a good medical observation based on the collection of data and the clinical examination, develop diagnostic hypotheses and discuss them with the residents and the attending physicians, elaborate a tailored plan of investigations based on a clear structure, and respect ethics and deontology.
SMG516Hospital Training VI
3 credits    |    Pre-requisite: SMG515
During the internship, the students must be able to recall all their knowledge in semiology and pathology in order to gain skills to question the patient and the family regarding the patient's medical history, perform a complete and thorough clinical examination, write a good medical observation based on the collection of data and the clinical examination, develop diagnostic hypotheses and discuss them with the residents and the attending physicians, elaborate a tailored plan of investigations based on a clear structure, and respect ethics and deontology.
SMG517Hospital Training VII
3 credits    |    Pre-requisite: SMG516
During the internship, the students must be able to recall all their knowledge in semiology and pathology in order to gain skills to question the patient and the family regarding the patient's medical history, perform a complete and thorough clinical examination, write a good medical observation based on the collection of data and the clinical examination, develop diagnostic hypotheses and discuss them with the residents and the attending physicians, elaborate a tailored plan of investigations based on a clear structure, and respect ethics and deontology.
SMG518Hospital Training VIII
3 credits    |    Pre-requisite: SMG516
During the internship, the students must be able to recall all their knowledge in semiology and pathology in order to gain skills to question the patient and the family regarding the patient's medical history, perform a complete and thorough clinical examination, write a good medical observation based on the collection of data and the clinical examination, develop diagnostic hypotheses and discuss them with the residents and the attending physicians, elaborate a tailored plan of investigations based on a clear structure, and respect ethics and deontology.
SMG520Hospital Training X
3 credits
During the internship, the students must be able to recall all their knowledge in semiology and pathology in order to gain skills to question the patient and the family regarding the patient's medical history, perform a complete and thorough clinical examination, write a good medical observation based on the collection of data and the clinical examination, develop diagnostic hypotheses and discuss them with the residents and the attending physicians, elaborate a tailored plan of investigations based on a clear structure, and respect ethics and deontology.
MDG640Medical and Surgical Critical Care
3 credits    |    Pre-requisite: SMG513
The aim of the course is to prepare future generalists for airway techniques, CPR techniques, analgesic techniques and other critical care and anesthesia skills to use on their patients in critical situations.
MDG635Medical and Surgical Therapeutics Seminars I
3 credits    |    Pre-requisite: SMG513
The two-part course offers a broad spectrum of pathologies (the more frequent in daily practice of a general practitioner) in medical and surgical areas, and helps the students to assess frequent and urgent situations in matters of diagnosis and therapeutics.
MDG650Medical and Surgical Therapeutics Seminars II
3 credits    |    Pre-requisite: SMG513
The course is divided into two parts: a broad spectrum of pathologies (the more frequent in daily practice of a general practitioner) in medical and surgical areas, and assessing frequent and urgent situations in matters of diagnosis and therapeutics.
TMG697AThesis of Medicine
9 credits    |    Pre-requisite: SMG517
The medical students are asked for a thesis which is intended to deliver basic principles that form the foundation for scientific investigation and prepare students with the fundamentals for research development. They will use, under the supervision of their tutors, a clinical research method, and research the literature and public information in support of their work, to provide a written document to be discussed in front of a jury.

Mission

The mission of the Doctorate of Medicine program is to improve the well-being of the Lebanese community by training the current and future generations of general practitioners by providing them high-level knowledge in basic sciences, world-class medical skills, and high ethical standards. The program prepares graduates for different specializations in medicine, who are driven by undebatable sense of service and who strive to continuously improve their capabilities through continuous education and research.

Program Educational Objectives

Physicians graduated from the School of Medicine and Medical Sciences at USEK will demonstrate:

A. Expertise in the medical field and profession
A.1. Physicians graduated from the School of Medicine and Medical Sciences at USEK will demonstrate knowledge in the principles of biomedical sciences, psychology, social sciences, public health, epidemiology, healthcare systems, basic healthcare economics, medical research, technology, and ethics.
A.2. Physicians graduated from the School of Medicine and Medical Sciences at USEK will demonstrate knowledge of established and emerging principles of clinical sciences.
A.3. Physicians graduated from the School of Medicine and Medical Sciences at USEK will demonstrate ability to gather essential and accurate information about patients and their conditions through history-taking, physical examination, mental state examination, laboratory data, imaging and other medical tests.
A.4. Physicians graduated from the School of Medicine and Medical Sciences at USEK will demonstrate clinical reasoning and critical thinking skills such as problem formulation, development of diagnostic hypotheses, formulating a course of action and the development of a monitoring plan.
A.5. Physicians graduated from the School of Medicine and Medical Sciences at USEK will demonstrate clinical reasoning skills to diagnostic and therapeutic decision-making, clinical problem-solving, and other aspects of evidence-based health care.
A.6. Physicians graduated from the School of Medicine and Medical Sciences at USEK will demonstrate ability to perform all medical and surgical procedures considered essential for the area of practice.
A.7. Physicians graduated from the School of Medicine and Medical Sciences at USEK will demonstrate knowledge in skills and procedures of diverse medicine specializations.
A.8. Physicians graduated from the School of Medicine and Medical Sciences at USEK will demonstrate skills to organize and prioritize responsibilities to provide care that is safe, effective, and efficient.

B - Communication skills
B.1. Physicians graduated from the School of Medicine and Medical Sciences at USEK will demonstrate communication skills that result in effective exchange of information and collaboration with patients and their families.
B.2. Physicians graduated from the School of Medicine and Medical Sciences at USEK will demonstrate communication skills that result in effective exchange of information and collaboration with other health professionals.
B.3. Physicians graduated from the School of Medicine and Medical Sciences at USEK will demonstrate ability to produce written documentation of clinical activities.

C - Collaboration skills
C.1. Physicians graduated from the School of Medicine and Medical Sciences at USEK will demonstrate ability to work within a multidisciplinary team in a responsive and responsible manner to provide patient -and population- centered care that is safe, timely, efficient, effective, and equitable.
C.2. Physicians graduated from the School of Medicine and Medical Sciences at USEK will demonstrate ability to work with the authorities especially in national emergency situations.

D - Health promotion activities
D.1. Physicians graduated from the School of Medicine and Medical Sciences at USEK will demonstrate ability to call effectively on other resources in the health care system to provide optimal health care.
D.2. Physicians graduated from the School of Medicine and Medical Sciences at USEK will demonstrate ability to promote public health.
D.3. Physicians graduated from the School of Medicine and Medical Sciences at USEK will demonstrate ability to meet the needs of the Lebanese society.
D.4. Physicians graduated from the School of Medicine and Medical Sciences at USEK will demonstrate awareness of the concept of public health and responsiveness to emerging situations at national, regional and global levels.

E - Lifetime educational commitment
E.1. Physicians graduated from the School of Medicine and Medical Sciences at USEK will demonstrate qualities required to sustain lifelong personal and professional growth.
E.2. Physicians graduated from the School of Medicine and Medical Sciences at USEK will demonstrate ability to search for and use publications and international literature to improve their performances.

F - Management skills
F.1. Physicians graduated from the School of Medicine and Medical Sciences at USEK will demonstrate ability to manage their practice.
F.2. Physicians graduated from the School of Medicine and Medical Sciences at USEK will demonstrate awareness of stress management.
F.3. Physicians graduated from the School of Medicine and Medical Sciences at USEK will demonstrate qualities required to organize the work within a team.

G - Ethics
G.1. Physicians graduated from the School of Medicine and Medical Sciences at USEK will demonstrate commitment to the values of USEK and the code of conducts of the School of Medicine and Medical Sciences.
G.2. Physicians graduated from the School of Medicine and Medical Sciences at USEK will demonstrate commitment to the moral, ethical, and professional principles as laid out in the Physician’s Pledge.
G.3. Physicians graduated from the School of Medicine and Medical Sciences at USEK will demonstrate commitment to the Lebanese Medical Ethics Law, and the Lebanese Act on the Rights of Patients and Informed Consent.

H - Adequate preparation for future careers
H.1. Physicians graduated from the School of Medicine and Medical Sciences at USEK will demonstrate ability to take national and international exams and apply to residency programs.
H.2. Physicians graduated from the School of Medicine and Medical Sciences at USEK will demonstrate ability to pursue a professional career in health care system administration, research and medical education.
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