The Faculty of Medicine celebrated the launch of the 18th batch of specialized doctors who successfully completed their clinical training in the various medical specialties at several university and educational hospitals after two years of precautionary measures that the university imposed due to the Corona pandemic where the graduation of specialized doctors was live streamed through social media, allowing the graduates’ families to watch it.
Dr. Ammar Houri, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Bir wal Ihsan, and members of the board, Prof. Amr Galal El Adawi, President of the University and representatives of the participating hospitals, faculty deans and academic staff of the Faculty of Medicine and families of the graduates attended the ceremony.
The batch included 30 doctors in Pulmonary, Nephrology, Hematooncology, Infectious Diseases, Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Anesthesia and Reanimation, General Surgery, Vascular surgery, Emergency medicine, Orthopedics surgery, Urology, General Surgery, , Otorhinolaryngology surgery.
After the Lebanese national anthem and the university anthem, a documentary film about the faculty was shown, then Dr. Bilal Azakir, master of the ceremony, delivered a speech, “On this special day, we congratulate the graduate doctors and thank them with the entire medical body during the Corona health crisis that exhausted the whole world. They were not only doctors in the specialization stage, but they were an essential and important part of facing this pandemic.”
The graduate Dr. Raya Fayyad delivered the graduates speech, "I stand before you to speak on my behalf and on behalf of my fellow graduates to express a feeling that we have been waiting for a long time. How can we combine all of the above into one feeling that fills our hearts with mixed feelings of joy, fun, fear, dread, appreciation and pride? And add to it the agony of farewell, the day has come when we will turn one of the bright pages of life, a page that was full of diligence and perseverance, and hardwork was always a companion.
Prof. Mahmoud Mahfouz, the Dean of Faculty of Medicine, congratulated the graduates in his speech pointing out that “you have assumed responsibility for health care in one of the most accurate and critical periods, as health challenges continued in the country starting from Beirut Port explosion, the Corona pandemic, and the economic crisis that directly and indirectly affected the medical service from staff immigration, the lack of medicine, medical supplies, and others. You were, as usual, worthy of responsibility, and you were the stars amidst the darkness of disease, epidemic and suffering.”
Mahfouz continued, "May you wear your white coat with all dignity and pride, you were leaders in the most difficult moments. You were and are still owners of honor and honesty in preserving the secrets of patients. You were and are still are owners of pure hearts that evoke the destiny and miraculousness of God in his creation at every moment."
Then, Prof. Amr Galal El Adawi, President of the university, spoke, “God has blessed us with health and an immune system to preserve our health. Health is important for all members of society because it reflects on the growth and development of society, hence the role of the doctor to preserve human health and avoid epidemics. Today we celebrate the graduation of a constellation of specialized doctors who met many challenges during the previous period of the pandemic that the world passed through. I am proud of you as doctors of Beirut Arab University and I follow you through the participating hospitals. You were the champions of the past period so I felt what you suffered for the sake of humanity in order to relieve pain and treat people, despite all the difficulties that Lebanon is going through. You were up to the challenge and lifted the suffering of people infected with Corona.”
El-Adawi pointed out, "Beirut Arab University is steadfast despite the many difficulties that affect all institutions. We are going through huge financial and economic difficulties, and we have no resources other than the educational fees. We hope that the parents will understand the university's conditions regarding the fees, and we hope that this stage shall end quickly and things will return to their previous times."
El-Adawi concluded his speech by saying, “There is hope in Lebanon’s youth, so persevere in light of these unprecedented challenges that the country is going through. We must adapt to crises and not let things collapse. Your country needs you. Be patient. Be confident in citizenship until we overcome difficulties so that Lebanon can return as it was before.”
The ceremony concluded with the distribution of certificates to the graduates and taking the graduation oath.