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Changes from unidirectional and didactic methods of teaching could steer us towards stimulation and integration of critical thinking in medical students, which could lead to student engagement. Integration of up to date facts through simulation of real life scenarios, through problem based learning, team-based learning and group discussions will put them at higher levels of competencies. Great interest in research in this field is developing at Beirut Arab University.

Research at the basic medical department was done, investigating an innovative method of teaching, applied on third year medical students.

There is an intention in doing further research involving medical education. Integrating Objective Structured Clinical Evaluation (OSCE) from the first year of medical school is going to be applied soon. Therefore, the effect of this integration of OSCE as early on will be evaluated in order to assess if it will have a positive effect on education.

An important quote said long time ago by Abraham Flexner in the year 1914 is “Medical education is not just a program for building knowledge and skills in its recipients... it is also an experience which creates attitudes and expectations”. Another well said quote by Ezekiel Emanuel is “Medical school education and postgraduate education emphasize thoroughness.” These quotes among many others show the importance of medical education and doing research in this field.