SGUB-FM is committed to offer its students a modern medical education with a curriculum that upholds the highest standards of knowledge, skills and attitudes. The anticipated graduates will thus practice medicine to the benefit of people in the close community and the world and aspire to become leaders of innovation and development in their fields.
The Faculty of Medicine recognizes that its graduates are the next generation of clinicians, researchers, innovators and medical educators. The degree of Medical Doctor attests to the personal capability of its holder to practice different aspects of medicine. It certifies a high level of knowledge, a professional ability to care for patients under normal and special circumstances, and a personal ethical and behavioral integrity in clinical, societal, and research settings.
With this perspective, admission to SGUB-FM follows a process where applicants’ dossiers are reviewed holistically to combine their academic achievements with their personal attributes and experiences. Academic records, including GPA, MCAT, and core courses in science are paramount in the selection of candidates, but scientific knowledge alone is not sufficient for a career in medicine. Candidates’ interviews and extracurricular activities contribute significantly to the evaluation process. Personal attributes include, but are not limited to, empathy, motivation, communication and interpersonal skills, scientific curiosity, integrity, and problem-solving ability.
Admission to SGUB-FM is open to applicants without regard to religion, nationality, gender, race, ethnic origins, or personal beliefs. The Faculty of Medicine provides a student-centered environment that fosters the optimization of academic performance, personal development and mental well-being, by engaging students in the processes of curriculum evaluation and encouraging extra-curricular activities.
Applications may be submitted as hard copies or online directly to the SGUB-FM Admissions and must be received no later than January 15th for early admissions and March 31st for regular admissions of each year. Applications should include the letters of recommendation, a personal statement by the applicant and transcripts of record from the candidate’s university, MCAT scores for each attempt including the dates. The last MCAT attempt to be considered must be taken before January 31st for early applicants and before April 30th for regular applicants of the year of application. Incomplete applications by the deadline will not be considered. A non-refundable application fee of $50 for all applicants from outside Lebanon or 1,600,000 LBP currency for applicants from Lebanon must be submitted for the application review process.
This section will guide you through the required documents and process of applying to SGUB-FM
1. Documents: Certified copy of your Bachelor’s degree or Diploma (or equivalence from the Lebanese Ministry of Education and Higher Education)
2. Interviews: based on the data extracted from the above documents, an applicant will be considered for interviewing. The interview process consists of multiple mini interviews, a total of eight six-minute interviews that are run in a circuit with a one-minute break between stations, each station covering a specific topic. In addition, each candidate undergoes a longer (~30 minutes) personal interview whereby they elaborate on personal experience(s) in relation to their interest in medicine in general and SGUB-FM in particular.
Admission into SGUB-FM is based on the final score generated by combining the weighted scores assigned to each of the above listed components.
Please note that incomplete applications will not be considered.
Information regarding the MCAT and the procedure for reporting scores to SGUB-FM may be obtained from the SGUB Admissions Office or by directly contacting:
P.O. Box 4056
Iowa City, IA 52243-4056
All applicants must have these prerequisite courses completed by June 15th of the planned matriculation year: