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BMC Health Services Research

, 10:167

First Online: 16 June 2010Received: 31 December 2009Accepted: 16 June 2010DOI: 10.1186-1472-6963-10-167

Cite this article as: Badr, K.F. & Akl, E.A. BMC Health Serv Res 2010 10: 167. doi:10.1186-1472-6963-10-167


BackgroundLebanon suffers from a large scale emigration of physicians coupled with an oversaturation of the physician job market. Lebanon is currently witnessing an expansion of its medical education capacity with the establishment of new private medical schools, raising the fears of a worsening market oversaturation.

DiscussionThe neighboring Arabian Gulf countries are suffering from a serious shortage of clinicians and academicians. In spite of their enormous investments in educational, clinical and research collaborative initiatives with some of the most renowned North American medical schools and institutions, their ability to recruit and retain highly qualified clinicians and academicians remains a major challenge. Lebanese universities have the opportunity to establish triangular collaborations with the Gulf regional medical centers and their North American partners. They could achieve this goal by tapping into the globalized and high quality Lebanese physician workforce and consequently regionalize healthcare delivery in the Middle East.

SummaryBy recruiting its globalized and high quality physician workforce to establish collaborations with the Gulf regional, Lebanon could become a regional -academic hub-.

AbbreviationsACGMEAccreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education

IMGsInternational medical graduates

LCMELiaison Committee on Medical Education

LMGsLebanese medical graduates

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Autor: Kamal F Badr - Elie A Akl


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