Turning The Tables – LeMSIC Lebanon

Name of the activity: Turning The Tables

Country/NMO: LeMSIC Lebanon

Program: Ethics and Human Rights in Health

Contact information: contact [email protected] to get in touch with the Activity Coordinator

Type of the activity: Replicating Activity

Category: Capacity Building

Focus area: Medical Ethics (Patient Centered Care, Good Medical Practice, direct doctor-patient relationship)

Sustainable Development Goals addressed: SDG 3 (Good Health and Well-Being), SDG 4 (Quality Education)

Problem statement:

The annual death rate for healthcare workers from occupational events is 17 to 57 per 1 million workers globally, and the case in Lebanon is no exception, if not more severe. Nevertheless, there’s a great need to improve doctors’ access to health care by reducing the barriers they experience. Raising awareness about such issues is then a must for doctors to know that putting themselves prior to their patients is the best they can do to ensure quality healthcare.

Target groups:

  • Medical students


  • General population
  • Medical students
  • Healthcare Students
  • Doctors
  • Other health professionals
  • People with disabilities


– Build the emotional intelligence of at least 30 medical students through learning about empathy from the experiences of other doctors by mid-March.

– Allow at least 30 medical students to understand that doctors and healthcare professionals are prone to getting sick too by mid-March.

– Build the clinical reasoning capacity of at least 30 medical students by mid-March.

– Have at least 30 medical students hear the other side of the story where the doctor will be the highlight of the session but as a patient.

Indicators of Success:

– At least 50% of attending students learn through case based learning methods.

– All of the participants understand the importance of communication when approaching a medical case.

– Both speakers talk openly about their experiences as doctors who are patients too.

– At least 50% of participants speak comfortably and openly with the doctors.

– At least 80% of participants fill the feedback  forms


  1. Send a call for OC containing:

Public Relations Team, Design Team, Evaluation Team, Support persons team

  1. Host the first online session on March 2, 2022 in which Dr. Wael Salameh will talk about his experience as a psychiatrist who has suffered from diabetes, depression, and was misdiagnosed with colon cancer and how it affected his view towards the medical system and his patients.
  2. Host the second online session on March 4, 2022 in which Dr. Rola Nakhal will talk about her experience as an OBGYN doctor who has suffered from a ruptured disk during her first pregnancy in a case-based learning interactive session, and finalise it with the emotions that followed her as a patient and not a doctor in such a situation.
  3. Draft the evaluation report with the help of the VPCB evaluation assistant through the analysis of data collected from the feedback forms. Share this report with the speakers and on the LeMSIC server for transparency.

Plans for evaluation:

Our evaluation was based on both qualitative and quantitative tools: 

– Quantitative evaluation was done by comparing our outcomes with indicators of success.

– Qualitative evaluation was done by sending feedback forms to the  participants and the speakers after the end of the sessions in order to assess the overall impact of these sessions.

External collaborations:

Dr Wael Salameh, Psychiatrist, hosted during the first session

Dr Rola Nakhal, Gynaecologist, hosted during the second session

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