Combined Internal Medicine/Pediatrics, First-Year Resident
I was born in Iraq, from a small village named Tel-kef. We moved to the United States when I was 5 years old, and, for the past 17 years, my family and I have been living in Grand Blanc, Mich.
For medical school, I went to University of Medicine and Health Sciences, St. Kitts.
What brought you to the U.S. and to Michigan?
We moved to the US when I was 5 years old and went to California. We stayed in San Diego for a few years, then in 2000, my parents bought a local business in Michigan, so we moved to Grand Blanc. We have been living here since then.
Why did you choose your specialty?
At the beginning of my medical school career, my vision was to become a pediatrician. But as I expanded my medical education, especially during my clinical rotations as a medical student, I realized that not only do I love pediatrics but I also love internal medicine. Meds/Peds is an uncommon residency program, one that I did not even know existed until I was looking for elective rotations to do for my 4th year of medical school. With combined internal medicine and pediatrics, one can practice as a primary-care physician, treating all ages. Or one can pursue a fellowship in either pediatrics or internal medicine. The road of opportunities in med/peds is endless, and that’s one of the particular reasons why I love this field.
When you’re not working, what do you do for fun?
I am huge sports fanatic, especially a Detroit Lions fan. One of the hardest aspects of residency so far is having to miss some Lions games on Sundays (but it’s okay, it’s well worth it). I’m also the goalie for our Hurley Soccer team (go team blue!). I’m an okay goalie =)
What do you love most about Hurley?
When I rotated here as a medical student, I fell in love with the people, especially the residents. This truly has a family-friendly atmosphere. All the residents are so friendly and caring. You will never feel alone during your residency. This is also a great teaching hospital, with plenty of opportunities to learn.
What inspires you?
I want to be the best doctor I can possibly be. I self-motivate myself to work hard so that I can be the best that I can be.
What do you miss most about home?
Luckily, this is home for me.
What are your favorite ways to keep your work-life balance manageable?
I always try to work out, no matter how busy my work schedule is. I try to aim for 4-5x/week. However, even during my busy rotations, I still aim to get 3 workouts per week. Having some relaxing time is also very important, which usually includes watching a movie or playing PlayStation.