Internal Medicine, Second-Year Resident
I graduated from the University of Baghdad-School of Medicine in 2009. I served for one year in my country; then I had the chance to go to Jordan, where I worked as a general practitioner for 2 years before I had the chance to come to the United States.
What brought you to Michigan?
In 2013 I had the chance to move the US with my wife and son. I stayed in San Antonio, Texas, for 2 years, where I completed my degree certification. I worked for 2 years there as a medical assistant until I matched to Hurley medical Center. Then I moved to Flint, Mich.
Why did you choose your specialty?
I love internal medicine. Most of what I did pre- and post-graduation was related to internal medicine. I like to be the primary caregiver, and also I like the multiple different options for fellowships in internal medicine.
I love when I feel that my parents are proud of me and what I have been through, with doing what I am doing. I hope I can pay them back part of the sweat and tears for raising me up. Also It would be very hard to be in this position for me without the love and the support from my wife (Reem) and son (Zaid) who is now 6 years old. I love my family and I am proud of them.
When you’re not working, what do you do for fun?
I like going out with the family, watching sports with my son, socializing with neighbors and friends.
What do love about Hurley?
People around me are nice and supportive, from the program director, attending staff, program coordinators, fellow residents and all other staff in the hospital.
What was your toughest challenge in achieving your goals – and how did you overcome it?
It was a long journey between three countries until I established myself here. It was not easy being away from the rest of the family.
What do you miss most about home?
What are you grateful for?
I will be grateful to Hurley for the rest of my future life because it gave me the opportunity to achieve my goals and dreams.