Pediatrics, second-year resident
Medical school: Cairo University, Cairo, Egypt
Why did you come to the U.S. – and to Michigan?
After I graduated from Cairo University, I joined a pediatric residency for a brief time before I matched in a pediatric residency program in Qatar, which was affiliated to Will Cornell-Qatar campus. Afterward, I applied to pediatric residency programs in the States, and here I am. I arrived right before I started my residency, after I matched at Hurley. Michigan is known for its beautiful nature and fun lakes.
Why did you choose your specialty?
I (knew I) was meant to enter pediatrics since I was a medical student. It’s that pure world that you forget all your worries in. It’s just worth it for me to work day and night if it is for the wellbeing of children. Also it is so joyful to make them smile and feel better.
I am married to Ahmed, who is a medical resident in Rhode Island. We have 2 kids: Omar is a 3-year-old boy, and Tala (a girl) is 18 months old. They are the most funny kids ever. My husband is trying to come over every now and then, and he likes to drive us to visit cool places in Michigan. Our best outing is when we went to Michigan’s Adventure amusement park.
When you’re not working, what do you do for fun?
When I am not working I play with my kids and I take them out. They like going to splash parks in the summer. In winter they prefer to go play with inflatables. I personally also enjoy shopping. We have couple of outlet factory malls in the area that I like to hang out in.
What inspires you?
I am inspired by the resilience of Flint kids. They are suffering from a lot of health and social issues. I like how our clinic is accommodating that large number of patients and providing them with unique services. And the most important thing is that we, as residents, are a part of that.
What was your toughest challenge in achieving your goals - and how did you overcome it?
The toughest challenge is being away from home and taking care of 2 kids while being a full-time pediatric resident, especially in that my husband lives far away. I did overcome it by focusing on my goals. My husband is doing his best to support me. My friends and colleagues in my residency program never made me feel alone. And the most important person who is helping me overcome this period is my mother “Hala,” who is supporting me a lot physically and emotionally.
What do you miss most about home - and how do you keep in touch with family and friends there?
I miss my Family and friends back home. I keep on touch with them through Facebook Messenger or Skype. I also have WhatsApp groups with my friends where we communicate.
- Book: Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
- Movie: Up
- Coffee shop: Tim Horton’s. I like their Vanilla Latte and iced capp.
- Restaurant: Texas Roadhouse - they have a really good steak.