Obstetrics & Gynecology, Graduating Class of 2022
Where are you from originally?
Where did you complete your medical school training?
When did you come to the U.S. - and Michigan - and why?
I came to the US for the first time in 2014. Me and my husband came for the purpose of studying and research. I worked as a research associate in Ob/Gyn department, University of Texas medical branch in Galveston, Texas. In the meantime, I was also working on my master's degree in medical pharmacology, and my graduation project was concerned with the use of nano pharmacology in treating pregnant women with chronic medical conditions in a trial to limit fetal harm from maternal medicine use.
Why did you choose your specialty?
Ob/Gyn is the only field of medicine where you can witness a female patient entering the operation room for a happy reason - and that is to deliver her baby!
I am also passionate about building long-term relationships with my patients. If you earn a female patient's trust, she will be your devoted patient throughout her life.
I am married to my wonderful husband, Samir. He has supported me all along the road and continues to do so. We are happily married for over 6 years now and we have a sweet son, Malek.
When you're not working, what do you do for fun?
I am a person who enjoys spending time with family and friends. After becoming a mom, my free time now is mostly focused on how to make my son happy either by outdoor activities or just playing some games at home with him. I also love cooking and having friends over at my place! Being creative in the kitchen is my passion, and I can now cook many Egyptian, Indian and Mexican recipes!
What inspires you?
Many things inspire me in life. I believe that the most important one is the inner drive to succeed and improve. I am also inspired by my dear husband and parents. They always make me feel great and encourage me to keep going. I strongly believe that a human being is full of potential energy that can be converted to kinetic energy anytime he or she wants to, and that is enhanced by hearing supportive words from our loved ones!
I love reading books about zoology especially about the African wildlife. The beauty of the African nature has captured my heart and soul ever since I was 6 years old. Me and my family have spent over 7 years in Namibia, the Jewel of Africa, as my dad, Dr. Mahmoud Eltawil, worked as a doctor, treating the Namibian people in underserved areas. In my dad's free time, we would go to the Etosha national game park and enjoyed camping there among the fascinating wildlife.
Climbing up the hill may be tough, but the view from the top is totally worth it!
This quote sums up my journey through medical school and the USMLE. There were nights where I cried and felt low, but the feeling of success on Match day has wiped away all the sorrow and hardship I have been through. I even recorded my reaction that day and whenever I want to smile, I just play that video!