It's fairly simple, really. I grew up in a culture where one of 4 different fields was generally favored: Engineering, Dentistry, Pharmacy, and Medicine. Back in Egypt, one of these careers allowed one both job security and professional respect. Because my parents are Egyptian immigrants, I was influenced to possibly consider one of these 4 fields from a very young age. I found in primary and secondary school that I had a natural affinity for the biosciences as opposed to mathematics, thus considered one of the 3 health fields as above. The more I progressed in my undergraduate rotation, shadowed, learned about the careers, the more I felt that medicine was more appropriate for me. I see things very holistically and really enjoyed the possibility to incorporate the biosciences, social sciences, psychology and spirituality, and teaching as a means to provide healing. I was attracted to the several avenues and opportunities one can take with Medicine as well. The more I have progressed through medical training, the more I have been persistently validated that this is the right field for me.
I was inspired by my own pediatrician while I was growing up, to become a doctor. I loved science growing up, I would read a medical atlas for fun and I love the ability to have learned so much and being able to provide care or reassurance in times of illness, comfort and compassion in times of vulnerability to families. I loved my time at the University of Minnesota, the support I got from the Minority Affairs and Diversity Office, the friends I made who have become life friends, the mentors that have provided career guidance along the way.
I pursued a career in medicine because of my love of science and my desire to help people. Medicine is a lifelong learning process and is also a bit like being a detective. The patient tells you their complaints and through the interview process and labs/imaging/consultants, you arrive at a diagnosis. Sometimes you are right and sometimes you need to do a bit more detective work. I enjoy being able to learn, diagnose and treat patients and help them during their time in the hospital.
[Medicine] is the perfect blend of dynamic problem solving, empathy, teamwork, and applied science. My training at the University of Minnesota (medical school & residency) has been fantastic. So much, in fact, that I continue to brave Minnesota winters even though each year for the last nine years I've promised myself it will be my last.
My community and family have given me so much and medicine is one way for me to give back. The moments I have seen people lift their lives up from me just listening or advocating will always be priceless.
I am an Internal Medicine & Pediatrics Academic Hospitalist who loves working with both children and adults. Every day I work I look forward to the challenges and joys of working with a wide variety of patients, staff, and learners.
Pediatric neurology had the perfect combination of working with the pediatric population and their families as well as the cognitive challenges of neurology. I also had an excellent mentor in this field that was very supportive and represented the type of physician that I wanted to be.
I am thankful for the excellent training that I received at the University of Minnesota Medical School. It has prepared me to practice primary care pediatrics in a community that looks like and feels like the one I came from. It is my honor to help address issues of health equity and health disparities in my daily work.
I feel that my specialty chose me rather than I chose my specialty. I had a desire in medicine to treat patients with the goal of improving community health. I eventually committed to earning an Executive Masters in Health Administration...My goal is to improve the general health of the community through healthcare policies and change.