I am a 27 year old medical doctor who graduated from the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland in 2016 with the degree of Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery and Bachelor in the Art of Obstetrics and historical LRCPI and S.I. (Licentiate of the Royal College of Physicians and Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland). Having graduated, completed my internship in Jeddah at the King Abdulaziz University Hospital.
Irish medical training has an excellent and well-earned international reputation and I feel grateful to have been the beneficiary of first class and comprehensive training there. I was in a class of 200 international students from over 50 countries and so have a network of friends and colleagues in many different countries.
During my internship, I was given the opportunity to work with many specialists and to undertake many rotations. These included a rotation in Cardiology and Cardiac Surgery and one at the King Faisal specialist hospital in Jeddah. Because my father is a cardiac patient, naturally I took a special interest in Cardiology and became increasingly aware of the sorry fact that cardiac disease is so prevalent internationally, not least here in my home country. I also became aware of how easily preventable much cardiac disease is along with associated diseases such as diabetes and atherosclerosis by fairly simple dietary and life-style adjustments.
Which are the needs in his/her hospital and/or in Saudi Arabia regarding this specialty?
I became a physician because I wanted to make a beneficial difference in the world and especially in my own country and I can think of no greater way to do so than by becoming a specialist cardiologist and in taking a part in educating patients, families and the Saudi population in general to adopt healthy diets and lifestyles and so reduce or prevent the effects of cardiac and other common ‘life-style’ diseases. This is not only a matter of personal well-being but creates other important benefits such as the opportunities to re-direct valuable healthcare provision to those who have not been the authors of their own medical misfortunes. I have already taken part in a campaign to reduce smoking and have co-authored a paper on cessation of smoking and subsequent depression in respiratory patients and hope to do much more in the future.
I am particularly in studying Cardiology in France because of that country’s exceptional history of innovation and expertise in the specialty. It was a French Cardiologist, Jacques Puel, who first implanted a stent and it was this procedure that saved my own father’s life and that of so many others. I have visited France on many occasions and have a great affection for the country and its people.
I have a basic fluency in the language and see no difficulty in deepening my skill to attain total fluency in a short time. It may be relevant to mention that I completed the one year English and Science course in Ireland, prior to taking up my undergraduate studies, within six months.
From my own research, I am aware that the programme is very intensive and comprehensive and clinically based. The four year duration of the programme is an indication of the breadth and depth of the curriculum, which, I am sure, will provide me with the high level of skills and knowledge that I seek to acquire of the specialty. I can also look forward to being exposed to a high number and large variety of cardiac patients and of the treatment options available and selected to treat them. I am particularly interested in the work undertaken at L’Hopital Rangeuil in Toulouse which is the central university hospital and has a specialist paediatric cardiology unit.
My goal is to become a highly skilled, knowledgeable and caring specialist and to take up a consultancy and teaching post in Saudi Arabia. I hope to pass on my skills, knowledge and passion to a new generation of specialists. I am excited at the prospect of joining a specialty in which so many innovations in surgical techniques, therapeutic equipment and pharmacy are being made and I hope to undertake research to enable me to play my part in this quest for improvement in outcomes. I also hope to play a significant part in improving outcomes and in prevention through health education.