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, LRCPI, and S.I. (Licentiate of the Royal College of Physicians and Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland). After graduating, I 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 benefited from first-class and comprehensive training there. I was in a class of two hundred international students from over fifty countries, leaving me with a network of friends and colleagues in many different countries.
During my internship, I worked with many specialists on my rotations in Surgery at the King Faisal Specialist Hospital in Jeddah. Because my father is a cardiac patient, I adopted Cardiology as my specialization early on. I could not be more enthused about preventive medicine, especially for the heart; simple lifestyle and dietary adjustments can prevent a range of chronic and deadly diseases.
I became a physician because I wanted to make a beneficial difference in the world, especially in my country. I cannot think of an excellent way to do so than to become a specialist cardiologist and educate patients, families, and the Saudi population to adopt healthy diets and lifestyles and reduce or prevent the effects of cardiac and other common ‘lifestyle’ diseases. This is not only a matter of personal well-being but creates other essential benefits, such as the opportunities to re-direct valuable healthcare provisions to those who have not been the authors of their medical misfortunes. I have already participated in a campaign to reduce smoking and have co-authored a paper on smoking cessation and subsequent depression in respiratory patients. I hope to do much more in the future.
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 father’s life and that of so many others. I have visited France many times and am passionate about the country and its people, with essential fluency in the language.
The four-year duration of the medical school program indicates the breadth and depth of the curriculum, which, I am sure, will provide me with a solid foundation upon which to continue to advance in Cardiology. I can also look forward to being exposed to an increased number and variety of cardiac patients and treatment options available. I am particularly interested in the work undertaken at Hsopital Rangel in Toulouse, the central university hospital with a specialist pediatric cardiology unit.
I aim to become a highly skilled, knowledgeable, and caring specialist and take 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 with such rapid innovation in surgical techniques, therapeutic equipment, and pharmacy. I hope to play my part in this quest for improvement in outcomes. I also hope to play a significant role in improving outcomes and prevention through health education.
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