Changing Lives one
Experience at a time
Traveling abroad in the search of better opportunities has its glamour and excitement, but can be painful at times with many untold hardships. In these episodes we explore the life experiences of those who traveled to learn more about the difficulties they faced and the price they had to pay to get where they are today.
Omar Zakaria is a diagnostic radiologist working in private practice in the US. He finished his residency in Egypt and traveled to pursue his career passion in the US and on his journey met his wife who lived with her family in Houston,TX. Omar shares how his thought process has changed after the Egypt revolution and the many challenges he faced during his training years and how he dealt with burnout and work fatigue.
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Mohamed Ali is an Assistant professor of Anesthesia at the University of Texas. He traveled to the US after finishing an anesthesia residency in Cairo University and as he described it in the interview was “clueless” about how anything worked in the US medical system. He moved to the US with his wife and 2 kids and faced many challenges along the way. In this interview Mohamed talks about how he and his wife integrated with the American community without losing their connection with family and friends back home or losing their Arab or Islamic identity , and how their thoughts have changed over the years.
Doaa Hamed obtained two Master’s Degrees, one from Harvard Kennedy School and the other from the University of London. In her episode this friday learn how Doaa managed to change her perspective about her potentials and abilities, from being apprehensive about traveling to another city in Egypt for her takleef, to applying for scholarships to study in Harvard Kennedy School and at the University of London, and travel the world in search of better education. Learn also how she has used her time in Egypt wisely to make a difference in her institution and to become a more attractive applicant for international scholarships and university admissions in the US and the UK.
Hythem Nawaytou is a pediatric cardiologist living in San Fransisco and working at UCSF. He started his pediatric career in Cairo university and after he finished his residency in the US went back to Egypt for a year to try to change things in Abou El Reesh hospital. He finished several fellowships in pediatric cardiology and fetal echocardiography and is now faculty at UCSF. He got married in the US and has excellent insight about marriage and creating a family.
Learn about Ahmed Morsy’s experience from working in simple jobs in the US and the UK, to becoming a resident in the US, to working as a hospitalist for several years before joining a cardiology fellowship. Ahmed is a very social person and his skills in building friends and connections has served him well throughout his life.
Mohamed Rizk Shokr started from not being interested in traveling abroad to becoming a cardiologist in the US pursuing fellowship after fellowship and becoming more and more specialized in his field. In his interview he shares his thoughts about the benefits of living alone as a guy before deciding to get married as well as many other personal and professional life challenges he had to deal with along the way.
Kareem Bedeir is a Cardiothoracic surgeon in the US who graduated from Alexandria University. His journey towards his extremely competitive goal was filled with hardships, uncertainties and many challenges along the way but eventually with perseverance and stamina he achieved the impossible. His wife who graduated from dental school in Egypt managed to also finish dental school in the US despite having a very busy husband and a child.
Ramy Ismail is an attending physician of internal medicine at several hospitals in Florida, Alabama and Louisiana. He is self employed and is based in Tampa Florida. Ramy challenges the current dogma that everyone has to take a fellowship and be specialized after residency and describes how he build a successful flexible career and how he finds time to do the things he loves outside of work and travel back to Egypt frequently to meet family and friends.
Ahmed Elkhanany is an assistant professor of Oncology at the University of Alabama in Birmingham. Ahmed started his journey from Alexandria university in Egypt and worked his way up methodically in the US medical system facing many challenges and obstacles. Learn about his career challenges, his experience of finding his spouse and getting married in the US as well as many financial and ideological issues he had to deal with.
Learn about how Doaa’s life experiences in the US evolved from being terrified from traveling and being alone to online dating and embracing her single life.
Learn more about Hamdy Abdelaziz’s experience from an internal medicine resident in Egypt to a Rheumatologist in the US. Learn how he got married and the challenges he and his wife faced to integrate in the community.
Jailan is an accomplished hematologist/oncologist in the US, an involved mother of an 8 year old girl and a person who wants to help teach Arabic to our children living in the US. In her interview she shares many important ideas and valuable lessons she learned from living abroad.
Learn about Hisham’s experience along his long journey from Egypt to Qatar to PhD then residency in the US
Meet The Host
Mohamed Soliman is the founder of EAMTAR, an organization supporting hundreds of graduates in pursuing a medical career in the United States since 2009. As an Egyptian graduate, an ophthalmologist in the USA, a family man and an immigrant himself, Mohamed experienced a multitude of challenges in his journey both professionally and personally. Being in contact with many other physicians with similar hardships, successes and failures, led to the creation of this platform for sharing real life experiences and untold stories of immigrant doctors and their families.