Today and yesterday, April 10-11th, 2013, the 9th scientific conference of our faculty took place. In it, for the second year in a row, I was a speaker. On behalf of some dear friends of mine, I presented a paper entitled:
A cross-sectional study on the prevalence of cardiovascular risk factors among patients hospitalized for complicated hypertension at two Jordanian Hospitals.
My friends with whom I worked on this project were: Oday Zayid Al-Ma’aitah, Mahmoud Yaseen Abuznaid, Ahmed Nader Abo.sharak, and Khaled Ali AlShar’. Thank you all.
We were supervised by Prof. Imad Farjou, Department of Pharmacology, Faculty of Medicine, Mu’tah University.
It was a very nice experience. So, I thank Prof. Imad very much for having dedicated some of his precious time to introduce me and my friends into the “beautiful world” of research.
Here is a piece of news in Arabic about the conference from the Jordanian newspaper Alghad:
انطلاق أعمال المؤتمر العلمي الدولي التاسع لكلية الطب في مؤتة
الكرك – انطلقت في جامعة مؤتة أمس، اعمال المؤتمر العلمي الدولي التاسع لكلية الطب بالجامعة، بمشاركة باحثين من مختلف المؤسسات الطبية والاكاديمية الاردنية.
واشار رئيس الجامعة الدكتور رضا الخوالدة خلال افتتاحه المؤتمر الذي تنظمه الكلية بالتعاون مع القطاع الطبي الخاص والخدمات الطبية الملكية ووزارة الصحة وكليات الطب في الجامعات الاردنية، أن ما حققته كلية الطب في مؤتة خلال فترة قياسية جعل منها اسما لامعا بين بقية شقيقاتها من كليات الطب في الجامعات الاردنية التي سبقتها. ولفت الى ان المؤتمر العلمي الذي يتناول جملة من القضايا الطبية من مختلف التخصصات كالجراحة العامة والخاصة والنسائية والتوليد والامراض الباطنية والجلدية والعلوم الطبية الاساسية وامراض الاطفال والعيون وجراحتها، دليل على نهج قويم ينهجه ارباب الاختصاص من العلماء الذين سخّروا كل ما لديهم خدمة لمسيرة مباركة وطموحة جعلت من المستحيل ممكنا ومن الحلم واقعا ملموسا.
وبين عميد كلية الطب الدكتور بسام نشيوات ان الكلية تعمل بجد من خلال التعاون مع العديد من الجهات الطبية في القطاع الخاص ووزارة الصحة والخدمات الطبية الملكية والجامعات الاردنية بهدف الارتقاء بالتعليم الطبي في الكلية، مشيرا الى تخريج ما يزيد على 600 طبيب وطبية يمارسون المهنة في وزارة الصحة والخدمات الطبية الملكية والقطاع الخاص.
ويناقش المشاركون في المؤتمر على مدى يومين اوراق عمل حول الجراحة العامة والخاصة وجراحة الكبد والبنكرياس والقنوات المرارية وجراحة التجميل والجراحة العامة والتخدير، والامراض النسائية وتنظيم الرحم، والطب الباطني والامراض الجلدية والعلوم الطبية المساندة.
المصدر: موقع جريدة الغد الأردنية، إضغط هنا.
My photos while presenting the results:
The PowerPoint Presentation:
My video while presenting the above results (in the PowerPoint file above) today at the conference:
*** This is a imaginary letter to a person who will enter my Blog and help me accomplish a dream of mine. Time is runnig out and this dream is most likely not going to be fulfilled… What is most important to me is that when other friends of mine have accomplished this dream, I will not be angry or feeling sorry, simply because I will have asked for help from all those whom I thought they could offer it! My blog is my last place to seek help! What I am requesting might be hard… yes… it is a DREAM! ***
My name is Jameel Hijazeen. I am a 5th-year Medical student in Mu’tah University. In the period of June-August 2012, I am required by my faculty to do “two-months of clinical training in two of the major branches of medicine” (Please, to see the elective request, click on the resized image above).
Worldwide, the most advanced country in Medicine is undoubtedly the United States. What is more, if you are a doctor who is to be accepted for residency in the USA, one of the things that will tremendously support your CV is having “US experience”. Therefore, a dream of mine is to do my two months of clinical training in internal medicine in the form of an elective in the United States.
How did it all begin?
Starting from exactly 8 months ago, I started searching for how a Jordanian medical student from Mu’tah University can obtain such training.
Soon after my search started, I realized how expensive, complicated, and demanding is such a “dream” is. These are the main reasons:
- Most universitieshospitals require expensive application fees and training fees. What is ‘interesting’ is that your application fees are ‘non-refundable’ even if you are not accepted.
- Most universitieshospitals require having finished a USMLE step.
- Most universitieshospitals require TOEFL (not required if you had finished a USMLE step or are recommended as a good English speaker)
- Few universitieshospitals accept students from outside the US (Sometimes, an exception can be made if you are recommended).
- Few universitieshospitals acknowledge Jordanian universities. Even fewer universities acknowledge Mu’tah University.
- Applying for these universitieshospitals requires hours of papers filing, preparation, and sending.
What is the solution then?
I asked older students who know about this issue, all of them summarized the way in which someone can be accepted into two: Pure luck or having someone recommending you for acceptance. Till today, two students in my batch have already obtained an elective via the second way (one in the USA and another in France). Via the first way, not a single students of the 5th year in Mu’tah University has obtained an acceptance; How surprised am I!.
For the above reasons, I did not contact any universityhospital. As a result, I was left with the second option.
Here is a list of the people I contacted:
# My faculty: No formal programs are available that are meant for sending faculty students to western countries. Nonetheless, certain efforts have been given. I deduced that because Dr. Omar Nafia Al-Ajarmeh, the vice dean, thankfully, contacted a certain University in the USA to accept some of Mu’tah students. In an email reply hanged on one of the boards in the faculty, a part of the response was, “Your university is not recognized by (certain accreditation committee)… Therefore, students from Mu’tah University cannot be accepted for electives in our university”.
# An uncle of mine: A thoracic surgeon in a western country since the 1980s. He had performed more than 4,500 operations. My uncle apologized and denied the presence of any friends of him in the US who could help. He advised me to seek help from my faculty doctors!
# Dr. Nabil S: An American-Jordanian doctor whom I met in a medical conference that was held in Amman. I took a list of the doctors who participated in that conference and showed them to another Uncle of mine to see if he knew anyone of them. For my huge surprise, he turned out to know the brother of this Dr. Nabil S. My uncle contacted his brother. Dr. Nabil, to my happiness, emailed me showing his readiness to help me. From the beginning, unfortunately, it was a hard road full of multiple obstacles!
The first obstacle that face me was that his hospital only accept students for obeserverships not for electives (It is enough to know that if you are an observer, you are never allowed to be in the hospital unless your sponsoring doctor is. What is more humiliating, you can never touch or simply talk to a patient). Reluctantly, I agreed. Do I have any other options so as to refuse this “great opportunity”?
Nevertheless, things got even worst. The doctor sent an acceptance for a two-month observership in family medicine; a branch which my faculty does not accept. So, I asked for the observership to be changed. Because I thought that I am going to remain under the supervision of the same doctor, I did not specifically talk about my wish to be accepted in the internal medicine department. As a result, I was accepted in the surgery department and at the same time, was told by an administrative in the hospital that I can only be accepted for one month… How worst can things be more than this? I emaild my complaints for two times… Dr. Nabil never responded!
# An American young Jordanian doctor: All my information about this doctor are from a blog that he has. Despite realizing how hard it is for a young doctor to recommend others for such a hard thing as an elective, and despite my little knowledge of him, I rudely contacted him. With a big heart, he showed readiness to help (as I expected). Unfortunately, the hospital where he works did not offer electives. At that point, I decided to bother him no more and so sent him no further requests. If my faculty, my relatives, and the friends of my relatives could not help, why would I bother a person that does not know anything about me to help?
The above is a list of the persons whom I contacted. I do not carry any bad feelings about them for not being able to help. On the contrary, whenever I talked to anyone about my elective, I felt ashamed because of my consuming their time and efforts!
p align=”center”>Can you help me get accepted for a two-month
p align=”center”>elective in internal medicine in the US?
You might consider it a small favor, but with this “small” favor, you are changing the life of a doctor-to-be forever!… It is like the “small step” of Neil Armstrong:
“That’s one small step for [a] man, one giant leap for mankind”
Neil Armstrong, 2:56 UTC July 21, 1969.
 Source: “Neil Armstrong”, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neil_Armstrong, retrieved: 07.02.2012.
Last year, Dr. Ma’moun Ahram moved to word at King Hussien Cancer in Amman. He taught me biochemistry and molecular biology during my first 2 years in the faculty of medicine in Mu’tah Univeristy.
He is a special doctor; funny, intelligent, courageous, open-minded, jolly, has a sense of humor, very energetic… I regreted his moving away from our university.
Today was a very nice surprise. Our faculty has no biochemistry doctor anymore starting from this second semester. Whom did they bring? Yes, they called Dr. Ma’moun Ahram to come and give us the few biochemistry lectures we need. How happy and lucky am I!
I consider myself privilaged to having a chance to more know about Dr. Ma’moun, and to get new information from him. How much I love the way he teaches!
I respect you Dr. Ma’moun!
This is the first entry to write in my blog since months… Today is a special day… It must be recorded!
Now I am sitting in the deanship of students in Mu’tah university. It is 1:20. Although I had been sitting here since 10 o’clock, I still have many and many things to do on the internet.
What really made me stop surfing the internet is that Obama’a voice and image are seen in the deanship.
In body, Obama is now doing a speech in Egypt. JRTV is now live broadcasting the speech. Obama is still talking since more than 7 minutes.
The university is empty today because most of the students, including me, finished their final exams yesterday. Some students, however, are seen between now and then in the deanship.
5 students, including me, are now sitting on chairs inside the deanship. The don’t seem to care about the speech. One is playing with his mobile phone, a girl is just sitting down and starting at nothing, another is very busy with both his laptop and mobile phone.
What catches my eye is a man who is standing less than a meter away from the more than 35 inch LCD screen of the deanship. He is still standing. He doesn’t move. He is very attracted to the screen. “Islam is part of America…” I heard Obama saying. Well, this will surely have a positive effect. Won’t it?
The man is now sitting on a near bench. It seems that he wants to continue watching the speech.
Should this speech make a kind of ‘change’ that Obama want americans to ‘believe in!’.
In the begining of the speech, Obama explained that one speech can’t correct the situation.
Will I go back to hom at 2 o’clock? As long as I am allowed to keep sitting, I don’t think so!
I am perplexed. the following question has been occupying my mind for the previous weeks. Currently at as a first year medical students in the second semester, I am taught by 3 Iraqi doctors, and 2 Egyptian doctors. The method of teaching of the 2 groups is 180 degrees different.
Iraqi doctors explain only using PowerPoint presentations without any additional papers explaining the material. On the contrary, Egyptian doctors give, in addition to PowerPoint presentations, hand-outs explaining whatever was explained in the lecture. As a result, I don’t have a problem when studying for a subject taught by an Egyptian doctor because I already have the material which I know, 100%, that questions would come from. While in subjects taught by the lovely Iraqis, we are constantly told: “The power Point slides are not enough. You must study on the books which I referred to.” You can’t imagine how this simple answer could cause hardship while studying books containing many pages which most of which are not necessarily in our level as first year students.
“When I was a students like you,” Dr. Hani Azawi said on anatomy lecture on Tuesday (I know hundred 100% that he talked about ‘Abdominal Aorta’, I can’t be sure of any other thing until I listen to the recording.), “I used to skip lectures with doctors who used to give us papers. There is no learning if you don’t search and find the information yourself.” Is it logical?! To be neutral, his point of view is some what logical. However, it needs a lot of hard work.
Warning: The following entry contain experts of Biochemistry lectures in Mu’tah university. The blog owner will deny any responsibility after any mental problems that might develop after reading the below information taught at Biochemistry lectures.
In order to purify and separate a single protein or a number of proteins with similar features from a mix of proteins, a variety of purification techniques can be used, one of them is Dialysis. Let’s see how my intelligent, sophisticated, but not so modest doctor, Dr. Mamoun Ahram of Mu’tah University, defined it:
[Update 22.05.2008: “not so modest doctor”, well, I change my mind. Dr. Mamoun is not that bad. But it doesn’t mean that Dr. Mamoun Ahram is a very modest person. I discovered that he is very modest when compared to other doctors at the medicine faculty. “Dr. Mamoun is so modest!” I thought after the very first lectures of the second semester.]
“Dialysis: Proteins can be separated from small molecules by dialysis through a semi-permeable membrane. Molecules having dimensions significantly greater than the pore diameter are retained inside the dialysis bag, whereas smaller molecules and ions cross the pores outside the bag.”
Today, after a small thinking, I was able to apply this principle on my rabbits. But what has this biochemistry (science-fiction) has to do with rabbits that a Jordanian guy is keeping at his home?!
I went to check the rabbits today only to find that the 3 new babies that were given born to by the colored one are out from their sung and cozy under earth hole. I watched them to find that they were then wondering through the room, and certainly, their journeys taking them outside their safe and sound room. The certain result of this uncontrollable foolish behavior is them being eaten by a cat touring the house searching for some kind of food; a bone, a piece of bread, a stray mouse, etc. How happy would a stray cat be if its lunch meal for today would be a delicious plump rabbit?!
The rabbit house, which was once a place for raising sheep, consists of 2 rooms separated by a door. One of the rooms, the northern one, has a hole in one of its walls that would allow the rabbits to go outside to a closed space where we put food and water. The other room, the southern one, has no opening, and therefore, rabbits put in this room, can not go outside. This happens on one condition, that is: The door linking the 2 rooms is closed. Why? If the door between the 2 rooms is opened, the rabbits in the south room can cross to the northern one and eventually outside the safety of the rooms. To sum up, rabbits in the northern room have an access to the outside dangerous world of cats. While those in the southern room have no access when the door is closed and therefore no cat can reach them.
In the past, we used to move the newly born rabbits to the southern room, closing the linking door of course. This way, we ensured that only the adult rabbits, big ones, can go outside the rooms, and because of their size, cats can not snatch anyone of them in their mouths and run away as they can do with the small ones. However, this process is very tedious, boring, repetitive and monotonous, so I decided today that we need a solution to this problem. Either to close the hole in the southern room and consequently all rabbits will have to stay inside despite the negative results of this action from increased manures in the rooms, not to mention overcrowded rooms. I called my mother to help me find a solution. Did we find one or we just surrendered to the threat of the cats and lost the many advantages of letting rabbits out?
I told my mother about the new 3 rabbits and that we must find a new regulation mechanism because the old method is really a pain in the neck. Talking and discussing the situation, we finally reached the very intelligent solution that we should have thought of it long time ago. So, how did we solve this problem?
I put 3 blocks of cement in the door linking between the 2 rooms. Eventually, the rabbits can no longer simply walk to pass form one room to another, they have to Jump. Here comes the separation method: It is now a matter of who could jump such an altitude? As in the semi-permeable membrane in the Dialysis technique, only small molecules and ions can cross the membrane outside the dialysis bag, the same situation is created in the case of our rabbits. It is the same principals, however, there is only one difference, and this only difference is that the big not the small is what passes: Since the cement blocks barrier is at least 30 Cm’s high from the flat ground, only big rabbits, those which can cats make no threat towards, can pass. The one which are retained inside the southern room because of this barrier are the smaller ones. Their size and ability require them to wait not a little time to be able to cross to the northern room, and consequently to the outside real world of cats. Don’t you think that this simple technique is absolutely trouble-free?! How great things can the human mind achieve if he just forgot about having fun and concentrated on what God created it for: Merely thinking.[Sad Update: The mechanism worked 100% in achieving its goal; however, all of the 3 rabbits are dead now. We woke up the next morning only to find one left. What is more, the day after it, the 2 didn’t appear but seemed to have taken their third brother with them. I never knew how this crime happened, but the most reasonable explanation I can come up with is that it is a cat this time that came to them not the other way around.]
[Happy update 22.05.2008: After more than 3 months of adopting this technique. I’m proud to state that it worked 100%. Small rabbits were never able to bypass the selective barrier which was put. Only when they grew enough, they were able to pass and go outside when there size prevented any crazy cat from thinking to carry them.
Concerning the above “Sad Update”, till this moment, I can’t find a reasonable explanation how the previous 3 rabbits disappeared. Concerning the ‘cat coming to them not the other way around.’ such a case never happened again. No small rabbits ever disappeared from the south room.
My best and sole explanation: The small rabbits died because of the extremely cold weather. My father found them lying dead on the floor. He simply threw them outside the house. “Why didn’t your father tell you?!” You might ask. My father short memory is selective, and, sometimes, it is absent. Even if I asked him by then, could have simply forgotten about it.
One more thing, thanks Dr. Mamoun. You don’t know how easy was applying this technique. What is more important, how efficient it was.]