“Up until the 19th century, visitors would kiss the pope’s shoes, and the tradition is still that all visitors, women included, bow to him, but Francis behaves as he did before he became Pope and is not interested in protocol,” a senior Vatican official said.
I was recently invited to two book clubs in Amman. However, both of them only discussed Arabic books. No, I am not against Arabic books. I am just against one not doing the best to improve his/her knowledge of English! By reading in English, certainly, a person will dramatically improve his/her English. There are other less important reasons why I prefer the English language. I discussed them in this post: “Why is it a huge disadvantage to Blog in any language other than English?“Â And yes, am I traitor? “âMoaâbite, why are you using English not Arabic? You should be faithful to your mother languageâ Am I traitor?“
Therefore, I decided to search google for an English book club in Amman, Jordan. I have never participated in a book club in my life. After all, I do not think they are many here in Jordan. I searched google for “English book club in Amman” and “English book club in Jordan” and I was amazed not to arrive at only one club. This book club is called the JCI Amman Book Club. Is it possible that there are no more English Book Clubs in Amman? Or are they simply not appearing in google search results? This is highly unlikely as I think that my above search terms should lead me to any English book club in Amman.
Do you know of any English book clubs in Amman? If yes, can you make a comment on this post? Can I conclude thatÂ JCI Amman Book Club the only English book club in Amman?Â
The JCI Amman Book Club:
The info page of this Book Club says that this club was “founded” in “2012”. In addition, it provides some general information about this club. Howver, it does not answer the question of the origin of the acronym JCI. JCI Amman is part of an international organization calledÂ Junior Chamber International (JCI) which was founded in 1944. Wow! This is a very detailed Wikipedia article about JCI.
JCI Amman has a facebook group. I applied for membership yesterday and I am waiting to be accepted into it. You can find the group here.
In the past days, I read a post in JCI Amman’s facebook page announcing about a coming event. The event took place yesterday at 7 o’clock in Readers Bookshop, Cozmo’s 7th circle branch, Amman.
A friend of mine and I decided to go. We arrived approximately in time. About 10 people had already arrived. Â A young man and a young woman who are of the managing committee of the clubÂ welcomed us with big smiles. Before asking us who we are, the man asked, “How did you know about our club?” I answered very concisely, “From facebook“. The young woman was very happy about this method in which we came to know about their club. I then wanted to give more details. I told how I had googled for an English book club in Amman and only found their club. “You are the only English book club in Amman!” I said. A young man then quickly commented on my description of the club: “Well, we discuss English books. However, we discuss Arabic books too!“. After I had heard this answer, I was a little bit disappointed. Nonetheless, “something is better than nothing”. We then we sat down and waited for the event to begin.Â Gradually, the number of attending people increased to be between 25 and 30.
The event started. In turn, about 7-8 persons were given chances to speak for 10 minutes about any topic they chose. Some discussed books, others read poems, and quotes. I think that approximately half the speakers spoke in English. Nonetheless, this was mixed with a lot of Arabic. After each presentation, the floor was opened for very brief but very beautiful discussion. All the discussions took place in Arabic.
At another part of the event, a young man presented a short biography about the life of Martin Luther King (totally in Arabic). I understood at each meeting they choose a person to talk a little bit about his/her biography. Martin Luther King was chosen for this time because his birthday was a few days ago; his birth was on 15/01/1929 (you can read more at the Wikipedia article about him).
The last speaker, and this was the most beautiful part of the event, was a New Zealander-Iraqi author calledÂ Ali Sahkir. He was hosted to discuss a recent book that he had published. The book is called “A Muslim on the Bridge: On Being an Iraqi-Arab Muslim in the Twenty-First Century”. Â Although this part of the meeting lasted for less than 15 minutes, but I liked it very much. I discuss this important part in a separate post and I also explain how through it I won the most expensive gift in my life [A meeting with the author Ali Shakir about his book âA Muslim on the Bridge: On Being an Iraqi-Arab Muslim in the Twenty-First Centuryâ].
With Mr. Ali Shakir, the event became to an end. Later, I went and talked with the person who is the president of JCI Amman, Mr. Salih Al-Hanash. Mr. Al-Hanash welcomed me very friendly in the club. I asked him about the steps in which a person can become a member of JCI Amman. He told me that a person need to come for at least 2-3 times to show us his interest. After that, he can register in return for JD 59 annual subscription. Mr. Al-Hanash told me that there are benefits from this subscription. He talked about courses and reminded me of a discount that an employee from the Book Readers bookshop had announced earlier that night. However, I did not inquire more as it was already very late and every one wanted to leave.
All in all, it was an interesting event although English was not used more than third of the time. I would love to go again and try more. However, some of the events that JCI Amman holds are to discuss Arabic books. I will probably not attend these. But, for example, about one month from now, they nominated four English books and one Arabic book for the members to choose one of them. I think that an English book will be chosen. I will read it and most probably go. Will you go too?
It turned out that I had a misunderstanding. Yesterday, I attended the monthly book discussion in JCI Amman. Although the discussion was for an English book (The Happiness Project), I was surprised when I found out that more than 90% of the discussion was in Arabic. In other words, if a person who do know Arabic attended the meeting, he would not have understood anything. I talked with the president of JCI Jordan about my disappointment and that I had thought that the JCI Amman Book Club is an English Book Club. Or at least, when English books are chosen, then the conversation should be in English. He told me very friendly that the goal of JCI Amman Book Club is to increase knowledge and spread the culture of reading. This does not necessarily take place all in English. I showed understanding as I think that not all members of the club would love the discussion to be all in English (We are Arabs… we have our culture… our language…). Moreover, I am not sure how many of the members can understand and speak English very well. Because these members are afterall members of a Jordanian Arabic book club that also discusses Arabic books.
Finally, I thanked the president a lot for the two nice meetings that I had attended at JCI Amman. The board members are very intelligent, funny, and most important friendly. The discussion was very interesting. However, I do not have a lot of time and improving my English is a priority. I do not think that I will attend another book discussion by JCI Amman. Nonetheless, I highly recommend attending this book club as it is the only available option in Jordan when it comes to book clubs discussing English-written books.
Last Friday, 17/1/2014, I had the honor of volunteering in the screening day of an Operation Smile Mission in Al Hussein Hospital, Ein El Basha, Amman. Among students in my batch, only my friend Yazeed Azzam and I went to this event. It was the first time for both of us to participate in a mission by Operation Smile Jordan.
Originally, I came to know about Operation Smile Jordan through their facebook group. If you like to volunteer in Operation Smile Jordan then visit this group. My experience upon entering this group was the “most” beautiful one that I have ever had in my life. To spread the news about Opeartion Smile – Jordan, I wrote the following back in 03/06/2014 in my group “USMLE Takers – Jordan“:
Operation smile Jordan: Who hasn’t heard about operation smile? If you asked me about a voluntary medical organization, then this is the second that would cross my mind after “Doctors without borders”.
Operation Smile Jordanian website: http://jordan.operationsmile.org/
Their facebook group:https://www.facebook.com/groups/operationsmilejordan/
This is what is interesting: The admin welcomed me upon being accepted into the group with a comment (!!!). This was very nice because no one has ever welcomed me into a group before. Have you?
Next, she directed me to send them an email at ” firstname.lastname@example.org” containing my contact details and what I do in life. She said that they will send me later on a special application form based on my profession.
Later on, I was told that, at any time, if I wanted to know further information:
“I do recommend that you either call us at  or visit us to know about us and ways in which you can help”
Summary of my experience: I am now more encouraged to go not only because of how famous this organization is, but also, because of how enthusiastic the welcoming was!
Anybody going with me?
Back to last Friday, I had to arrive at the hospital at 8 AM and when I did, was surprised by the number of people who were crowding inside and outside a tent that was erected in front of the hospital’s main entrance for registration purpose (I think). I easily and quickly noticed the very beautiful yellow-colored shirts worn by volunteers of Operation smile. A friend of mine was outside there coordinating things (Dr. Rami Abu-Alhuda). Dr. Rami has a huge voluntary experience with Operation Smile. Hearing his description of his experience with operation smile was one of the main reason why I decided to go that day. I greeted him and he then told me to go inside,wear the Operation Smile shirt, and then find the job required from me.
Upon entering inside, I was happy with the huge number of volunteers. There were certainly many western volunteers. In addition, there were many Jordanian volunteers. Every one seemed to now what he was doing. I went and got my very comfortable and beautiful Operation Smile shirt.
Next, I was sent to an official Jordanian volunteer woman who checked a printed list to see where I am to work. I respect the organization of operation smile Jordan because they asked us to confirm our coming to the event 8 days before the mission. More impressing, they had sent us an email notifying us about this mission on 8/12/2013. This was the email:
We are glad to inform you of Operation Smile Jordan’s upcoming mission which is scheduled from January 17th to January 23rd, 2014 at Al Hussein Hospital , Ein el Basha.
Friday, January 17th, 2014 (6:30 am – 6:00 pm)
Note: On screening days, you are expected to work the WHOLE day from 6:30 am until 6:00 pm.
Sunday, January 18th, 2014 – Thursday, January 23rd, 2014
Note: On Surgery days, there will be two shifts (A and B).
Shift A: 6:00 am – 2:00 pm
Shift B: 12:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Thursday, January 23rd, 2014 (6:00 am – 3:00 pm)
Note: Meeting point for buses is at Regency hotel,Al Dakhleyyeh Circle.
Please note that buses will leave at their exact times so do not be late. IT IS IMPORTANT NOT TO SHOW UP WITHOUT PREVIOUS COORDINATION WITH THE HUMAN RESOURCES COMMITTEE. If you are willing to participate with us in this mission you HAVE to reply to this email with the days and the shifts that are suitable for you As Soon As Possible!
Note: Deadline for reply, the end of Thursday January 9th,2014.
Attached to this email is a document containing things you might need to bring or do when attending the mission, therefore, you are kindly requested to read it.
Kindly be informed that if you are attending the mission and need a request for a leave of absence letter ( School, University, Work) please send an email to email@example.com
A famous Jordanian plastic surgeon, Dr. Mahmood Bataineh, examined the hundreds of patients whom thought that Operation Smile could help them. Dr. Bataineh then filtered the patients whom operation smile could help. Those patients then passed through many examination rooms; vital signs, burns, anesthesia, dental, speech, among few others. I was assigned to one of the different examination rooms of the patients. I had the honor of getting to know many nice and special doctors: Prof. Mostafa El-Sonbaty from Egypt, Dr. Bivik Shah from the USA, and Dr. Osama Qaffaf from Jordan, among many others.
We started working at about 9 o’clock. The clinics continued working, non-stop until after 5 PM. Even a lunch break or a prayer break was not made. Always, someone stayed in the clinics in order that that the flow of patients will not be interrupted. During working, the minister of health, Dr. Ali Hiasat, visited our clinic. In total 113 patients were examined. A Swedish-American Anesthesiologist told me later that day that they would probably operate at least 90 of these patients.
I tried to participate in other days. I sent an email last Saturday stating which days I could come. However, I did not get a reply. I should have done that long time ago. Because their email stated that a person cannot simply “show up without previous coordination” and that the deadline of reply was “the end of Thursday January 9th,2014”. So, why I had not sent this email earlier? I actually did not expect that I want to come more than one day to this mission. This is what I wrote in the email on Saturday:
This is Jameel Hijazeen. Yesterday, I had the very nice experience of volunteering with operation smile for the first time in my life.
I did not know my schedule this week, and yes, I thought that I would be bored, and therefore I did not intend to come for more than the screening day.
I entirely changed my mind. If there were a place, I would certainly love to participate. I can come in up to three of these five shifts.
I hope that I will have time to participate in their future mission. The experience was great. You will get to know people from different countries, see multiple medical conditions, experience unforgettable moments children who have really bad problems but still had great spirits, get a free shirt, lunch, and a lot of Falafel Sandwiches 🙂 . And yes, if you volunteer long enough, they will give you a certificate with that. Unfortunately, I could not get a certificate :(.
I highly suggest that you go and try volunteering with Operation Smile!
Yesterday, I had the honor of being a participant in the first scientific day of the Karak Governmental hospital. I was not only a member of the organizing committee, but also, a speaker in one paper, and co-author in two others. The event was under the patronage of the minister of Health, Dr. Ali Hiasat. However, he could not come and sent the Head of the Directorate of Health of Karak Governorate, Dr. Haitham Al-Mohesen. The event was organized with the help of the Jordanian Hematology Society headed by Prof. Abdullah Abbadi. The president of Mutah University, Prof. Rida Khawaldeh, and Prof. Zouhair Ammarin, the dean of the faculty of Medicine at Mutah University attended the inauguration ceremony.
This was the first time ever for the Karak Governmental hospital to organize a scientific day. I was lucky enough that this coincided with my being an intern in this hospital. Five of my fellow interns and I were given the chance to present three researches of ours. I certainly thank Dr. Zakaria Al-Nawaiseh, the Manger of the Karak Governmental and the President of the scientific day. I also thank Dr. Hani Al-Hamaidah, the head of the scientific committee and the dean of the faculty of Pharmacy at Mutah University.
My role in the organizing committee was to design and prepare the abstract book of the scientific day. Yes, it took me a lot of time. However, I learnt many new techniques in Microsoft Word, and gained a considerable experience on how to organize a schedule and deal with a lot of abstracts. The organizing company of the event, “Around the World Company for Conferences”, actually added the very beautiful upper and lower margins for each page. Also, they designed a cover pages of the abstract book. I was really impressed by this company, not only because of the previous, but also by the overall professional organization of the scientific day. Thank you! I wrote my name at the end page of the book and I put an ad to my facebook page Medical Conferences in Jordan(to keep updated with medical conferences in Jordan). The company did not remove it. However, they used a new design for the cover page.
This is the abstract of the paper that I presented:
Did finishing the psychiatry clerkship improve the attitudes of medical students at Mutah University toward Psychiatry?
Jameel Hijazeen, MD1; Fadi Farah, MD1; Hossam Abed, MD*1; Noor Samarrai2; Radwan Bani Mustafa, MD3.
1 Interns, Ministry of Health, Jordan.
2Fifth-year medical student, Mutah University, Karak, Jordan.
3 Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Internal Medicine Department, Faculty of Medicine, University of Jordan, Amman, Jordan.
*Sixth-year medical students at Mutah University at the time this study was conducted
Background: Countries around the world, especially low- to middle-income ones, face a shortage of psychiatrists. Psychiatry has always been an unfavorable specialty for many medical students. Several studies have confirmed that psychiatry training and exposure is associated with the development or increase of positive attitudes toward psychiatry Objective: To investigate if the fifth-year psychiatry clerkship is associated with an improvement of the attitudes of medical students toward psychiatry. Methods: A total of 200 4th-, 5th-, and 6th-year medical students participated in our study. Of the sample, 102 (51.0%) were females, and 98 (49.0%) were males. Our study questionnaire included the Attitudes toward Psychiatry-30 items (ATP-30) scale. This is a commonly used and validated scale for assessing the attitudes of medical students toward psychiatry. Results: Analysis showed that there is a positive and statistically significant increase in the ATP-30 mean score of students after finishing the psychiatry clerkship (t= -2.277, p=0.024). This statistical significance in the increase of positive attitudes was found among male students (t=-3.070, 0.003) but not among female students (t=-0.121, p=0.904). Conclusions: Like many researches from countries around the world, our results showed that having finished the psychiatry rotation was associated with the development of positive attitudes toward psychiatry. Our research identified some of the negative attitudes and misconceptions that students have about psychiatry. By identifying and addressing them in the future, we hope that this will translate into more positive attitudes of our students toward psychiatry. Indirectly, we hope that this will translate to more students choosing psychiatry as a specialty. Keywords: psychiatry, attitudes, medical students.
The other two papers that my friends presented, and in which I am a co-author:
Social Phobia among Students at two Jordanian Universities
Radwan Bani Mustafa, MD1; Jameel Hijazeen, MD2; HossamAbed, MD†2; Fadi Farah, MD2; Hibatullah Abu El Haija3; Hanan Omari, Ph.D.4; Ayman Mansour, Ph.D.5.
1 Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Internal Medicine Department, Faculty of Medicine, University of Jordan, Amman, Jordan.
2 Interns, Ministry of Health, Jordan.
3 Sixth-year medical student, University of Jordan, Amman, Jordan.
4 Educational Consultant, German Society for International Cooperation (GIZ), Amman, Jordan.
5 Professor of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing, Department of Community Health Nursing, Faculty of Nursing, University of Jordan, Amman, Jordan.
Sixth-year medical students at Mutah University at the time this study was conducted. † Speaker
Drug Treatment of Hypertension with Complications in Patients admitted into Jordanian Governmental Hospitals
Oday Al-Ma’aitah, MD1; Imad Farjou, MD, Ph.D.2; Jameel Hijazeen, MD1; Mahmoud Abuznaid, MD†3; Ahmed Abo.sharak, MD1; Khaled AlShar’ ,MD4.
1 Interns, Ministry of Health, Jordan.
2 The study supervisor, Prof. of Pharmacology, Faculty of Medicine, Mutah University, Karak, Jordan.
3 GP, Al-Hannan Private Hospital, Amman, Jordan.
4 Intern, Prince Rashed Bin Al-Hasan Military Hospital, the Jordanian Royal Medical Services, Irbid, Jordan.
*** Medical students at Mutah University at the time this study was conducted. †Intern at Al-Bashir Governmental Hospital at the time this study was conducted.
Systemic hypertension is a major public health problem worldwide. It is a leading factor for coronary artery disease, congestive heart failure, stroke, renal disease, and retinopathy. This study aimed to explore hypertension complications among hospitalized hypertensive patients. Also, it aimed to identify the treatment of hypertension employed by these patients and compare the incidence of complications among different treatment groups. Our study was a cross-sectional study that we conducted at Al-Karak and Al-Bashir Governmental Teaching Hospitals in the period from October 2011 till March 2013. Our sample consisted of 162 patients; 96 males (59%) and 66 females (40.7%). Age of patients ranged from 40-100 years (mean of 65± 12.0 years). The percentages of patients on mono-, double-, triple-, and quadruple-therapy were 44.4%, 34.6%, 17.3%, and 3.7% respectively. Diuretics were the most commonly used drugs in 107 patients (35%), followed by ACEI/ARBS (86 patients, 28.2%), BBs (80 patients, 26.2%), and CCBs (32, 10.5%). More males than females were on mono- and double-therapy (84.4% v.s.71.2%). Of the patients on monotherapy (72 patients, 44.4%), the most common drug used is a loop diuretic (27 patients, 37.5%) followed by ACEIs/ARBs (22 patients, 30.6%). The prevalence of complications in patients on monotherapy was higher in patients with loop diuretics )26 patients, 38.2%) than patients on ACEIs/ARBs (19 patients, 27.0%) or BB (19 patients, 27.0%). The most common double therapy combination was a ACEI/ARB and BB (28.6%), followed by Loop & BB (26.8%). The most common triple therapy combination was a loop diuretic, ACE, and BB (28.6%). The most common complication in patients on monotherapy was Angina/ACS (29 patients, 42.6%), followed by CV/TIA (20 patients, 29.4%). The most common complications in patients on double therapy was Angina/ACS (20 patients, 36.4%), followed by decompensated HF (18 patients, 32.7%). The most common complication in patients on triple therapy was decompensated HF (10 patients, 37.0%) followed by CVATIA (8 patients, 29.5%). It is concluded that the prevalence of hypertensive complications decreases as the number of antihypertensive drugs taken increases although the type of complication is not significantly changed.
Keywords: Hypertension complications, uncontrolled blood pressure, treatment
This is a YouTube video of my friend Dr. Oday Ma’aitah while presenting the results:
Speakers at the First Scientific Day of the Karak Governmental Hospital:
With this participation, this would be my fourth experience as a speaker in a conference/scientific day: 1) one time at The Ninth Scientific Conference of the Faculty of Medicine at Mu’tah University, Karak, Jordan, April 10-11, 2013. 2) Two times at Sixth Scientific Day of the Faculty of Medicine in Mu’tah University (09.04.2012). How long will it before I achieve my 1,000 expereince? Possible? Who knows!
Finally, these are some great photo from the scientific day, taken elegantly by Dr. Talal Alqaisi:
قبل 23 شهراً، بعد أن أنهيت دوامي كطالب طب سنة خامسة في مادة النفسية في مستشفى الفحيص للأمراض النفسية، قمت بنشر مقالة بعنوان:
Generic names, trade names, and street names in Jordan for drugs of abuse
الاسماء العلمية، والتجارية، والعامية لأدوية الإدمان (المخدرات) في الأردن
كما يظهر من العنوان، لخصت في تلك المقالة الأسماء العلمية والتجارية لأدوية الإدمان المشهورة في الأردن. وضعت أيضا بعض الصور لكل دواء. كانت الفئة المستهدفة من المقالة هي فئة طلاب الطب والأطباء. وذلك لأنهم سيتعرضون لأشخاص تناولوا مثل هذه الأدوية المخدرة. وبالتالي، يجب عليهم معرفة الأسماء العامية لهذه الأدوية. أيضا، من الجيد معرفة شكل باكيتات وحبوب هذه الأدوية حتى يسهل التعرف عليها.
هذه المقالة أصبحت من المقالات الشعبية في مدونتي، إذا أنها جلبت لي 2201 زيارة حتى اليوم.
هذه هي كلمات البحث التي إستخدمها زوار مدونتي في محركات البحت وبعدها قرروا الدخول إلى مدونتي (الكلمات مرتبة من الأكثر حتى الأقل شهرة):
1) صليبا حبوب
2) حبوب البرازيلي
3) drugs in jordan
6) حبوب برازيلي
7) حبوب الصليبا
8) دواء صليبا
10) دواء البرازيلي
مفردات البحث كانت حول صور هذه الأدوية. لذلك، قررت كتابة هذه المقالة مع وضع مزيد من الصور. في نهاية كل فقرة عن كل دواء، سأضع رابطاً لنتائج بحث الصور في جوجل عن كل دواء وذلك لرؤية المزيد من الصور.
مصدر المعلومات هو مواقع إلكترونية إنجليزية معتمدة ومقالات في صحف أردنية يومية. ولكن بشكل أساسي مصدر المعلومات هو الدكتور محمد الذيبة، إستشاري الطب النفسي الذي درسني في السنة الخامسة لي في كلية الطب في جامعة مؤتة. لهم جميعاً جزيل الشكر. لعنوان المراجع يمكن الرجوع إلي المقالة السابقة في مدونتي والمشار إليها أعلاه.
• باللون الأزرق: الاسم العلمي
• باللون الأخضر: الاسم التجاري الأكثر شهرة (لكل دواء في العادة أكثر من اسم تجاري)
• اللون الأحمر: اسم الشارع = الاسم الذي يستخدم الناس العاديين
1. ®Clonazepam = Rivotril = صليبا:
سبب التسمية العامية “صليبا” هو وجود شكل الصليب على أقراص هذا الدواء. ولكن يبدو حسب الصور التي وجدتها للدواء موجود فقط على الحبوب المُنتجة من شركة معينة.
مزيد من الصور عن الدواء في بحث الصور في جوجل.
2. ®Fenethylline (also spelled phenethylline) = Captagon = كبت، كبتاجون، كبتاغون:
3. ®Procylidine = Kemadrin = كيمادرين، ويلكوم/ويلكم، أبو حصان:
سبب تسمية الدواء “أبو حصان” هو أن علبة الدواء تحتوي على شكل الحصان.
مزيد من الصور عن هذا الدواء: بحث صور جوجل.
4. ®Alprazolam = Xanax® = Prazin = برازيلي، رينالدو أو رونالدو:
سبب التسمية العامية (برازيلي) هو تحوير أحد الأسماء التجارية له وهو اسم برازين. إذا أن هذين الإسمين متقاربين.
اسم أخر هو رينالدو أو رونالدو.
مزيد من الصور عن الألبرازولام: بحث صور جوجل.
5. ®Tramadol = Tramal = ترامال:
مزيد من الصور عن الترامادول: بحث صور جوجل.
Recently, I came to know about this online food ordering company called “Hellofood Jordan”. This is an international company that has now opened a branch in Jordan. This promoted me to write this article. I am now amazed by the new widespread of online shopping options in Jordan. Today, I was happy to read about the service of Hellofood Jordan. You can order food from many restaurants with few clicks of you mouse or even, as in this great shopping option, with few touches of your fingers! This is a lot for me! Why?
I come from a small almost “isolated” village in the south of Jordan. It was until last June that I finished medical school and started living considerable days of the month in Amman. Since coming to our capital, I have been discovering the greatness of online marketing that is now available in Amman. “You can google for it!” In the past, this is a phrase that I had associated in almost entirely with searching for information. But no, in Amman, unlike in Smakieh, I started hearing this sentence when someone wants to buy something or get a service. These are three examples of online shopping options in Jordan nowadays.
My younger brother is a vet and works in a pet animals company called Aleef Express (You can also find Aleef on facebook here). My brother’s company gets many customers simply from internet search engines. At the beginning, because of my Village mentality, I did not believe how can a company trust a person who just calls and make an order. “Well,” my brother told me simply, “we have been always operating like this… This is normal in Amman”.
My borther’s company offers a lot of services for pet animals. In their website, you can read about them and order them all online. And yes, does your dog feel lonely? Be sure to check the Aleef Dog Walk.
Less than two months ago, my brother tried a Jordanian online books-selling website called Jamalon. This is also an amazing website that provides an online service. Who still has time to go to bookshops and start searching for books? Jamalon allows you to buy books through the internet. Again, I could not (and actually, still cannot) believe how such website operates. You order the books through the internet… You pay only upon the books’ arrival at your house. My brother tried it and bought two Arabic books for Dale Carnegie. And yes, my brother only paid after the books were delivered to a place he chose in return for an small “delivery charge”. Isn’t this amazing? I knew of Amazon.com, which provides a similar service, but an Arabic online book-selling website that operates in my country, this is my first!
Now, I am more impressed to know of online meals-buying websites called “Hellofood Jordan“. I am impressed because I know how hard is it to convince someone to buy a meal for you. I am not forgetting home delivery that each separate restaurant offers. I expect the time it takes to search for the number of a restaurant that you expect to have a meal you like, and then call to inquire about the meals, and then inquire about the prices, then give your home address… I think Hellofood Jordan will put an end to this misery. We are now in the 21st century!
Hellofood Jordan operates in a similar fashion to Aleef and Jamalon: Online ordering via the internet. The following is a screen shot from their main page:
Through Hellofood Jordan, I can see that you can so far order from 25 restaurants. Nonetheless, they cover versatile cuisines: pizzas, burgers, and in case I got Indian or Japanese readers in Jordan, Indian food, and Japanese food, only to name a few.
Moreover, I think that Hellofood Jordan will have an even more advantage because I read in their website that a mobile app of there is “coming soon”. They are now planning to allow food ordering via a mobile Application. Does another online-meals-company in Jordan have this service? I do not think so. Will Hellofood Jordan be the “first”? Let’s wait and see!
I have never ever tried Hellofood Jordan. When I have a good salary (because I am now a training doctor in the MOH, Jordan. Training doctors receive only 96.5 JD/month), then I think that the sum of money that this you pay extra for delivery is nothing compared to the time it saves you for going and buying the food yourself. Or even more, to request this person or that to make you a ‘favor’ and bring your lunch B6areeghom (in their way; while they are coming to where you are). I do not think that you can find a lot of such Samaritans! Moreover, you can ask for a favor not for more than once or twice… I do not think that anyone can bring your food: whenever you want it, from whichever restaurant you want it, and to wherever you want it! I will give it a try in the future!
What about you, have you ever tried Aleef, Jamalon, or Hellofood Jordan? What do you think?
I think that Jamalon, Aleef, or any other company should have a similar app! Technology is great!
I have always wondered if the DAAD (Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst – The German Academic Exchange Service) gave any kind of scholarships to doctors specializing in German. Each year, this Nobel German organization gives tens of free Master and PhD scholarships for Jordanians . I read many announcement for scholarships in their website and in their facebook page (DAAD Information Center Amman | Facebook).
What about medical doctors? Does the DAAD offer Jordanian medical doctors any scholarships to complete their specialty in Germany? Or at least, any language courses? About two weeks ago, on November 6th 2013, the DAAD information Center Amman announced about language scholarships for Jordanian students in Germany.
Although they specified that the scholarships are only for students, I wrote the following comment in the above post:
Firstly, I hoped that they might consider medical doctors aiming at a medical specialty in Germany to be students of some kind (For example, to be equivalent to master students). Secondly, if these announced language courses were not for medical doctors, I hoped that they would tell me what services they provide for medical doctors. Concerning this point, I should have contacted the DAAD that since at least 4 months ago when I first knew about it. But did I miss something by my carelessness? To the above comment, I got the following reply:
Without any delay, I sent an email to the above address. I got very nice emails from a Dr. Abdelnasser Hindawi.
So, as a medical doctor, I cannot apply for the above language courses scholarships. Nonetheless, I had some hope left; maybe more important than just a language course. Therefore, I asked about any other possible scholarships or courses for Jordanian medical doctors:
Almost one hour ago, I got the following reply from Dr. Hindawi. It turned out that I did not miss anything! Nonetheless, Dr. Hindawi sent me very useful links for medical doctors about specialty in Germany. I like them and hence, I was encouraged to write this post:
Dear Dr. Hijazeen,
On the website of the German Medical Association (Bundesärztekammer) http://www.bundesaerztekammer.de/page.asp?his=4.3569 you will find all necessary information about specialty training in Germany.
You should also take a look at the Charité International Academy (ChIA) http://chia.charite.de/en/ – it offers a continuing education program for healthcare professionals with an international focus.
You will find German language courses in any major city in Germany, start with: http://www.daad.de/deutschland/deutsch-lernen/warum-deutsch-lernen/13870.en.html . It is recommended that you learn as much German as you can locally, while you are preparing your stay in Germany.
However, unfortunately the DAAD does not offer financial support for medical specialist training, only for PhD work, please look under http://www.daad.de/deutschland/foerderung/stipendiendatenbank/00579.en.html for further information.