• Ich glaube, ich habe manchmal erhöhte Blutdruckwerte. Ich brauche ein Blutdruckmessgerät!
• Ich habe in den letzten 30 Minuten oder so nach einer neuen Firma zum Hosting von meinem Blog gesucht. Die Preise sind hoch. Ich kann kein günstiges Angebot finden!
• Ich glaube, ich soll auf meiner Station bleiben. In den nächsten Monaten kann ich mir sicherer sein, ob ich in eine Uniklinik wechseln muss oder ob ich lieber in einem Krankenhaus für Versorgung bleiben soll.
• Und ja, in den Nachrichten habe ich über einen Land-Krieg in Syrien gelesen. Toll! Der dritte Weltkrieg kommt! Warum bin ich so pessimistisch? Ja, so ist die Geschichte der Menschheit!
Abstract books of the First Scientific Day of the Karak Governmental Hospital 2014
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.
From the second person in the right side of the photo: Prof. Abdullah Abbadi, President of the Jordanian Society of Hematology, Prof. Rida Khawaldeh, President of Mutah University, and Dr. Zouhair Ammarin, Dean of the Faculty of Medicine at Mutah University.
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.
Dr. Zakaria Al-Nawiseh, the Manger of the Karak Governmental and the President of the scientific day: Certainly, he will be remembered for having organized the first scientific day in the history of Karak Governmental hospital!
Dr. Hani Al-Hamaidah, the head of the scientific committee and the dean of the faculty of Pharmacy at Mutah University.
Prof. Abdullah Abaddi while giving his lecture about Stems Cells in Jordan
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.
My design for the Cover Page of the Abstract Book of The First Scientific Day of the Karak Governmental Hospital:
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?
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 first slide in my presentation: Did finishing the psychiatry clerkship improve the attitudes of medical students at Mutah University toward Psychiatry?
Certificate of a Lecturer – Dr. Jameel Khaleel Hijazeen – Lecturer د. جميل خليل حجازين – محاضر
What each lecturer in the scientific day got
Dr. Fadi Farah and I, with our great supervisor Dr. Radwan Bani Mustafa.
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
Dr. Hossam Abed presenting the results our study about social phobia under the supervison of Dr. Radwan Bani Mustafa د. حسام عابد
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.
I had the honor of attending a lecture by a French American Professor called Jean Decety from the University of Chicago. The lecture took place in the building of the Jordan Society of Scientific Research (JSSR) in Amman on Wednesday, 11/09/2013 (If you want to keep updated with the activities of the JSSR, here is a link to their facebook page). The title of the lecture of Prof. Decety was:
الآليات العصبية الحيوية التي تشكل الأساس للتعاطف و الاهتمام بالآخرين لدى الإنسان Neurobiological Mechanisms of Empathy and Caring for Others
The topic of the lecture seemed strange to me. For minutes, I thought of not attending this lecture. Firstly, I could not imagine about what this lecture would be. Secondly, I did not know how important Prof. Decety is. Nonetheless, because I trusted my friend who recommended this lecture for me (Thank you Dr. Ali Alfar) and because I am interested in psychiatry my possible future specialty, then I googled the name of Prof. Decety. Quickly, I discovered that there is a detailed Wikipedia page about Prof. Decety. Can anyone have a detailed wikipedia page? I also found multiple articles mentioning him. Therefore, I decided quickly to attend because I thought that I would benefit something from this lecture no matter how boring the topic turned out to be.
A friend of mine and I decided to go to this lecture. My friend is also interested in psychiatry. We arrived a few minutes before the lecture started. Prof. Decety then arrived. From the first few minutes, I could deduce that he is a jolly person, funny, and to my relive, that I would not bored by the “weird” lecture that was to come.
The lecture started. A Dr. Rana Dajani introduced Prof. Decety. I understood that Dr. Dajani and Prof. Decety conducted are conducting researches together.
The lecture started with Prof. Decety talking a little bit about his family (From my short experience in attending conferences, this is something usual with western doctors). Prof. Decety explained briefly about the research center in which he works “The University of Chicago Social Cognitive Neuroscience Lab (SCNL).” Prof. Decety is the head of this center. This information really impressed me because Prof. Decety is French. He had his Bachelor degree, three master degrees, and PhD in France . Nonetheless, Prof. Decety’s un-American origin did not prevent the University of Chicago from appointing him as a head of a research center as important as the SCNL. What matters are qualifications! This reminded me of multiple articles that spoke about how the USA attracts scientists from all over the world. Why would not it? Is not the story of Prof. Decety an excellent example why this occurs?
As the topic of the lecture became more and more clear to me, I started enjoying the multiple researches about which Prof. Decety spoke. I was impressed a lot with a sentence that Prof. Decety used to describe himself: “I am an Evolutionary Psychologist.” I have never heard about a branch of science with that name. However, it was not hard for me to expect what this branch of study is about: Explaining pychology in view of evolution! [Here is a wikipedia article about Evolutionary Psychology]! This is very amazing! I love evolution and I think it is very logical to use it to explain biology. It turned out that it can also explain “psychology”… Those atheistic infidels!
Prof. Jean Decety, with active use of body language, answering the audience questions.
From the very first minutes of the lecture, Prof. Decety mentioned the “taboo” of evolution. An attending student raised his hand and asked a question that initially appeared to be related to the lecture’s topic. Nonetheless, because I come from this society, I knew from the beginning that it was a matter of the speaker wanting to prove that evolution is wrong. The questions did not stop and were more and more indirectly revolving about the correctness of Evolution. It is really a pity that many of the people around me still discuss whether evolution is correct or not! The world is way ahead of us. I do not think that this should be a topic of discussion anymore. The debate increased and another student joined. It was then consuming a lot of time that Dr. Dajani finally intervened and said (something like): “The discussion is now about Evolution and it will not end! Evolution is compatible with religion. Some think that it is not. Here at the society we will have a lecture that shows the compatibility of evolution with religion. Let us continue the lecture.” The lecture finally resumed!
Religious explanations are so wide! I really do not understand how accepting evolution contradicts the belief in God! // Source: religifake.com
Prof. Decety then explained about multiple studies. Of interest, Prof. Decety talked about the findings that the hormone oxytocin increased empathy. Prof. Decety then suggested jokingly, but also, almost seriously as of someone really concerned:
“Some studies show that the hormone oxytocin increase empathy in human beings” Prof. Jean Decety, the University of Chicago.
I did not feel the time pass before the lecture ended. At his last slide, Prof. Decety had put the links of the facebook pages of his two lab: The SCNL and the Child Neuro Suite. He asked if we could like it (The link for the SCNL is here and the link to the Child Neuro Suite is here). Next, the audience asked some questions and Prof. Decety happily answered them.
Next, I smiled a lot when I saw Prof. Decety holding a camera. What made me smile was that Prof. Decety was more interested to take photos more than the audience members who wanted to be photographed with him. When I saw the situation like this, I happily asked my friend [Thank you Dr. Fadi Walid Farah] to take a photo of me with Prof. Decety. Here I am now publishing it proudly (I hope that Prof. Decety does not mind that).
 Jean Decety, Wikipedia, www.en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jean_Decety
Today, with Dr. Andrew Ordon at the Children of War Foundation Symposium – Amman 2013, King Hussein Medical Center, Amman, Jordan.
Dr. Andrew is a volunteer in a US organization called “Children of War Foundation”. During the previous days, outstanding surgeons from this organization were performing free operations on complex surgical cases at King Hussein Medical Center.
Dr. Andrew, along with his fellow American volunteers of the Children of War Foundation, gave lectures related to plastic surgery (You can see the schedule of this symposium at the events section of Medical Conferences in Jordan facebook page). They were very sophisticated lectures to the degree that I almost understood nothing! I am not embarrassed to say this because these guys were brought to Jordan, in the first place, to operate on inoperable cases that our Jordanian surgeons needed international experts to help them operate on!It was a nice experience. It is amazing to meet people whom every minute of their time counts! As long as these people are in Jordan, a smile is brought to the faces of many children and their families. Of interest, the team leader, a Japanese-American doctor, Dr. Mark M. Urata, said:
“I don’t treat my children, Japanese children, or Jordanian children… I treat the world’s children”.
Not only the children or their parents are happy. Surgeons of the Jordanian Royal Medical Services should be happy too. Today, Dr. Andrew was not able to give his scheduled lecture. The reason? He didn’t have a voice! So, I could deduce easily how much explanation has Dr. Andrew been giving!
All in all, one stands in awe in front of people who are spending their precious time, time in which they can easily make thousands of dollars, to help children they don’t know… Not children of my relatives, my tribe, my country, my religion… the world’s children 🙂
A banner hanged on one of the doors of the basic faculty building: Under the patronage of his Excellency the president of the university of Mu’tah\ Inauguration of the ninth scientific conference of the faculty of medicine\ Mu’tah University, 10-11/4/2013.
Basic Faculty Building (Years 1-3), Faculty of Medicine, Mutha University, Jordan (Date 11.04.2013)
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.
First slide in our presentation
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.
Prof. Imad Farjou, our great supervisor and the conference organizer. The paper on the desk in front of him is the abstract of our research :).
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.
Our research (top left) as present in the schedule of the 9th Scientific Conference of the Faculty of Medicine at Mu’tah University 2013.
Conference bag and the certificate of being a speaker – The 9th Scientific Conference of the Faculty of Medicine at Mu’tah University, Karak, Jordan, April 10-11, 2013.
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.
Yesterda I luckily had the chance of participating in a free medical day in Al-Aghwar Al-Janobieh organized by my faculty. This event was under the patronage the head of Mu’tah University, Dr. Abd Al-Rahman Al-Hneati.
[Photo: A speech at the opening ceremony]
Out of 800+ medical studnets in Mu’tah University, I was the only one who participated in this activity. I don’t know why other students were not invited. Personally, I was invited by Dr. Khaleel Al-Salem, my Ophthalmology doctor in Mu’tah University (Thank you my dear doctor!). It felt weird to be the only student. Therefore, I believe that my invitation was a mistake… A beautiful mistake though!
Most of the patients were femlaes and children. Most interstingly, and for the first time in my life, I saw children as young as 9 or 10 years seeking medical advice without any adult accompanying them; not a parent, a grandparent, an older sibling, etc.
I attended the Ophthalmology clinic with Dr. Khalil. He examined about 20-30 patients. He freely distributed medications which he brought with him. The number of patients in other clinics was larger. I don’t how much larger, but here is a comment that has been made in a Jordanian website from a person who called himself “a participant in the free medical day”:
More than 100 patients have been seen in the dermatology clinic alone by Dr. Khetam Al-Rfooa, and about 50 patients by Dr. Seham… and others…
فقط لتصحيح المعلومة ان اكثر من 100 مريض قد تم معاينتهم في عيادة الجلدية و حدها من قبل الدكتورة ختام الرفوع و ما يقارب الخمسين مريض من قبل الدكتورة سهام طبيبة النسائية و غيرهم في عيادات العيون د.خليل السالم و الاذنية د هاني الحمايدة الاطفال د امجد الطراونة و الجراحة العامة د سعد و د عبدالله و الباطنية د محمد القاسم من جامعة مؤتة.
How large is the media coverage? Here are google search results as they appear today – Saturday-, one day after the event:
As you can notice, a total of 3 articles only appear in google news for “يوم طبي مجاني الأغوار الجنوبية”.
An article in addustour newspaper about the event:
يوم طبي مجاني في الأغوار الجنوبية بمناسبة عيد ميلاد الملك
رعى رئيس جامعة مؤتة الدكتور عبدالرحيم الحنيطي اليوم الطبي المجاني الذي أقامته جمعية البحر الميت للتنمية الصحية في لواء الأغوار الجنوبية الذي استفاد منه 60 شخصا بمناسبة عيد ميلاد جلالة الملك عبدالله الثاني .
وأشار رئيس جمعية البحر الميت للتنمية الصحية أحمد الهويمل إلى أن الجمعية تقدم خدمات عديدة للمواطنين ومنها الرعاية الطبية لمعالجة مرضى لواء الأغوار الجنوبية مبينا مشاركة أطباء إختصاص من مديرية صحة الكرك في (العظام والنسائية والتوليد وأنف وأذن وحنجرة والجراحة والباطنية ) وتحويل الحالات المرضية إلى مستشفيات محافظة الكرك . وأشاد رئيس جامعة مؤتة بالمبادرة الطبية والقائمين عليها لما توفره من مساعدة عاجلة للمواطنين من ذوي الاحتياجات الصحية والحالات العاجلة مؤكداحرص الجامعة على التعاون المثمر مع مؤسسات المجتمع المحلي بما يخدم المواطنين ويعمق الدور الإنساني النبيل لمهنة الطب .