Filetype: How to use google to search for PowerPoint presentations?

If you were asked to prepare a PowerPoint presentation then you can use google to search for already prepared ones.

I am a Medical students. Through the following method, I can easily locate tens of presentations related to common topics in Medicine.

So, how to ask google to show results that are PowerPoint presentations?

In the main page of google, type the topic you want to search for. For example, “Pneumonia”. However, to only get results that are PowerPoint presentations, you need to add the following: “Filetype:ppt” or “Filetype:pptx“. PPT and PPTX are the extensions of PowerPoint files. See the images below:

Similarly, you can use this method to search for other file types. For example, if you want to search for word documents, type: “Pneumonia filetype:doc” or “Pneumonia filetype:docx“. Or if you want to search for PDF files, type: “Pneumonia filetype:pdf“.

كيف تعرف الأسماء التجارية للأدوية المستخدمة في الأردن؟

هذه الخدمة موفرة من قبل نقابة الصيادلة الأردنيين. ما عليك سوى الدخول إلى الصفحة المذكورة في الأسفل وكتابة إسم الدواء العلمي أو التجاري للحصول على المعلومة التي تحتاجها.
مثلا، إذا كنت تحتاج لمعرفة الإسماء التجارية المتوفرة لـ Enalapril. فإنك تستطيع البحث بهذه المفرده لتخرج لك ليس فقط الأسماء التجارية له، بل أيضا التراكيز المتوفرة، الشكل الصيدلاني، بلد الشركة الصانعة والمستودعة.
هناك تفاصيل أخرى يمكنك التعرف عليها بسهولة من خلال هذه الخدمة المجانية من نقابة الصيادلة.

How do you qualify to be an author in a Medical Research? ما هي المعايير التي تؤهلك لكل تصبح مؤلف في بحث علمي

In Mu’tah faculty of Medicine, and Jordan University faculty of Medicine, there is no formal teaching or training to allow Medical students to conduct research by themselves. Almost certainly, this runs also on the remaining two faculties of Medicine in Jordan (At Jordan University of Science and Technology, and Hashemite University). I haven’t read or heard about the situation there so I can’t confirm this conclusion.

Back to Mu’tah and Jordan Universities, preparing a research, not to mention publishing one, is not part of the degree requirements to become a medical doctor. Therefore, students do research as an extracurricular activity.

During the past two years, I had the luck of dealing with many students doing research. One important thing that struck me is that many students have a misconception of how much contribution is enough to make someone eligible to be a co-author. During a study that I took part in, I asked some friends of mine to help me with distributing questionnaires and collecting them from university students. A comment that I always seemed to hear, “Well, I have collected 100+ questionnaires for you so far, why do not you make me a co-author with you in this study?”. Many think that if they simply help in data gathering, doing a literature review, data entry, data analysis, etc., then they can be eligible for authorship. But what could I have told them? From now on, I will be citing the following which happened with a colleague of mine.

My colleague submitted a paper to the Saudi Medical Journal (SMJ). As part of the reviewing process, SMJ sent him the following regarding who should qualify to be an author. The following would be a very good explanation to anyone who is new to the world of research:

“Authorship credit should be based on 1) substantial contributions to conception and design, or acquisition of data, or analysis and interpretation of data; 2) intellectual content; and 3) final approval of the version to be published. Acquisition of funding, collection of data or general supervision of the research group, alone does not justify authorship.”

To sum it up, to be eligible for authorship doesn’t only require you to finish one task; be it a literature review, study design, data collection, data entry, data analysis, or manuscript writing. On the contrary, becoming a co-author means a combination of all of the above. Or at least, most of which.

Finally, as I sometimes say when I finish my talk about research: Happy researching!

How to know about forthcoming Medical Conferences in Jordan? معرفة مواعيد المؤتمرات الطبية التي ستعقد في الأردن

As a medical student, I found it very hard to discover about forthcoming medical conferences in Jordan. The website of Jordan Medical Association, unfortunately, doesn’t provide this service.

It turned out that there is a Jordanian website that keeps track of the Medical conferences that are to be held in Jordan. This service is provided by a Jordanian Medical Magazine. This magazine, as they describe themselves in this page, are the “only specialized Medical Magazine in Jordan”. Their magazine is very interesting and is always beautifully designed. I sent a them a message on their facebook group and was sent the following link:

معرفة مواعيد المؤتمرات الطبية التي ستعقد في الأردن

 لمعرفة المؤتمرات الطبية التي ستعقد في الأردن. لا تتوجه إلى موقع نقابة الأطباء الأردنية لأنهم لا يقدمون هذه الخدمة. على العكس، توجه إلى هذه الصفحة في موقع مجلة طبية أردنية بعنوان: “الصفحات الطبية الأردنية”. الرابط موجود في الأعلى.


:تحديث 27-06-2013

حتى لو عرفت أن هناك مؤتمر سيقام بعد شهر أو شهرين؟ كيف ستتذكر ذلك؟ من سيقوم بتذكيرك عندما يقترب موعد المؤتمر؟ ماذا لو تغير موعد المؤتمر؟

Event الآن يمكن لفيسبوك أن يقوم بتذكيرك تلقائيا بكل مؤتمر وذلك من خلال

:خاص بكل مؤتمر وذلك على صفحة خاصة على الفيسبوك أنشئتها لهذه الغاية

Medical Conferences in Jordan صفحة مؤتمرات طبية في الأردن

Medical Conferences in Jordan صفحة مؤتمرات طبية في الأردن

كيف يمكن أن تتلقى تنبيه من صفحة "مؤتمرات طبية في الأردن بمجرد أي ينزل إعلان أي مؤتمر جديد. قم بوضع إشارة صح كما في الصورة.

كيف يمكن أن تتلقى تنبيه من صفحة “مؤتمرات طبية في الأردن بمجرد أي ينزل إعلان أي مؤتمر جديد. قم بوضع إشارة صح كما في الصورة.

Medical Conferences in Jordan Facebook Page صفحة فيسبوك بعنوان مؤتمرات طبية في الأردن

If you believe that surgery is the best medical specialty, then do you know how many surgeons won the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine?

I do not want to be in any medical specialty related to surgery. I always thought how surgery depends more on skill than knowledge, more on working than studying, and more on short-term than long-term lasting solutions. So what if a new heart is transplanted to a patient?  A new kidney? Wouldn’t it be much better if research was done to prevent damage to these organs in the first place? Wouldn’t it be much better to invent drugs that prevent hardening in the blood vessels (atherosclerosis) and eventual heart damage than to do a surgery to transplant new blood vessels to the heart (CABG)?

Moreover, many individuals frown against me when I tell them that I am not considering a specialty in surgery. The opinion of almost all whom I talked to could be summarized in that being a doctor is associated with being a surgeon. If you are not a surgeon, it is OK. But your respect is not as much as that of a surgeon. One person summarized it in the following example: “If doctors of different specialties entered into a gathering, then people would firstly greet the surgeons”.

For many years, I couldn’t prove my point of view about surgery. However, lately, it came to me in an epiphany to count the number of surgeons who won the Nobel Prize in Medicine and Physiology. Immediately, some persons might argue that this is not a measure of how good or bad surgery is. I partially agree with such an opinion. However, I will take the number of winners as an indicator not as a measure. That is to say, you can safely assume that a student who gets an average of 90% in high school is much more intelligent than a student who got 60%. However, it would be very unfair to say that he is better than a student of closer average like 85%.

The holders of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine are mentioned in this official page. From 1901 till 2011, the prize has been awarded 102 times to 199 individuals. Unfortunately, the page doesn’t mention the specialty of the holders. Therefore, the only way that I could think of was to read a wikipidia page called “Lists of Nobel laureates in Physiology or Medicine” which mentions the “rationale” for giving the Nobel Prize to each of its winners.  From this rationale, one can deduce the specialty of the winners. Or at least, if someone is to argue, whether the prize was given for an achievement related to surgery.

Before giving the number of surgeons, it is worth mentioning the interesting fact about the number of female winners of the prize. Out of the total 199 winners from 1901 to 2011, the number of female winners is “10”.

The number of surgeon winners as evident by the rationale of giving the prize is not 100 (50.3%), or 50 (25.1%), it is only 2 (1.0%) [See the table below].

Therefore, can I safely conclude that surgeons haven’t made contributions to mankind significant enough so that only 1.0% of them were awarded the Nobel Prize?

A friend of mine aspiring to be a surgeon said, “But surgeons have a significant effect on the lives of many people”.  I answered, “I agree with you. However, non-surgeons had a significant effect on not only the lives of many people, but on all the lives of humanity”.

For those aspiring to be surgeons, it is true that I have mentioned all of the above, but I encourage you to continue in your quest only because surgeons make a lot of money and are respected more in our society. In addition, studying for surgery is easier than studying for internal medicine and most other specialties because, again, it depends mainly on skill and work.

The two surgeons who won the Nobel Prize:

1909 Emil Theodor Kocher Switzerland “for his work on the physiology, pathology and surgery of the thyroid gland[17]
912 Alexis Carrel France “[for] his work on vascular suture and the transplantation of blood vessels and organs[20]

Sixth Scientific Day of the Faculty of Medicine in Mu’tah University (09.04.2012)

Today, the 6th scientific day of my faculty of Medicine in Mu’tah Univesrity took place under the patronage of the presidenct of our University Dr. Abd Al-Raheem Al-Hnaitee. The coordinator of the event was Prof. Imad Farjou – Chairman of the scientific committee.



[Photo 1: A banner hanged in front of the faculty saying: Under the patronage of Prof. Abd Al-Raheem Al-Hnaitee, president  of Mu’tah University, the faculty of Medicien is organizing the sixth scientifc day. Monday 09.04.2012…]

[Photo 2: Opening ceremony: Seen in the image is the president of Mu’tah University Dr. Abd Al-Raheem Hnaitee and dean of the faculty of Medicine in Mu’tah University Dr. Bassam Neshewat. Source: Almadenah News, 09.04.2010, click here!]

Do Universities in the Arab World Care About Scientific Research?

In a press conference about the scientific day held on Saturday, 07.04.2012, the dean of our Faculty Dr. Bassam Neshewat said the following:

“وتنظم كلية الطب بجامعة مؤتة غدا، يوما علميا لتشجيع تقديم الابحاث العلمية من قبل الطلبة بالكلية… وبين الدكتور نشيوات ان 21 بحثا علميا و18 محاضرة علمية سوف تقدم في اليوم العلمي بمشاركة باحثين من الجامعة ووزارة الصحة والخدمات الطبية الملكية، معتبرا ان اليوم العلمي فرصة للطلبة لتبادل المعرفة والخبرات العلمية والعملية وتشجيع الطلبة على الاهتمام بالبحث العلمي بمختلف المعارف الطبية.

Tomorrow, the faculty of medicine in Mu’tah University is organizing a scientific day to encourage the students of the faculty to present scientific researches… and Dr. Neshewat showed that 21 scientific researches and 18 scientic lectures will be presented in the scientic day… considering that the scientific day is a chance for the students to exchnage knowledge and scientic and practical experience and encourage students to care for scientic research in the different scientific knowledges.”

المصدر source: “كلية الطب في جامعة مؤتة تعاني نقصا شديدا في هيئة التدريس”، جريدة الرأي، 07.04.2010،

Dr. Bassam… Thank you!


In a previous article of me regarding scientific research in the Arab world, I tried to find reasons why only 3 Arab Universities are ranked among the top 500 world universities (according to ARWU) while Isarael has 7 universities in the same list. In it I wrote:

“Do universities in the Arab world care about scientific research? Do our universities provides incentives to both doctors and students to do scientific research?”

“Scientific Research in the Arab World: Reality or fiction?”, Mo’abite, 05.02.2012.



Can we deduce from the statements of the dean that the answer is No? At least  to the first question?

Some might say, “Actions speaks louder than words”. Well, I have experienced the above statement practically. Today, Moa’bite was an “action”!

Today, some of the 21 scientific researches in the scientific day were presented by students who took part in these researches. Out of at least 11 students who spoke, Moa’bite was the speaker in two different researches.  How can such a student complain that his University doesn’t care about scientific research?

Moa'bite © 2012

This is the certification that I recived today. Unfortunately, although I participated in two researches, I was only given one certificate of acknowledgement regarding this fact. Why? Is it because they do not mention the name of the research? I do not know and I am afraid that this will cause me not to be able to have accreditation of my research in my future CV. The Certificate says:
“A Certification of Appreciation to certify that Jameel Hijazeen* has participated in the 6th scientific day as speaker/5th **year student (Not 6th year)”

* Hijazeen not Hjazeen ** Not “6th year student” but “5th year student”

On the other hand, I and my colleagues found a great difficulty in finding sponsoring doctors who donated their efforts and times to help us in preparing a research, but most importantly, to include us in the possible future publication of the research!

Producers… Not Only Consumers: One reason why I spent many days and nights in these two researches:

Back in school, one teacher of mine once said something like the following (I am paraphrasing):

We Arabs are only consumers… We do not produce anything! Let us do a simple experiment! Let everyone of you [students] check what he wears or owns now in the class room; Your shoes are from this country, your watches are from that country, the clothes that you wear… Even your flesh, if you think about it, is the result of food that is produced in foreign countries”


p>In order for an “developing” nation or country to develop, don’t you think that Scientifc Research is one importatn step towards that? Don’t you agree with “Science Prospects Magazien مجلة آفاق العلم” that:

Importance of Reading

[The photo: Knowledge can deliver us to more than we can imagine… Reading is the first step toward change!]


Finally, from this small podium, I repeat something similar to what I said in the begining of one my presentations:

“I would like to thank the persons without whom I would not have been given the honor of standing in front of such a distinguished audience & be a participant in such a scientific activity:

  • 1st Research: “Some Epidemiological Aspects of Hypertension Among Jordanian Inpatients”
    Prof. Imad Farjou and my colleagues Khalid Al-Sharia, Fadi Farah, Mohammed Al-Hamed, Oday Ma’aitah, and Amer Tobassi.
  • 2nd Research: “Perception of Menstruation and its Related Co-morbidities among Female Medical Students at Mu’tah University” Dr. Moamar Al-Jefout& Dr. Seham Abu-Fraijeh and my colleagues Ola Ma’aitah, Randa Qaisi, and Oday Ma’aitah.
    I have learnt a lot from or with you! Thank you all!

Medical day in Al-Aghwar Al-Janobeiah by the Faculty of Medicine in Mu’tah University

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.

المصدر: “يوم طبي مجاني بمناسبة ميلاد الملك في الأغوار الجنوبية “،


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

الكرك-الدستور-نجاة الحميدات
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 .

التاريخ : 11-02-2012

المصدر: جريدة الدستور،