Empowering Our Communities Under Crisis

Over the past few decades, [the] Syrian health care system was improving substantially, from the increasing life expectancy rate to dropping infant mortality rate, and even the epidemiologic transition from communicable to non-communicable disease. Syria was also known for its proficient medical staff including men and women, which made our country a center of attraction…

Lessons of Unity and Division

As we all know, today isthe day where Donald Trump is taking charge of the U.S. presidency. A very important event in the American history. The results of the elections, whether manipulated or not, showed that about half of the American population supports a Trumps presidency, and the other portion doesn’t (regardless of the electoral college…

If I had the right to vote, I would. 

To all my American friends; Don’t take these rights for granted! Please know that in some places on this Earth, people have sacrificed everything they had for the right of voting, for freedom, and for liberty. Back in 2011, Syrians had 2 options: Either live under a dictatorship, or die to get freedom and liberty….

Actions speak louder than words

On Friday, I had the privilege to speak at Columbia University Business School in a conference on Innovative Solutions for the Refugee Crisis. I was invited by a group of MBA students currently working on a new scholarship program for displaced students by Columbia for next year, and they asked me to share my story…

Students Without Borders

It’s well known that studying medicine is a stressful and hard path to take. In fact, many of us were advised not to study medicine due to its difficulty, but would anything stand against passion? With all this passion and desire to fulfill our ambitions, there must be some hardships and struggles to surpass or…

Get set… Go!

Medicine is a profession that once you wear its white coat, you can never take it off. The time schedule of a doctor as well as a medical student is always full, otherwise there’s something wrong! It’s a field that’s expanding dramatically with lots of information and knowledge amassing in relatively short time. Today, it…

Soothing Apathy: Humanness and Conflicts

If you have lived in this world for so long or have read part of the chronicles of our humanity, you might have come across the words “never again.” These words are most audible in the darkest moments of human history: the Holocaust, and the great loss of life in Cambodia, Brazil, Bosnia and the…

Setbacks and failures

“Success is not final, failure is not fatal; it is the courage to continue that counts.” Winston S. Churchill These words have always echoed in my head helping me through my toughest times. I have lived by this concept that I managed to turn every setback in my life into a comeback.  Striving for perfection,…

Paying it forward

There is no doubt that the journey through medical school can be incredibly long and stressful with constant sacrifices that must be made in order to achieve our goals as future doctors. Although the conditions and environments of medical students vary considerably in different countries, it is nonetheless a certainty that studying medicine is difficult,…

Keep educated – No matter how cruel life gets

If the past five years of war have proven anything good at all, it is the saying that “what doesn’t kill you, makes you stronger.” It is true that the brutality of war bit into our souls, crushed our dreams, and stripped our lives of all means of happiness, but it also has taught us…

Love-based medicine

It has been more than five years now, five years of a tearing war that smashed all meanings of a peaceful life in Syria. That lovely piece of land that was once listed among the safest places on this planet. When I close my eyes remembering where we used to live, I can only imagine…

STANDING IN THE MIDDLE OF THE STORM

How does it feel to live in a devastating conflict? Where everyone is mainly concerned about his safety, and his essential demands in life! How does it feel if your country started to fall apart as soon as you started building your future? [The] war in Syria has destroyed all sectors of life, including education and…