Here is my personal website describing my experience, portfolio, goals, and values. This is my story, keep scrolling. ( If you are here, probably you already have my short 2-page CV so I skipped that)
How I got familiar with medicine
I was attending my first surgery during my childhood when I was 10 years old. The middle-aged women underwent a mastoidectomy perhaps because of supportive otitis media or cholesteatoma. I also observed my both grandfathers treating patients and earning love in return.
I grew up with patients’ stories, every night I and my father discussed patients’ problems and public health issues in Iran. How conflict of interests should be resolved, why we have a good medical education system but the health condition of people is not improved. I also created power points of my father’s presentations at conferences.
My father’s and both grandfather’s clinics make a great opportunity to make an early experience in the medical ecosystem. My father did fellowships in 6 countries abroad (Italy, the USA, England, Germany, …) and my grandfather studied head and neck surgery in the Texas Hospital. That’s where I understood the life of a physician is full of sacrifices and withstanding the absence of his beloved ones. But in the end, the life of a patient is the most valuable thing.
Finally, I decided to continue the honour of serving people, and take the university entrance exam, where I ranked 545th (top 0.1%) in the field of natural sciences among 600,000 participants.
I found my passion for solving puzzles during high school, and I got elected to the computer olympiad and earned a chess championship. I graduated from one of the best high schools in Tehran (3.83/4) and took the University entrance exam. I ranked among 0.1% of participants in medical science and started my path in the Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Science, one of the best medical universities in the country.
My Challenge in the first years of med school
I started med school and faced many challenges. I failed a class in my first semester (biochemistry). It really shocked me! still, I remember the feeling. Boom I failed another course in the second trimester. I was so stressed and developed anxiety about exams, there was no support system for students, I wasn’t engaged with my peers, and I could not use help from my family (they are not familiar with failing I guess !). I remember the day I wanted to change the situation, I took my picture in the corridor of my med school and promised myself to never put myself in this situation. And guess what I caught up with my curriculum, even scored higher than average, and started to enjoy the med journey.
Nowadays, I am just laughing about those days. Is it really important to fail two courses? I understood how I should cope with the situation. The systems should have a supporting system. Since my med school have no such thing, we developed a “peer mentoring” organization. We tried to choose 5-6th year successful peers and then match them to first-year medical students with the same personalities and goals.
I was eager to help students like myself, I took part in the medical student’s Olympiad in the field of medical education. The competition has three stages and lasts a year. The bronze medal was my reward, which gave me the chance of studying Master of Science in medical education.
A 7-year medical curriculum contains 3 years of medical science, 2 years of externship, and 2 years of internship. Although I faced some hardship during my first semesters I cached-up myself and started to find my long-term goal. I experienced working with research teams, attended many surgeries, more than I can count on, and also did some teaching to my peers. Finally, I found what I love the most, the position that can fulfil my satisfaction, Where you can teach, treat, and solve problems.
Medical Externship and Internship, start of an era
What can be more joyful than finding a solution to a problem? A physician treats the body, and a scientist can treat a problem. I started my first work on data gathering teams and then I loved working with big data. My first code in Python resolved the problem of reading laboratory values. I saved the time of junior researchers and my code read 8.6 million lab values in just an hour. My code is still available in the hospital. I also learned R programming because of my need for time series analysis. Then I found myself in the middle of being a data scientist. I hope one day I can create a data-driven decision-making system for public health policymakers. Here are my published and current research projects: