What led you to choose medicine?

I have always been determined to pursue a career in medicine. As someone who has seen the medical field from both the patient side (where I watched my family battle and overcome their ailments with the guidance of amazing medical experts around us) as well as from the professional side (thanks to surgical and medical internships and volunteer experiences), I quickly found that medicine was an intriguing area that I wanted to explore.

How did you manage to secure internships? What advice can you offer wannabe medicine students?

I have been fortunate enough to have done multiple internships and summer courses at surgical programmes in hospitals, and universities such as Stanford, Harvard, and UCLA. My biggest advice for securing these programmes and internships is to be proactive and be on the lookout for these opportunities online. For internships and research opportunities, reach out to university professors or researchers who are conducting research in areas you are interested in.

What kind of mentorship/advice did Hale offer you? How useful has it been?

Ever since joining Hale during my junior year, I have found myself consistently guided through the application process. As someone who moved to Dubai midway through high school, I could not have asked for better assistance than what Hale Education has provided me. With the incredible guidance of mentors such as Peter Davos, I found every one-on-one session to be incredibly engaging. At every step of the application process, I was provided with helpful strategies and tips as well as consistent encouragement on how to think out of the box in an effort to provide lasting change to my community around me. I have found myself gaining a far greater understanding of how to pursue opportunities that I am fascinated with and wish to become an avid member of.

Tell us 5 major lessons you learned from your internships and summer courses.

1. Be proactive! Avidly seek the opportunities and internships that you are interested in and reach out to professionals in your focus area.

2. Patient care is beyond important in the medical field. Through countless hours of hospital experience, I have learnt incredible things and built unforgettable bonds with the patients around me. Every interaction with a patient has always led to something new for me to think about.

3. Be ready to not always succeed. There will be times when you might not get that research opportunity or internship that you were hooked on, and that’s okay. It is important to stay determined and to look for an even better experience that’s suited to help you learn the most that you can.

4. Getting input and perspectives from people across the world will be the best thing that you can receive. It will progress your thinking and help you build a multifaceted point of view.

5. Learning is fun. Being in a position to learn from professionals is vital to growing your mindset and gaining important experiences.

Have you decided on a speciality you wish to pursue? If yes, why did you choose that?

As a member of the Class of 2025 at Johns Hopkins University, I was accepted into the world’s leading Biomedical Engineering programme at the renowned Whiting School of Engineering. As a BME major at Hopkins, I will be an active participant as I push the boundaries of biomedical engineering. This will occur as I work alongside leading engineers, clinicians, and scientists from the top-ranked JHU schools of Engineering and Medicine to solve real-world medical problems through the areas of science and engineering. From my first year onwards, I will be able to be an avid participant in clinical design programmes, innovative research projects, entrepreneurial endeavours, and student organizations. This BME education will be crucial as I go on to further pursue my medical career in the hopes of becoming a surgeon.

Why did you choose Johns Hopkins?

Starting from middle school, I began to search for colleges where I could explore this avenue of research and receive the best tools to succeed in medicine. That is when I first found Johns Hopkins University. Eventually I met Peter and discovered the amazing capabilities and opportunities that JHU has to offer. It is this environment of intellectual freedom and curiosity that I am incredibly excited to be a part of as a member of the Class of 2025!

Students get to work alongside leading Johns Hopkins physicians and scientists in solving real-world problems
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What tips can you offer students applying 
to university?

Staying focused and organised during the college application process. It will help you figure out your priorities and future steps.

Reach out to your colleges’ admission representatives, current students, and/or alumni to learn if your interests align with what the university is providing.

Start as soon as possible. Seek out the organisations and programs that you want at the earliest time you can because high school flies by quickly!

In the forefront of medicine

For more than 25 years, JHU’s Biomedical engineering programme has been consistently ranked number one in the US.

Hopkins’ BME 2.0 curriculum gives students a solid footing in the quantitative and life sciences, including physics, mathematics, programming, computer science, biology, and data science. Students get to work alongside leading Johns Hopkins physicians and scientists in solving real-world problems in clinical or research settings from day one.

Recently, 24 students formed a design start-up, Polair, to create a surgical mask of the future. Earlier this month, they were awarded $250,000 from industry leaders for their clear, adjustable mask. The Hopkins Polair team also took home the Future Forward award, which recognises prototypes that reflect the future of mask technology.

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