Hometown: Northville, MI
Undergraduate Institution: University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
Pritzker Activities: Bucksbaum Institute for Clinical Excellence, Health Policy Interest Group, Sight Savers, Dean's Council
S&D Track: Scientific Investigation: Basic Sciences
S&D Mentor & Project: Eric Beyer, MD, PhD; Connexin 46fs380
Why did you choose to attend Pritzker?
Throughout the interview and selection process, it was clear that Pritzker really valued its students. This was obvious from my interactions with the admissions office, and I have found that it carries throughout the rest of the school during my time here. As a member of Dean's Council, I have had the opportunity to see firsthand the effort the administration puts into ensuring students have a great experience.
Who has been an important mentor of yours during your time at Pritzker?
I have gone to Dr. Woodruff more times than I can count for advice. His outlook is always insightful and tells it like it is. His door is always open to students, and he is a great advocate on our behalf.
What do you think about diversity & inclusion on campus? Is Pritzker a welcoming place?
The student body is incredibly diverse at Pritzker. Everyone is also open-minded, which creates opportunities to learn and benefit from this diversity.
How would you describe your classmates?
Multiple times during my years at Pritzker, I have stopped and thought to myself, "I am surrounded by incredible people." Beyond intelligent, the students here are compassionate, curious, and innovative.
What is your favorite thing to do in Chicago or the best thing about living in Chicago?
Chicago is a phenomenal city. It has all of the amenities of a big city with a small town feel. I love visiting the museums - the Art Institute being a favorite. The food is also incredible.
What do you like to do in your free time?
Having grown up in Iraq and New Zealand before moving to the States, I have always loved exploring new cultures. Luckily, I have had the opportunity to continue traveling during med school, visiting 8 countries thus fair - most recently Oman.