When my parents immigrated from Pakistan, they made a tremendous sacrifice so that my sister and I could have the best opportunities in the world. They educated me on all the good that can come from a strong work ethic. Equally important was their insistence that we engage in each community we live in. Without relatives in America, our neighbors were our guests for Thanksgiving dinners, but it always felt like we were one big family. I grew up yearning for and learning how to build long‐lasting relationships with friends who, to this day, still feel like family. I guess it’s no surprise that I was drawn to medicine because of the ability to forge meaningful relationships with patients who can become like family.
Why I Chose Cincinnati
I chose Cincinnati because I believe it is the best place to train as an aspiring medical educator and a human being looking for tremendous personal growth. Cincinnati is where the magic happens. We strive to re‐engage the notion of medicine being a calling and not just another job. When I met with all of the residents and faculty on interview day, they gave me a sense of purpose and hope. Hope that the notion of “healthcare is broken” is not an acceptable outcome at UC. We will be at the bedside for the majority of our time, we will care for our patients as a team of nurses, students, techs, pharmacist, doctors, and so on. We will introduce ourselves and provide the necessary education so that our patients with chronic illnesses can live healthy lives outside the hospital. Above all else, we will connect with our patients as people, we will connect with our colleagues as people, we will connect with everyone involved in this mission as people. Because at the end of the day, we’re all in this for the care of each other’s loved ones and to forge relationships to last a lifetime.