For many doctors, medicine was the only career they ever considered. Not Dorothy Ann Sparks. She came to MUA after a career in academia, teaching Engineering. Earning her MD with honors at MUA in 2006, she is now an acute care surgeon at the University of Tennessee Methodist University Hospital in Memphis, double board-certified in General Surgery and Surgical Critical Care and teaches surgery at the University of Tennessee College of Medicine. Read Dorothy’s full profile at http://www.mua.edu/for-alumni/alumni-spotlight
Sickle cell disease (or sickle cell anemia) is a devastating, genetic condition that is prevalent among populations that trace their ancestry to Africa, the Middle East and South Asia. While some progress in countering the disease took place decades ago, the pace has slowed since the late 1980’s, but Ahmar Urooj Zaidi, a 2011 MUA graduate, is looking to change that. He is part of a major research project at Children’s Hospital of Michigan, part of a three-year fellowship in pediatric hematology/oncology. Read Ahmar’s full profile at http://www.mua.edu/for-alumni/alumni-spotlight
A native of Florida, Sasha Klemawesch headed north for her undergraduate years, attending New York’s prestigious New York University and getting a degree in nursing. But as she neared graduation, she realized her true calling was to be a doctor.Switching gears at this point can mean an extended (and expensive) period of makeup classes. Instead, Sasha chose a more direct route: MUA’s pre-med program. Two semesters later, she entered MUA’s MD program. Today, she’s a resident at Tampa General Hospital and on her way to becoming double board certified in internal medicine and emergency care. Read Sasha’s full profile at http://www.mua.edu/for-alumni/alumni-spotlight
Surgery is one of the most competitive residencies, doubly so for a graduate of an international medical school—even a top tier school such as Medical University of the Americas. But Adnan Qureshi, a 2011 MUA graduate, was undaunted. “They have [surgery] spots available. Those spots are available to everybody. It’s about deciding you want to do it and demonstrating you’re the right person.” Today Adnan is completing his residency in General Surgery at one of Canada’s leading medical centers, the University of Toronto. See the video interview with Adnan (hotlink to http://www.mua.edu/graduate-success/meet-our-graduates) and read his complete profile at http://www.mua.edu/for-alumni/alumni-spotlight
Born with a condition called transposition of the great arteries, Brian Chwiecko was a critical care patient before he even knew it. Required to check in with a cardiologist every year of his life, it was no surprise when he decided that medicine would be his career.
At MUA he was a standout student, scoring in the top 2.5% on the USMLE. It was during his MUA clinical rotations in Louisiana that he found his calling, in effect pulled back to his infancy in critical care. Today, he’s a resident in in his hometown of Reading, PA, in Reading Hospital’s three-year internal medicine program, his No. 1 choice, heading for a fellowship in…what else would you expect?: pulmonology and critical care.
See the video interview with Brian (hotlink to http://www.mua.edu/graduate-success/meet-our-graduates) and read his complete profile at http://www.mua.edu/for-alumni/alumni-spotlight