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Hey everyone, sorry for the brief hiatus, starting M2 year with both schoolwork and organization activities creeped up on me.

So what have I been doing? Let’s see:

MSMD Health Fair – The Medical Students of Middle-Eastern Descent hosted a health fair for Iraqi refugees with the help of the Lutheran Social Services of Michigan a few days before school began. We measured the patients’ blood pressures, BMIs, and glucose and cholesterol levels, and then they were consulted by doctors or 3rd year med students on their health. It was a really great feeling knowing that I helped organize something that helped people in need. I also think it inspired a lot of the medical and pre-med students who volunteered with us to confirm their interest in the medical field. I know I felt that way myself.

Fast-a-thon – As part of Muslim Medical Students’ Assocation, I helped organize its biggest event of the year, Fast-a-thon, where we invite medical students and faculty to fast with their Muslim classmates for a day. It’s a great event which turns out more than 100 guests, including our med school deans. It was a really great time, and it always shows a lot about our medical school that we have so much encouragement for these events. (Andrea described her experience well as a participant of the Fast-a-thon in her blog post– thanks for coming Andrea!)

School – Yes, school. And we just finished cardiology. That’s all I have to say about that.

NAAMA Conference – Members of MSMD and I traveled together this past Labor Day weekend. We attended the National Arab American Medical Association’s annual convention, which just so happened to be in Las Vegas. It was nice to get a change of scenery. And of course, it was very fun and educational, as one would expect from Las Vegas. The buffets were delicious. Here’s a blurry photo:

Alright, that’s all for now. Take care everyone!