Archive for April, 2013

I am away from my Blog until 03/06/2013

closed for exams

Dear visitors,

I am in my last year in medical school. My final exams will start in approximately one month. Therefore, I will not be available to publish comments or answer any question until 03/06/2013. If you have time, wish me to study hard! And to have good luck in the exams :).

شكرا على زيارة المدونة! إمتحاناتي النهائية في كلية الطب على الأبواب! ولذلك فلن أدخل إلى المدونة حتى  أنشر أي تعليق أو أردعلى أي تعليق. وذلك حتى 3\6\2013.

Thank you.

The Ninth Scientific Conference of the Faculty of Medicine at Mu’tah University, Karak, Jordan, April 10-11, 2013.

A banner hanged on one of the doors of the basic faculty building: Under the patronage of his Excellency the president of the university of Mu'tah\\ Inauguration of the ninth scientific conference of the faculty of medicine\\ Mu'tah University, 10-11/4/2013.

A banner hanged on one of the doors of the basic faculty building: Under the patronage of his Excellency the president of the university of Mu’tah\\ Inauguration of the ninth scientific conference of the faculty of medicine\\ Mu’tah University, 10-11/4/2013.

Today and yesterday, April 10-11th, 2013, the 9th scientific conference of our faculty took place. In it, for the second year in a row, I was a speaker. On behalf of some dear friends of mine, I presented a paper entitled:

A cross-sectional study on the prevalence of cardiovascular risk factors among patients hospitalized for complicated hypertension at two Jordanian Hospitals.

First slide in our presentation - A cross-sectional study on the prevalence of cardiovascular risk factors among patients hospitalized for complicated hypertension at two Jordanian Hospitals.

First slide in our presentation

My friends with whom I worked on this project were: Oday Zayid Al-Ma’aitah, Mahmoud Yaseen Abuznaid, Ahmed Nader Abo.sharak, and Khaled Ali AlShar’. Thank you all.

We were supervised by Prof. Imad Farjou, Department of Pharmacology, Faculty of Medicine, Mu’tah University.

Prof. Imad Farjou, our great supervisor and the conference organizer. The paper on the desk in front of him is the abstract of our research :).

Prof. Imad Farjou, our great supervisor and the conference organizer. The paper on the desk in front of him is the abstract of our research :).

It was a very nice experience. So, I thank Prof. Imad very much for having dedicated some of his precious time to introduce me and my friends into the “beautiful world” of research.

Our research (top left) as present in the schedule of the 9th Scientific Conference of the Faculty of Medicine at Mu’tah University 2013.

Our research (top left) as present in the schedule of the 9th Scientific Conference of the Faculty of Medicine at Mu’tah University 2013.

Conference bag and the certificate of being a speaker - The 9th Scientific Conference of the Faculty of Medicine at Mu’tah University, Karak, Jordan, April 10-11, 2013.

Conference bag and the certificate of being a speaker – The 9th Scientific Conference of the Faculty of Medicine at Mu’tah University, Karak, Jordan, April 10-11, 2013.

Here is a piece of news in Arabic about the conference from the Jordanian newspaper Alghad:

 

انطلاق أعمال المؤتمر العلمي الدولي التاسع لكلية الطب في مؤتة

هشال العضايلة

الكرك – انطلقت في جامعة مؤتة أمس، اعمال المؤتمر العلمي الدولي التاسع لكلية الطب بالجامعة، بمشاركة باحثين من مختلف المؤسسات الطبية والاكاديمية الاردنية.
واشار رئيس الجامعة الدكتور رضا الخوالدة خلال افتتاحه المؤتمر الذي تنظمه الكلية بالتعاون مع القطاع الطبي الخاص والخدمات الطبية الملكية ووزارة الصحة وكليات الطب في الجامعات الاردنية، أن ما حققته كلية الطب في مؤتة خلال فترة قياسية جعل منها اسما لامعا بين بقية شقيقاتها من كليات الطب في الجامعات الاردنية التي سبقتها. ولفت  الى ان المؤتمر العلمي الذي يتناول جملة من القضايا الطبية من مختلف التخصصات كالجراحة العامة والخاصة والنسائية والتوليد والامراض الباطنية والجلدية والعلوم الطبية الاساسية وامراض الاطفال والعيون وجراحتها، دليل على نهج قويم ينهجه ارباب الاختصاص من العلماء الذين سخّروا كل ما لديهم خدمة لمسيرة مباركة وطموحة جعلت من المستحيل ممكنا ومن الحلم واقعا ملموسا.
وبين عميد كلية الطب الدكتور بسام نشيوات ان الكلية تعمل بجد من خلال التعاون مع العديد من الجهات الطبية في القطاع الخاص ووزارة الصحة والخدمات الطبية الملكية والجامعات الاردنية بهدف الارتقاء بالتعليم الطبي في الكلية، مشيرا الى تخريج ما يزيد على 600 طبيب وطبية يمارسون المهنة في وزارة الصحة والخدمات الطبية الملكية والقطاع الخاص.
ويناقش المشاركون في المؤتمر على مدى يومين اوراق عمل حول الجراحة العامة والخاصة وجراحة الكبد والبنكرياس والقنوات المرارية وجراحة التجميل والجراحة العامة والتخدير، والامراض النسائية وتنظيم الرحم، والطب الباطني والامراض الجلدية والعلوم الطبية المساندة.

المصدر: موقع جريدة الغد الأردنية، إضغط هنا.

My photos while presenting the results:

Link to the PowerPoint presentation: http://www.slideserve.com/fearthwlove/a-cross-sectional-study-on-the-prevalence-of-cardiovascular.

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My video while presenting the above results (in the PowerPoint file above) today at the conference:

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My Arab Brothers and Sisters: It is not shameful to be questioned, monitored, and inspected!

In undeveloped countries, I expect that corruption is something that is widespread. In Arab countries, for example, I think that a good factor that helps this phenomenon to take hold is not only governments… but the people themselves!

A few weeks ago, I took part in collecting some donations for Syrian refugees in Jordan. When a fifth-year friend of mine asked me to help and I agreed, he simply then asked me to go and collect money from the students. “How would you guarantee that I will not steal the money that will be given to me?” I asked. As a result, I refused to collect any penny without giving whoever donated money to me a “Cheque-like” paper indicating the sum of money that he gave to me. Do you think that doing this decreased my respect? Did I cast some doubt on my honesty by giving a physical evidence of what money was given to me?

In another related story. I and a group of my friends are doing a research together. One of my friends was upset by my “obsession” of documenting every decision we made in the research. In particular, he was upset by my asking him to send me emails confirming that I wrote their names correctly before sending them to our supervising doctor. “Isn’t reading the names over phone enough?” My friend must have thought angrily.

One time, I knew of the following opinion that a fellow Arab of mine had:

“We are Arabs and still believe in human honesty.”

Depending on honesty… How beautiful! Is depending on honesty better than documentation and accounting? No matter how time consuming and tedious these processes are?

If Arabs still believe in human honesty, then what about other nations who are not “Arabs”? Can we deduce from the above sentence that they no longer “believe” in human honesty?  As I heard and read about some of the negative views that Arabs have about the west, some Arabs seem to think that honesty is limited to them! Good ethics are only Arab’s and no one else.

How can we explain that western countries are developed although they are “not Arabs” and not “honest”? In one survey I once read about British people, “46% of them only believed in God”. So, how come that most people in the west are either atheists or believe in “wrong” religions, and still are developed? When it comes to sexual morality, I always hear and read Arabs criticizing the west in this aspect. Away from political issues, to describe Americans, the British, or even the Jews, as being “liars” or “thieves”… is something that I have NEVER ever heard or read! In fact, the situation can be summarized by this sentence a driver once told me:

“In the west, it is true that they drink alcohol and commit adultery, but they are honest. Unfortunately, we don’t have this in our society. To me, drink alcohol and commit adultery… But be HONEST”

How can we explain this: Atheists but honest? A university doctor who once taught me had this explanation:

“الكفار في أوروبا وأمريكا أمينين مش لأنهم أحسن منا. بس لأنه الواحد إذا سرق بدفع اللي فوق والي تحتيه… والمعلم بشرح وما بضيع ولا دقيقة، لأنه في كاميرا بالصف بتراقبه!”

“The infidels in Europe and the United States are not honest because they are better than us. They are honest, because if someone stole anything, he will pay everything that he has… The teacher explains and never wastes a minute, because there is a camera in the classroom watching him”

How can we explain this point of view? This Iraqi thinker said the following:

كلّما ازداد الإنسان غباوة .. ازداد يقيناً بأنه أفضل من  غيره في كل شيء - علي الوردي، عالم إجتماع ومؤرخ عراقي

“The more stupid a person becomes… The more he becomes certain that he is better than everyone else in everything”. Ali Al-Wardee, an Iraqi Sociologist and Historian.

For me, to be honest while no one is watching is certainly a beautiful thing. But can you guarantee that all people around you are honest like you are? If only 1 out of every 1,000,000 governmental employees is stealing money, is frequently absent from his job, or is not doing his job properly, how can we find that out? I don’t think that it would be a waste of time or money to try to document and investigate what everyone is doing. After all, not all people fear God and his punishment. As in the study mentioned above, some people don’t believe God exists in the first place. So, in an opinion that “might” be in agreement with that of that of the doctor who taught me, everyone should be watched and no one should be above questioning.

To sum it up, “honesty” is something “unseen” between a human being and his “personal” God. Documentation, accounting, surveillance, or whatever you like to call it, is something “seen” between human beings. And as they say, “seeing is believing”. If we are monitored, inspected, or are asked to document what we are doing, then I strongly believe that this is a stronger guarantee of “honesty” than assuming that all people around us are working to go to heaven!