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24.2.2014 – In Kafeteria des Prinz Hamzeh Krankenhauses

Gerade sitze ich in der Cafeteria des Prinz Hamzeh Krankenhauses in Amman. Es ist mein zweites mal in diesem Krankenhaus. Es ist sehr groß. Aber das Problem ist, wie immer die Angestellten! Tortzdem freue ich[1] mich sehr auf ein Computersystem für Patienteninformationen, wodurch Ärzten brauchen nicht Papiere um Untersuchungen Papiere zu schreiben. Sie befehlen diese auf Computer. Das ist das erste mal, dass ich ein solches System in einem Staatlichekrankenhaus gesehen habe. Früher heute bin ich in Swelieh Gesamtgesundcentrum gegangen. Es ist neue und sauber. Die Allgemein Arzte, der ich getroffen habe, war sehr nett. Sie ist von Arabeat Stamm. Letzte Woche habe ich gehört, dass es wird kein mehr Stammennamen in Personalausweis. Ist das gut? Also, die entwickeld Länder haben kein Stammen. Haben sie?

Ich sah viel ungesund Leute, die Zentralfettleibigkeit haben. „Ich bin ein Praktikantartz“ ist ein magischer Satz. Die Angestellter respektieren mich viel.

In der Kafterira kostet eine schlechte Kaffeetasse JD 0.5. Eine normale Teetasse kostet JD 0.3 JD. Das ist wie immer! Privat firmas kaufen Dienste in Regeierungsabteilungen und dann die Preise sind Weltrekord!


[1] Ich freu mich auf deinen Geburtstag

Arabisch für Deutsch in Amman, Jordanien (Arabic-German Language Exchange in Amman, Jordan)

Flag of Jordan in Petra

Flag of Jordan in Petra. Source: Flickr account of patrikneckman.

Hallo,

ich heiße Jameel Hijazeen. Ich bin ein Arztpraktikant. Ich lerne Deutsch, weil ich die Facharztausbildung in Psychiatrie oder Neurologie in Deutschland machen möchte.

Ich studiere Deutsch im LGC (Language Generation Center), an der Universität Jordanien Straße in Amman. Ich bin jetzt auf dem Niveau A2.2.
Ich treffe mich regelmäßig mit drei deutschen Sprachpartnerinnen. Nichtsdestotrotz habe ich viel Zeit und möchte immer neue deutscheSprachpartnern/partnerinnen kennenlernen.

Ich lerne oft in der Bibliothek der Universität Jordanien. Wir können uns also in der Universität oder in der Universitätsstraße treffen. Oder wir verwenden Skype und unterhalten uns hier.

Ich freue mich, von Ihnen/Euch zu hören.

Liebe Grüße,
Jameel Hijazeen

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Ihre,

Jameel Hijazeen, MD.

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I am an intern (training doctor) from Jordan. In August 2014, I will travel to Germany in order to get a medical specialty (Die Facharztausbildung). I am now in German Level A2.2.

I am excited about learning the German language for many reasons. Firstly, I love learning and I am very excited about becoming trilingual. Secondly, Germany is a great country and I want to be able to learn the language of to such a country. Thirdly, I love psychiatry and the greatest piece of news I heard regarding the German language was that the Austrian doctor Freud (the founding father of psychoanalysis) spoke German. What is more, Freud wrote his books in German. I cannot wait to be able to read his work in German!

Apart from loving learning, I love blogging, traveling, talking with people who I don’t know, running, research, and reading.

I like things to be concise and precise. As a result, I prefer that language exchange sessions be carefully timed and carefully invested. I promise that I would do my best to help. I had previous experience in language exchange with Americans learning Arabic. Also, since June, I have language exchange experience with 3 German ladies and 1 Austrian lady. I think I did and I am doing well. I hope I will do well too with you.

We can either meet in person or via Skype.

Try me 🙂

Panoramic view of the whole Northern Border of the village of Smakieh, Karak, Jordan صورة بانوراما لكل الحد الشمالي لقرية السماكية (from year 2013)

I come from a small village in the South of Jordan called Smakieh. My village is inhabited by approximately 3,000 people. The village, like our governorate Karak, has a long history since at least two thousand years.

This post is mainly to show how large (or small?) is my village. Well, the following panoramic view of the village from the year 2013 can give an idea about that. This panorama shows the entire northern border of my village. Please click here to see the village in Goolge Maps.

 

Stitched Panorama

(The panorama is resized. To see it in a much bigger size, then click on it. In the new page that will appear, you can see very clear details if you zoom in with your browser. The size of image is about 15 Megabyte, so it might take time for it to load)

It is the result of 22 photos that I combined together using the great program Kolor Autopano Giga 2.5. This is a computer program that automatically, with one click and with absolutely no experience required, combines into one Panorama all photos that were taken in sequence. To give you a better understanding, I post the 22 individual photos that Kolor Autpano Giga 2.5 combined to produce the Panoramic view above.

Finally, I took these 22 photos using OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA, VG110,D700. That was in 25.04.2013, around 12 PM.

The individual photos:
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Photos from in and around my village Smakieh, Karak, Jordan صور من وحوالي قرية السماكية، الكرك، الأردن

I took the phots in 21.04.2013 using OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA, VG110,D700. I edited them using Google Picasa 3.9.0 (I love this program). Another great program by Google!

I had already uploaded them to my account on Panoramio: http://www.panoramio.com/user/4700717?with_photo_id=37700739

صور من وحوالي قرية السماكية، الكرك، الأردن

A "Karaki" rainbow as it appears from a window in my house.

A “Karaki” rainbow as it appears from a window in my house.

A black bird (I don't know its name, do you?) in my house in Smakieh, Karak, Jordan. 20.04.2013.

A black bird (I don’t know its name, do you?) in my house in Smakieh, Karak, Jordan. 20.04.2013.

A pick up above a hill northen the village of Smakieh.

A pick up above a hill northen the village of Smakieh.

A view of the northern part of the village of Smakieh. The Christian cemetry of Smakieh appears in the distance.

A view of the northern part of the village of Smakieh. The Christian cemetry of Smakieh appears in the distance.

A bird that is certainly not indigenous to Smakieh.It seems that it lost its way or was no longer able to travel. Therefore, this explains why it is alone in a desert village like Smakieh. Do you know what could this bird be?

A bird that is certainly not indigenous to Smakieh.It seems that it lost its way or was no longer able to travel. Therefore, this explains why it is alone in a desert village like Smakieh. Do you know what could this bird be?

Mint

Mint

A wild flower on one of the hills nothern Smakieh

A wild flower on one of the hills nothern Smakieh

A wild flower on one of the hills nothern Smakieh

A wild flower on one of the hills nothern Smakieh

Update 22/10/2013 [in less than 15 hours]:

I said that I edited these photos using Picasa 3 program. What is really the effect of this program on these photos? Were they not beautiful and then became beautiful? Do photo-editing programs create a distorted view of reality? Can we trust our eyes? In this post, in what follows, you will be the judge.

I decided to post the original photos because, less than one day of publishing the Picasa-edited photos, I got the following comment by an American wordpress blogger called Emily (http://emilymariee.wordpress.com). Would Emily change her opinion after seeing the original photos?

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حفل القسم الطبي لخريجي الفوج السابع من كلية طب جامعة مؤتة تحت رعاية معالي وزير الأوقاف الدكتور محمد نوح القضاة، قصر الثقافة، عمان، 24.06.2013

بعد سنوات من التعب والتوتر والتضحيات… تخرجت من كلية الطب! كانت تجربة صعبة. تعلمت فيها الكثير. أسمع عدد من زملائي الطلبة يقولون: “لو عاد بنا الزمان، لن ندخل كلية الطب”. بالنسبة لي، فأنا سأعيد التجربة بكل تأكيد. أضحك على نفسي الآن بسبب عدد المرات التي فكرت فيها بترك كلية الطب. السبب كان إكتشافي، من أول سنة في كلية الطب، حجم الوقت والجهد المطلوب مني للإستمرار في تخصص “الطب البشري والجراحة”. ولكن، دائما، كان أكبر دافع لي للإستمرار في كلية الطب هو أن لا “يعايروني” لبقية عمري بأنني تركت كلية الطب… بأنني هربت من أرض المعركة…
Running away from battelfield
في أحد المرات، قلت لأحدهم “كذبا” أنني تركت كلية الطب وانتقلت إلى كلية هندسة. أنا أشكر تعليقه جدا جدا جدا. لن أنسى لا هذا الشخص ولا تعليقه. قال لي، بكل إقتناع: “يالله… كل واحد حسب قدراته!”. ماذا يعني  ذلك؟أنا لست بمقدار تحدي كلية الطب؟ ماذا ينقصني؟ ذكاء؟ جهد؟ إرادة؟ عزيمة؟… تخرجنا والله وفقنا!
Officially a doctor: Dr. Jameel Khaleel Hijazeen رسمياً دكتور: الدكتور جميل خليل حجازين
Dr. Jameel Khaleel Hijazeen الدكتور جميل خليل حجازين
حقل القسم الطبي، وهو الحقل الذي يقسم (أو يقرأ؟) فيه الخريجون القسم الطبي،  كان تحت رعاية معالي وزير الأوقاف الدكتور محمد نوح القضاة. حضر الحفل مندوبا عن رئيس جامعة مؤتة، نائب الرئيس الأستاذ الدكتور أحمد بطاح. بالإضافة إلى عميد كلية الطب الدكتور بسام نشيوات ونائب العميد الدكتور عمر نافع العجارمة. عريف الحفل كان الدكتور “حبيب الجماهير” رامي الدويري.
بالترتيب من الأمام إلى الخلف: معالي وزير الأوقاف الدكتور محمد نوح القضاة، والأستاذ الدكتور أحمد بطاح، نائب رئيس جامعة مؤتة، والدكتور بسام نشيوات، عميد كلية طب جامعة مؤتة، والدكتور عمر نافع العجارمة، نائب عميد كلية طب جامعة مؤتة، لحظة دخولهم إلى مدرج قصر الثقافة.

بالترتيب من الأمام إلى الخلف: معالي وزير الأوقاف الدكتور محمد نوح القضاة، والأستاذ الدكتور أحمد بطاح، نائب رئيس جامعة مؤتة، والدكتور بسام نشيوات، عميد كلية طب جامعة مؤتة، والدكتور عمر نافع العجارمة، نائب عميد كلية طب جامعة مؤتة، لحظة دخولهم إلى مدرج قصر الثقافة.

خريجو الفوج السابع من كلية طب جامعة مؤتة

خريجو الفوج السابع من كلية طب جامعة مؤتة

خريجو الفوج السابع من كلية طب جامعة مؤتة

خريجو الفوج السابع من كلية طب جامعة مؤتة

عريف حفل القسم الطبي الدكتور رامي الدويري

عريف حفل القسم الطبي الدكتور رامي الدويري

جانب من الحضور

جانب من الحضور

كان الحقل رائعا. تحفظي الوحيد كان هو طول مدة الحفل حيث إمتد لأكثر من ساعتين ونصف. أمر طبيعي في مجتمعنا حيث لا قيمة كبيرة للوقت! أذكر ذلك لأنه لم يتجاوز عدد أساتذتنا الذين حضروا الحفل خمسة (الدكتور معمر الجفوت والدكتورة سهام أبو فريجة والدكتور ختام الرفوع والدكتور عصمت العمري والدكتور خليل السالم). قد يكون هناك دكتور أو دكتورين لا أذكرهم… ولكن حتى ولو… أين باقي الـ50 دكتور على أقل تقدير من كليتنا؟ لا ألومهم. فعلى الأغلب، يعرف هؤلاء المدرسين كم هو الوقت الذي سيذهب منهم لحضور حفل القسم الطبي. ومن منهم يمتلك 4-5 ساعات من أجل حضور كلمات وخواطر وأغاني وصور لها أول وليس لها آخر؟
الدكتور محمد نوح القضاة أول الحاضرين
ما أستغرب منه دائما عند سماعي لأحدهم يلقي كلمة: هل كتب كلمته هذه ليوصل فكرة أم ليستعرض مقدراته الأدبية واللغوية  أو لإعطاء نفسه أكبر فرصة لإظهار مواهبة الإلقائية أمام جمهور في فرصة قد لا تتكرر في العمر؟ في هذا السياق، أعجتبني كلمة الدكتور محمد نوح القضاة. فقد كانت، كما تقول مقولة في الإنجليزية، concise and precise: مختصرة ودقيقة. ولا أستغرب التصفيق الهائل الذي تلقاه الدكتور محمد نوح عدة مرات وهو يلقي كلمته. فخلال لحظات، إشتعل الجمهور بالأفكار التي تحدث عنها الدكتور محمد نوح. أعجبتني تعليق لأحدهم وهو يصف منبهرا تأثير الدكتور محمد نوح على الجمهور: “لو بده… والله إنه بقدر يولع ثورة خلال دقايق!”.
الدكتور محمد نوح القضاة أثناء بداية إلقاءه كلمة راعي الحفل

الدكتور محمد نوح القضاة أثناء بداية إلقاءه كلمة راعي الحفل

حفل القسم الطبي لخريجي الفوج السابع من كلية طب جامعة مؤتة تحت رعاية معالي وزير الأوقاف الدكتور محمد نوح القضاة، قصر الثقافة، عمان، 24.06.2013
الدكتور محمد نوح القضاة أثناء إلقاءه كلمة راعي الحفل

الدكتور محمد نوح القضاة أثناء إلقاءه كلمة راعي الحفل

عندما يجعلك الشخص الذي أمامك تكشتف أشياء عظيمة عن نفسك لم تكن تعرفها!...خريجو الفوج السابع يقفون أثناء كلمة الدكتور محمد نوح خصوصا بعد أن ألهب مشاعرهم بكم كبير من التشجيع والدعم!

عندما يجعلك الشخص الذي أمامك تكشتف أشياء عظيمة عن نفسك لم تكن تعرفها…خريجو الفوج السابع يقفون أثناء كلمة الدكتور محمد نوح خصوصا بعد أن ألهب مشاعرهم بكم كبير من التشجيع والدعم!

مبروك... "لقد أصبحتم أطباء"... مباشرة بعد ختم الدكتور معمر الجفوت لحلف القسم الطبي بهذه الجملة الحماسية التي ختمت مشوار ست سنوات

مبروك… “لقد أصبحتم أطباء”… مباشرة بعد ختم الدكتور معمر الجفوت لحلف القسم الطبي بهذه الجملة الحماسية التي ختمت مشوار ست سنوات

على أية حال. في ظل حدود تقبل الرأي الآخر التي أتوقع أنه يتمتع به أغلب أبناء المجتمع العربي، كتبت التعليق الذي في الأسفل تحت الصورة التالية التي وضعها الدكتور محمد نوح القضاة على صفحته الشخصية على الفيسبوك. الآن، بعد أكثر من شهر من كتابتي للتعليق، لم أتلق أي رد. فقط سبع “لايكات”. لا يهم… المهم أنني أوصلت فكرة…
 دكتوري العزيز،
 
بداية، أشكر تكرمك بحضور بداية حفلنا في كلية الطب وعلى الكلمة الرائعة التي ألقيتها.أشكرك وأقف منذهلا أمام براعتك في إختيار الكلمات. ولكن إذا سمتحم لي، أريد أن اتحدث عن موضوغ مقارتنا بخريجي الجامعات الغربية. لا أعرف إذا كان الخريحون أمامك أفضل شكلا وإطلالة من خريجي الجامعات الغربية. ولكن أشكر صراحتك في أنك لم تقل أننا أفضل منهم علما! للأسف، وأنا واحد من الخريجين، ما هي إنجازاتنا من أبحاث وإختراعات وإكتشافات؟ دفعتنا وغيرها من الدفعات؟ هل إخترعنا دواء جديد؟ هل حددنا فيروس أو بكتيريا تسبب أمراض لا نعرف سببها؟ هل حققنا إكتشافات في فهمنا لمرض معين؟ المشكلة ليست في أن الإجابة عن كل الأسئلة السابقة وما يشابهها هو لا. المشكلة هو أننا لم نحاول ذلك. تخرجنا بشهادات علمية نشكر أساتذتنا وجامعتنا عليها. ولكن، هل سنحقق عشر، وهذا رقم متفائل جدا، ما يحققه طلاب الجامعات الغربية من إكتشافات علمية و‘إنجازات علمية غير الحصول على “الكرتونة”؟ بالطبع، دول عربية، تمتلك الكثير من الذهب الأسود، الوضع عندها إن لم يكن مثلنا فهو أسوأ. ولكن، لماذا لا نطمح للأفضل؟
 
بكلمتك، جاوبت على السؤال أعلاه. لقد إقترحت مشكورا إنشاء صندوق للبحث العلمي. قلت أنت ذلك وتذكرت أنا المبالغ المالية التي دفعتها من جيب “أبوي” أنا وبعض زملائي الطلبة من أجل عمل أبحاث بسيطة تتمثل بتوزيع إستبانات لقياس رأي أو معرفة بمرض أو حالة طبية معينة. هل نمتلك الدعم المالي لعمل أبحاث أكبر من ذلك؟ هل نمتلك المرافق والطاقات البشرية المؤهلة لذلك؟
 
موضوع الطافات البشرية المؤهلة هذا يقودني إلى الجانب السلبي من موضوع أننا نصدر الذهب الأصفر. الخريج الضعيف أو صاحب المستوى المتوسط يبقى. بينما أغلب المتفوقين دراسيا يسافرون بلا عودة. ها هم ثلث خريجو كلية طب الأردنية، وهم الأعلى معدلا في التوجيهي على مستوى المملكة، وكليتهم من أفضل كليات الطب في العالم العربي، يعملون في “دول العالم المتقدم”.(http://www.alrai.com/article/524130.html).
 
ما فائدة ذهبي إذا في النهاية نفعه لغيري؟
 
أتمنى أن يؤخذ إقتراحك في إنشاء صندوق للبحث العلمي في عين الإعتبار.
 
شكرا مجددا على كلمتك وعلى حضورك.
 
Seventh Batch 2013, Faculty of Medicine, Mu'tah University, Karak, Jordan الدفعة السابعة من كلية طب جامعة مؤتة 2013
Seventh Batch 2013, Faculty of Medicine, Mu'tah University, Karak, Jordan الدفعة السابعة من كلية طب جامعة مؤتة 2013

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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360 Degrees Panorma showing Mujeb (Arnoon) Dam & Valley, Karak, Jordan بانوراما 360 درجة تظهر سد الموجب، الكرك، الأردن

360 Degrees Panorma showing Mujeb (Arnoon) Dam & Valley, Karak, Jordan بانوراما 360 درجة تظهر سد الموجب، الكرك، الأردن

Click on the above photo to be direct to Panoramio.com. Zoom in to see more details in the photo using the “+” sign in the left upper corner of the page.

قرب الصورة لترى تفاصيل أكثر.

Life in a Christian Village

Blog of a Huguenot

Our work day was pretty well scheduled. We were up by 5 am to have oatmeal, drove out to the dig site before the sun rose, watched the sun rise over the Wadi Mujib, worked in the dirt taking a break for tea brewed over a fire (shai narr) around 10:30, and headed home around 12:30 for lunch. After we ate, we had a chance at a nap and a shower before scrubbing the pottery sherds we had collected that day. We each took turns cooking and cleaning in the evenings. This didn’t leave a whole lot of free time, but the time we did have was spent relaxing. My favorite thing to do was to sit on the porch and watch the neighborhood. The kids would walk by and wave “Hi how are you? Hi how are you?” without knowing the response if you asked them the same question…

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Medical day in Al-Aghwar Al-Janobeiah by the Faculty of Medicine in Mu’tah University

Yesterda I luckily had the chance of participating in a free medical day in Al-Aghwar Al-Janobieh organized by my faculty. This event was under the patronage the head of Mu’tah University, Dr. Abd Al-Rahman Al-Hneati.

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[Photo: A speech at the opening ceremony]

Out of 800+ medical studnets in Mu’tah University, I was the only one who participated in this activity. I don’t know why other students were not invited. Personally, I was invited by Dr. Khaleel Al-Salem, my Ophthalmology doctor in Mu’tah University (Thank you my dear doctor!). It felt weird to be the only student. Therefore, I believe that my invitation was a mistake… A beautiful mistake though!

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Most of the patients were femlaes and children. Most interstingly, and for the first time in my life, I saw children as young as 9 or 10 years seeking medical advice without any adult accompanying them; not a parent, a grandparent, an older sibling, etc.

I attended the Ophthalmology clinic with Dr. Khalil. He examined about 20-30 patients. He freely distributed medications which he brought with him. The number of patients in other clinics was larger. I don’t how much larger, but here is a comment that has been made in a Jordanian website from a person who called himself “a participant in the free medical day”:

More than 100 patients have been seen in the dermatology clinic alone by Dr. Khetam Al-Rfooa, and about 50 patients by Dr. Seham… and others…

فقط لتصحيح المعلومة ان اكثر من 100 مريض قد تم معاينتهم في عيادة الجلدية و حدها من قبل الدكتورة ختام الرفوع و ما يقارب الخمسين مريض من قبل الدكتورة سهام طبيبة النسائية و غيرهم في عيادات العيون د.خليل السالم و الاذنية د هاني الحمايدة الاطفال د امجد الطراونة و الجراحة العامة د سعد و د عبدالله و الباطنية د محمد القاسم من جامعة مؤتة.

المصدر: “يوم طبي مجاني بمناسبة ميلاد الملك في الأغوار الجنوبية “، http://www.almadenahnews.com/newss/news.php?c=117&id=133323

 

How large is the media coverage? Here are google search results as they appear today – Saturday-, one day after the event:

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As you can notice, a total of 3 articles only appear in google news for “يوم طبي مجاني الأغوار الجنوبية”.

An article in addustour newspaper about the event:

 

يوم طبي مجاني في الأغوار الجنوبية بمناسبة عيد ميلاد الملك

الكرك-الدستور-نجاة الحميدات
رعى رئيس جامعة مؤتة الدكتور عبدالرحيم الحنيطي اليوم الطبي المجاني الذي أقامته جمعية البحر الميت للتنمية الصحية في لواء الأغوار الجنوبية الذي استفاد منه 60 شخصا بمناسبة عيد ميلاد جلالة الملك عبدالله الثاني .
وأشار رئيس جمعية البحر الميت للتنمية الصحية أحمد الهويمل إلى أن الجمعية تقدم خدمات عديدة للمواطنين ومنها الرعاية الطبية لمعالجة مرضى لواء الأغوار الجنوبية مبينا مشاركة أطباء إختصاص من مديرية صحة الكرك في (العظام والنسائية والتوليد وأنف وأذن وحنجرة والجراحة والباطنية ) وتحويل الحالات المرضية إلى مستشفيات محافظة الكرك . وأشاد رئيس جامعة مؤتة بالمبادرة الطبية والقائمين عليها لما توفره من مساعدة عاجلة للمواطنين من ذوي الاحتياجات الصحية والحالات العاجلة مؤكداحرص الجامعة على التعاون المثمر مع مؤسسات المجتمع المحلي بما يخدم المواطنين ويعمق الدور الإنساني النبيل لمهنة الطب .

التاريخ : 11-02-2012

المصدر: جريدة الدستور، http://www.addustour.com/ViewTopic.aspx?ac=LocalAndGover20122LocalAndGover_issue1577_day11_id391181.htm#.TzatElHZxsM

Elective course of clinical training in the USA: My horrible experience!

Elective Reqest- Jameel Khaleel Hijazeen - Mu'tah University*** This is a imaginary letter to a person who will enter my Blog and help me accomplish a dream of mine. Time is runnig out and this dream is most likely not going to be fulfilled… What is most important to me is that when other friends of mine have accomplished this dream, I will not be angry or feeling sorry, simply because I will have asked for help from all those whom I thought they could offer it! My blog is my last place to seek help! What I am requesting might be hard… yes… it is a DREAM! ***

Sir,

My name is Jameel Hijazeen. I am a 5th-year Medical student in Mu’tah University. In the period of June-August 2012, I am required by my faculty to do “two-months of clinical training in two of the major branches of medicine” (Please, to see the elective request, click on the resized image above).

Worldwide, the most advanced country in Medicine is undoubtedly the United States. What is more, if you are a doctor who is to be accepted for residency in the USA, one of the things that will tremendously support your CV is having “US experience”. Therefore, a dream of mine is to do my two months of clinical training in internal medicine in the form of an elective in the United States.

 

How did it all begin?

Starting from exactly 8 months ago, I started searching for how a Jordanian medical student from Mu’tah University can obtain such training.

Soon after my search started, I realized how expensive, complicated, and demanding is such a “dream” is. These are the main reasons:

1. Most universities\hospitals require expensive application fees and training fees. What is ‘interesting’ is that your application fees are ‘non-refundable’ even if you are not accepted.

2. Most universities\hospitals require having finished a USMLE step.

3. Most universities\hospitals require TOEFL (not required if you had finished a USMLE step or are recommended as a good English speaker)

4. Few universities\hospitals accept students from outside the US (Sometimes, an exception can be made if you are recommended).

5. Few universities\hospitals acknowledge Jordanian universities. Even fewer universities acknowledge Mu’tah University.

6. Applying for these universities\hospitals requires hours of papers filing, preparation, and sending.

 

What is the solution then?

I asked older students who know about this issue, all of them summarized the way in which someone can be accepted into two: Pure luck or having someone recommending you for acceptance. Till today, two students in my batch have already obtained an elective via the second way (one in the USA and another in France).  Via the first way, not a single students of the 5th year in Mu’tah University has obtained an acceptance; How surprised am I!.

For the above reasons, I did not contact any university\hospital. As a result, I was left with the second option.

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Here is a list of the people I contacted:

# My faculty: No formal programs are available that are meant for sending faculty students to western countries. Nonetheless, certain efforts have been given. I deduced that because Dr. Omar Nafia Al-Ajarmeh, the vice dean, thankfully, contacted a certain University in the USA to accept some of Mu’tah students. In an email reply hanged on one of the boards in the faculty, a part of the response was, “Your university is not recognized by (certain accreditation committee)… Therefore, students from Mu’tah University cannot be accepted for electives in our university”.

# An uncle of mine: A thoracic surgeon in a western country since the 1980s. He had performed more than 4,500 operations. My uncle apologized and denied the presence of any friends of him in the US who could help. He advised me to seek help from my faculty doctors!

# Dr. Nabil S: An American-Jordanian doctor whom I met in a medical conference that was held in Amman. I took a list of the doctors who participated in that conference and showed them to another Uncle of mine to see if he knew anyone of them. For my huge surprise, he turned out to know the brother of this Dr. Nabil S. My uncle contacted his brother. Dr. Nabil, to my happiness, emailed me showing his readiness to help me. From the beginning, unfortunately, it was a hard road full of multiple obstacles!

The first obstacle that face me was that his hospital only accept students for obeserverships not for electives (It is enough to know that if you are an observer, you are never allowed to be in the hospital unless your sponsoring doctor is. What is more humiliating, you can never touch or simply talk to a patient). Reluctantly, I agreed. Do I have any other options so as to refuse this “great opportunity”?

Nevertheless, things got even worst. The doctor sent an acceptance for a two-month observership in family medicine; a branch which my faculty does not accept. So, I asked for the observership to be changed. Because I thought that I am going to remain under the supervision of the same doctor, I did not specifically talk about my wish to be accepted in the internal medicine department. As a result, I was accepted in the surgery department and at the same time, was told by an administrative in the hospital that I can only be accepted for one month… How worst can things be more than this? I emaild my complaints for two times… Dr. Nabil never responded!

# An American young Jordanian doctor: All my information about this doctor are from a blog that he has. Despite realizing how hard it is for a young doctor to recommend others for such a hard thing as an elective, and despite my little knowledge of him, I rudely contacted him. With a big heart, he showed readiness to help (as I expected). Unfortunately, the hospital where he works did not offer electives. At that point, I decided to bother him no more and so sent him no further requests. If my faculty, my relatives, and the friends of my relatives could not help, why would I bother a person that does not know anything about me to help?

The above is a list of the persons whom I contacted. I do not carry any bad feelings about them for not being able to help. On the contrary, whenever I talked to anyone about my elective, I felt ashamed because of my consuming their time and efforts!

 

Can you help me get accepted for a two-month

elective in internal medicine in the US?

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You might consider it a small favor, but with this “small” favor, you are changing the life of a doctor-to-be forever!… It is like the “small step” of Neil Armstrong:

“That’s one small step for [a] man, one giant leap for mankind”[1]

Neil Armstrong, 2:56 UTC July 21, 1969.

 

 

[1] Source: “Neil Armstrong”, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neil_Armstrong, retrieved: 07.02.2012.

Panormaic view from top of my house created using “Kolor autpano Giga 2.5”

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I took the above “12” photos using the 5 MP camera of my Nokia X2-00 cell phone. I merged them into one photo using a special program called “Kolor Autopano Giga”. This program does not require any special knowledge or training. With a few clicks, it automatically generates one panoramic photo.

Here is the resultant photo. Click on it to be able to see more details; you will be taken to the same photo in my Picasa account. To zoom in, one of the buttons in the picasa page is a “zoom in” button in the form of a “magnifying glass image.

Click to go to the same photo in my picasa accout. There, you can zoom in the photo to see more details.

 

I have written about the same program in 16.08.2009. Click here to read the post and see another photo that I created using an earlier version of the program. It is because of how enthusiastic and impressed that I am writing for the second time about this program.

Satellite images showing the close distance from my village –Smakieh- to Fort Bashir in Google Maps

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The green circle shows Fort Bashir (Qaser Bashir). I took the image after putting the camera inot a binocular that I have. Read how I took this pohto. Click here!

I used google maps to navigate from my village to Fort Bashir. See how far is Smakieh from Fort Bashir!

 

 

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Dr. Mamoun Ahram back to teach us at Mu’tah university

Last year, Dr. Ma’moun Ahram moved to word at King Hussien Cancer in Amman. He taught me biochemistry and molecular biology during my first 2 years in the faculty of medicine in Mu’tah Univeristy.

He is a special doctor; funny, intelligent, courageous, open-minded, jolly, has a sense of humor, very energetic… I regreted his moving away from our university.

Today was a very nice surprise. Our faculty has no biochemistry doctor anymore starting from this second semester. Whom did they bring? Yes, they called Dr. Ma’moun Ahram to come and give us the few biochemistry lectures we need. How happy and lucky am I!

I consider myself privilaged to having a chance to more know about Dr. Ma’moun, and to get new information from him. How much I love the way he teaches!

I respect you Dr. Ma’moun!

This is the first entry to write in my blog since months… Today is a special day… It must be recorded!

Why did the Hijazeen family chose Smakieh of Karak to live in?

Mohammed Qudah is a third medical student in Mu’tah university. He come from the governorate of Ajloun in the north of Jordan. Comparing Ajloun and Karak, Ajloun contains a lot more of water and trees.

Mohammed asked Moa’bite today, "Why did Hijazeen choose Karak to live in? Karak… Why people chose to live here? There is no trees no water… Why?"
Mo’abite never thought or heard of such a question, so he said, "Hijazeen originally came from Saudi Arabia. My great grandfathers just migrated to Smakieh. They build their houses and started a village!" Mo’abite thought that this was a reasonalbe answer.
Mohammed wasn’t satisfied with the answer. So he calmly and cleverly commented, "What made Hijazeen migrate to Smakieh could have made them migrate to a better geographical location!"
Mo’abite was speechless. The guy in front of him is thinking logically. Moa’bite just kept silent. He added no more.

So, why did Hijazeen chose Smakieh to live in? Why did they choose Karak in the first place? Couldn’t they simply migrate to a place, as Mohammed described it, where there is "water and trees"?

Umm Ziad: A Jordanian Bedouin Karaki Christian Woman from Smakieh, Karak, Jordan

Umm Ziad Tereze Jameel Hijazeen A Christian Jordanian woman from Smakieh, Karak, Jordan

This my Aunt, Umm Ziad Torman Hijazeen. I like her very much. I have never posted a photo of hers in my Blog.

The photo above is one of the 140+ photos my friend Jackson took during his visit to Smakieh. In my opinion, it is one of the most beautiful photos.

Ironically, Jackson took this photo of my aunt just because he wanted to take a photo of what old people of Smakieh used as a light source. This lamp, which is held by my aunt, is tens of years old.

Luckily, Jackson took a photo of both my aunt and the lamp. I am really happy and proud to post this photo.

Jackson Cha: Arrived, slept, then left Smakieh

Thursday afternoon, at about 3 o’clock, I and Jackson Cha arrived at Smakieh. I brought him from the South Bus Terminal in Amman.

Jackson slept at my house for 2 days. “I will never forget Somakkieh!” Said he at almost 7 o’clock this morning on the circle of Smakieh. He pronounced the name of my village in the weirdest pronunciation I’ve ever heard. It sounded funny!

At about 7:25, we both boarded Hamideh Villages-Amman bus. He chose a single seat. I talked to HH; a policeman who was wearing the national uniform of Jordanian traffic police. I told Hussam to “take care” of Jackson.

Next, I paid the bus fee of Jackson. It now costs 1.5 JD. Yesterday, Fuel prices were raised. Next, I came back to Smakieh. Jackson Cha was generous and courageous enough to not allow me to accompany him to Amman. I explained to him that I had a hard exam on Monday.

When I arrived home, I slept till 11 o’clock. I called Jackson seconds after the Alarm Clock went off. “I am sorry I didn’t call you.” He said immediately. “I arrived 2 hours ago!” Said he. I smiled. He then told me that he is copying the images he took in Smakieh on a DVD. He said that he is going to send me a copy in a mail message.

Will the DVD work after being sent using normal mail ? I hope so! I need those photos to describe not only the visit but many future posts about Smakieh, Traditions, Customs, etc.

All in all, it was a great experience I lived the previous two days. It showed me a hidden aspect of some of Smakieh people. How shy was i to discover some facts! I will talk about this in the future.

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Swine flu in Jordan, did it reach Smakieh?

During the previous days, we heard news about cases of Swine flu in Jordan. Most of the cases, however, were of people who came to Jordan from USA or whatever foregin country.

My village, Smakieh, is surrounded by Pigs farms. One of which, owned by an Amareen man from Hmood, is less than 500 meters westward from the village.

Despite all the trials of Smakieh people to move the farm, their dream never came true. Now, after the discovery of Swine flu in Jordan, the demand for the relocation or closure of the farm is more essential than ever!

Minutes ago, I was waiting to attened my first lecture of the summer semester. We students see each other after the summer holiday. During shaking hands and kissing, I headed happily to this person whom I considered a good friend of mine. I was shocked!

We shook hands. I then neared him so as to kiss! He refused! He said, with no smile so as to indicate a joke or something, “You have Swine flu” I didn’t know what to say! “It is the neibouring village!” Yes, the owners of the big swine farms, the one which made it to the news, are of Hmood village.

He didn’t say anything nor change his stiff facial expression. “Do you really mean it?” Another friend of mine was standing by us. He then left immediately after murmuring something unheared.

“It is what they tell us in the news, no kissing!” He explained as sure as an innocent defendant.

What could I say? Smakieh peopel do not own those big farms… They don’t generate imaginary money from this trade… They only receive the smells and pissimistically enough, the H1N1 virus… At the end? I, as a Smakieh resident, be put in such a position where I am ignored by a person whom I always simle when meeting him.

Is it fair! How much I hate my co-villagers, those who keep silent about the farms… Smakieh deserves it! Its sons are not there to defeand it! How coward I am and are my co-villagers who are silent about this humiliatino!

In June, does it rain in Smakieh of Jordan?

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Obama in Mu’tah University

Now I am sitting in the deanship of students in Mu’tah university. It is 1:20. Although I had been sitting here since 10 o’clock, I still have many and many things to do on the internet.
What really made me stop surfing the internet is that Obama’a voice and image are seen in the deanship.
In body, Obama is now doing a speech in Egypt. JRTV is now live broadcasting the speech. Obama is still talking since more than 7 minutes.

The university is empty today because most of the students, including me, finished their final exams yesterday. Some students, however, are seen between now and then in the deanship.

5 students, including me, are now sitting on chairs inside the deanship. The don’t seem to care about the speech. One is playing with his mobile phone, a girl is just sitting down and starting at nothing, another is very busy with both his laptop and mobile phone.

What catches my eye is a man who is standing less than a meter away from the more than 35 inch LCD screen of the deanship. He is still standing. He doesn’t move. He is very attracted to the screen. “Islam is part of America…” I heard Obama saying. Well, this will surely have a positive effect. Won’t it?

The man is now sitting on a near bench. It seems that he wants to continue watching the speech.

Should this speech make a kind of ‘change’ that Obama want americans to ‘believe in!’.
In the begining of the speech, Obama explained that one speech can’t correct the situation.

Will I go back to hom at 2 o’clock? As long as I am allowed to keep sitting, I don’t think so!

1930 Smakieh vs. 2005 Smakieh

The first photo was taken in 1930. The second photo, of nearly the same place, was taken on Friday, March 25, 2005. It was taken by, the now, Dr. Fadi Ababseh.

1930 photo of Smakieh

2005 photo of smakieh