I’m Maria Ahmad, a 4th Year Medical Student from Barts & the London School of Medicine & Dentistry in the United Kingdom.
I can speak four languages fluently!
Here’s a little bit more about me!
So, why medicine? Who or what inspired you to go to Medical School?
The million-dollar question...! After the diagnosis of my sister with a rare disease, I spent much time in hospital and was inspired by the incredible compassion, impressive attention to detail and teamwork of the doctors in treating my sister holistically and displaying honesty and integrity throughout, even when facing uncertainty in the diagnosis. As well as this, I had always considered a career in Medicine, having been fascinated by the human body and excited by the prospect of lifelong learning. My work experience and volunteering showed me how rewarding Medicine can be and taught me so much about being a doctor. Despite the challenges of Medicine, my work experience confirmed my enthusiasm for pursuing Medicine. I started medical school and since then have never looked back!
What’s been your highlight so far in Medical School?
I've had the incredibly unique opportunity to go out on shift with both London Ambulance Service and London Air Ambulance (HEMS), allowing me to observe the gold-standard of excellence in Pre-hospital Medicine in London. I have been able to work with these fantastic teams to support and treat critically ill patients by the roadside in an environment where every minute counts and see the incredible impact that excellent pre-hospital care can make to a patient's chance of survival and quality of life.
What’s one piece of advice you’d give to somebody about to start Medical School?
Take every possible opportunity you are offered at medical school. Get involved with as many societies, organisations, projects, jobs, teaching and research opportunities as you can; you can manage more than you think! Just by taking opportunities, I have had some of the best experiences of my life and met some amazing people. If you never try, you never know!
Why did you enter the ClinicalKey Global Challenge?
I entered the ClinicalKey Global Challenge in the hope of having the unique privilege of meeting students from across the globe, working together and inspiring each other to develop ideas that have the potential to change the future of Medicine and the future of patient care. After all, our shared goal as future doctors is to deliver the best possible patient care.