In 2019, Hala graduated with honours from An Najah National University. As a result she was selected as one of the first candidates for an FQMS funded teaching and research fellowship at her university.
Here is how she got on:
Working as a teaching and research assistant benefited me in a variety of ways. This year, I taught Art of Medicine course to third-year medical students. It was an incredible experience because I got to prepare students for the clinical years of their training by teaching them the art of taking patients’ history and how to perform a proper physical exam. It felt wonderful to help them expand their skills and knowledge.
I also worked in the Research unit, where I coordinated a research training workshop for faculty members. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, this workshop was conducted via Zoom and included seven training sessions on research proposal and manuscript writing, literature review, referencing, critical appraisal, and data analysis. Personally, I benefited from this workshop; I enhanced my fundamental research skills and I am now working on many research projects.
The last year has been full of academic and personal experiences. I’ve built numerous relationships and connections with students and colleagues at the university and hospital, and I’ve enhanced both my clinical and research abilities.
I want to express my special thanks to the FQMS for giving me this opportunity and financial support throughout the year; it was extremely beneficial and built a strong basis for me to seek a residency programme. I hope this program continues to assist new grads in gaining this support in order to help them reach their goals.