Becoming a successful clinical physician who can be a great help to people’s life and healthhas been my great ambition that I have been pursuing since I was a high school student.
Taking the National University Entrance Exam (known as Concour, the main means to gain admission to higher education in Iran), I was ranked among the first 100 best students (out of around 300,000) in 1988. I was accepted in Medical School of Shiraz University which is one of the leading medical schools in Iran and being accepted there is really very competitive and it is not an easy task for everyone to do.
As I progressed through my studies and clinical rotations, it became increasingly clear that I was interested in the field of infectious diseases and I was fortunate to find a professor and a lab that I felt comfortable joining and which satisfied most of the attributes I was looking for.
As a medical student, Ichose to take my elective wards inpediatric infectious disease ward as much as I could and I took about 3 month clinical rotation in that ward (instead of only two weeks as most of other students did) and this period was of great personal significance for me.
I did my M.D final thesis under the supervision of the same professor who had a great impact on my attitude toward medicine and encouraged my interest in infectious disease. Despite the laborious task of collecting and sorting the samples, I really enjoyed doing that thesis.
Pursuing my interest in infectious disease, I chose to study pediatrics after my M.D graduation, and again I did my thesis on comparison of mean serum level of trace elements in children older than 6 months with acute lower respiratory tract infection with control group,which was considered a new project in its field.
Soon after getting my Board of pediatrics, I took the infectious disease subspecialty exam in Medical School of Tehran University (the most important medicaleducational center in Iran) and I was accepted as the first place student. My years of study there were the most challenging and the most educational period in my life. Numerous and largely various patients referred to this centerprovided the best opportunity for me notonly to gain new experience but also to develop and expand my medical knowledge and skills.It forced me to significant dive into the literature in my area in order to get a firm grasp on the current knowledge and what questions needed to be addressed. It also was beneficial since I was able to see the potential problems and pitfalls with my practice and learned how to avoid or address these concerns.
Upon my graduation, I chose to take up a faculty member positionat MedicalSchool of Isfahan University. This gave me the precious opportunity to apply my knowledge and to be further exposed to research. Besides working as a faculty member, I devoted most of time to teaching and working in the field of pediatric infectious diseases.
I have been actively involved both in administrative and academic...