Friday, January 29, 2010

Arabic or English?

Being able to communicate in many languages is a plus for future multicultural and language hospital. Furthermore, with your upstanding and ability will surely give you a chance to give more that you could imagine. In addition to that, you surely will get a faster and fatter promotion than your colleagues.

Malaysia being a developing country that received thousands of tourist and expatriates every year will soon be needing doctors who able to converse multiple language. Given then chance to study in a non-English speaking country as Jordan is a bliss. We should take all the chances given. We should use the most of our time to learn and speak Arabic for us to be able converse it fluently. It is a shame as to myself that up to this moment I can hardly converse fluently in Arabic.

So it's not too late for everyone to start. Here is a story where I think almost the same of what we going to encounter in the near future. So enjoy it and give it a thought. Don't stop there when you can start it right away.

"Believe that you were born for greatness and awesomeness."

Yo Hablo Poquito Español

I consider myself very lucky to have completed most of my clinical rotations during med school in one of the most diverse cities in the world, New York City. The neighborhood in which I’ve spent the majority of my time happens to be predominantly Latino.

The first day I spent at the hospital in Brooklyn was quite memorable for many reasons. But one aspect that sticks out in my mind was my complete inability to communicate with many of my patients. I took French in high school, and had never studied any Spanish in my life, nor ever spent more than a few days in a Spanish speaking country. I quickly realized that if I were to succeed at this hospital, I needed to increase my Spanish vocabulary and comprehension.

I’ve spent the past year and a half at the same hospital, and my Spanish language abilities have improved immensely. I purchased a “Spanish For Health care Professionals” book, and have tried to read it in my spare time. I’ve forced myself to pay attention and learn as many words as possible. I’m still dreadfully far from being fluent in Spanish, but I know enough to take a basic history and perform an exam.

Although my Spanish is really a mix of “Spanglish” and hand motions, I’ve found myself being sought out by other med students and physicians for translation services. I always feel incredibly silly trying to translate, since my Spanish is far from perfect, but I still try to help out whenever I can.

The most interesting thing that I’ve found about attempting to communicate with someone who speaks a foreign language is how attempting to meet someone halfway can really bridge the gap. Usually, when someone asks one of our Spanish speaking patients if they speak English, the patient will respond with a short “no.” However, once I enter the room and say “yo hablo porquito Español,” (I speak a little Spanish), and proceed to do my very best to communicate, the floodgates suddenly open. The patient’s eyes generally light up and they will begin using as much English as possible, which is always much more than the “no English,” they originally admitted to speaking.

Between my broken Spanish and hand motions, and their broken English and hand motions, it’s amazing how much we can actually communicate. In theory, the best case scenario when attempting to communicate with a patient who speaks another language is to have a translator. However, I’ve learned that two important facts prevent this “best case scenario” from actually working all the time. Number one, it takes much more time and effort to obtain and use a translator with a patient. And number two, it’s surprising how much more you can connect with a patient, and how much more they will share with you if you attempt to communicate with them in their own language.

The obvious problem is that with my less than perfect Spanish, many things can get lost in translation. So that’s why I will try to hit the books a little harder and continue my rewarding journey towards speaking mucho mas Español.

(Extracted from The Differentials)

Friday, January 15, 2010

Welcome To MIFC 2010 Blog.


Welcome everyone to MIFC 2010 blog.

How are you feeling lately?

Are you satisfied of what you are today?

Or you regret for being in this school?

I'm writing today not to tell you how to tell you how to do in a certain way (because everyone has their own ways). But I'm here to share something that I or others have experienced in the past. Or even discussing of what we want to be in the future. For being medical personnel are jobs that need you to sacrifice more than the others. Even if it means your own body and soul. Did you ever think of that before choosing this path?

I've heard that many people 'whining' about the hardship and all. Is this something that we have in common?Well this is something that me, myself and everyone should put aside. Remember that "Any process worth going through will get tougher before it gets easier". Just think this as something that will shape us in the future. I couldn't recall any of the great doctor or dentist do it easily. Surely the have to go a lot of hardship before turning into who we know this day.

If I want to put it in an easier way, let just think that doctor as a sacred duty. It's a calling. Like when we were call into battle. And if we want to win it at all cost, we have to do it with style and knowledge. How are we going to do it then? That's what we are going to discover together. To learn it the "Muslim's Way". And we should be proud of being a Muslim.

So be sure to register now for we have a lot of surprises for all of you. And if you have something to share on how you want or what you want, drop us a comment or mail. Let be part of something bigger and wonderful. Don't let others tell that we are nobody. Instead let show them we are somebody. For being a doctor is bless.

People say Ignorance is bliss; I say ignorance is going to increase the bills.

Thank you.

MIFC 2010.

Programme Details

8,9,10 July 2010


JUST, medical and dental students especially third and fourth year students. (also for 1st and 2nd year students if there's extra places)

How to shine in medical school
community sevices
miracle of Quran
...and many more!!

First 100 registered students. (a week from today, registration for 3rd and 4th year students, and the next week, for 1st and 2nd year students.)


Contact - Wan Mohd Izham (5th yr med)- 0777331389
Nur Aliaa Bokhari (5th yr med) - 0777084860

Monday, January 11, 2010

Introducing MIFC 2010

Alhamdulillah, all praise is for Allah, the Great and Almighty, the Creator of all creations. Peace and blessings upon our Prophet Messenger Muhammad s.a.w, his family, his companions, and those who follow and adhere to his call until the Day of Judgment.

Throughout these final years when we, MEP 4 & 5, had the idea of organizing an interactive program with our juniors, the Malaysian students in JUST with a global medical approach, adding to the bonus of being professionalized Muslim doctors.

We sincerely hope that this program will shower benefits over all participants to meet the high expectancy in facing the strong reality at present as medical students, and afterward in life as future doctors. InshaAllah taala.

As far as we are concerned, this little effort will just remain a mere idea if it is not provided with effective collaboration and important support from every person involved.

May Allah bless and grant His help upon our hardship and sincerity as comrades towards mardhatillah.