Dear POOIA Administration and Affiliates,
My name is Sara Hojjatie and I am a third-year Biochemistry student at Georgia Tech. I recently contacted POOIA over the summer to find opportunities in training and volunteering in medical areas because of my interest and to support my application to medical school. POOIA promptly connected me with two physicians, Dr. Shahrokh Bagheri in the field of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and Dr. Ali Rahimi in the field of Cardiology.
I just wanted to express my gratitude for this organization and share my valuable experiences with each of these accomplished professionals. From the moment I stepped in to their offices, both doctors were kind enough to explain their jobs in great detail and allowed me to take part in a hands-on learning experience that intensified my interest in medicine and gave me a worthy experience to share with medical schools on my resume.
At Dr. Bagheri’s office, I was exposed to oral surgery and cosmetic surgery. The doctors allowed me to shadow in the operation room and I soon learned the protocols of surgery, names of medications and tools, and the roles of different people involved in surgery. This experience also provided me with connections to anesthesiologists at Northside hospital, allowing me to branch out into other fields of medicine.
At Dr. Rahimi’s office, I shadowed multiple doctors and learned a great deal about the patient-doctor interactions. It was beneficial to follow different doctors because each one provided me with a new perspective. I was also able to practice taking a complete medical history from a patient, which is required for medical school admission. This experience taught me about non-invasive medicine and increased my interest in a specialty that I would not have otherwise been exposed to.
Overall, POOIA served as a great resource for connecting me to Iranian professionals in the Atlanta area. As a large participant and contributor to the Iranian Community of Atlanta, I’m very glad that young Iranians have this means of support from older professionals that can help them in the pursuit of their professional goals. I have continued to tell my Iranian peers at Georgia Tech about POOIA and what it can do for us, and with POOIA I believe our community can continue to progress and stay connected with coming generations.