Monday, March 28, 2005
The In T View: Dr. Humanity, Bright, Humane, And Caring
Bright, Humane, and Caring, with a love for
Pringles and Evanescence, Medical Student
Dr. Humanity of the Iraqi Humanity Blog
surrounds us with his thoughts on Life in
Iraq, Med School, Patient Care, Mom,
It's the In T View: Dr. Humanity,
Bright, Humane, and Caring
MG: Dr. Humanity, how is life
treating you these days?
Dr. Humanity: Financially good, I have
some problems in Pharmacology in the college, socially I returned now from a funeral of my friend's 3 aunt & their 2 daughter who were
shot last Thursday in there car for no reason
so I shall take care & take precautions cz
it's dangerous situation nowadays in Baghdad.
MG: What's the average day of a Iraqi
Medical Student like?
Dr. Humanity: Waking up at 7:00 AM
then some sport, breakfast, get my clothes
on & then 7:30 am my friends came to take
me to the college except for the days that
would be my turn so I will ride with them,
in college we start the day by some greetings,
jokes except when we have an exam that day,
lectures begin at 8:30 am & end usually
10:30 am then followed by labs which sometimes continues till 3:30 PM or earlier, returning
home, having lunch & watch TV, sleep till 12:00
night, watching TV & sometimes studying.
Note: this is my life in this semester only cz
it's the hardest one in the medical college &
if I finished it, In the next semesters I will finish nearly at 12:00 noon. & this was a
normal day but on weekends I study more &
visit my friend who is a student in the
dental college & I knew him since I was 13
MG: How difficult is it to become a
doctor in Iraq?
Dr. Humanity: It's very difficult since
it needs a lot of studying & need a very high average in the higher schools so not everyone
will be able to enter the medical college so
we r the students that got the highest average
marks in the higher schools, for me I was no.
13th in Iraq. Also medical college need 6
years to be a doctor compared with 4 years
to be an engineer so unless u r financially
fine u will not be able to continue but this
is a very rare case here.
MG: What's the biggest problem facing
Iraqi hospitals? Lack of supplies? Danger from insurgents and terrorists? Theft? Lack of
security? Too many patients and not enough
qualified medical personnel?
Dr. Humanity: I will list it according
the importance from my view which almost right:
a-lack of a good leaders.
b- Theft, by all the Hospital staff, from
the simple worker to the substaff but not
c- Lack of supplies.
d- Too many patients and not enough equipment
& if there is, it is very very
old; ex: in our hospital we have one CT
scan & I hadn't see it working once!!!!
But we have a qualified doctor who most of
them are in the world's hospital & as about the Iraqi doctor.
MG: How frustrating of an experience
is it, when you're unable to help a patient?
Dr. Humanity: At the beginning it will depress u very much but then u will get on it
& like when someone saw a glass of water half
empty & the other see it half filled, to me
I see it half filled, cz in this situation
being able to cure a patient is like a
MG: You've seen death close up, does something like that change your perspective
on life? Do you lose some of your humanity?
Dr. Humanity: Death well u learn u
to respect life & to see how is the human
beings r weak & I now evaluate every happy
moments u live it with u family or whatever
but about humanity, it is difficult to say
but when u see many people dying or dead u
will not have time to be sad for them but
u will have time to save other patients
or lessen their suffering, do u get it?
(MG says: Yes, quite understandable.)
MG: On a more pleasant subject,
how nice was it to finally be able
to participate in a free election?
Dr Humanity: At the beginning it was
normal but when I remembered Saddam's election
I feel it & I was so happy when for the same
time I see The election results with no 99.999 number in it as Saddam did.
MG: How did you become interested in
Blogging and how did your blog:
Iraqi Humanity come about?
Dr. Humanity: My friend Ferid of Iraqi4ever (Loser's Blog) began before
me & I become interested & I started
with some of his directions.
MG: When you're not doing the medical
thing, what do you do to relax?
Dr. Humanity: Music, TV, sport, readings
& going outside.
MG: Music: Got a favorite band or singer
you like to listen to?
Dr. Humanity: Evanescence is my favorite
band & sometimes I use their songs as a Title
for my post, also I like Linkin Park & about
singer I like Madonna & MJ but not as
Evanescence. & I hear some Arabic songs too.
MG: How's the fishing in the Tigris
River and what type of fish do you catch?
Dr. Humanity: I don't know how to fish
but I want do it sometimes but after all &
don't like fish too much!
MG: Iraqis boys love their Mothers.
So what is it about your mother that is
Dr. Humanity: Sure My mother is the one responsible for us ( me & my brothers) she is a great woman she raised us alone during my father being abroad & when he died in 2000 she become
my father, mother & friend & I wish I make here happy & proud of me like my bro.
MG: Favorite Iraqi food?
Dr. Humanity: (Gozzi) which is meat & rice, chicken also I like European food Pizza & spaghetti & American Hamburger
MG: I've always wondered about this,
why do Iraqis love Pringles Potato Chips so
Dr. Humanity: This is due to the embargo bcz before the last war & since we havn't here in Iraq Pringles, chocolate like (Mars, Today, Toploron), even sometimes we hadn't Pepsi & 7up also I remember when I was 7 years old there was no desert or Ice Cream sold in shops cz Saddam said that there was Embargo & we shall keep our sugar for our important needs & this last till I reached 13 years old, so u can say that Iraqis didn't see Pringles before war & this is our first experience, ymym I need Pringles by now.
MG: What was the most interesting birthday present that you ever received?
Dr. Humanity: This computer & a small
MG: If people want to donate to your blog: Iraqi Humanity or to the Medical College you
attend, can you provide some information
on how they can do so?
Dr. Humanity: Yes donation through my
in the donation link & to my college u
can send it to this address: Iraq, Al-kadimia, Baghdad P.O. Box 14222.
MG: Thanks Very Much, Dr. Humanity,
and final question: Have you ever seen a ghost?
Dr. Humanity: I saw many pictures of
Ghost & if u r interested, I can send it.
Thanks & goodbye