WHERE DO YOU WORK, AND WHAT DO YOU DO?
I am a Pediatric Resident in New Orleans, LA.
WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO BE A PEDIATRICIAN?
My family is the primary influence behind my choosing pediatrics. I am not from a family of doctors or even college-graduates. We are originally from Eritrea, a small country in East Africa where preventable diseases are extremely prevalent problems. I grew up wanting to play a role in caring and advocating, for children. It’s the best decision I’ve ever made!
WHY DO YOU LOVE YOUR FIELD?
The fun, spontaneous kids really make my job as a doctor so enjoyable. I’m either laughing or making them laugh. Children are very resilient and often the toughest ones in the room.
WHAT WAS THE BIGGEST CHALLENGE YOU FACED IN 2020, AND HOW DID YOU OVERCOME IT?
Fearing the unknown. At the beginning of this pandemic, I walked into the hospital most days not knowing what to expect, and even how many sick children I would be treating. It challenged me to stay focused and prepared, while still maintaining a positive outlook
WHEN YOU LOOK TO 2021 WHAT DO YOU FEEL THE MOST HOPEFUL ABOUT?
Health appreciation. Whether that’s improving one’s mental health, physical health, or emotional health. 2020 has brought a lot of unexpected, negative changes to our world. I’m hopeful that we, as a community, learn and grow from this. I’m hopeful that we’ll appreciate our health just a little more.