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Michael Ibrahem, MD

  • Third Year Resident

Are you in a special track or focus during your residency?

I am interested in Sports Medicine. I have already had good exposure to that track, and I am aiming to get a lot of hands-on experience throughout my three-year residency.

Why did you choose UPMC Shadyside Family Medicine Residency Program?  Why Pittsburgh?

Being enrolled in a comprehensive Family Medicine program in the United States was a life-long dream. And, since I am an international medical graduate who was not residing in the US, I had two good sources of information, online web pages and people, to learn about the programs here. When I thought about doing my residency in a particular medical institution, I considered a lot of factors since it would be the first step in my career journey. I strongly believe that what starts out right will end correctly. Nonetheless, professionalism, opportunities, and wellness were the three areas on which I concentrated, and after thorough searching and contemplating, UPMC Shadyside was my top choice.

I had heard a lot about Pittsburgh from overseas, and I had high expectations for the city, but once I arrived, I realized that my expectations were only a small part of what the city really is. The city's most outstanding feature is the combination of incredible architecture, natural beauty, and accessibility.  In addition, it is a terrific spot for sports fans, culture buffs, foodies, hikers, and nightlife enthusiasts. It's also worth adding that renting, buying, and other logistical necessities are all relatively reasonable in Pittsburgh.

What are your goals while here in the residency program?  How will this prepare you to be an excellent physician?

In addition to gaining the knowledge and necessary skills to be an excellent family physician, my goals include obtaining practical experience, improving my research capabilities, understanding, and applying the fundamentals of sports medicine, and most importantly, helping others.

Do you have any specials interests outside of the residency?

Music, particularly guitar, is something I enjoy listening to and playing. On weekends, I enjoy spending time with my family and exploring the city.  I'm also a bodybuilder who devotes a significant portion of my leisure time to working out.

Homs, Syria