Jamal Rahimi, MD, FACEP, FAEEM
University of Houston, School of Medicine
Friday, June 3, 2022
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Are you an immigrant? Refugee? Worried about your success? Worried that you won’t be able to become a doctor? Are you concerned about the steps to take? Are you and your family worried that attending a Community College is a detriment to your future?
Then you should come and meet Dr. Rahimi who as an Afghan refugee was able to utilize a Federal program and started at Community College and graduated from UCLA top of his class and guarded the top of his class at UC Davis School of Medicine.
About the Speaker:
Dr. Rahimi was born in the kitchen of a refugee camp in Peshawar, Pakistan during the Soviet-Afghan War in the 1980’s. His family was displaced from Afghanistan when the war began. His mother fled Afghanistan on foot with her family through the mountainous terrain. His father fought in the war and helped expel the Soviet Union from Afghanistan. Dr. Rahimi came to the USA as a toddler with his younger sister and his mother as refugees.
Dr. Rahimi remembers being in the Head Start Program (a federal program that provides academically focused preschool to students of low socioeconomic status) when he first arrived in the USA. His family struggled early on and with his dad being at work all day and his mom taking care of the younger siblings, Dr. Rahimi often found himself doing the grocery shopping early on before the age of 9.
He graduated high school and went back to Afghanistan for six months to visit family and reconnect with his homeland. Upon his return, he enrolled in his local junior college at Diablo Valley College. In junior college, Dr. Rahimi recognized that he was just as capable and committed as everyone around him. He decided to become a premed with hopes of one-day saving lives and giving back to his community which gave him so much. He eventually transferred to UCLA and graduated Magna Cum Laude and gained admission to UC Davis School of Medicine. In medical school, Dr. Rahimi chose Emergency Medicine as his career path. He has been a practicing ER physician for almost 10 years.
Dr. Rahimi has been lucky enough to help in some of the country’s worst disasters. He was at ground zero in Long Island when Hurricane Sandy and Hurricane Irene hit the East Coast. He was in Houston when Hurricane Harvey touched down. He spent 5 days and nights straight in one of the only still functioning emergency rooms seeing patients. He has worked on the COVID-19 pandemic since the beginning. Dr. Rahimi lets his work ethic speak for him. He has missed 0 days of work since becoming an emergency room physician
At the moment, Dr. Rahimi enjoys being a part of the University of Houston, School of Medicine family where he has been a volunteer faculty and core faculty for the Emergency Medicine Residency Program for the past 2 years. He enjoys his time off with his wife, 2 daughters, 2 dogs, and 3 cats!
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Topic: From Afghan Refugee to Community College and Emergency Medicine
When: June 3, 2022 4:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)