Samira Hassan

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A doctor, community activist and traveller

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Ask me about:

  • Careers in medicine
  • Improving access to medicine
  • Studying medicine in the UK
  • Global health
  • Promoting Somali community
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The entry requirements is slightly different for each university. However they all require high grades of As, A*s mostly in both GCSEs and A-levels. Some universities have strict requirements and some may call you for interview even if you have just missed the required grades as long as you have de…

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Ps.  I am still considered a nurse with elders and my family back home because I am female. lol. Some stereotypical assumptions will be there no matter what. Ignore it. 

Walykumu salaam

Unfortunately stereotypical perceptions of gender roles and professions is something you will always face in our communities. Nevertheless, I would advise you not to allow this to shape your future goals or aspirations. We have a significant number of male nurses in the NHS - of va…

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Salah is extremely important for me too. You can certainly make time for it if you wish too throughout medical school and your career. However you have to accept that at times, you may not physically be able to pray them on time. eg: dealing with an emergency,  in the middle of surgery or a pr…

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Why do want to pursue Medicine? your real reasons.

How  do you see your life and ideal world in 10-20yrs time? What are your goals in life outside your career?

Do you truly understand the practicalities of work and life as a medical doctor? 

Do you think life as a medical doctor fits w…

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It's a difficult one tbh. There was a huge level of distrust pre-covid and the pandemic has only widened that gap. It's important to carefully read and understand the information and research into the vaccine once its out to analyse its level of risks, benefits, etc. 

Although vaccines work b…

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It's worth examining your reasons and passion for pursuing medicine. For many of the reasons you had outlined above, I too agree it is one of the best professions to work in. The difficulty with Medicine mainly lies in entry into medical school to be honest. That is where the bottleneck lies. …

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I dont blame you. As healthcare professionals, some of the messages have been confusing and difficult to put into practice at times. However, it's worth noting that this is an unprecedented pandemic and I suspect that with the research and public health research going into this, new guidelines and …

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That's a tough question!

There are many somali organisations of varying sizes doing great work across the board. Despite the recent serious issues that have rocked the organization, I believed SYFI to be an organisation that has successfully managed to unite thousands of Somali youth upon charitab…

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Hi

There are no over the counter diagnostic tests available, instead testing via your local GPs, testing centres and the gov.uk website is readily available these days. Regarding essential supplies, there is no necessity as such as there are no treatments / cure but simple analgesia like paracetam…

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I can understand your concerns and it is one shared by many. There have been no major breakthroughs in the treatment of covid as yet unfortunately. There is no cure / vaccine as of yet. Thankfully the numbers of deaths and cases are reducing but I suspect it is mainly due to extra public vigilance …

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Walykumu salaam sis

Yes I have read that article and tbh it is experienced shared by many of my colleagues and one that BMA and other representative organisations have brought forward many times before. Personally, I have not experienced this sort of discrimination / racism in my career and I may …

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I am firmly of the belief that you could attain a healthy balance between your work as doctor and family life, hobbies, passions etc. To be honest this fear was one of the main factors that made me decline my original offer to study medicine. From the outset it appears nearly impossible. 

Stu…

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First of all, I wish you all the best in your studies and wish you all the success in medical school. 

I would advice you to use the time on the wards to really brush up on your clinical management knowledge as well as practical clinical skills. You will definitely need this when you start of…

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How you finding Gp ? Are you salaried or partner?

Samira Hassan - 1 month, 3 weeks ago

I think GP is akin to marmite. Some hate it, some love it. I personally enjoy the practice of family medicine - long term management of chronic disease, seeing pts through their illness with regular reviews and follow up. Treating each patient as an individual holistically and catering for their ne…

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Ameen. Jazakallah khair for your dua

Im not sure what the process is in Australia but in the UK, many medical schools will accept students who have done non-science subjects at A-level, or equivalent, as long as your grades demonstrate high educational attainment (basically As and A*)

In that cas…

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Salaams

An important question and one that requires a cross-collaborative approach between healthcare professionals. It can feel like a monumental endeavour but my advice to any medical professional would be to contact somali healthcare professionals on the ground and hospitals to find out their c…

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Improving access to medicine

Samira Hassan - 3 months, 3 weeks ago

It would be best to directly contact admissions tutors of the medical schools you wish to apply to. Find out if your current qualifications are enough for entry requirements. They may suggest an extra course or something else to satisfy their requirements. 

International students may have dif…

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It's difficult to comment on this as I have very little experience working in Somalia. 

My basic advice would be to ensure that your medical school will accept this, some of them may discourage you due to the poor security and stability of the country. Also it is best to connect with a specia…

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How was the process of becoming a GP?

Samira Hassan - 3 months, 3 weeks ago

Yes 2 years of 3 monthly rotations in different specialities including GP. the final year is a full year in GP practice. You have 2 examinations - theory based (AKT) and clinical one (CSA) as well as your E-portfolio to maintain. These are the assessments for MRCGP

Clinical placements in med school are the best places to really practice the theory and clinical skills you are taught. I would certainly encourage you to make the most of every opportunity to practice your history taking skills, practical procedure skills as well as clinical decision-making proces…

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Wow, few questions! ok

I went into medical school wanting to become a Paediatrician. I worked towards that throughout med school, my research, audits as well as my elective in Toronto being in a children's hospital. 

It was during my year out after foundation training that I changed my mind.…

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Good question

There are many ongoing efforts to develop mitigation strategies, develop hospital protocols and training for somali doctors and health care professionals.  A group of somali diaspora drs from across Europe, USA and Australia are helping with this and working on capacity building…

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I wanted to ask what your motivation to study medicine was?

Samira Hassan - 3 months, 3 weeks ago

Salaams 

I have always loved the idea of helping people when they're most vulnerable, coupled with my love for biology, anatomy and the human sciences. However saying that, right before my applications, I came to a decision that life in medicine was not for me for many reasons and declined my…

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Geerida Covid-19 Soomaalida

Samira Hassan - 3 months, 3 weeks ago

Tirada Soomalida kugeeriyotay UK, covid-19 daraadeed ma sheegi karo. Tirakoob gooni ah Somalida lomasamayn. Laakinse sida aynu aragno way badantahay. Waxa laga yaabay in mardamba inta ku geeriyotey in la tiriyo inshallah

Great Question

As a man, you have a unique position because the community requires motivated enthusiastic men like you to mentor our boys and young men. My advice to you would be to focus on one arena to work on - we cannot hope to address all the issues in the Somali community as an individual or…

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How to improve my professional somali

Samira Hassan - 3 months, 3 weeks ago

Thank you.

Fun fact - my spoken Somali was near none-existent when I first came to the UK. Learnt it out of sheer pressure and need to be honest. I have never taken a course although we really should have such courses available for our youth. 

I just picked up a lot of my somali from listeni…

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I dont believe it is ever too late. Although you will have some challenges it is not impossible. 

Research your options and directly email / contact admissions tutors from the medical schools you wish to apply to. Im assuming you are a mature student? so the regular entry requirments may not …

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Thank you for the question. 

It's clearly an area we have to focus more of our efforts in - helping Somali youth in navigating the myriad of career choices, the challenges along the way and the merits of education. 

I believe there are many ways and we can be creative with this. Careers…

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There is ongoing research on this because it is evident that BAME are disproportionately affected. Many possible factors may be at play - lower socioeconomic status often lead to health inequalities, higher proportion of BAME have preexisting health conditions, large intergenerational households in…

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Good question

To be honest, Palliative care is one of my specialist interests and I happen to be the palliative care lead for my practice. Not because it isn't emotionally taxing, but it genuinely gives me the most job satisfaction. 

Reason is because I feel I can make a significant differen…

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Walykumu salaam sis

 

I understand your concerns as this is a real worry for many in the NHS. I cannot tell you how safe it is for her to return but we all know there is some level of risk of exposure to this virus whilst working in hospital. 

They have recently rolled out NHs staff te…

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It's difficult to say for sure as there is ongoing research into this. However, based on the behaviours of other coronaviruses in the same group, the theory is that you will have developed some antibodies in response to the covid19 infection that should hopefully avoid the virus causing a new infec…

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Federal grant Coordinator

Samira Hassan - 3 months, 3 weeks ago

Walykumu salaam. 

thank you for your comment and highlighting this key issue. We certainly do need many more somali doctors to diversify the workforce to reflect the communities they serve. To advocate for the specific health needs of the Somali community and bridge the gap between current he…

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Personally, I talked about my voluntary experience as a teaching assistant for a child with learning needs, my role as a tutor in our local somali literacy & numeracy campaign group, my work in Somalia supporting local nurses and health care assistants in administering care (v. basic)

outside …

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It's been a over a decade since I lst applied for medical school. A lot has changed since then. Howversome things remain the same. The most important characteristic is a keenness to pursue medicine despite its challenges which you have to demonstrate. Your why has to stand out.

You also have to d…

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Hey samira

Samira Hassan - 3 months, 3 weeks ago

Adiga mudan walal. Dadkeenu wey ubahanyihiin wacyigelin kusaabsan xanuunada jura oo af soomali ah. 

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