Al-Jobori was in his first year of medical school when the Iraq War started.
stopped for three months, we didn’t know what our fate was going to be
professionally,” Al-Jobori said. “But that was when I realized my dream of
going to the U.S. might be coming true.”
explained that the war allowed him to interact with American soldiers who
eventually helped him find a position as a medical translator.
patient care and medicine in the United States as the crest of a large
wave. While there are many advances
around the world, I believe that the knowledge base and training in the United
States are at the forefront of medicine and science.” He said.
medical translator in a U.S. combat hospital in Baghdad, he was able to improve
his English skills and work on a variety of trauma cases in the emergency room.
“I got to
translate, teach, and decrease the cultural gap between the U.S. armed forces
and the Iraqi armed forces,” he said. Al-Jobori soon got transferred to a
combat unit in Abu Ghraib where he met a patient had a deep impact on his life.
a celebration close to Abu Ghraib area and a suicide bomber came in and blew
himself up. We got to the scene and tried to help as many people as
possible…there was a 17 year old girl that had burns over 75 percent of her
body. Any patient like that in any local hospital would have faced a
non-manageable medical difficulties, but in the U.S. hospital, she was being
monitored minute-by-minute in a clean room with the best care available and she
made it,” he said.
later, he was able to apply for a visa to the United States and he is currently
working as a postdoctoral fellow in clinical diabetes research at the
University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio.
to do something to get a closer look to how practicing medicine is. To be a
good doctor, you need to have multiple things. You need to have proper
knowledge, skills, and to stay updated.”
explained that he has already gained proper knowledge through his medical
training and education. As an emergency room technician at Methodist Hospital,
he has learned how to work with U.S. patients.
U.S., the patient participation in the treatment plan is so crucial. In many
other countries, the physician tells the person what to do but here the
physician gives them the options and they choose with our guidance on what we
think is best,” he said.
fellow with Dr. Ralph Defronzo, he is working at the Texas Diabetes Institute on a study that is focused on a new era of medicine in which treatment of
diabetes is focused on the kidney more than the blood or the liver.
“I have been lucky to be directly involved in
cutting-edge research in diabetes and care for diabetic patients. My current work includes research on the
recently approved SGLT2 inhibitors and oral insulin. I have learned to understand how important
research is in order to make advances in patient care. With this understanding I am ready to move on
to my ultimate goal of receiving clinical training here in the United States” he
he has passed his medical licensing exam (USMLE), he is waiting to do residency
in internal medicine. His ultimate goal is to become an endocrinologist or a
cardiologist after residency to help patients with some of the major leading
causes of death like heart disease and hypertension. “I learned much in my home
country, but I had aspirations to learn more about the state of the art of
medicine in the United States” he said.
This article is part of the “Meet The Researcher” series which showcases researchers at the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences at University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio.