FEBRUARY 6, 2024

Empowering Medical Students: Career Advancement Seminar

Empowering Medical Students: Career Advancement Seminar

The University of Balamand (UOB) hosted an informative seminar on January 29, 2024, aimed at guiding Year 3 and Year 4 medical students towards successful career pathways. The seminar featured esteemed speaker, Dr. Fadi Abdul Karim, where he delved into critical aspects of the Research/Residency Application Journey, covering Email Communication, Interview Preparation, Timing Importance of USMLEs, Networking, and CV Organization. Dr. Abdul-Karim's insights aimed to empower students in accurately presenting their achievements, maximizing positive responses, and ultimately securing their desired positions.

In addition to the core topics, Dr. Abdul-Karim addressed vital communication skills for medical students, emphasizing Dos and Don’ts for Social Media postings. The discussion highlighted potential pitfalls and provided practical suggestions on creating a positive impact while adhering to social media etiquette guidelines.

Reflecting on the seminar's significance, Dr. Abdul-Karim stated, "Effective communication is integral to success in the medical field. This seminar was designed to equip students with the tools and strategies needed to navigate the complex landscape of career advancement. By focusing on email communications, interview preparation, and social media etiquette, we aim to prepare our students for success in every aspect of their professional journey."

The event, held at the Dekwaneh campus, attracted a large audience of eager medical students keen on enhancing their career prospects. The University of Balamand remains committed to providing holistic education, preparing students not only academically but also for the practical challenges of their chosen professions.

About Dr. Fadi Abdul-Karim:
Dr. Fadi W. Abdul-Karim graduated from the American University of Beirut (AUB) in 1979 and completed his residency in anatomic pathology at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, followed by a surgical pathology fellowship at M. D. Anderson Cancer Center in 1983-84. Until 2011, he served as a professor of pathology and director of anatomic pathology at Case Western Reserve University, later returning to the AUB as vice-chair of the department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine and assistant dean for medical education. From 2012 to 2019, Dr. Abdul-Karim worked as a staff pathologist at the Cleveland Clinic and as vice chair for education. Holding a master’s degree in medical education, he is currently Professor Emeritus at Case and teaches pathology at Ohio Univ. Heritage School of Med. and University of Balamand (UOB), where he serves as Assistant Dean for USA Academic Affairs. Dr. Abdul-Karim has an extensive publication and communication record, with more than 235 publications, more than 20 book chapters and three edited pathology books. Dr. Abdul-Karim has also actively participated as a speaker at numerous National and International Conferences. ​