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By Khadija Gurnah on Jan 15, 2014| 2 comments

Follow In the United States, where the median income is $50,054, having no insurance or having insurance that does not cover essential health care visits means that any illness can create financial hardship. In 2007, 62.1% of bankruptcies were due to the burden of medical bills. Health insurance coverage is very important in the Muslim community as many Muslims don’t have employer provided health insurance, in fact: 20% are self-employed, 29% are under-employed and 17% are unemployed. In order to address this problem, American Muslim Health Professionals (AMHP) is working with state and federal partners across the country to make sure Muslims are aware of and connected to health insurance coverage through the Affordable Care Act. As part of this effort,...

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By Zaiba Malik on Jan 9, 2014| 4 comments

Follow Curiously, at some point in their lives, all working women are asked the question, “How do you balance work and family?”  However, what defines balance? Is it being in perfect harmony at all moments in time? Balancing work and family life is an age-old working woman’s dilemma.  In reality though, there is never a complete balance.  Instead, it is simply a dance of shifting priorities of different aspects of your life at any given moment.  There is no horizontal balance, but rather a constant adjustment of which life aspect is higher and which plummets to the ground. Life in medicine is already a unique situation. As medical students, we put in long hours memorizing endless facts, dissecting our cadavers to perfection, and rounding at 4am. At...

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By Munzoor Sheikh on Jan 7, 2014| 0 comments

Follow Brothers, Sisters, Assalamualaykum. Do you remember the story of Ayesha, who is a 4 year old from Afghanistan? She lost her parents and her eyesight and was transferred to the DC area for treatment. Imagine being 4 years old, waking up at a hospital only to discover you don’t speak the language, you can’t see anything and you are being told that your parents have passed. Imagine how lonely and scared you’d feel? We need to raise $20,000 for Aisha’s medical bills. Solace for Children is an organization that has been helping her and a great place to donate. To create some momentum, here’s what we ask of you: 1. Donate generously. If we can simply find 20 people to donate $1000 each, we will reach our goal. Donate...

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By AMHP Board on Jan 2, 2014| 0 comments

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By Fatima Ashraf on Oct 2, 2013| 0 comments

Follow It seems that every week there is a new article about the dishonesty and misinformation from inside the food industry.   Even Trader Joe’s, the California-based grocer that quickly made an identity for itself as a sustainable, healthy, non-GMO food source, is not transparent about the origin and quality of its food.  Our confidence as consumers of the food industry is dwindling and the reason is because we continue to rely on big box stores and not our local farmers. Picture this: it’s a crisp fall Saturday morning and with a fair-trade cup of coffee in hand, you’re walking through the neighborhood admiring the changing leaves.  You come across a delivery truck from Westfield Farm and a crowd of people carrying canvas bags is gathering.  Out...

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By Shahid Shah on Aug 26, 2013| 0 comments

Follow I have recently received an increasing number of questions from readers of my own blog about whether or not graduate degrees or technical (HIT-specific or otherwise) certifications are worth the effort. I’ve written a few posts recently on similar topics which may be worth checking out: Videos if you’re looking for healthcare IT jobs The realities of getting a job in healthcare IT How to get a job in healthcare IT when you don’t have specific experience My view on HIT (or other technical) certifications The last post in the list above goes into specific detail about my thoughts on certifications, but I didn’t discuss graduate degrees as much, so I’ll elaborate a bit more in this current article. There are obvious pros and cons to either...

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By Andrew Li and Salma Shabaik on Apr 24, 2013| 0 comments

Follow We traveled to Turkey in the Fall of 2012 and made a 5 day stop at the Turkish-Syrian border not far from the ancient city of Antioch. We were to bring in medical supplies, assist, and learn from medical providers taking care of wounded Syrians. The now two-year-old Syrian revolution has created an extensive grassroots network of activists from within Syria, its neighboring countries, and the West. Our journey began with one activist, Dr. Ahmed, a veterinarian by trade. Due to the war and his medical skills, he subsequently took on the role of medic, nurse, doctor, and supply coordinator for wounded civilians and soldiers near the Turkish border.  At any given time, Dr. Ahmed cared for 10-15 postoperative patients in his single bedroom apartment. Most...

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