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Reflections from 2022 Medical Student Interns

Zulaikha Yasir
(Medical Student from Brighton and Sussex Medical School)
"I have enjoyed the summer internship at Initiative in Islam and Medicine and have learnt a lot about bioethics. In the past two months, I have come to appreciate how vast the field is and how important it is for many disciplines to come together when making decisions. I am grateful for the opportunity to read and discuss the works of many leading bioethicists on topics such as brain death, abortion and organ donation. In addition I have created infographics on some of these topics and I am conducting research on the islamic perspective on withdrawing treatment from anencepahlic infants."

Hedyeh Elahinia
(Medical Student from University of Toledo College of Medicine)
"During my internship at the IIM, I worked on two main projects. Firstly, I helped in the development of educational materials for the IIM, working to translate the scholarly core of the Initiative into an accessible online course. Secondly, after taking part in a week-long “Islam and Bioethics” intensive course at Bayan/Chicago Theological Seminary, I began applying these concepts to a research project related to what I had learned. I’m grateful for the opportunity provided by IIM and I encourage medical students to apply to and community members to support this initiative."

Poster Presentation
Benish Baqai (MSIV) at Medical College of Wisconsin and part of II&M team presented on behalf of her team at the American Muslim Medical Students Association Conference, Ann Arbor, MI. "Religious Identity Discrimination in the Physician Workforce: Insights from Two National Surveys of Muslim Clinicians in the US."



Dr.Padela has been selected to the Advisory Panel for Healthcare Delivery and Disparities Research at the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) for a 3 year term. This is a great opportunity to bring a variety of voices from across the healthcare community to impact PCORI’s important work.


New Presentation
Benish Baqai (Medical Student) presented her team’s research project titled “Religious Identity Discrimination in the Physician Workforce: Insights from Two National Surveys of Muslim Clinicians in the US” at the first conference hosted by the American Muslim Medical Students Association in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The team sought to quantify perceived religious discrimination among Muslim physicians in the US and compare trends using data from two national surveys conducted in 2013 and 2021. Comparisons of the two samples demonstrate that a greater percentage of Muslim physicians are reporting more experiences of workplace discrimination. Thus, this project sheds light to the idea that despite recent advancements in diversity and inclusion efforts in medicine, it appears that Muslim physicians are still experiencing heightened levels of workplace discrimination. 
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