Member of American Academy of Physician Assistants
California Academy of Physician Assistants
Masters research looked at the benefits of adding CBD to treatment regimens for severe forms of pediatric epilepsy
Q & A with Sami:
What do you love to do in your time off?
In my time off I like to golf and practice yoga. During the weekends I love watching soccer, especially Liverpool!
What defines your personality?
I define myself as someone who is passionate, caring, perceptive, and fair. I believe above all else in the value of being good to your fellow humans.
Why did you choose a career in medicine?
I chose a career in medicine because I was always drawn to the sciences. I never saw myself sitting at a desk all day crunching numbers or filling out forms. I value interpersonal connections too much and you can really make a positive impact on people's lives with quality medical care.
What charities do you contribute to?
I enjoy contributing to charities that revolve around education and helping children in need. Many of my closest friends and family members work in education/special education. One organization in particular that means a lot to me is the Love Them All Foundation. They work to provide sports and other extracurricular activities to children with intellectual disabilities. I used to serve as a coach for them before going to grad school and I loved it!
Favorite procedures or surgeries to perform
My favorite procedure is wax cleaning. You can really make someone's day by cleaning out their ears!
Goals that you have, either personally, professionally or both
I'd really like to participate in more medical mission trips. During my medical education in Virginia, medical missions were a big part of our programs philosophy. I had the pleasure of flying to the Dominican Republic twice to provide much needed free medical aid to rural parts of the island. It was an extremely fulfilling experience and I hope to do it again in the future.
Most influential mentor that you've worked with
The most influential mentor in my life is my brother-in-law. He is a physician that specializes in neurosurgery in the central valley. He was the first person to tell me what a PA is and what a great career it is. He helped me with application, letters, and allowed me to volunteer and rotate through his practice. If not for him, there's no question I would not be where I am today.
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