MS in Health Professions Education at Rochester - Hanaa Al Hoshy

Hometown: Alexandria, Egypt

Undergraduate: Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery, Alexandria University, Faculty of Medicine

Masters 1: Medical Education, Alexandria University

Masters 2: Health professions Education, University of Rochester, NY

Advanced Certificate of Program Evaluation, University of Rochester , NY.

PhD: MD of Medical Education candidate, Faculty of Medicine, Suez Canal University

Field: Medicine, Medical Education

TL;DR: Hanaa grew up in Alexandria, she is an Assistant Lecturer at the Faculty of Medicine, she earned her Bachelor's at Alexandria University. She also received two masters of Medical Education from Alexandria University and the University of Rochester. She is currently a PhD candidate at Suez Canal University.

Hanaa, Can you tell us a bit about yourself and why you decided to study Health Education?

I am a physician, I found my passion in learning and development. When I chose medical education as my specialty, I experienced a mindset shift from medical sciences to social sciences which widened my view of life. Medicine and health sciences have specific nature that involve the transfer of learned science to providing patient care. Thus, educating doctors and healthcare professionals was not captured in psychological and educational sciences. The ultimate goal of medical education is to prepare competent caring compassionate physicians who can provide patient care.

Medical education as a discipline is concerned with developing and investigating the best ways to train physicians at all levels: undergraduate, post graduate and continuous professional development. Medical education emerged decades ago, the main domains include; curriculum design, teaching and assessment methods within medical and health sciences, educational leadership, faculty development and educational research.

Reflecting back on your experience, what do you think are the main advantages of studying in the United States?

Studying in the US was a transformative experience that changed my personal and professional life. Personally, living abroad taught me independence and interdependence. It was an authentic experience of taking care of the fine details of life that we take for granted being at home among family and friends. Maintaining your health, cooking good food, installing home appliances are details that look simple here at home, but being away you need to learn so much and balance all those details with your academic life and due assignments.

Being a melting pot, the US was the best place to learn with, from and about people from different cultures. I was able to work in teams with colleagues from all around the world productively and we ended up being friends. Teamwork and interdependence are not myths anymore.

Professionally, I experienced being part of academia, where I got to communicate with highly professional academics on a daily basis. Walking around the campus, you can meet colleagues and friends who are not only interested in your research ideas, but also are able to build upon those ideas, offer suggestions, and even help you with books and articles. Joining this academic community was an enriching ongoing learning experience that improved my professional knowledge and skills. In this community, I was able to get in contact with educational leaders who are role models and represent the best practices in my profession. So, whatever your specialty and wherever you go , join a learning community, a study group, and find a role model in your own practice.

Let’s go back in time a little. When did you first consider applying to universities abroad? How did you prepare for the application process?

Back in 2015, I started my application to universities abroad when I was almost done with my master dissertation in Alexandria University. I applied for a master's degree also because there was a funding opportunity offered by the university to my department. I was not worried about starting over in the U.S., I was really excited about learning and turned out to be my best learning experience ever.

I reviewed the university requirements. Then, I started by preparing all official documents needed as I know the process takes some time. It is always helpful to order extra copies of any official document (university transcripts, any certificate needed, etc..).

Why did you apply to Rochester University? Did you apply to any other US universities?

I applied to Rochester (UoR) as it is one of two universities in the US that offer the program to international students. Medical Education is a relatively new field and there are not many schools that offer this particular program. Compared to the University of Michigan program, UoR had a clear description of their admission requirements and their timeline to graduation.