MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Medical school trains those who will go on to save lives, but what happens when the doctor-in-training becomes the patient?
Fortune is often defined by wealth.
To Abraham Almatari, it is luck and chance.
“I joined medical school fall of 2020. I knew I wanted to be a doctor. But I was a little undecided,” said Almatari, UTHSC medical student.
Little did Almatari know, his first year of medical school at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center would be a deciding factor for his course in life.
“As we go through our anatomy curriculum, we learn how to do ultrasounds,” said Almatari.
Due to COVID, students could not practice on patients. Instead, they practiced on each other.
“In ultrasound lab, we were learning how to do an abdominal ultrasound exam. And one day we were supposed to find our kidneys, our spleen, our gallbladder, and liver,” said Almatari.
He volunteered to be the pretend patient.