The Australian Islamic Medical Association (AIMA) organised an Eid dinner in Sydney on Saturday 14 May 2022 attended by medical and other health professionals, junior doctors and medical students.

Medical students from various medical schools in New South Wales included UNSW, University of Sydney, Western Sydney University, Macquarie University, University of Wollongong, University of Notre Dame Australia and Newcastle and New England Medical program.

The event was MC’d by a couple of medical students, Noor and Shafaf.

Dr Habib Bhurawala, Sydney based Paediatrician and central executive committee member of AIMA, welcomed everyone and provided a brief update on the event’s purpose.

He explained that this Eid dinner event is an opportunity to meet and interact with ample networking opportunities, especially for junior doctors and medical students.

The programme commenced with a short talk on the significance of Ramadan, lessons and guidance based on the Holy Quran delivered by Dr Omer Shereef, consultant neuropsychiatrist based in Townsville and a member of the central leadership team of AIMA.

Dr Muhammad Afzal Kahloon, Canberra based senior urologist and President of AIMA, explained that the objective and purpose of AIMA is to unite and inspire Muslim health professionals in Australia.

He further stated that AIMA members wish to serve and contribute to the welfare of Muslims and the broader Australian community.

An AIMA video showed previous events, including a public health awareness campaign during COVID-19, CPR training in masjids and Islamic centres, and Blood donation drives.

Dr Kahloon urged Muslim medical and health professionals to come forward and support AIMA’s vision, goals and objectives with active participation in various activities.

Dr Faraz Pathan, Staff Cardiologist, Head of Cardiac Research at Nepean Hospital, NSW, delivered his talk via Zoom on the Pros and cons of pursuing research, especially for junior doctors and medical students.

He also discussed tips for managing work-life balance whilst pursuing research.

Dr Fariha Dib, General practitioner, member of AIMA executive leadership team, an examiner of RACGP, and Board member of two Islamic schools, spoke on “Muslim Women in Medicine- Balancing faith with work and study”.

Dr Dib shared her experience volunteering in Cambodia with ‘Health the Sick’. She also highlighted her experience coping with racism in the workplace and Working with culturally and linguistically diverse communities, especially during COVID-19.

Associate Professor Sol Qurashi, the senior Orthopaedic Surgeon at various Sydney hospitals and director of the orthopaedic training program at one of the Sydney hospitals, spoke on Surgical Career pathways, specifically in orthopaedics.

He provided valuable tips for medical students and junior doctors on choosing a career- consider viability, length of the program, ease of entering the program, remuneration, work-life balance and location.

After dinner was served, the question-answer session commenced, moderated by Dr Ahmed Saeed Goolam, Sydney-based Urologist and member of the AIMA executive team and MCs Noor and Shafaf.

Dr Nadir Hafiz, Consultant Psychiatrist, Dr Elhassan Elabbas, Geriatric advanced trainee, A/Prof Sol Qurashi, Dr Muhammad Afzal Kahloon; Dr Fariha Dib, and Dr Habib Bhurawala participated in the Q&A session that generated much interest from the audience.

The seminar program concluded with a vote of thanks by Dr Ahmed Saeed Goolam.

Recording of various previous AIMA sessions and details of other activities conducted by the Australian Islamic Medical association is available on the website:  www.aimamed.com.au