RCSI Bahrain Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland

Judy Ahmed, Medicine valedictorian

How did it feel to be the valedictorian for the Class of 2017?

I was beyond humbled to have the pleasure of delivering the class of 2017 valedictorian speech. It was one of my greatest achievements and I was thrilled to see how proud my parents were.

How did you celebrate your graduation?

As always, such an occasion was best celebrated with my loved ones, family and close friends. A small group of friends and I organised a dinner for our parents and I it was a wonderful way to celebrate and bring our families together.

How have the first few months as an RCSI Bahrain graduate been?

It's hard to believe that life as a medical student ended so quickly but great things await and every day, being part of a team as a doctor is incredibly rewarding.

What are you doing at the moment?

I'm currently doing my internship at King Hamad University Hospital.

What do you miss most about being in university?

I definitely miss the friends that turned into family, having bedside teachings with some of the greatest professors and in fact just being in what has become our comfort zone for the last five years.

How do you see your role as an RCSI Bahrain alumnus?

As an RCSI Bahrain Alumnus I look forward to giving back to the RCSI community. Whether it be in terms of guiding new students entering medical school or being able to help new graduates plan their path to residency early on. After all, the medical field is tough and full of minor speed bumps, but it's nothing that we can't overcome with some guidance from those who've walked the same path.

How do you think that role might be enhanced?

In order to maintain an active alumni network, I think it's crucial to organise reunions and events from time to time, moreover thanks to social media it's incredibly easy to reach out to any of our graduates. In the mean-time, while I'm still working in Bahrain, becoming a Pal tutor is one of the main things I look forward to, it's the perfect way to stay connected and benefit the upcoming graduates.