Farhan Huq

UMMS Class of 2014

Why UMMS? UMMS has everything I need to become not just a good physician, but an outstanding one. From the awesome people to the amazing resources and collaborative environment, UMMS has it all. Not to mention, I have made lifelong friends along the way. Where else could I work on bioengineering projects and take part in global health, then cheer with a cowbell at the Big House?
Go Blue!

When did you first develop an interest in global health? 
I first developed an interest during my visit to Bangladesh as a ten year old. Since then, my experiences and education, such as taking classes at the UM School of Public Health, have only reaffirmed my interest to help its people. Although Bangladesh is one of the poorest countries in the world, it has one of the best public health outcomes. However, that is not good enough… people are still suffering and we can always do better. I sincerely hope I can serve the country and my people in the future as an otolaryngologist. Perhaps I can dedicate my life towards helping the deaf children of Bangladesh.

What is the most exciting thing happening at UMMS these days? 
The most revealing answer might be that there is no one thing that can be the most exciting. From the curricular changes that are underway to some of the most exciting research projects known to man (have you seen my mentor Dr. Glenn Green’s work on the 3d printed bioresorbable tracheal splint?), the answer will always change.

Residency match (if M4 and known): 
Not known yet – I’ll find out on Match Day (March 21). Please wish me luck!

Medical specialty area and why: 
Otolaryngology. I love the anatomy of the head and neck, the types of procedures an otolaryngologist can perform, and the impact an otolaryngologist has on his or her patients’ lives. Also, I think that the people in Otolaryngology are some of the coolest I have ever met. That, of course, is a huge plus.

Significant impacts along your personal path that led you to medicine? Or that molded your education/life choices?  
I lost my father when I was twelve to mesothelioma. Although I was young, I never forgot the impact physicians have on their patients’ and their families' lives. He tried to pack decades of life advice while he was sick, and one of the lessons he tried to impart on me was to work hard, study hard, and treat all people with deep respect. I had to pick up many responsibilities and mature quickly, but it was undoubtedly one of the reasons I wanted to join the hallowed field of medicine. Years later, here I am, hoping to make a difference in my patients’ lives.

Anything else you'd want readers to know? 
Check out my blog for more information on my project: http://ummsbangladesh.wordpress.com/

See also Michigan Medical School Points of Blue