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Shareef Mohammed Hussein

Shareef Hussein


University of Baghdad College of Medicine, Iraq

HMX Course


Shareef Mohammed Hussein grew up in a family full of physicians, and felt motivated to follow the same path; as a student at the University of Baghdad College of Medicine, he found a passion for helping patients. Now in his fourth year, Shareef plans to practice cardiology. He took HMX Physiology as a way to review key concepts to support his clinical learning, and now plans to continue his study in the immunology and genetics courses. “They will definitely help me in my career as well as in my board exams in the future,” says Shareef. “This course exceeded my expectations.”

Why were you interested in HMX Physiology?

I consider physiology as a starting point for all who are interested in a health care career. I’m a fourth-year medical student…during this year, we were studying the respiratory system as well as the cardiovascular system and renal system. We were focusing more on the clinical side of these systems – how to take a history from a patient, how to do a physical examination. So I wanted to review the physiology part of these systems in order to understand the reasons behind the signs and symptoms, and to understand why we send [patients] for specific investigations, and how we can interpret them. I’ve learned that in this course.

What were your favorite parts of the course?

I really liked that I was learning at my own pace. The lessons didn’t interfere with my daily activities, I could always manage to have some time to study the lessons. An amazing feature was the clinical scenarios and practical videos; they helped me to absorb the material, making it easy to recall. The assessment questions and quizzes after each video also helped me to understand, and were directed toward learning in addition to testing.

How did HMX compare with your medical school education?

The HMX course linked the basic knowledge with the clinical application. I have learned how these concepts are applied in real clinical scenarios, how they can be presented in a patient, and how I can explain why these signs and symptoms are presented in this patient. I know why I sent a patient – for example with asthma, emphysema, or other respiratory diseases – for a pulmonary function test, and how I can interpret this test.

In my college, the first and second year we were just studying the basic knowledge without linking it to clinical scenarios, so we were always asking why we are studying these concepts; we didn’t know the linking part for the clinical side. From the fourth year through the sixth year, we go to hospitals and are in contact with patients; we have clinical sessions every day.

Have you been able to apply what you’ve learned?

Yes, especially the application in dialysis unit, that was very helpful for me. Actually I was able to answer many of my professor’s questions when he asked them related to the dialysis machine and to patients having dialysis. So thanks HMX for that!


Who would you recommend take these courses?

I think that everyone can benefit from this course, especially medical students. Those in their earlier years can benefit a lot.


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