UH Student Wins Med School Money in Video Contest


Faizan Majid is no stranger to producing videos. The University of Houston psychology student's creative talents have driven a host of multi-media projects.

When he learned that he could earn medical school funds through the AspiringDocs.org video contest, he didn't think twice before he began crafting a two-minute piece focused on his goal of becoming a doctor. Just recently, Majid learned that his efforts earned him a winning spot in the contest and $1,000 to apply toward medical school application costs.

In Majid's video, he acknowledges his strong Muslim faith as a primary inspiration for pursuing medicine.
"My religion has taught me about unconditional service to humanity," Majid said. "I hope to live out that call to service by healing one patient at a time."

Majid's video can be viewed with other contest winners at www.youtube.com/aamcvideo.  Majid is a sophomore at UH and plans to attend medical school with the goal of becoming a radiologist. He has produced videos promoting Houston area community groups and events including the Texas Dawah Convention, the Kempner High School Muslim Students Association and Al Amaanah, an organization dedicated to aiding families and individuals in need.

The AspiringDocs.org competition was created by the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC). All contest participants submitted short videos communicating their interest in becoming doctors.

"It's inspiring to see how passionate these students are about becoming doctors, despite the very real obstacles they face in their lives," said Charles Terrell, AAMC's chief diversity officer.  "As we begin to deal with a nationwide physician shortage, we are encouraged to see that there are many bright, young people who want to serve their communities."

For more details on the competition, visit www.aspiringdocs.org.

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