We recently interviewed Dr. Ahmed Elaghoury, an Egyptian board-certified psychiatrist and neurologist, about his career and experience as an expatriate in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. He comes from the ancient city of Alexandria, in Egypt, and so he briefly talks about how his country has shaped him as a person. We also spoke about how the coronavirus pandemic has impacted his job.
Tell us about yourself.
I like reading nonfiction books, listening to country music, podcasts, and walking outdoors. When I have time, I like to keep myself fit by going to the gym. I also like to travel by driving to different cities.
Your city was founded by Alexander the Great, while Egypt is a country with thousands of years of civilization. Tell us about how your country has shaped you as a person.
Egypt has given me a deep cultural anchor. We have monuments that are thousands of years old, which gives you excitement, knowing humans lived there so long ago in the past. As a doctor in Egypt, you work in hard conditions, with some working in under-equipped situations. Egyptian culture has sharpened the clinical skills of Egyptian doctors and made them more competent; to rely on basic clinical information from patients and their families.
You are currently based in KSA. Can you tell us about your experience?
Saudi Arabia is a country that invests profusely on health services. The government here backs people’s health needs, without limit. This gives us a secure system to work within. The work environment is strict, and a high level of proffesionalism and skill is, of course, expected . While it can be stressful to work as a doctor, the country is an excellent place to work in.
Part of my career plans are to move to a European or American health system. I’m currently working on this.
How has the COVID-19 pandemic impacted your professional life?
There was a lockdown imposed in order to curb the spread of the virus. Because of this, most patients could not reach the hospital due to curfew hours and lockdown situations. The hospital services also concentrated and geared their efforts towards COVID-19 services. Therefore, most health services shifted to virtual and telemedicine systems.
As for telemedicine, as doctors we need to be mindful of security. It is easy to use existing apps, but you also have to take into consideration the patient’s privacy and identity concerns and ensure these are protected.
How did you hear about TrueProfile.io?
I heard about TrueProfile.io when I was registering my medical credentials in the Saudi Commission of Health Specialties. I needed to verify my documents through DataFlow and the website directed me to TrueProfile.io.
Would you recommend TrueProfile.io?
Sure! I recommend TrueProfile.io to my colleagues, especially ones who are going to apply in countries where there are advanced health systems. Their website registration is easy to follow and they deliver secure and rapid verification of documents. Once you received your TrueProof, you can easily share it with your employers. You can also share it on your social media such as on your LinkedIn profile!