40’000 Reasons to Keep Writing

Since July 2008, bassemkurdi.com has been visited over 40’000 times. Not bad, eh?! I posted this when it was first launched.

I have been blogging since 2003 under an alias and then I think back in 2005, I have assumed my real name online. I remember in those early years how the blogging scene was about to explode with the expanding number of Saudi youth following the trend and creating their own blogs. Needless to say, Facebook has been kicking blogging’s ass and now Twitter is the new trend that’s suffocating blogging, in the Saudi atmosphere, at least, I might say. I don’t have any concrete data. It’s just my own impression of what’s going on.

Useless Stats:
There are 181 published posts in 10 categories since June 2006 (Including my old blog’s posts)
There are 1,839 comments on those posts.
My number one all time refer is my Facebook page.
My top post is the Layla main page .
The number one search term for finding this blog is: دعاء الاستخارة  then ramadan kareem followed by bassem kurdi. Apparently, I’m being googled O_o

So, in the end, I’d like to say thank you to all those 40’000 readers (I know it’s hits, not individual readers but I’m entertaining myself) especially those who were there from the start.

I don’t want to promise you anything but I’m planning something big that I hope can be realized very soon. You pray for me.

3rd Medical Students’ Research Day

I urge all my fellow KAU medics and those from other colleges to submit their abstracts and if they don’t have a research project,  to show up and learn a few things that might give them that jump-start!

What’s new this time is that the speakers will all be junior doctors and fresh graduates who have published papers of their own instead of the usual senior and more experienced presenters. The organizing committee felt that this will make the presentations simpler and closer to the students’ level in addition to showing them that getting published isn’t that impossible of a goal. Eventually, a little bit of inspiration is what we all need!

Medkaau.com Event Page
Facebook Event Page

P.S. If you haven’t guessed it, I’m one of those speakers. You better show up!

Toward the Real Life Presentations

Toward the Real Life Day, which was held on December 9 at KAUH, proved to be a huge success. I estimate that there were around 500 students in the auditorium that day, if not more. All the speakers were outstanding and I’m positive that the benefit the attendees got was beyond expectations. The reviews so far are overwhelming.

There’s a lot of work to be done when it comes to educating and counseling the students about their future career options and the best ways to achieve them. We have been trying for over a year and a half to provide this service with the Career Counseling Center but on December 2nd we heard good news that the Student Support Unit was finally established with a sub-unit for career counseling. Personally I will cease all these activities due to my close departure date to the states to prepare for my my license exams and to complete my pediatric residency there.

Anyway, the full list of presentations can be found on the Event’s Facebook Page.

My own presentations can be found on this 4shared.com account:

  • How to Write a CV
  • How to Pass the Interview
  • How to Plan Your Internship

I hope they will be of use to all of you!