Get to know Haidar Alwaeli, MD, family medicine resident.

Career goal: Family medicine

“As a resident, I have been fortunate to engage with patients from all walks of life, each with their unique stories and medical challenges.”

What makes your Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) training program different from other programs across the country?

LVHN’s rural family medicine program stands out from other programs across the country because of its unique blend of comprehensive training, community integration and commitment to patient care. Our program places a strong emphasis on providing holistic health care in rural settings, equipping residents with the skills to address the challenges and diverse health care needs in underserved populations. The LVHN program fosters community engagement by collaborating with local organizations, clinics and community leaders, enabling me to truly understand the social determinants of health.   

What has been the most extraordinary part of your training experience so far? 

As a resident, I have been fortunate to engage with patients from all walks of life, each with their unique stories and medical challenges. The privilege of walking alongside individuals and families throughout their health care journey has been truly awe-inspiring. 

What is one memory you have from your training so far that will stay with you for your career?

The memory of my first delivery of a baby during my OB-GYN rotation is etched in my mind and will stay with me forever. As I stood in the labor and delivery room, surrounded by the encouraging presence of the medical team, a mix of excitement and nervousness filled the air. The anticipation built as the mother courageously pushed with each contraction. And then, in a remarkable moment of awe and wonder, a new life entered the world. The room was filled with the cries of the newborn, creating an atmosphere of pure joy and celebration. Holding that precious bundle of life in my hands, I was overwhelmed with a profound sense of responsibility and privilege. This memory serves as a constant reminder of the sacred bond formed between health care professionals and their patients, and the profound impact we have on the lives of individuals and families.

What is one piece of advice you would share with someone as they select a training program?

My advice is to select a training program that is built around the core values of commitment to outstanding patient care, integrity and collaborative teamwork.

What does it mean to be a resident at LVHN?

Being a resident at LVHN means you are a part of a close-knit family who will provide you with an immense amount of support and the best educational experience possible.

Schuylkill Family Medicine Residency

Learn more about LVHN’s Walter and Irene Baran Schuylkill Family Medicine Residency.

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