photo of Neelab Abdullah

Acceptance into a highly competitive internship program is aligning public heath major Neelab Abdullah '18 with her goal of becoming a family physician.

Public Health Major Secures Top Internship

February 21, 2017

photo of Neelab Abdullah

Her grades are stellar. Her focus and commitment are unwavering. So, it comes as no surprise public health major Neelab Abdullah ’18 would be chosen for a highly competitive internship whose acceptance rate is less than 10 percent.

Last summer Abdullah participated in the ROSE program, a two-summer internship with the University of Cincinnati's College of Medicine. This summer she returns for the second session. It is a perfect fit for Abdullah, an aspiring family physician from Lakewood.

Service That Spans Campus to Community

Abdullah's long list of activities includes the BW Honors Program, the pre-medical society, Veritas (public health club) and research initiatives.

Off campus, she is part of MetroHealth Medical Center’s Doctors on the Street program, where she assists physicians and medical staff at a homeless shelter.

Other service-focused activities include interning as a community health worker and being an HIV intervention specialist with The Free Medical Clinic of Greater Cleveland. Rounding out her impressive list of healthcare involvement is being a representative for the Ronald McDonald Family Room and serving as a pathology research assistant with the Cleveland Clinic.

From Afghanistan to America

Abdullah was born in Afghanistan and immigrated to the U.S. when she was five.

"The lack of a quality healthcare system stood out to me the most. To get advanced healthcare, the sick have to travel outside the country. As a physician, I would like to dedicate time in Afghanistan to provide assistance via a free clinic or policy improvements," she noted.