Abdullah Al-abcha, MD

Abdullah Al-abcha, MD


Abdullah was born and raised in Baghdad, Iraq. His family relocated to Amman, Jordan, when he was in middle school. During his time in Jordan, Abdullah participated in multiple voluntary work initiatives including providing regular health check-ups to underprivileged senior homes and helping organize events for children in refugee camps. He attended medical school at the University of Jordan. After obtaining his medical degree, Abdullah immigrated to the U.S., completed his residency training at Michigan State University (Go Spartans!), and now is serving as Chief Medical Resident. Abdullah plans to pursue an academic career in cardiovascular medicine and is very excited to start his cardiology fellowship at Mayo Clinic, Rochester, in July 2022. Abdullah and his significant other, Ateka, share their love for food and are in continuous search of the best fried chicken. Abdullah enjoys watching Manchester United’s games (“stressfully watch” is more accurate given the recent years) and playing in a local soccer league as a part of the MSU Medicine team.

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August 12th, 2022


The Beginning of Fellowship I was driving from Lansing, Michigan to Rochester, Minnesota and the view of green mountains overlooking the lake was so breathtaking it made me forget the hard work of packing my entire apartment away to begin again, elsewhere. It was something I had never seen before. I was eager to see […]

June 29th, 2022

The Talent Code of Residency Training

After spending 4 to 6 years in medical school, physicians typically spend 3 to 7 years in residency training. Residency training is a crucial step that shapes us as physicians. We spend long hours at the hospital taking care of patients, and we learn directly from these encounters. We also spend a lot of hours […]

May 25th, 2022

The Pandemic Through a Rearview Mirror

Throughout medical school, the word pandemic was something distant from our world of advancements. We truly believed we had reached the epitome of a future where a virus is something we could contain. COVID-19 proved us wrong. In March 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared a pandemic. An unprecedented event that would change our […]

April 19th, 2022

Calling out Impostor Syndrome

As chief resident, I have been in a position to observe and mentor students, interns, and residents. I have always believed in the importance of recognition and support in a workplace. On a recent encounter with an intern, as I was praising her for her work, she responded rather unexpectedly! She thanked me for recognizing […]

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