PA Alumni Connection—Winter 2017
Dr. Sadia Abbasi MD
What brought you to your current position?
Taking care of children is my passion! After working as a pediatrician for almost 10 years in Pakistan, I moved to United States with my family in 2010. This transition was tough but not a hurdle that could not be overcome. In 2013, I completed my residency at Columbia University Harlem Hospital Center in New York. I then moved to Anderson, Indiana, to fulfill my desire to serve an underserved population. I started practicing at Madison County Community Health Center as a general pediatrician and later was promoted to Medical Director.
What do you like best about being a clinical preceptor?
I love teaching and sharing my clinical knowledge with students and feel that it helps me to keep my own knowledge fresh. I am a strong advocate of Bright Future guidelines for children, from the American Academy of Pediatrics, and do my best to provide quality health care to children. I also like to share my professional experiences, which I feel could help them in their career. Sometimes, just a little advice matters a lot!
What do you perceive to be the biggest challenge student’s encounter in your scope of practice or practice setting and what advice do you give them?
Some patient attitudes towards students on rotation can be challenging since they feel that with a student’s presence, they are not getting the much desired one-on-one attention from their provider. I take the time to explain to these patients and families how important this rotation is for the student’s learning. One day in the future the student may become the patient’s provider. I also see this as an indirect learning opportunity for students on how to deal with difficult patients in their future professional lives.
Dr. Abbasi has been happily married to her husband, Aasim Noveer for 17 years and they have two children, daughter Shiza (16), and son Bilal (12). When not at work, she enjoys spending time with her family, decorating and furnishing her home, and cooking.