EIOH Resident Spotlight - Dr. Mohammed Almirza

Jun. 29, 2023

Mohammed Almirza BDS, MS, joined Eastman as a preceptee in 2019. He was then accepted into the three-year AEGD program, spending a year doing a Community Fellowship

Q. Where are you from?
A.  Iraq

smiling Almirza at camera
Dr. Mohammed Almirza

Q. Any papers published while you were at EIOH?
A. AADOCR poster 2022

Q. Any awards or recognitions during your residency?
A. Teaching assistant for ortho and surgery.

Q. Best memory of your EIOH residency?
A. One of the best memories I cherish from my EIOH residency was the close bond I formed with my colleagues and mentors. We spent countless hours together, supporting and learning from one another. 

Q. In what way did your EIOH experience allow you to grow professionally? 
A. The EIOH experience exposed me to a wide range of dental cases and patient scenarios, which helped me develop resilience and adaptability. I encountered complex clinical situations that required critical thinking and problem-solving skills. This growth in confidence and adaptability not only enhanced my professional competence but also contributed to my personal development by instilling a sense of achievement and self-assurance.

Q. In what way did your EIOH experience allow you to grow personally?
A. My EIOH experience allowed me to grow personally in various ways, particularly by honing my communication and interpersonal skills, developing leadership abilities, and cultivating resilience and adaptability. These growth experiences have positively influenced my personal life by equipping me with valuable skills that extend beyond the realm of dentistry.

Q. What are next steps after you graduate?
A. My next steps involve pursuing a career in dentistry, engaging in research, teaching, and mentoring, and participating in community service programs. I hope to make a positive impact on oral health and contribute to the well-being of individuals and communities.

Q. What’s the best advice you ever received? 
A. The best advice I ever received was to embrace failure as a learning opportunity.

Dr. Almirza treating patient in dental chair
Dr. Almirza treating a patient in General Dentistry

Q. Favorite part of Rochester?
A. Ontario Beach Park

Q. Last time you were in awe?
A.  It was during the pandemic. 

Q. The one thing you can’t live without?
A.  My family

Q. A person who has inspired you?
A. Mahatma Gandhi. His unwavering commitment to nonviolent resistance and his ability to unite people through peaceful means.

Q. The one thing you’ve always wanted to do but never have?
A. To be a pilot. One of the main reasons I dreamt of becoming a pilot was the sense of adventure it promised. The thought of traveling to different countries, experiencing diverse cultures, and witnessing breathtaking landscapes from above filled me with a sense of wanderlust.

Q. If you could change one thing about yourself, it would be
A. If I were to change one thing about myself, it would be my tendency to overthink things. I often find myself getting caught up in analyzing every possible outcome, which can lead to unnecessary stress. I believe I would be able to make decisions more confidently and enjoy a greater sense of peace and contentment.