“When I’m down, there’s nowhere else to go but up.”
Please introduce yourself to our readers.
I am Dr. Alaa Abul. I’m 32 years old, a wife and a mother of three children. I’m a senior registrar family physician and a lactation consultant at Alsaqer Clinic.
Tell us about your education.
I graduated from Kuwait University medical school in 2010 and finished my fellowship in family medicine (MRCGP international) in 2016. I then did the IBCLC exam and got certified as an international breastfeeding consultant in 2018.
Tell us about your career journey.
I worked as a trainee in Amiri Hospital for a year then transferred to the primary health care. Being on the family medicine board means I had to move to many clinics. When I finished my fellowship I settled as a senior family physician in Alsaqer Clinic in 2017. I took an interest towards children’s and women’s health and breastfeeding so I established the breastfeeding clinic as part of the well baby clinic. I’m very lucky to have a great boss and colleagues that totally support me and my ideas.
How do you manage your time? Describe your average day.
I manage my time with my phone and my dairy. I plan out every day, week and month. Being a doctor and a mother of three young children isn’t easy but it can be easily managed if you’re organized. Right now my average day is basically looking after my two-month-old but prior to that I used to take my children to school, go to work, pick my children up, have lunch, then spend time reading with my six-year-old (bed time is always at 7.30). I hate changing my kids’ schedule since I know the consequence is a cranky child the next day. Now I have a new baby my daily routine keeps changing while I try to keep the routine stable for my other two kids.
What is your biggest strength?
I’m patient and have good social and communication skills.
Do you have any weaknesses?
I’m too sensitive sometimes.
Have you made any mistakes that have made you stronger?
None that spring to mind.
What have been the biggest challenges you’ve faced during your career?
Raising my girls alone while studying and having a tough career. My husband lives and studies abroad, so I had to do it on my own. I had a great support system; my family and my in-laws are amazing, but in the end I’m the main care giver and decision maker.
How do you stay motivated during challenging times?
Knowing that when I’m down there’s nowhere else to go but up.
What do you do to relax?
Enjoy an hour at the salon or spa.
What has been your proudest moment so far?
Graduating from the family medicine board. I still remember the moment I saw the green pass on the webpage. I’m also proud of my account and how mothers who I have never met before come up to me and tell me how much I have helped and supported them through their motherhood and breastfeeding journey.
What is your biggest fear?
What is your favourite quote?
“All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.” And “If your dreams don’t scare you they are not big enough.”
Name one item in life you can’t do without?
Best advice you have ever taken?
To enter the family medicine board. I never thought I would love it so much. Now I don’t see myself anywhere else.
Share three books on your nightstand.
“The mountains echoed”
“ The whole 9 months”
My daily planner
In your opinion, what are the three keys to success?
Believing in yourself. Creating your goals. Patience and persistence.
What is next for you? What would you still like to achieve?
I really want to open a private practice in the future but right now I’m busy enjoying motherhood.
What advice would you give to young women starting out in their career?
Choose a job you love and you are passionate about. If you enter a world you enjoy you will accomplish great things.
How does it feel to be a CP Woman of Substance?
It’s a real honor to be a CP Woman of substance. Being nominated for this award reinforced the extent to which we can make a positive impact on the community.
Your message for the team at CP magazine:
Thank you so much!