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ON A MISSION TO SAVE LIVES

May 20 2014

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Twenty-five-year old Eman Talaq is the pride of the Kingdom of Bahrain. She is a Medical Laboratory Technologist at Shifa Al-Jazeera Medical Centre and has been named recently as the American Society for Clinical Pathology’s (ASCP) one of the ’40 Under 40’ for her remarkable work in the medical laboratory field.

The programme recognises 40 pathologists, pathology residents and laboratory professionals under age 40, who have made significant contributions to the profession and stand out as the future of laboratory leadership.

Ms. Talaq is not only the youngest among the honorees but is also the only recipient from the Gulf region. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Sciences from Qatar University and a ‘Medical Laboratory Scientist’ certification from the ASCP.

Saving people’s lives has always been her primary goal in life.

“I am very happy to be a ‘white angel’ working behind the scene and saving patient’s life. I work as a medical laboratory technologist who is analyzing human samples and performing laboratory tests and reporting results,” Ms. Talaq told DT News.

“The medical laboratory plays a critical role in the detection, diagnosis, and monitoring of many diseases and laboratory reports will rule in/out diseases and guide physicians for treatment plans and dosage monitoring,” she explained.

Strong support leads

to more rewards

Ms. Talaq stated that having a strong support system helps a person to achieve his/her ultimate goal in life.

“My family is very supportive and has surrounded me with care and love. My father deserves to be distinguished from others and recognised to be the first in everything. Now, I am married to a man who is his mirror image, and my husband is also pushing me towards endless achievements,” she enthused.

In 2007, she graduated from Isa Town Secondary School and was the fifth among the graduates from unified-science track. She got a scholarship from the Education Ministry to study Biomedical Sciences at Qatar University.

During her undergraduate level, she received the ‘Dean’s Award’ for outstanding academic achievement and the ‘Vice-President Award’ for distinguished academic performance.

After graduation, she continued working hard and never thought of resting for a while.

“I was volunteering in the Pathology Department of Salmaniya Medical Complex and continued working in research projects with my academic staff at Qatar University. I also worked as a part-time lab technician in the College of Health Sciences,” she said.

Serving Bahrain first

Ms. Talaq’s amazing credentials and achievements have opened a lot of opportunities for her.

She continues to receive offers and employment opportunities from Saudi Arabia, Qatar, United States and Canada, However, she decided to stay put and serve her beloved Bahrain.

“Although it is very difficult to get a good job in Bahrain, I do not want to leave my country and I want to serve Bahrain and its residents.   I am proud of being a Bahraini and I dedicate this unique achievement and this special award to Bahrain,” she stressed.

Believe in yourself

and never lose hope

Ms. Talaq is a role model for the young people who want to reach greater heights in their career.

“Discover yourself and believe in your abilities. You may encounter many difficulties or may not get enough support, but always remember you will reach your target at the end.  Never lose hope and one day you will be proud of what you’ll achieve,” she concluded.

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