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Fahad Sheikh, MD

Consultant, St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital

Learning Critical Care First Hand

When a devastating 7.6 magnitude earthquake hit the Kashmir region in 2005, leaving more than 80,000 dead and an estimated 4 million homeless, thousands of rescue workers rushed to the scene, including Fahad Sheikh, then just a college student thinking about a career in medicine. Ten years later, this 2012 graduate of Saba University School of Medicine is a Critical Care Fellow at Victoria Hospital in London, ON, one of the largest critical care programs in Canada.

An honors graduate in Medical Sciences & Biology from the University of Western Ontario, Fahad learned about Saba from several graduates who spoke highly of the school. Based on their input he did further research and came to learn about the top quality education and affordability of Saba.

Fahad excelled at Saba. During his clinical rotation at Wyckoff Hospital in New York he was named Chief Medical Student. “I wanted to move around for my clinical rotations. I am a firm believer that the more people you meet, the more experience you get, and the more contacts you make.”

After Saba, Fahad matched right away into an internal medicine residency at Marshall University Huntington, WV before returning to Canada for the Critical Care Fellowship at Victoria Hospital, part of the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry.

After completing his Fellowship, Fahad joined Western University affiliated Community St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital in St. Thomas Ontario. He is practicing as an intensivist and also as an internist as part of a Clinical Teaching Unit that hosts medical students and residents from Schulich School of Medicine.

Back in Canada, Fahad looks back fondly back on his days at Saba. “It’s really a beautiful island. I loved to walk from school to my room, grabbing mangoes off the trees along the way. I cherish it more even now when I look back…especially all the really good friends that I made along the way.”