Meet Salam Birkho

Salam Brikho

B.A. in Economics with a minor in Biochemistry (2010)

M.S. in Biomedical Engineering (2013)

1) What are you doing now, and what are your career plans? How have the economic courses and training you had at Wayne State been helpful to you?

After I graduated with my B.A. in Economics, I accepted a job working in a trauma clinic with traumatized refugees for nearly three years. The wonderful people I worked with lived in despair and I along with my colleagues helped reshape their lives and regain their confidence in their new journey in life. The experience definitely gave a real perspective to what developing families (small economies) and poverty looked like. The experience also shed some light on how individuals behaved during times with scarce resources and during times regaining happiness and hope.

During my second year of working at the clinic, I went back to Wayne State to pursue a Masters in Biomedical Engineering, where I then accepted a Clinical Engineering Manager position for a large health system. I spent nearly 18 months working with clinicians, technicians, and medical devices. This experience provided me with an opportunity see financial economics, managerial economics, and most certainly, health economics in real life. It was a great experience while it lasted. The reason I say this is because I've recently been accepted to Ross University School of Medicine, so I'm currently back living the student role. I truly believe the knowledge of Economics will continue to enlighten me and the people around me, no matter what I'm doing.

2) What advice would you have for current and future students in economics?

I'm hoping you picked Economics because you enjoy the topic. It's truly fascinating. Take your classes seriously and study hard. I would also advice to be involved in research and learning economics related software programs. Good luck!

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Meet Salam Birkho 3/4/2016
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