'The Alliance' in focus: Meet Rema Adam Idriss

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Rema Adam Idriss
Fifty-five members of the UNMC High School Alliance are among the students taking classes at UNMC.

The alliance students come from high schools around the Omaha area and take college-level classes at UNMC to prepare for health careers. Once each month, UNMC Today will profile an alliance student to let us get to know more about these young learners.

Today we meet Rema Adam Idriss, a senior at Omaha Central High School.

  • Name: Rema Adam Idriss
  • High school: Omaha Central
  • Year: Senior

How did you get involved in the alliance?
Two of my friends were medical students at UNMC, and I visited them all the time. One day, sitting at the cafeteria with one of them, I asked if there was any way that I could take medical classes at UNMC while in high school just like I do at UNO.

What sparked your interest in science?
Having more than 20 doctors in the family meant something to my Middle Eastern parents. Since I was 5, they told me that I either had to be a physician or I would bring shame to the family. I was not that serious about it until my mom went through a tough experience that made me think so much about how the human body works.

My mom has always wanted to have a son. With more than $50,000 spent on multiple in vitro fertilization surgeries, fertility medications, and dilation and curettage procedures after miscarriages, she could not have a son! I started doing a lot of research on gynecology, pregnancy, how babies are born and what could prevent a woman from getting pregnant. At first I did not understand a word of what I was reading because I was only 10 years old, but I kept reading and researching on the internet for years.

What are your career aspirations?
I am very interested in both gynecology and cardiology. I will either become an OB/GYN or a cardiologist.

What has been the best part of your alliance experience?
So far, working with the cadavers has been the best part of my experience. I love how we get hands-on experiences right after lecture every day. I greatly appreciate the people who made this program possible. I also greatly honor those people who donate their bodies for science; those donors' generosity saves lives through education.


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April 11, 2013 at 6:54 PM

Rema is a very hardworking student!

Teri Mauch
April 10, 2013 at 12:26 PM

Rema, your mom should be very pleased to have such a wonderful daughter. I cannot imagine that a son would have brought more credit to your family. Teri