Soliman Yaqub, MD

Career Story: 

I was born in Afghanistan, but grew up in New York City. I went to John Jay College and majored in Forensic Psychology, and I also went to the University of Oklahoma where I completed my Master's degree in International relations. During that time my intentions were to work in the law enforcement field, I had no intention of becoming a physician. I also spent 8 years in the US Army. It was my experiences in the Army that I decided to take a different path into the medical field. I went to MSIH which is an international medical program in Israel which focuses on medicine in lesser developed areas of the world. My end goal is to work overseas in lesser developed areas of the world. Family medicine was an easy choice, picking a program however was not so simple. I needed a diverse program that would help prepare me for the future goals I have. University of Arizona was a perfect fit for me and appealed to me for several reasons: the opportunity to work with the underserved and refugee population in Tucson, the integrative focus, looking at medicine in a different way and being part of a University setting with its many resources. The faculty and fellow residents were an outstanding group which I am very happy to have had the opportunity to work with and learn from. Currently, I'm still working here in Tucson, AZ.