Specialty Secrets: Surgical (Anatomical) Pathology

Name: Dr. Rana Zeine, MD, PhD, MBA

Check out Dr. Zeine’s LinkedIn profile page to see all her publications, achievements, and experiences.

University Attended and Undergraduate Degree: American University of Beirut; Bachelors of Science in Biology

Medical School Attended: American University of Beirut, Lebanon; MD Degree

Residency Program: Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University Residency and Fellowship; Surgical (Anatomic) Pathology and Neuropathy

  • Neuropathology, Forensic Neuropathology, Neuroradiology, Opthalmic Pathology, Surgical (Anatomical) Pathology

University Attended for PhD: McGill University – Experimental Medicine, Neuroimmunology, Experimental Autoimmune Encephalomyelitis

  • Dissertation: Cellular Mechanisms in the Induction & Regulation of Experimental Autoimmune Encephalomyelitis (EAE)

College Attended for MBA: Keller Graduate School of Management of DeVry University – Business Administration and Management

  • Concentration in Human Resources Management

Where do you currently work? I work at Saint James School of Medicine as an associate professor.

Past Work Experiences:

  • Assistant Professor at Saint James School of Medicine – Bonaire
    • Publication: Considerate Leadership as a Measure of Effectiveness in Medical and Higher Education: Analysis of Supervisory/Managerial Leadership
    • Publication: External Adaptability of Higher Education Institutions: The Use of Diagnostic Interventions to Improve Agility
    • Publication:  Customer Service Focus and Mission Articulation as Measures of Effectiveness in Higher Education Institutions: Driving Student Success
  • Associate Director/Research Assistant Professor at Northwestern University
    • Publication: Estrogen Receptor-beta Mediates Cyclooxygenase-2 Expression and Vascular Prostanoid Levels in Human Placental Villous Endothelial Cells
  • Research Associate/Assistant Professor at University of Chicago – Medicine – Pediatric Hematology/Oncology
    • Publication: Presence of Cancer-Associated Fibroblasts Inversely Correlates with Schwannian Stroma in Neuroblastoma
  • Research Associate/Assistant Professor at University of Chicago – Medicine – Pediatric Hematology/Oncology
    • Publication: Presence of Cancer-Associated Fibroblasts Inversely Correlates with Schwannian Stroma in Neuroblastoma
  • Research Assistant Professor at Northwestern University
    • Publication: Prominent Microvascular Proliferation in Clinically Aggressive Neuroblastoma Tumors
    • Publication: Thrombospondin-1 Peptide ABT-510 Combined Valproic Acid with an Effective Anti-Angiogenesis Strategy in Neuroblastoma
  • Research Scientist at NY State Research Foundation for Mental Hygiene, Nathan S. Kline Institute for Psychiatric Research
    • Research Scientist at Center for Dementia Research – Gene Expression Profiling in Single Neurons Laser-Captured from Archival Human Brain Tissues of Alzheimer’s/Parkinson’s Dementias
  • Research Associate at Albert Einstein College of Medicine
    • Publication: Structural Dynamics of Oligodendrocyte Lysis by Perforin in Culture and its Relevance to Multiple Sclerosis
  • Research Associate at University of Ottawa
    • Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada Fellowship
    • Taught immunology to graduate/medical students

What was your favorite study technique in medical school?: I read from textbooks to supplement lectures and made notes from the textbooks. Reading the textbooks for courses is important in addition to the lecture notes from the professor. We did not have the PowerPoint lectures or electronic resources – we only had a professor lecturing in front of the class. I relied heavily on my own notes taken from class and from reading the textbooks.

Your thoughts on the USMLE Step Exams (study tips, thoughts, etc.): Use Kaplan videos and question banks, and USMLE-WORLD question banks.

What advice do you give students in medical school who are studying to become physicians?:

  • Consider research positions such as research fellowships or research studentships (graduate studies). These will help you to stand out as an IMG and will give you more opportunities. I recommend this for all medical students – not only IMGs.
  • Students today are lucky to have electronic media and access to technology; use it wisely to amplify your knowledge (3D anatomy software, YouTube video clips of clinical cases, and Google images). You can finish your MD degree knowing much more nowadays. Take advantage of these electronic resources and learn as much as you can.
  • Read textbooks that are written in the course syllabus to correspond with the lectures and courses.
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