Q: Why did you move to the Middle East?

A: I could never seem to get my head above water in the West. My lifestyle expanded as fast as my salary, and I always seemed to be living on the sharp edge of my paycheck, no matter how large it was. In addition, I was beginning to hate my medical practice, which was four parts paperwork to one part patient care. When I became Muslim, I wanted to see what it was like to live in a Muslim country. When I received a reasonable job offer in Saudi Arabia, in the Holy City of Medina, I jumped at it. In one fell swoop I found my religious, professional and personal objectives fulfilled. Once I found myself practicing ninety percent medicine to ten percent paperwork, serving needy patients with severity of disease unlike anything we ever see in the West, and living in an environment that was more religious than worldly, I felt like I had found my niche.

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