Alkhaldi was among 80 students who graduated on May 13 from the Frank H. Netter MD School of Medicine with their doctor of medicine degrees. She is continuing her training with a residency in family medicine at the University of North Carolina Medical Center in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.
“If it wasn’t for our core faculty and my classmates, I don’t know if I would’ve made it through medical school,” said Alkhaldi, who served as her class president the last three years and the recipient of the Dean’s Leadership Award at Commencement. “Medical school is juggling 10 different balls in the air. Maybe you drop one once in a while. The question is, ‘Can you pick it back up?’ And we did. I’m so proud of our class.”
The daughter of Palestinian immigrants, Alkhaldi was born and raised in North Carolina. Her residency in Chapel Hill will bring her education full circle, after earning her MD and attending the University of North Carolina as an undergraduate.
“Once I decided to do family medicine, UNC Medical Center seemed like a perfect fit for me, personally and academically,” Alkhaldi said. “My family lives in North Carolina and my husband is from North Carolina, too. He’s an attorney who taught classes in the philosophy and political science department at Quinnipiac while we were here.”
Alkhaldi credits her time at Quinnipiac for preparing her for life as a resident.