Munir Gomaa grew up in the Chicagoland area. He is a graduate from the University of Chicago, where he studied health sciences and obtained a bachelors degree in Psychology. Munir is currently a fourth year dental student and is expected to graduate with a D.M.D. in June of 2017. In addition to his dental clinical work, he conducts research in Illinois on fear and anxiety associated with going to a dentist. While he hopes to practice dentistry, he plans to continue his research and educational pursuits in the field of psychology post-graduation. Munir is deeply interested in servicing communities that have little to no access to healthcare, and hopes to make this a key part of his dental practice in the future.
This blog is intended as a resource for health professionals interested in applying both psychology and community service to their practices. Munir believes health professionals will best serve their patients when they take a more holistic approach in treating them; learning about and empathizing with their patients, understanding how stress and anxiety might exacerbate a patient’s physical symptoms, and encouraging patients to feel at ease confronting and treating their health problems are key to providing the best possible treatment. Munir has a special interest in serving underrepresented members of society.