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Abdelrahman AlAshqar, MD

Hospital Resident


Abdelrahman AlAshqar is a current resident physician in the department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences at Yale School of Medicine. While originally from the Kingdom of Jordan, Abdel was born and raised in Kuwait in an atmosphere that valued education, discipline and academic excellence. He was granted a full scholarship to study medicine at Kuwait University and graduated as the Valedictorian with Distinction and Class Honors. He later worked as a trainee physician in Kuwait's Ministry of Health for one year before applying for residency in the United States.

During medical school and after graduation, Abdel grew a passion for mentoring his juniors and taught hundreds of medical students over the span of seven years, while in clinical training himself. He earned numerous prestigious awards for his academic excellence, research and teaching, including the awards by His Highness the Amir of Kuwait, Kuwait University President and Kuwait Medical Student Association. Abdel was appointed by the Vice Dean for academic affairs in his Alma Mater as a student representative in the staff-student consultative committee in efforts to improve the medical curriculum. He also won Nael Al-Naqeeb award for best undergraduate research on the intersection of neuroscience and prenatal health.

As part of his community work, Abdel joined Orange Kuwait, a volunteer movement that calls for women's empowerment in the country. He also joined Sarah AlBaghli humanitarian trip to India, where he participated in running a mobile clinic in Baghola village and vaccinating 1,500+ Indian children against hepatitis B. In addition to his life as a resident, Abdel is fond of wildlife and dreams of visiting the humpback whales in British Columbia, the African savannas, and the Arctics.

Education & Training

  • MD
    Kuwait University (2018)


  • Ninth Annual Ob/Gyn Resident Research Day
    New Haven, United States 2021
  • Postgraduate internship year
    Kuwait City, Kuwait (2018-2019)
  • Clinical research
    Baltimore, United States (2018-2021)
  • Gender-Dependent Effect of Prenatal Immune Challenge on Adult Hippocampal Neurogenesis.
    Salmiya, Kuwait 2018
  • Gender-Dependent Effect of Prenatal Immune Challenge on Adult Hippocampal Neurogenesis
    Jabriya, Kuwait 2017
  • Professional Attributes and Perceptions of Medical Students in Kuwait University
    Jabriya, Kuwait 2016
  • Sarah AlBaghli Humanitarian Trip to India
    Delhi, India 2015
  • Medical student mentorship
    Jabriya, Kuwait (2012-2019)

Honors & Recognition

AwardAwarding OrganizationDate
PGY-1 Teaching AwardYale School of Medicine, Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences2022
Dr. Shohreh Shahabi Oral Presentation Award for best resident oral presentation in the State of ConnecticutYale School of Medicine2021
His Highness the Amir of Kuwait Award for Academic AchievementThe Amiri Diwan2019
Dr. Nael Al-Naqeeb Award for Distinguished Undergraduate ResearchKuwait University2017
Kuwait University President's Award for Academic ExcellenceKuwait University2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017
Kuwait Medical Student Association Award for Academic ExcellenceKuwait Medical Student Association2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017

Professional Service

The society for academic specialists in general obstetrics and gynecologyMember2021 - Present
Society of Gynecologic OncologyMember2021 - Present
American Medical AssociationMember2020 - Present
American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG)Member2019 - Present
Orange KuwaitVolunteer2019 - Present
Ministry of Health in KuwaitIntern physician2018 - 2019