WCUI prides itself on having interesting and inspirational faculty and staff at all our campuses, who are dedicated to our student’s success. We are excited to introduce the first of many installments where WCUI sits down with one of our many talented faculty members to learn a little bit more about them beyond the classroom.
Name: Dr. Raafat Baheeg
Title: Lead Instructor of Medical Sciences and Regional Director of EKG and CVT at the WCUI Los Angeles Campus
Who is Dr. Raafat Baheeg?
Dr. Raafat Baheeg is a man of many talents. Not only is he an amazing instructor at the WCUI Los Angeles campus, but he is also an orthopedic surgeon, a musician, and a composer with his own home studio to produce worship music. Dr. Raafat prides himself on expanding his horizons beyond medicine and education. He loves music and being creative just as much as he loves teaching his students. Before joining WCUI in 2011, Dr. Raafat practiced medicine in Egypt where he met his wife. In 2005, Dr. Raafat and his family moved to the States. Dr. Raafat’s wife is an architect for the California Baptist University, his son is a top salesman for T-Mobile, and his daughter is currently studying for her Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy at Hope University.
Dr. Raafat was an instructor in many subjects prior to joining the WCUI team. He taught piano and languages, such as Arabic, to a multitude of different types of students. He absolutely loved teaching, but after being away from medicine for 20 years he wanted to return to the medical field. He had a mission to change students’ lives and so he found West Coast Ultrasound Institute.
“Dr. Baheeg is a great professor. He cares about the students’ educational goals. He is really passionate about teaching and cares if students learn the material in his class. He established my love for medicine. I wish he would teach other classes except for anatomy and physiology.” – A previous student on RateMyProfessor.com
Dr. Raafat prefers an interactive classroom where he asks the students a lot of questions to keep them focused on the topic. In return, he expects his students to ask him questions and provide feedback to gauge their learning, as well as, keep them interested. He takes his class very seriously because he wants his students to understand the seriousness of the profession
they are studying for. Dr. Raafat explains that when they enter the workforce they are changing people’s lives. As the doctor’s eyes, the images they collect will help the doctor make a diagnosis. If they do not collect the full picture, then doctors could potentially make the wrong diagnosis, thus affecting the patient’s care. Dr. Raafat asserts that he wants to build the students to not just be imaging techs but medical professionals.
“Dr. Baheeg is THE BEST PROFESSOR for anatomy and physiology. I took his class last semester. I had little knowledge about the human body but his explanations will improve your understanding by 100%. His lectures are fun! And he always uses small stories to explain body functions which are hilarious and easy to understand! Would definitely take him again” – A previous Student on RateMyProfessor.com
Dr. Raafat describes that his goal for his students is to build them a pyramid of knowledge and skills: First he must build them a background of knowledge, then work on their critical thinking to tackle issues, next expand their skills, and finally build their confidence. To do this he sees everything through the students’ eyes and tries to connect the topics in class to the students’ lives. His determination to connect with his students shines through the numerous positive reviews left by past and current students.
Favorite Memory of His Students
Dr. Raafat recalls his favorite memory of his students is the appreciation he sees in their eyes when they leave the classroom. To him, changing his students’ lives is the most fulfilling experience of being an instructor. He constantly has students coming back months and years after his course, saying they miss him and they miss his class. His persistence to build a connection with each student year after year exemplifies everything WCUI stands for when it comes to educating their students.
Thank you to Dr. Raafat Baheeg for all you do at West Coast Ultrasound Institute and all our students!
To celebrate #throwbackthursday we’re bringing our first installment of our Alumni Spotlight segment where we dive into the lives of West Coast Ultrasound Institute graduates and see how life is continuing after graduation. We explore their careers, projects they’re involved in, and their experience with West Coast Ultrasound Institute. Whether they’ve graduated a year ago or 15 years ago, we hope their experiences inspire you and the career you’re working for. Our first installment begins with a recent graduate, Chandler Dixon, who’s hunger for education has fueled him over the past couple of years.
Meet Chandler Dixon
Chandler Dixon was a 2015 graduate of the ECHO program at West Coast Ultrasound Institute at our Ontario Campus. Chandler has accomplished quite a bit since his graduation 3 years ago, including volunteering his time and knowledge to mission programs providing healthcare in foreign countries and pursuing his career at Rady Children’s Hospital in San Diego, CA.
“Ask yourself ‘When I’m old and sick would I want someone like me taking care of me?’”
Where Is He Now?
Throughout his years, Chandler has made a point to give back to other communities through use of his knowledge and skills. He has completed several mission trips through organizations like For Hearts and Souls, the Hearts with Hope Foundation, and Samaritan’s Purse where the focus was on pediatric ECHO patients. He explained their goal was to screen as many children as possible and conduct as many surgeries, as needed, for these children who otherwise would not have access to this sort of healthcare in their communities. He’s been to Peru, Mexico, Cuba, and Iraq twice and plans to head to Kenya this September to continue these projects.
Along with his philanthropic efforts, Chandler had a podium presentation at this year’s ASE Conference in Nashville, TN. He provided a case report over double aortic arch with bilateral aortic coarctation associated with complex atrio-ventricular canal defect and heterotaxy-asplenia syndrome. Chandler described his presentation at a conference in front of hundreds of experts in echocardiography as one of his greatest accomplishments since graduating from WCUI.
During his employment at Rady’s Children’s Hospital in San Diego, CA he has begun working on a 3D ECHO program for heart disease and he has been working on a few journals on abnormal case studies that he hopes to have published in the near future. His experience proves that even after graduation your education never ends, especially in the medical field.
How Has West Coast Ultrasound Institute Shaped His Career?
“All the tools are there. Just pick up a fork and eat!”
Chandler Dixon described his time at West Coast Ultrasound Institute as the foundation of his knowledge in ECHO. He explained that WCUI gave him the building blocks necessary to push, go above and beyond, and become really involved in his education.
For Chandler, WCUI provided the tools he needed to succeed. In his own words, “All the tools are there. Just pick up a fork and eat!”
When we asked Chandler Dixon what advice he had for current and future students at WCUI he said it best:
“If you don’t care about people, don’t be an ECHO tech. Money is not worth it if you don’t care. If you want to make a difference in lives of patients and your community then do it! If you don’t, be careful because you could get into something pretty gnarly. [laughs] Study really hard. Not just for yourself, but the people you’re going to help. Ask yourself ‘When I’m old and sick would I want someone like me taking care of me?’”
For more information on the organizations Chandler worked with during his mission trips and donate to their causes, visit their websites here: For Hearts and Souls: http://forheartsandsouls.org/ Hearts with Hope Foundation: http://www.heartswithhope.org/home/ Samaritan’s Purse: https://www.samaritanspurse.org/