Happy Faculty Friday! West Coast Ultrasound Institute prides itself on having such interesting and inspirational faculty and instructors at all our campuses. So, 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. First up…. Dr. Raafat Baheeg!
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, he is 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 goal. 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 anatomy and physiology.” – 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 human body but his explanations will improve your understanding by 100%. His lectures are fun! And he always uses small stories to explain body funtions which are hilarious and easy to understand! Would definitely take him again” – 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’ eye 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!