By Wendy Sarubbi | February 28, 2024 2:34 pm

We continue our series of features on community physicians who serve as preceptors at the UCF College of Medicine. They play a key role educating third- and fourth-year medical students going through clerkship, elective and acting internship training. These more than 600 physician educators are helping create UCF’s future Physician Knights. Today we highlight Dr. Syed Arshad Ali, a pediatric hospitalist at Nemours Children’s Health.

Dr. Ali is a pediatric hospitalist at Nemours Children’s Health, located blocks from the UCF College of Medicine in Medical City at Lake Nona.

Dr. Ali graduated from Dow Medical College, Karachi, Pakistan and began his General Pediatric Residency training at Miami Children’s Hospital, where he also completed fellowships in Pediatric Critical Care and Pediatric Cardiac Critical Care. He is board certified in General Pediatrics and Pediatric Hospital Medicine.  In 2015, following several years in practice at Jackson Madison County General Hospital in Jackson, TN, Dr. Ali joined the staff of Nemours Children’s Health as the Medical Director in the Observation Unit.  He is currently Associate Professor of Pediatrics with the UCF College of Medicine.   

Dr. Johanna Kielbasa, Co-Director of the Pediatric Clerkship, summed up Dr. Ali’s excellence in teaching: “Dr. Ali has been an incredible educator of both UCF students and Nemours residents. He is meticulous in learning about his patients to fully understand the whole patient and sets high expectations for both residents and students. He is kind, caring, and approachable – often spending extra time with those willing to really push themselves and their medical knowledge. His work ethic and attitude towards education are worth emulating.”

Here is what UCF medical students had to say about Dr. Ali:  

  • “Dr. Ali was always finding ways for me to be helpful to the team and trusted me to complete these tasks. This made me feel competent and valuable to the team and gave me opportunities to learn in a hands-on way. I very much appreciated that. He also set aside time for feedback.”
  • “Dr. Ali was a great teacher! He always took the time to teach us about something and was very patient. He gave good detailed constructive feedback about our presentations during family rounds, and I really appreciated it so I could work on it and improve.”
  • “I learned the most from Dr. Ali’s treatment of patients. He always made an effort to ensure we understood the full picture of the case including the social aspects. He taught us how to treat the patient and the family with care and respect, and how to address and calm upset parents.”
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