A global quest for knowledge

A global quest for knowledge

Dr. Amila Husic

Class of 2008
Assistant Professor of Medicine
University of Nebraska Medical Center


When WCM-Q alumna Dr. Amila Husic returned to Bosnia-Herzegovina in 2014 to work at University Hospital in Sarajevo, it marked the completion of an arduous yet inspiring 15-year odyssey across the globe in pursuit of the skills and knowledge required to practice medicine. 

Amila, who joined WCM-Q in 2002, the college’s first year of operations, left her home and family aged just 15 to take up a scholarship at the prestigious King Henry VIII School in Coventry, England. After excelling in her A-levels – the UK equivalent of the US Advanced Placement (AP) program – Amila won another scholarship, this time from the State of Qatar, offering her the chance to join a bold experiment by studying at the newly established WCM-Q. At that point the college was operating from borrowed classrooms in an elementary school while construction work on the new building was completed. 

Amila’s decision paid off six years later when she donned the red WCM-Q robes and black mortarboard and stood on the stage as a member of WCM-Q’s first-ever graduating class - the Class of 2008. The newly qualified Dr. Husic didn’t rest on her laurels, moving swiftly on to another country, another continent and another challenge as she gained a place on the highly sought-after general surgery residency program at the world-renowned Lahey Clinic in Massachusetts. 

Dr. Husic completed her residency program at Lahey in 2013 and then moved on to a one-year colorectal surgery fellowship at Mayo Clinic, Arizona. In 2014, having completed her fellowship, Dr. Husic decided it was time to bring her journey full circle and return home to Bosnia to offer her services as a volunteer in the Department of Oncologic Surgery at University Hospital in Sarajevo.