Get to Know: Laila Sareini

September 14, 2022

Our "Get to Know" series introduces several first-year medical students as the college welcomes the Incoming Class of 2026! Read more feature stories.

Laila Sareini, first-year medical studentThis month marks the start of Laila Sareini’s medical education at MSU College of Human Medicine. It was Sareini’s faith as a Muslim that motivated her to choose a career path that was service-driven.

Prior to medical school, Sareini had a variety of work experiences including research for the ReBUILDetroit program and organizing charity programs. She also spent time as an EMT, and it was then she discovered her love for science and medicine.

“I knew that my goal of serving the community could be accomplished by pursuing my passion for medicine as a physician,” said Sareini, a second-generation Lebanese American from Dearborn.

During her time as an EMT, Sareini learned that there are many barriers to optimal health for underserved populations in her community. “Coming from a minority background that is among the underserved, I always knew I wanted to give back to my community in an impactful way,” she said. “This validated my motivation to become a physician and serve the medically underserved.”

Some of her most meaningful experiences have been patient encounters and connecting with individuals different from her. “I am very much looking forward to continue building positive connections with each patient I meet as I find these experiences deeply fulfilling,” said Sareini.

On August 20, Sareini participated in MSU College of Human Medicine’s White Coat and Matriculation Ceremony, a symbolic start to her journey through medical school. She said wearing a white coat symbolizes “her commitment to scientific truth, being worthy of utmost trust, and the responsibility to serve others.”

Outside of medicine, Laila enjoys playing piano, hiking and experiencing nature with her husband. One of her favorite things to do is cook traditional Lebanese dishes that remind her of the village of her parents.