A doctor by profession and a model in her 'infinite spare time', Fatima is an exceptionally talented and interesting young professional.
Born in Philadelphia, she spent her younger years in Columbia, Maryland, and then went all the way to Pakistan to get a degree in medicine. She is now back and doing an externship in radiation oncology at Hopkins in Baltimore, Maryland.
Fatima's exposure to both the US and Pakistani cultures at an up close and personal level makes her views interesting. Additionally, her duality of careers, pursuing the hard science of medicine on the one hand and the fun, glamorous life of modeling on the side, makes her even more intriguing.
Here's an exclusive Rendezvous with this bright young lady.
Tell us a little bit about your background, where you grew up (education, family etc)?
My parents immigrated to the States in the late 1970s. My father was a Captain in the Pakistan Army Dental Corp. before he came to the US, and went on to get a degree in dentistry from University of Pennsylvania. At the same time I was born in Philadelphia. I spent my childhood and adolescent years in Columbia, Maryland.
Ever since I was a child, I wanted to be a doctor. I donít know if it was due to my parents brainwashing me as a child or to an inherent desire to help people, but Iím definitely glad that I chose that path. I ended up graduating as a salutatorian of my high school class and went on to college at UMBC. I was a pre-med major and made the Deanís List in my first semester. I applied for medical school in Pakistan while I was a freshman and got accepted. I attended Allama Iqbal Medical College in Lahore and recently graduated. Previously I had done a couple of summer observerships/research internships at Hopkins as well as research at Shaukat Khanum Hospital while I was in medical school. Currently Iím doing a research externship at Johns Hopkins in Radiation Oncology.