Ms. Fatima Naeem
In 2006, my father was diagnosed with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS). I became his sole caretaker, supporting him emotionally, physically, and financially, while also handling the roles of wife and mother.
Caring for my father intensified my love for medicine and, after he passed away, I once again pursued my career as a doctor. To learn more about medicine and obtain valuable clinical experience, I completed externships both in USA and Canada in a variety of specialties, including internal medicine, family medicine, neurology, cardiology and psychiatry. These externships train the competitive pre-residency MDs to perform advanced clinical skills that align with North American healthcare system context through hands-on clinical placements, weekly assessments and being involved directly in the patient management and taking responsibility as a physician under supervision.
My journey didn’t stop there; I entered the field of research through the Internationally Trained Medical Doctors bridging program at Ryerson University in Toronto and was offered a practicum placement as a research intern at Michael Garron Hospital in Toronto. This position gave me a solid hands-on foundation for analyzing research to improve current clinical practices.
Currently, I am settled in Cornwall, working as a telemedicine assistant for the Appletree Medical Group. This position has helped me understand the limitations rural Canadians face in accessing preventative healthcare. I look forward to expanding my competencies to become an outstanding comprehensive researcher, moving toward my ultimate career goal of being a clinician-scientist.