I graduated from Fatima Jinnah Medical University in Lahore, Pakistan. I moved to the United States after getting married. While raising my children, I took USMLE exams and gained clinical experience in psychiatry from NYU Consultation-Liaison (CL) rotations and inpatient psychiatric observership at NYU. I also gained research experience at NYU with Dr. Barry Reisberg in the Dementia Center and had the honor of being a co-author on one of his papers titled, “The BEHAVE-AD Assessment System: A Perspective, A Commentary on New Findings, and a Historical Review” published in the Journal of Dementia and Geriatric Cognitive Disorders in 2014.
I then started my residency at NBMC in 2014. I won the 2015 New Jersey Psychiatric Association Best Paper Award Competition for my paper titled, “The Role of Alternative Medicine in Psychiatry.” In the 2016 APA Annual Conference, I had the opportunity to be a speaker and present a case report titled, “The Role of Clozapine in Treatment Resistant Schizophrenia in the Adolescent Population.” During my third year of residency, I carried a large and diverse patient caseload. I also participated as a member of the NJPA Education Council where I was actively involved in arranging their meetings. In my last year of residency, I became the Chief Resident for Research. As part of my duties, I assisted junior colleagues in their research endeavors. Due to our joint efforts, we were able to submit more than sixty posters for the 2018 APA Annual Conference. I currently run the morning report as a senior resident. Teaching my junior colleagues is a rewarding experience providing me with an opportunity to learn as well. I again won the NJPA 2018 Best Paper Award in the Combined Author Category for our paper, “The Role of Antioxidants in Schizophrenia with Rhabdomyolysis”.
Throughout my four years at NBMC, I have been presented with many learning opportunities and new experiences that collectively shaped me into the doctor I am today. While I struggled with my two-hour morning commute, I feel what I have learned in the NBMC residency program was worth it. After finishing my residency, I will begin my Geriatric Psychiatry Fellowship at the Weill Cornell Medical Center. My goal is to become a geriatric psychiatrist in an academic setting where I will be teaching medical students and residents and will be involved in research related to dementia.