UConn School of Dental Medicine
Born in Lahore, Pakistan, I moved to the United States with my family when I was about 3 years old. I am a first-year dental student, who attended UConn for an undergraduate degree in biomedical engineering on a biomaterials track. I am now just a few courses short of a master’s degree in biomedical engineering, and intend to complete that degree in a couple of years. Upon obtaining my general dentistry degree, I hope to continue my dental education in orthodontics and open a private practice. I volunteered in the 2008 CT Mission of Mercy where I assisted dentists in providing oral health care to underserved populations. This event underscored for me what health care providers can do for people who cannot pay for health care. It is one thing to imagine people who cannot pay for their own health care; it is completely different when you meet them.
The UST provides me the opportunity to work with underserved populations, and to communicate and interact with a vastly diverse population. I believe developing those capabilities are crucial in providing the best oral or medical health care. As a first-year dental student, I bring my patience, open mind, and dedication to the field of health care and UST.