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Why Your Vote Counts

Residents and fellows are at the heart of our specialty. Join me to ensure that our unique and evolving needs stay at the forefront of the decision-making process within the American Psychiatric Association (APA).

Image by Parker Johnson

About Me

Born in Karachi, Pakistan and raised in small-town Kentucky, my life experiences have influenced me in unique ways. Like all of you, I am devoted to my patients, committed to my profession and excited to use my skill set to serve the dynamic field of psychiatry.

The Position

The Resident-Fellow Member Trustee (Elect) is a nationally-elected member of the Board of Trustees, the governing body of the American Psychiatric Association (APA). The power to make policy is vested in the Board, and the elected official will have the power to vote, influence and advocate for changes within the scope of our specialty. 


The Issues

My Areas of Focus

All Hands In

Diversity & Inclusion

Practicing psychiatry with sensitivity and compassion is an essential part of our job. Join me in finding new and innovative ways to identify unconscious biases within our training programs and build cultural competency for social justice issues at-large.

Education with Influence

Our traditional methods of scholarly activity are limited in scope. Join me in advocating for practical ways to prepare for life after training while leveraging the power of media to advance our knowledge. Together we can educate our patients, our communities and each other about mental health in a powerful way.

Public Demonstration

Wellness & Protection

Since the onset of the pandemic, the burnout rate among second-year residents in psychiatry has trended above 42%. Join me in advocating for trainee protection as well as a national policy to broaden the vacation structure within our programs.


Current events have transformed telepsychiatry from an option to a necessity. Join me in ensuring that programs are equipped with the funding and tools necessary to make us competent in both utilizing and staying up-to-date with advancements in telehealth.


Virtual Town Halls

Lets Talk

Host a virtual conference to discuss the issues that matter to you and your colleagues.

(All three RFMT-E nominees will be invited to town hall sessions)


the training office podcast

a conversation about mental health by trainees, for trainees.

The field of psychiatry is undergoing an unprecedented transformation How can tomorrow's psychiatrists keep up? 

Welcome to the training office: a sounding board through which residents and fellows can discuss meaningful ways to influence their program infrastructure while sharing the joys and challenges of being a trainee during this extraordinary time.


Broadcast Media

Hear About my Advocacy Work

Mentoring Hub Live

Soulful Sunday

One-on-one with Zohra Jabeen on mindfulness and female leadership on a Karachi-based broadcast.

WHAS-11 News

Great Day Live

A panel discussion with directors at the FlyOver Film Festival.

Metro1 News Morning Delight

Discussion about the development and production of 'A Destruction'.

(Interview in Urdu)

One-on-one about gender disparity in the developing world.

(Interview in Urdu)


Salam Pakistan

One-on-one about the generational trauma and gender disparity.

(Interview in Urdu)

NeoNews HD

Morning Show

Group discussion about the value of educational initiatives.

(Interview in Urdu)


Good Morning Karachi

Differences in educational insfrastructure and practices around the globe.

(Interview in Urdu)

PTV News


Discussing the process of creating a social-justice documentary.

(Interview in Urdu)


Print Media

Read About my Advocacy Work

Business First


Feature in the annual

'40 Under Forty' edition.

MovieMaker Magazine

'A Destruction' at the Middleburry Film Festival.

Barrington Hills


Leo Weekly 


Feature on the making of

'A Destruction'.

'A Destruction' chosen as a staff pick for the FlyOver Film Festival.

Louisville Courier Journal

FlyOver Film Festival feature.

UofL News Announcement

Psychiatry resident debuts a film in Louisville.

The Voice Tribune Magazine

Director's reception at the FlyOver Film Festival.

The Daily Herald Newspaper

'A Destruction' debuts at the Chicago South Asian Film Festival.

NawaiWaqt Newspaper

Personal feature on medicine, filmmaking and advocacy.

(Article in Urdu)

Louisville Future Magazine

FlyOver Film Festival features six female directors.


Join Me

Lets Make an Impact

Join Me

Vote Now

Click below to login to the APA election site. Access the election tab to make your voice heard. Voting begins January 4th and ends February 1st, 2021.


Share the Poster

Click below to find a summary of how we can work together to serve our patients, our specialty and each other.

Hands Voting

Use the Hashtag

Click below for my social media handles. Feel free to follow me and use the hashtag #TraineesMatter to show your support.


Contact Me

Thank you for your support!

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