Even though OUWB alumnae Fatima Fahs, M.D., has nearly 57,000 followers on Instagram, she’d rather you not refer to her as an influencer.
She has good reason.
Fahs says the term “influencer” implies one is influenced by money, opportunities, clout, followers, etc. — and she is not.
Rather, she has simply channeled her passion for art and creativity, a love for all things dermatology, and a commitment to her role as a physician — all on a platform and in a way that resonates with others.
In this case, the way is via the “Dermy Doctor” page on Instagram, where there just happens to be 56,785 others along for the ride. It’s also led her to start a subscription box for skin care products called the “Dermy Doc Box.”
“It’s not something that happened overnight,” she says, referring to her following.
“It’s just been a part of my journey and I think people have been interested to follow along and see where things take me.”
Fahs, who insists she is a dermatologist first and foremost, also hopes to inspire others in the field of medicine to never forget who they are and pursue their own passions and interests.
“You can have aspirations outside of medicine and I think it’s so important that throughout your medical journey you cultivate that desire,” she says. “If you enjoy something else, keep that a part of you. You don’t have to let go of the things that you love because you decided to become a doctor.”
(Only partial stories are posted here with hopes to provide a brief overview and introduction to my most recent work. The full version of this story may be found on the OUWB InMedicine site here.)