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Memories – Dr Uzma Imran Siddiqui

I was born and brought up in Karachi, Pakistan. My mother was an obstetrician and I dreamed of following in her footsteps.

 

I graduated from Dow Medical College in 1989 and got married soon after. My husband’s mother was also an obstetrician. I never considered any other specialty than obstetrics and gynaecology.

 

I worked as an obstetric and gynaecological sonologist while looking after my children and resumed my professional training in 1994. I joined Abbasi Shaheed Hospital (an RCOG recognised Teaching Hospital) as a trainee in obstetrics and gynaecology. In 1996, I passed my Membership exams from the College of Physicians and Surgeons Pakistan and later my Primary exam, which is equivalent to the MRCOG Part I. I then re-joined Abbasi Shaheed Hospital where I completed my requirements for MRCOG Part II.

 

During that period I attended many RCOG prep courses in London and visited the College on numerous occasions. I carried out my clinical attachments at Kings College London and Birmingham Women’s Hospital and passed my RCOG membership exam in March 2002.

 

I returned to Pakistan and began work as a Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist at the Aga Khan University Hospital in Pakistan. While in my clinical practice, I faced the despair of infertile couples, yet soon realised that they mostly had treatable causes and could be helped. So I changed my primary focus from obstetrics to the treatment of infertility and took part in specialist courses and training to practice in this field.

 

We all acknowledge that fertility treatment can be extremely expensive if no state funding is available but I am determined to try and to help women and their partners from all walks of life. I operate two fertility clinics in different areas of Karachi from very effluent to extremely modest groups of the community. After almost 20 years of clinical practise, I still feel that the joy of delivering a much-wished for, healthy baby to an infertile couple is second to none.

 

Belonging to a family of doctors has been instrumental in my career. Aside from my mother and mother-in-law, my husband, is a Pathologist and Professor at Aga Khan University Hospital, Karachi. Imran has helped me with every step of my career and I am deeply indebted to him for everything he has done for me. Our two older children are also doctors and doing their medical residencies, surgery and neurology respectively, in the USA. My youngest daughter is in high school and dreams of being a doctor as well.

 

I was elevated to RCOG Fellowship in 2014 and am an extremely proud Fellow. I have many happy memories of my visits to the College and love keeping in touch. I am thrilled that my photos could be used beyond my trips down memory lane!