And now, it’s on to the Miss Universe contest
Outliers imagines that Detroit Medical Center did pretty well for itself last year when it hired Rima Fakih as a part-time physician sales representative.
If her name sounds familiar, it’s because Fakih won the recent Miss USA pageant in Las Vegas and will compete in the Miss Universe pageant this summer. DMC hired Fakih as a part-time sales rep in February 2009, says Reginald Lee, senior vice president for physician recruitment.
“Her personality, what you saw on TV, is what we saw every day,” Lee says, describing Fakih as personable and easygoing. Fakih has developed a good rapport with physicians and has never missed a beat while competing in the pageant, Lee says.
Fakih swore Lee to secrecy regarding her modeling and pageant work when she joined DMC, Lee says. “She wanted people to judge her based on her accomplishments,” he says. The cat was out of the bag after Fakih, 24, of Dearborn, Mich., won the Miss Michigan pageant last September.
Fakih earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, and has plans to go to law school after completing her Miss USA duties, but she has a home at DMC if she wants to come back after taking time off, Lee says: “We’re going to save a spot for her.”
Rima Fakih celebrates her win as Miss USA at the pageant earlier this month in Las Vegas.