And now, it’s on to the Miss Uni­verse con­test

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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.

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