Dr Lamis Latif graduated from St George's in 2014. Here she talks to us about her work, her likes and dislikes, and shares some memories of St George's.


What is your job title?
Foundation Year 2 Doctor.

What do you actually do?
I am currently an FY2 in the South West London Deanery, spending my FY1 year at King's College Hospital and now my FY2 year in Epsom and St Helier’s University Trust.

Where are you if you are not in your office/surgery/hospital?
I have a part time job in Harrods as an Ambassador - essentially being responsible for seeing to the VIP clients that come in and training new staff to become true Harrodians.

Which living person do you most admire, and why?
Angelina Jolie. Not because of her film talents (although I do like her films). More because of the things she believes in and stands for – adopting children globally, working as a Goodwill Ambassador for the UN, having surgery following her diagnosis of the BRCA1 – it's difficult to maintain a glamourous smile underneath all that, and unlike other ‘celebrities’, she focuses on humanitarian efforts.

What’s your favourite book/song/film
My favourite film is Interstellar – the space/time dimension focus was brilliant. I am a bit of a nerd like that.

What or who would you consign to room 101?
The smell of the cadavers in the dissecting room. I ended up using Vicks under my nose after week one which didn’t help at all. It will forever remain with me. Actually, I am even scrunching up my nose now whilst answering this.

What would your superpower be?
To teleport like they did in the film Jumper – how amazing would it be to be in Japan one minute and Dubai the next! I also love Khaleesi Daenaerys's power in Game of Thrones to manipulate dragons and resist fire. Could come in handy! Wouldn’t mind a dragon!

Who would play you in the film of your life story?
Samuel L Jackson – only joking! Last time I checked we don’t look alike. But someone on par with his acting skills…

What is your favourite word?
Impossible. Because this is the word I have heard consistently by everyone around me throughout my life, personal, medical, social…and I have come to learn that..IMPOSSIBLE IS NOTHING.

How would you like to be remembered?
As someone who created a good change in the world, big or small. Watch this space!

What’s the most important lesson life has taught you?
If you're going to do something, do it properly. There is no point in wasting time putting half the effort in when the same amount of time could be used to complete the task to 100%.

What is your favourite memory of St George's?
There are too many! Absolutely the graduation ceremony. That grin didn’t come off my face for days. Still have it now! Oh and the yearly fashion shows. They were wonderful.

Are you still in touch with people you studied with?
Of course – you gain a lot of acquaintances naturally during your years at university, but you also end up meeting those rare individuals who will forever remain lifelong friends.!

How would you sum up your time at St George's in four words?
Testing, stimulating, fulfilling and life-changing.

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