The Student Association of the ACOFP is partnering with Resident Council on a number of exciting initiatives, including the Resident Council Spotlight series of interviews and articles. We’re excited about the insight and perspective residents are able to provide to help students plan for residency and become active with ACOFP.

For our next article in the series, students sat down with Zaheera Lukman, DO, to learn more about her residency program, what being a part of ACOFP means to her and what advice she has for students.

Meet Zaheera Lukman, DO


jefferson health NE
philadelphia, pennsylvania

Why did you choose this residency program?

I chose Jefferson NE FM because of the family environment between the residents. All programs work closely together and have a mutual understanding and respect for each other. We are also given plenty of elective time to tailor the program to our individual interests. 

Why did you choose family medicine?

I chose family medicine because I saw the impact that preventive medicine can make on one’s life at a very personal level. I also love creating connections with people and family medicine provides wonderful continuity of care. Helping people to be champions of their own health care journey has been a true honor.  

Were you involved with ACOFP as a student?

I was fortunate to be the president of the SAACOFP at GA-PCOM when I was a second-year student. ACOFP provided me with wonderful opportunities, lectures, conferences and connections for residency and beyond.

What is your one word of advice to students?

If I could give students one piece of advice, it would be to pursue your passions, both inside and outside of medicine. Stay true to the things that help you to be a better person and a happier person. These will help you stay focused in your career and give you fulfillment. 

Read more about Zaheera Lukman, DO, ACOFP Resident Council Region 1 Representative.

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