While pursuing a successful career in fashion design in Los Angeles, Fanny Dufour, now a student in BCM’s Master of Science in Orthotics and Prosthetics Program, felt called to serve in the U.S. Army after the events of Sept. 11, 2001. She served as Military Police for four years, including 15 months in Iraq for Operation Enduring Freedom from 2004 to 2005.
After an injury ended her service career, she completed her Bachelor of Science degree in exercise science and her Master of Education degree in Exercise Science at the University of Mary Hardin Baylor and then became adjunct faculty in the Exercise Science Department as well as a freelance strength and conditioning coach at the school.
Dufour then decided to pursue a career in orthotics and prosthetics, where she hopes to work with fellow veterans as well as service members who may have been injured during combat.
An avid rock climber and trail runner, Dufour is thrilled to be a part of the inaugural class of the Master of Science in Orthotics and Prosthetics Program at BCM.
“I have intentions on becoming the best prosthetist and orthotist possible, and I knew the Baylor College of Medicine name and reputation would most certainly put this program above the rest. Additionally, the school has innovated a new didactic curriculum and residency format in the industry, which indicated to me, as an innovative and progressive individual myself, that I would gain the most from this approach and perspective,” said Dufour.