A JOUR­NEY OF FIRSTS

Qatar Today - - DEVELOPMENT > HEALTH & WELLNESS - BY ABI­GAIL MATHIAS

As the first batch of 16 stu­dents grad­u­ated from Weill Cor­nell Med­i­cal Col­lege in Qatar in 2008, only four Qatari stu­dents stood among them. Dr Yousuf was one of them. She soon went on to ob­tain the first res­i­dency po­si­tion for a for­eign stu­dent at the Univer­sity of Michi­gan. She is to­day the first fe­male physi­cian of the Ob­ste­tri­cians and Gy­ne­col­o­gists depart­ment at Sidra Med­i­cal and Re­search Cen­ter, Qatar.

“Shortly after com­plet­ing high school, a few hon­ours stu­dents were in­vited to a pri­vate meal by HH Sheikha Mozah bint Nasser. I still re­mem­ber the feel­ing of pride sit­ting right next to her as she de­scribed her vi­sion about the Ed­u­ca­tion City. She specif­i­cally spoke about ed­u­ca­tion and health and men­tioned Weill Cor­nell Med­i­cal Col­lege.” This was the turn­ing point for the young Yousuf who de­cided to ded­i­cate her life to medicine.

At the Univer­sity of Michi­gan Hos­pi­tal she con­ducted ex­ten­sive pelvic floor re­search and was se­lected for its res­i­dency pro­gramme. “In more than 50 years of its op­er­a­tions, I was the first for­eign grad­u­ate and first Qatari na­tional to be se­lected,” says Dr Yousuf. De­spite her achieve­ments she is re­luc­tant to dwell on her­self and more on the ex­pe­ri­ence. “Though it was a tough res­i­dency pro­gramme, I think in terms of just fit­ting in, my peers were a big help,” says Dr Yousuf who was ap­pointed as chief res­i­dent at the Amer­i­can hos­pi­tal.

When one of her pa­tients lost twin ba­bies and went through an emo­tional roller

You could call Dr Aisha Ahmad Yousuf a su­per achiever. At 30, she has reached mile­stones that many would hope to em­u­late in a lifetime. Speak­ing ex­clu­sively to Qatar To­day, she shares a hope of en­cour­ag­ing other young Qatari women in her field.

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