coaster, Dr Yousuf stepped in to help and developed a close bond with the patient.
After a period of time the patient delivered a healthy baby girl. In gratitude, the baby was named after the young doctor. “Emari Aisha Sanders is a blonde American girl with blue eyes. She doesn't look anything like me,” she says.
As a living example for students Dr Yousuf hopes to guide them on what their choices ahead may be. She often volunteers as a guest lecturer at WCMC- Qatar. An important event for Dr Yousuf's department at Sidra is an upcoming conference. The medical centre has partnered with the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (RCOG) to host a joint meeting on “Hot topics in Obstetrics and Gynecology” from November 30-December 2, 2014. As a first-of-its-kind event in the country, Dr Yousuf and her peers are encouraged to see these issues discussed. Using her own life as an example, Dr Yousuf hopes to encourage others in her communi- ty. “There are a lot of Qatari women making a mark in their own field. I hope they follow their dreams.” She also has a strong message for families whom she believes hold the ‘key' to their children's success. “Medicine is not an easy field and students need all the support they can get from their families as they embark on this field.” Despite a hectic medical residency period she kept herself active with sports and horseback riding. “Medicine teaches you to be adventurous. I would like to encourage women to go outside their comfort zones,” she asserts.
With an explosion of information on the internet, most of it unauthenticated, patient education has taken even more priority. Dr Yousuf understands the fears that some of her female patients have when it comes to their own health. “Surprisingly the number of female physicians in Qatar is more than male, which is good for our patients who feel they can connect better with a female doctor. This is an international phenomenon,” she explains
Dr Aisha Yousuf at her graduation ceremony with her parents.
Dr Yousuf (third from left) with her University
of Michigan Class of 2013.