In­spir­ing oth­ers


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.

Break­ing myths

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.

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