Master of Public Health candidate
MD Degree from McMaster University Medical School
FRCSC in General Surgery from University of Toronto
Breast cancer disparity research. Health services and management research in rural communities. International health.
What are your career goals?
My career goals are to improve access to health care resources in rural communities, particularly in the field of breast cancer. The research skills acquired at Johns Hopkins School of public health will allow me to increase the body of knowledge in access to health care services disparities and find ways to improve access in underserviced areas in North America and in Somaliland.
What sparked your interest in global health?
Practicing general surgery in rural communities in Ontario and Somaliland has sparked my interest in training in public health. In order to make a significant impact improving the health care of a population, public health training is the key. Working in these regions has shown me the limitations of providing acute services such as surgery and the importance of understanding issues surrounding health care delivery. I also wanted to develop excellent research skills which will enable me to study how to improve access to health care services in these communities and evaluate health care services.
How do you see yourself making a difference in public health because of the Global Health Scholarship?
The Global Health scholarship has allowed me to pursue a master degree in public health. Training in public health, with its broad courses in health policy, economics, epidemiology and health services management will provide me with both the theoretical and practical comprehension of the issues surrounding health care delivery. It will also teach me the basic principles of management as well as how to organize resources, budget finances and implement and evaluate health care services. All these skills are necessary to developing my career as an academic surgeon with interest in improving the healthcare delivery to underserviced population.
Who inspires you and why?
Nelson Mandela. He is a living example that relentless dedication to your mission will lead you to ultimate triumph. And most importantly he showed the world that one man can make a difference.