Afnan Musa

Afnan Musa, seen from the waist up, wearing a floral shirt and black headscarf

Name: Afnan Musa

Researcher/Supervisor: Dr. Lorraine Lipscombe

Area of Research: ADAPT-M (Avoiding Diabetes After Pregnancy Trial in Moms)

Afnan Musa, seen from the waist up, wearing a floral shirt and black headscarf

What or who inspired you to join the Emily Stowe Scholars Program (ESSP)? 
I was interested in the Emily Stowe Scholars Program, as I believed that it would offer me the opportunity to network and learn from professionals that take part in the development of underrepresented communities. As an individual interested in being involved in a healthcare setting, I also aspire to specifically contribute towards and support healthcare facilities within these communities!

What was your first impression of Women’s College Hospital?
During our orientation day, I found the introduction to the hospital by the staff really welcoming! I also found the staff extremely supportive and extremely responsive to my concerns. I find Women’s College Hospital an extremely inclusive healthcare facility. I also admire the fact that Women’s College Research Institutes includes research projects catering towards minority communities. I always enjoy discovering and reading the various research projects.

What interests you most about the area of research that you are working in?
My current area of research has helped me enhance my knowledge on gestational diabetes and Type 2 Diabetes, as well as further strengthen my quantitative research skills. As an individual interested in contributing towards women’s health, I believe that this research position has helped me learn more and gain a further interest in this field.

What do you think you will enjoy the most about being part of ESSP?
I am extremely keen on networking and getting to know other scholars, as well as learning from the professionals involved in the Emily Stowe Scholars Program.

Personal or professional answers welcome: What is something that makes you smile?
I love seeing individuals from similar backgrounds as myself giving back using their education and experience to give back to minority communities!