Program and Year: Honors Spcialization in Epidemiology and Biostatistics, with a Minor in French Studies, Year 5, BMSc
Area of Research: Effect of statin medication on exercise capacity change in cardiac rehab
Name of Supervisor: Dr. Neville Suskin
Awards/Publications: Undergraduate Awards – Highly Commended, Published abstract in Journal of Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation and Prevention and oral presentation at Canadian Cardiovascular Congress (Vancouver, Nov 2017), Continuing Admissions Scholarship
Department Role(s): Student Ambassador
Emaad is pursuing an Honors Specialization in Epidemiology and Biostatistics for his Medical Sciences undergraduate degree from the Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry at Western University. His experiences volunteering in Ghana and Honduras reaffirmed his desire to pursue the Epidemiology and Biostatistics module to improve the health of populations worldwide.Emaad hopes to use the knowledge from this program as a stepping stone to a future career in medicine and global health, to help underserved populations both in Canada and in developing countries.
His favourite memory while studying epidemiology and biostatistics at Western has been working on his research project with Dr. Neville Suskin and the team at St. Joseph’s Hospital. In 2017, his paper “The Effect of Statin Medication on Exercise Capacity in Cardiac Rehabilitation: A Retrospective Cohort Study” was selected as a Highly Commended Entrant in the Medical Sciences category of the Undergraduate Awards in Dublin, and also chosen for an oral presentation at the Canadian Cardiovascular Congress in Vancouver.
His advice to students considering studying epidemiology and biostatistics is to employ the skills to evaluate clinical research, to use statistical software, and to view health problems from a population perspective that are taught in the module to answer the call of serving others and improving health outcomes worldwide.