We are delighted to welcome Dr. Rose Hsu to the Medisys Calgary team. Dr. Hsu graduated with distinction from the University of Victoria with a degree in Biopsychology. After working as a research assistant for the University of British Columbia both in the department of maternity care and pediatric neurology, she then went on to complete her medical degree in family medicine at the University of British Columbia. Dr. Hsu is passionate about employee wellness and preventative health. Her research on the negative effects of sedentary behaviour has inspired her advocacy for regular physical activity. She recently moved from Vancouver to Calgary, and is looking forward to exploring the natural beauty of Alberta. Outside of Medisys, you can find Rose going for a run, biking, hiking, or practicing yoga.
What was your first job? My first job was as a research assistant for the University of British Columbia Maternity Care Group at BC Women’s Hospital. I helped conduct a national study, which looked at the attitudes and beliefs of nulliparous woman towards childbirth. This position was an excellent introduction into the field of medicine, as well as research.
Why did you choose to become a doctor? I have always wanted to help others. I feel honoured to be in a position as a family physician where I can provide comprehensive care for problems of the mind, body, and soul. Medisys emphasizes preventative health and wellness, which resonates strongly with me. I look forward to helping patients achieve their goals, and create a healthy and happy lifestyle.
Tell us something about you that not many people know: My grandfather taught me some Chinese when I was a child, but unfortunately the only phrase I can remember is “I want to eat some ice cream” – which was a very useful sentence to know as a child growing up…and actually still is! ☺
What is your most important piece of preventive health advice? Sitting is the new smoking – no, really! Many of us sit for prolonged periods of time, which can lead to negative health consequences. Try to stand up and walk around every hour even for a few minutes. Your future self will thank you!
What is the best piece of advice you have ever received? Growing up, my father always emphasized, “Everything in moderation”. This applies to everything in life. Balance is key!
What is something that has held you back in your life and how did you overcome it? I have always been a great communicator. My mother will testify that I was speaking sentences at 15 months old! One challenge I can remember is working with children with autism who were nonverbal. Even though I had worked with children with many different abilities in the past, working as a Behavioural Interventionist was the first time I had to rely heavily on other forms of communication. Initially, I found it challenging not being able to understand the needs and wants of the children I was working with. I learned to take a step back and re-evaluate the way I defined “communication”. My training as a Behavioural Interventionist has allowed me to connect with children and families on a deeper level, and I apply the knowledge that I gained to my everyday practice.
What is the secret to lifelong happiness? If only I knew…! I would say smiling is a good place to begin. Evidence has shown that when people move their facial muscles and smile (even if it’s a fake smile), they achieve higher levels of happiness.
What keeps you inspired? The healthcare team and the colleagues I get to work with!
What is the one health lesson you have learned that you want everyone to know? One of the most valuable lessons I have learned is about managing expectations. In order to lead a happy and healthy life, let go of any preconceived notions, and be willing to change your expectations of yourself and others.