BHSc Alumni Spotlight

Biomedical Sciences

Dr. Liu

Dr. Stephanie Liu, BHSc'08

Family physician

  • BHSc - Biomedical Sciences - University of Calgary
  • MSc. - Human Nutrition - Columbia University in the City of New York
  • MD - Doctor of Medicine - University of Alberta 

Be proactive, get out there and try something. If that means talking to mentors, volunteering your time, or even branching out and starting a new project, know that the world is there for you to explore and remember that along the way always work hard, be humble, and be nice!

Stephanie Liu, BHSc'08

What is your favourite BHSc memory?

Hosting the Bachelor of Health Sciences pageant. This pageant was our version of America’s Got Talent. It was so much fun learning about my classmates talents followed by a night out!

Looking back, what advice would you give yourself as a student?

To realize that one exam won’t define your future. I remember the stress of studying and trying to memorize every detail for exams instead of trying to understand the concepts. I felt like had to nail every exam or I wouldn’t get into med school. If I could turn back time I would have focused more on learning instead of memorizing.

What is the best thing about your current job?

I love being a family physician. I like being able to follow my patients over the years, I have several patients that I have known since birth and already are in elementary school now. I also like that everyday is different and brings new challenges.  

How has your career evolved?

I have always been interested in writing and enjoyed taking photos of my family. I wanted an outlet for those interests so I started a blog utilizing my expertise as a family doctor and my personal experiences with my own family. So I started one of the passions of my life – my Mom blog “Life of Dr. Mom”(http://lifeofdrmom.com, Instagram: @lifeofdrmom). This evidence based parenting blog has allowed me to stay connected with the community, provided me a creative outlet, and inspires me to be the best version of myself. Pursue your interests!

How did your BHSc degree help you get to where you are now/current career?

It taught me to think critically and creatively. I realize what a powerful tool and resource social media is and my blog has provided me the opportunity to be able to share credible evidence based information. 

What is the best piece of advice you have received during your career journey?

Some may know may already envision your career and your goals for the next 10 years while others have no idea. Wherever you are in your journey, I want to encourage you to be open to opportunities as they come. There will be times that you may not feel fulfilled, and in those moments it is important to not sit back and wait for the answer. Be proactive, get out there and try something. If that means talking to mentors, volunteering your time, or even branching out and starting a new project, know that the world is there for you to explore and remember that along the way always work hard, be humble, and be nice!

Success is not measured by the number of followers you have, or how much money you make, or the academic rank you achieve. YOU define what success means to you. For me, I measure success by my relationships with my friends and family; and I find success through truly caring for my patients and my community. Find your own version of success.

 

Dr. Stephanie Liu in the news

Dr. Liu

'Dr. Mom' debunks unscientific mommy blog advice

Alberta physician's parenting blog shares medical advice and personal experiences.

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Global News

Alberta doctor and blogger shares tips on dealing with pandemic anxiety in kids

Dr. Stephanie Liu, author and University of Alberta Hospital physician, chats about how the pandemic has affected anxiety in little ones.

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