Introducing Dr. Setorme Tsikata
Beyond her medical practice, Dr. Tsikata is an Assistant Clinical Professor at the Department of Family Medicine, University of Alberta. She mentors several medical students and resident physicians. Her scholarly contributions include authoring the third chapter on cultural barriers within medicine in the recently published book, “Female Doctors in Canada: Experience and Culture,” edited by Drs. Waugh, Ross and Schipper (January 2019).
Years in practice
“My choice of medicine as a career hinged on several experiences growing up. My mother's midwifery practice catered for women and children residing at Nima, an impoverished community in Accra, Ghana.
As a teenager helping with simple tasks at the practice, I observed correlations between gender, educational status, socioeconomic status, ethnicity and other social determinants of health with patients’ health outcomes. It stirred up the desire to work toward a world where everyone is healthy, [and] free of disease, pain and suffering, irrespective of physical or social attributes.
Becoming a physician has allowed me to advocate effectively for the best health care possible for my patients, beginning with educating them in prevention and risk reduction. Every patient encounter involves a holistic approach to the person, not just focusing on their physical ailment but also on the psychological and social aspects of their lives, which invariably impacts their health. This is what makes family medicine very fulfilling!”
Mantra/philosophy of life
Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might; for there is no work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom, in the grave, whither thou goest (Ecclesiastes 9:10 KJV).