Joan Tu is a medical student at the University of Calgary Cumming School of Medicine. She is interested in maternal care, pediatrics, fatherhood and masculinities, mental health, and the effects of family relationships on health. In her first year of medical school, she co-authored a handbook called A Parent's Guide to Medical School: A Peer-to-Peer Guide to help other parents adjust to life in medical school.
Prior to starting medical school, Joan was a stay-at-home mom with two young children. As an activist, she self-published two books of poems and stories to raise awareness about violence against women and children. Joan has worked to advance knowledge on family/domestic violence by studying and consolidating the stories of people with lived experience.
Joan has a Master of Arts in Linguistics and a Bachelor of Commerce. Her MA thesis about the influences of texting on language garnered international media attention in 2012. Professionally, she has worked in utilities, real estate, and personal finance. She brings a diversity of experience and interests to the profession of medicine in her role as a medical student.