Shohreh Shahi

Medical Illustrator, University of Western Ontario
London Ontario, Canada

About Shohreh


I am graduating with a BA in Health Sciences, by the end of April 2013. I am a life time learner and have no limitation for learning. I landed in Canada, in 1993, as a midwife and a mother of two young children. Midwifery was not practiced at the time. Therefore, I decided to learn English and enter a University. Getting out of an arranged marriage, being a sole support parent and a new immigrant, I struggled my new challenges and tried my best to remove all kinds of obstacles in achieving my educational goals. In 2001-2003 I illustrated more than 300 Anatomical drawings for an Anatomy course that was taught at The University of Western Ontario. My drawings were part of course material for the designated curriculum. Although part time I worked my way up to achieve my educational goals, as well. In 2007-2008 I took part in a program, International Midwifery Pre-registration/IMPP, offered at Ryerson University in Toronto, Ontario. I successfully passed all the exams with above the average grades and met all the educational and clinical requirements. While I had only six weeks to finish my clinical placement, I was exempted from the program, due to lack of a full driver licence. As unbelievable as it seems, this is one of the main requirements for practicing Midwifery, in Canada. This event set my educational bar set back to the grand zero. Although it caused me facing many financial challenges, yet, it did not ceased my long life pattern of seeking education. I mean, how many people do you know that have chased an undergraduate degree, for 33 years???!!! In 2010, I went back to Western to finish what I left from my degree in Health Sciences. I picked the reminder of my courses, like a turtle (due to financial challenges). Meanwhile, due to ranking higher than average in a Pharmacology course, in addition to my artistic skills, I was hired by the Department of Physiology & Pharmacology at Western. During the Summer of 2010, I illustrated more than 20 medical illustrations for a Pharmacology course, being taught at Western. Currently, these illustrations are part of the course material and are available to Medicine, Nursing, Kinesiology, and Health Sciences students, taking this course and attending the University of Western Ontario. My next plan, is to enter a Compressed Registered Nurse Program either at Western or University of Toronto. I am confident that, that would not be the end of my educational goals. My final goal is to be a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthesia, while keeping and advancing my medical illustration skills.


English, Persian

Areas of Expertise

Health Sciences, Human Anatomy, MIdwifery, Nursing

An idea worth spreading

Altering the traditional learning systems and criteria. Removing the "check mark" obstacles off the way of thirsty minds! By this, I mean higher educational institutes, such as universities, need to revolve their traditional systems. In my opinion, technology is way ahead of its users!!! Our criteria has lagged in 1930's and 40's, while the urge of using fast speed technology is creating a deep gap, in the valley of time that already exists, between the two. It is the time that education needs to be global. Internet users need to meet in the same classrooms and discuss ideas worth spreading. Imagine a classroom that can room all the students and learners from all over the world. It is a time that we need not to look at peoples' tones of heavy degrees to appreciate the knowledge they are carrying only in their brains, not on papers. What would be the possibilities? To me: Unlimited!

I'm passionate about

I am passionate about learning. For this reason, I am a strong believer in self-training and self-educating. To me, there is neither boarders for learning nor for spreading the ideas worldwide.

Talk to me about

Talk to me about the art of being a human, in all its aspects and levels. The plasticity of our brains, the extraordinary achievements of people; the way that the disadvantaged achieves.

People don't know I'm good at

At every thing that I have learned, so far. I master every kind of skill that I decided to learn. Yet, I do not have any degree to prove it! Examples are: Teaching, Midwifery, even Upholstery!

My TED story

Two years ago, when I was introduced to Ted Talks, through my daughter I was so fascinated by the talks. I learned a lot and even sited Ted Talks as part of my assignments in my online university courses. Last week, my keen curiosity in addition to the self-teaching skills that I developed in many years guided me to the origin of Ted Talks. Chiefly, I wanted to know what TED stands for. I Google searched it and learned that it stands for: "Technology, Entertainment, and Design". It was on this journey, only a few days ago, that I realized that I can be a volunteer translator for Ted Talks. I felt really lucky and excited! Being part of Ted Talks and its community was a wish, since two years ago when I first learned about Ted Talks. Now, that I am going to start translating my very first Ted Talks, from English to Persian, I feel for the most part this wish is becoming true! I feel connected and live in the community that its main mission is to spread ideas worldwide!

Favorite talks