MD, FRCSC, MHSc, MSc
UBC Orthopaedics Residency Program, 2005
Edmonton, AB / London, UK
Why did you choose the UBC Orthopaedics Residency Program?
I chose to come to UBC on an elective in medical school, because I had an uncle in Vancouver so I had a free place to stay. I had such a great elective experience that I chose to rank UBC for residency. The residents were happy and welcoming (which is something that I honestly hadn’t seen elsewhere at the time), and they seemed respected and well trained. They really made me want to be a part of their team.
What do you consider some of your greatest achievements to date?
My greatest professional achievements to date are all the relationships that I have built across the world in the orthopaedic trauma community.
Tell us about your career journey after graduation.
After my graduation from residency, I completed a Master’s degree in Health Sciences at UBC and a fellowship in orthopaedic trauma at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh. I joined the faculty at the University of Alberta where I am currently the section head of the country’s largest orthopaedic trauma program. I also have an MSc from the London School of Economics. I spend a large portion of my time studying how we can support surgeons to excel clinically and academically in our current social and political environment.
What are some of the most rewarding aspects of your chosen career path?
Orthopaedics is fun and meaningful! Remembering that is the most important part of having a rewarding career. I’m fortunate to work with a terrific group of supportive surgeons that let me focus on what I really think is important. We put our efforts where they need to be, whether it’s teaching, research, mentorship, clinical care, or something completely outside of our typical work.
What advice would you give to current residents in the program?
The advice that I would give to current residents in the program is to focus on your own residency. No two residents will have the same experience and it is your career to live – no one else’s. Carve the path that is right for you, not just what you have seen from others. Your road hasn’t been traveled yet. Trust in your ability to find it your own way.
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