Alumni Profile – Dr. Oliver Gagné


UBC Orthopaedics Residency Program, 2020

Amqui, QC

Current Location:
New York, NY

Why did you choose the UBC Orthopaedics Residency Program?
I had a phenomenal elective experience at St. Paul’s Hospital and had a feeling that this environment would be perfect for my personal growth. The mentorship demonstrated at UBC was unparalleled. Outside the hospital, the mountains were calling. I wanted to be in a place where I could live my best life and make the most of your time.

What is your favourite memory from your time as a UBC Orthopaedics resident?
This is a difficult decision to make as the list of phenomenal experiences is quite long. The annual retreat however comes to mind as the most prominent. It is a great way to introduce the incoming orthopaedic residents to members of the group and build relationships and memories with the other peers. Even five years later, I found myself always impatiently waiting for that summer weekend.

What’s one thing you learned that stood out to you?
Change. People are capable of changing more than they think they are. People can adjust to change although uncomfortable. Residents, fellows, attendings, allied health care workers and patients have the ability to bring change to one another. I have learned to accept and savor change, hoping personal and professional growth will result from it.

What’s next for you?
I am moving to NYC and will be completing my Foot and ankle fellowship at the Hospital for Special Surgery followed by a masters degree from the London School of Economics.