MD, MHSc, FRCSC
UBC Orthopaedics Residency Program, 2019
Why did you choose the UBC Orthopaedics Residency Program?
As a medical student I was thoroughly impressed by the educational opportunities, world-renowned faculty, and cohesive nature of the orthopaedic resident group at UBC. Since graduating, I am truly able to appreciate how internationally renowned and well-respected the UBC researchers are. Having gone through the program, I can say that the strong and supportive resident culture at UBC was a highlight of my experience in the program. I now have close lifelong friends that are also my colleagues!
What do you consider some of your greatest achievements to date?
Although every practising Canadian orthopaedic surgeon goes through the Royal College exam, I really felt this was a major achievement in my life thus far. I think the most significant part of this accomplishment was working with my co-residents as a team to ensure that each of us excelled. The UBC Orthopaedic residency program does a superb job at preparing trainees for the exam.
Tell us about your career journey after graduation.
I just completed a fellowship at Western University at the Roth MacFarlane Hand and Upper Limb Centre in London, ON. It was a fantastic year working with both Orthopaedic and Plastic Surgeons. I’ve learned so much! I also just started a fellowship in MSK Oncology in Toronto. I’m very excited for this coming year.
What are some of the most rewarding aspects of your chosen career path?
One of the most rewarding aspects of my chosen career path is giving patients and their families good news about their oncology prognosis after curative surgery. On the flip side, one of the more challenging but rewarding aspects is sharing news about a cancer diagnosis. This can be a very emotionally-charged moment of a patient’s life. My goal is to help guide patients through their diagnosis and develop a unique plan that works for them and their families. I also enjoy planning intricate surgical resections and unique reconstructive options as it sometimes requires creative orthopaedic thinking to find the best outcome for that individual.
What advice would you give to current residents in the program?
Enjoy it! Set in the beautiful city of Vancouver, the UBC Orthopaedics program has wonderful supportive staff mentors and tight-knit resident and fellow groups!
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