Program: Masters of Public Health/Public Health and Preventative Medicine Residency
Year in Program: 1
I have always wanted to be part of the solution to health inequities, especially for marginalized and underserved populations. This was my motivation to attain a medical degree and subsequently pursue a public health residency. I thrive in advocacy and leadership endeavours and I’m glad to have found my niche in public health.
UBC has become one of my many homes. I have lived in Vancouver for seven years and have been engaged with UBC in various capacities, as a researcher, guest lecturer and most recently as a medical student. I love the beautiful campus and the university’s focus on constant improvement and innovation. I have also witnessed first-hand the UBC Faculty of Medicine’s commitment to improving access and equity for marginalized folks. These are among the many reasons I chose to stay at UBC for my residency program. It’s also a bonus that I met my partner while they were a student here!
I am involved in many research endeavors, but there are two I am particularly passionate about. The first is a quantitative and qualitative exploration of the experiences of Black medical students in Canada, in collaboration with the Black Medical Students’ Association of Canada. For the second, I’m investigating the impact of HIV stigma on the lives of Im/migrant women in the Greater Vancouver Area with the Centre for Gender & Sexual Health Equity.
Haida Gwaii! From what I have read and seen it is among the most beautiful spots in B.C. While I’m not experienced in outdoor activities, I do appreciate nature, so the incredible biodiversity on the islands would be amazing to see. Finally, I love learning about history and culture, and the area has been home to the Haida Nation since time immemorial.