During medical school some of my most meaningful encounters were in psychiatry. I was impressed by the thoughtfulness of the psychiatrists I worked with and their appreciation for the complexity and messiness of the human experience. I saw a career in psychiatry as an opportunity to better understand people from a variety of perspectives, be with them in crisis, and provide treatment with a range of approaches, both medical and psychosocial.
Through residency at UBC I have been lucky to become friends with people who are up for adventures of all sorts. I have delighted in learning how to ski (fearfully), camping, hiking, and generally spending time outdoors in all seasons.
Take time to do things that make you feel like yourself, no matter how busy life gets. I cannot say enough about the importance of good sleep, regular exercise, and time in nature.
I’m completing a fellowship in geriatric psychiatry at UBC next year to gain further experience working with older adults. In the short term, I’m planning a trip to Italy which will feature beaches, small towns and ample gelato.