Program: Island Medical Program
I found my people when I worked in the emergency department (ED). The staff and residents’ leadership and personalities aligned with the vision I have for myself. I was excited to go to shift every time – even in the middle of the night. I played competitive team sports all my life and found the ED to resemble the high-paced team environment that I love being a part of. Lastly, I find the opportunity to be there for someone, often the most vulnerable members of our society, in a very scary and pressured time, an incredibly rewarding experience.
My favourite moments are as simple as bonding and talking during a call-shift or lunch breaks with my classmates in the student lounges. Being an Island Medical Program student gave me a strong sense of comradery with my colleagues and I was fortunate to find friends that could laugh with me at all hours of the night.
Don’t be afraid to start your own club or initiative. I found, the staff/faculty were more than eager to engage and help me grow projects or programs. If you have an idea, find some other peers who share like-minded interests and run with it!
I feel so lucky to be staying in Victoria and training in the Emergency Medicine residency program. Outside of medicine, my plans will be to continue staying active in the gym, playing intramural and rec soccer, going on random camping/ski trips and bonding with my co-residents.