I was born and raised in Toronto, ON. I took a bit of a circuitous route to medical school, doing a Bachelor of Commerce, majoring in Supply Chain and Operations Management at Concordia University. I then worked in that field for a few years, before deciding that it wasn’t for me, changing paths and applying to med school.
That all means that although I know a lot about myself, the type of work I enjoy, and the type of team I like to be a part of, I don’t know a lot about how these qualities match up with different medical fields and careers. I wanted to create this podcast to help inform my decision about what career to pursue, considering my interests, personality and how I want my life to look.
I grew up in Minot, ND, USA, moving to Canada in 2010 to attend undergrad. I completed a Bachelor’s degree in Computing at Queen’s University and started graduate school in computer science before realizing it wasn’t the right fit for my interests. Got a job working writing analysis scripts for neuroimaging data, went back to school to complete a masters in public health in epidemiology, and then worked as a research manager/data analyst in pediatric epilepsy for several years. During that time I realized my interest in medicine.
Medical school has been an amazing whirlwind of learning how the body works (or sometimes doesn’t work) and how different therapies attempt to solve shortcomings. Picking (just one!) specialty sometimes seems like a tough task because everything is novel and interesting. Personally, through this podcast, I am looking forward to learning about diversity of possible career trajectories–even within a given specialty–and thinking beyond what the next stage of training–CaRMS and residency–will look like. I am hopeful this podcast will be helpful to other Canadian medical students, too!
Show Notes Writers
I grew up in Markham, ON and completed three years of my Bachelor of Medical Sciences degree at Western University before entering medical school at McMaster University at the Waterloo campus. Entering medical school during a pandemic has been both frustrating and exciting, and I am eager to find out where my life will take me next. I find all specialties new and interesting at this point and that is why I love listening to the stories of different physicians through this podcast.
I am thrilled to join the Northern Exposure team as a show notes writer and to explore the many different specialties in medicine along with medical students across Canada.
I am from Toronto, ON. I did my undergrad at McMaster in Biology and Biochemistry. I have wanted to go into medicine for as long as I can remember, and when people would ask “What kind of doctor do you want to be?” I always figured I would have time to decide in med school. Since actually getting in, I realized just how few resources we have to see the true depth of each specialty, especially being sidelined from clinicals by COVID. As a result, I have been a faithful listener since day 1 of the podcast, and am very excited to join the team now!