What will the last couple of months of your residency look like? How are you feeling as you approach graduation?
It’s definitely going to slow down a bit. All of my hour-intense hospital rotations were completed during the first half of the year and following the exam I have mainly family medicine and palliative care left to complete. It’s going to be nice to focus on learning aspects of specific topics I feel interested in learning without the stress of project deadlines or exams to worry about. Although, to be honest, I feel my current community site and the off-service rotations I’ve completed this year have prepared me for what the future holds already. As with any field in medicine there will always be things you encounter, probably on a daily basis, that leave you with some uncertainty and this is what makes practicing medicine exciting. But as I approach graduation I definitely feel I’ve been adequately prepared to deal with this uncertainty and be able to provide excellent care for my patients during the next step of my career.
What are your plans directly following graduation? What can you imagine yourself doing in five years? Ten?
I think I may have an attachment problem. After completing my undergrad, medical school and family medicine residency here at the University of Ottawa I’ll be hanging around for one more year to complete the CCFP Emergency Medicine program. I’m very excited for this upcoming year and it’s truly the last step of training to prepare myself for my career goal of practicing both family and emergency medicine in a rural/small community setting around the Ottawa Region. In the next 5, 10, 15 years down the road this is what I hope to still be doing. In addition, I’m looking forward to having the opportunity to be a preceptor for both medical students and residents to pass on the knowledge I’ve gained from my preceptors over the many years in medicine to this point.
What will you remember most about your time as a resident at uOttawa?
The greatest memory I hold for our family medicine program here in Ottawa is definitely the resident retreat we had this past September in Smiths Falls. Being one of the residents who helped organize the retreat (along with Elise, Alyx, and Pauline) I couldn't have been happier with the result despite the weather not being the greatest. It was such a great time to relax, get to know some of my fellow residents I had yet had the chance to really meet, and enjoy the Karaoke provided by Elise Azzi.
Is there anything else you would like to share with faculty and residents at the Department of Family Medicine?
I thought four years of medical school went by fast but these past two years of residency have honestly flown by. We are definitely fortunate for all the support we’ve had along the way during our residency from the excellent administration staff and outstanding preceptors. There was never a point during my residency where I felt I couldn't contact someone if I had an urgent question and having this support makes residency, an overall stressful time for anyone, progress much smoother. Personally, I’m forever fortunate to have had the opportunity to train with my preceptors at Greenboro (Drs. Tobin, Scherling, Nassim, Fellegi, Bloom, Yachnin, and Lozano) and for their knowledge they’ve passed down as I move forward in my career.