Incoming PGY-4, Pathology, Incoming Chief Resident
1) What is your favourite thing about working as a member of the medical team here at the Ottawa Hospital?
My colleagues in the pathology department are the loveliest people you will ever meet. From the staff Pathologists, to the residents, to our technicians and technologists, everyone is dedicated to their work and helping each other out.
2) What inspired you to get into medicine and your chosen speciality?
After receiving my bachelor’s degree in molecular biology and working for several years in HIV vaccine research I felt the need to be more directly involved in patient care. To be honest I initially entered medicine thinking I wanted to be a family physician but found my calling in pathology early in medical school. Understanding the pathophysiology behind disease and being able to provide patients with a diagnosis is truly rewarding. Pathology is often the overlooked specialty as we often do not interact with patients directly. Though we work mostly “behind the scenes” we care deeply about our patients and work diligently to ensure they receive the best possible care. Believe it or not pathology residents are in the hospital in the wee hours of the night to process surgical specimens to ensure tissue is adequately fixed so that molecular and ancillary tests (such as ER and PR status for breast specimens), which are often necessary for diagnosis and treatment, are not compromised. We cannot forget that although we are in the middle of global pandemic, it does not mean people are not being diagnosed with cancer every day. We are the physicians making the diagnoses and doing the molecular testing, and in doing so providing our colleagues in surgery and oncology with the information they need to adequately treat patients.
3) Do you have any messages to the community right now?
Thank you! Thank you for your kind words and show of support. We are working tirelessly to care for your loved ones; your mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, friends, etc. Thank you for your understanding and patience.
4) What has COVID-19 taught you about providing patient care?
We are all essential workers and we are all in this together. We have the same goal to provide our patients with the best possible care.
5) What are you doing to take care of yourself (i.e. hobbies, self-care) during the time of Covid-19?
To be honest, dedication to my work has not offered me much free time. However, during this pandemic I have gained an increased passion for sewing. It started with making surgical caps and masks for friends and colleagues and has now turned into an interest in bag-making.