Welcome back! Meet our students…

It’s the most wonderful time of the year!

School is back in session and our MD students are rearing to go! We asked them to share some of their stories with us and, over the coming weeks you will get to read them here. If you are a current MD student who wishes to be profiled, please fill out this form.  You can also share your back to school experiences on Twitter and Instagram by using the hashtag #UBCMD.

Now…without further ado, meet our students!

Benjamin Huang, MD 2017

Benjamin HuangHometown: Vancouver, BC

Why medicine?

This question always seems to demand a profound answer, and I always feel like I fall short of delivering one. To be honest, I wasn’t sure about a career in medicine until after I started medical school. Before my enrolment, the field of medicine seemed to me somewhat of a black box concealed by a curtain of professional confidentiality, vastly superior competency, and dreaded multiple mini interviews. Initially, to me, the appeal of medicine was a varied combination of an interest in science, technology, and the human body; an appreciation of the privilege of helping people in their most vulnerable state; and an honest acknowledgement of medicine’s reward, both emotional and material. A year later, I have found medicine to be all those ideals and more. It is an immensely broad field, like a vast canvas covered in the colours of academic knowledge and human experience.

What excites you the most about the coming year?

8 weeks of Brain and Behaviour! Just kidding. I’m most looking forward to seeing my classmates again and going through another year-long adventure together, complete with its ups and downs, namely: the fresh excitement in the fall, the post-exam celebrations, the winter skiing adventures and irresponsibly carefree spring #self-care…and, of course, the ridiculous, overwhelming, almost comical April-May studying insanity that infects all students, triggering a systemic inflammatory response that may or may not include increased, concentration-dependent Starbucks consumption, abnormal sleeping habits, local recruitment of students from their homes into the Diamond building, and decreased level of conversation competency (“So…how goes your studying? \ Not great…you? \ Same.”).

Oh, and meeting new first years!

Where do you see yourself in 5 Years?

Hopefully working in a residency I love in a city I love, spending my days doing things I love with people I love, and just maybe (fingers crossed) with a woman I love. That’s all I can ask for; the rest are just details. (Upper years keep telling me I don’t have to worry about those details just yet, at least not until CaRMS suddenly comes knocking and shatters my glass pane of ignorant bliss into tiny shards of panic).

Scrubs or Suit?

Suit

PC or MAC?

MAC

Stay in or Go out?

Go out

Csilla Egri, Class of 2017

Csilla Egri

Hometown: Richmond

Why medicine?

There was no list of pros and cons, no weighing my options, and no official “decision date” involved in my path towards medicine. I have never needed to convince myself that this is where I needed to be, it was something that always just “was”. Even though it seemed like such a natural progression (childhood –> adolescence [insert various bad decisions here] –> university –> medical school), I obviously needed a better answer for the admissions question “why medicine” than “because what else?”. This step turned out to be quite the long process, spanning many admission cycles, a couple of degrees, bearing of a child, and numerous rotations around the sun. But, I’m finally here!

What excites you the most about the coming year?

  1. Not being such a noob
  2. No longer having the most outrageous backpack on campus
  3. Knowing at least 7 peoples names out of a class of 288
  4. Knowing how to navigate Medicol
  5. I’m pretty excited for the new and improved Brain and Behaviour block.

Where do you see yourself in 5 Years?

Trying to weasel my way in to an internship/observership with the Human Connectome project, or at least having the privilege of grabbing peoples coffee in the Astro-Medicine Department at Harvard. Because how is combining astrophysics with diagnostic imaging not the coolest thing you have ever heard of?

Scrubs or Suit?

Suit

PC or MAC?

MAC

Stay in or Go out?

Stay in

Hannah Duyvewaardt, Class of 2018

Hannah Duyvewaardt

Hometown: Kelowna

Why medicine?

Have you ever had that “aha” moment, where all of the sudden your career path seems clear and obvious? That happened to me two years ago after trying out a few different careers in the business realm. Medicine is universally applicable, no matter what race, gender, or socioeconomic class, it can benefit everyone. I like that. I wanted a career that my role would make a positive impact in someones life. I am drawn to the way that a career in this field demands me to be a lifelong learner and allows enough variety and challenge to keep the role interesting.

What excites you the most about the coming year?

It is a new chapter and I am excited about every facet. I can’t wait to meet my fellow classmates and hopefully form some true friendships over the next four years. The material and style of learning is going to be a challenge but very interesting. There is no more “what am i going to use this information for” that often came up in undergraduate classes, as everything will be directly applicable to our roles as future physicians.

Where do you see yourself in 5 Years?

In 5 years I see myself in my first year of residency. At this time I see myself in Emergency Medicine, and I like the 2+1 program of Family Medicine followed by Emergency. But I am also told that most individuals change their specialty choice after the first year so my specialty choice may change.

Scrubs or Suit?

Scrubs

PC or MAC?

MAC

Stay in or Go out?

Go out

Kyla Adams, Class of 2018

Kyla Adams SMPHometown: Whitehorse

Site Location: SMP

Why medicine?

I always wanted to be a doctor, even when I was a little kid. A number of years ago I moved to a rural part of BC, and spent about eight years on rural Vancouver Island. After that I moved to the Yukon, and have called Whitehorse home for the past three years. Serving my community in the way I am most needed has always been an important value to me. With that in mind, and observing the shortage of physicians, especially in the north, I decided that working as a doctor would be an important way for me to give back.

What excites you the most about the coming year?

I can’t wait to get back to school after being out of the academic world for a few years! I’m also excited about living in both Vancouver and Kelowna and experiencing everything they have to offer.

Where do you see yourself in 5 Years?

I hope to be doing a residency in family medicine in a rural location.

Scrubs or Suit?

Scrubs

PC or MAC?

MAC

Stay in or Go out?

Go out

Mackenzie Caulfield, Class of 2018

Mackenzie CaulfieldHometown: Port Coquitlam

Why medicine?

I like the idea of spending my day doing things that are both intellectually challenging and socially meaningful.

What excites you the most about the coming year?

Meeting my classmates.

Where do you see yourself in 5 Years?

In a lot of debt.

Scrubs or Suit?

Suit

PC or MAC?

MAC

Stay in or Go out?

Go out

Maryam Eslami, Class of 2018

Maryam-EslamiHometown: Iran

Site Location: VFMP

Why medicine?

The only thing I can imagine myself doing for the rest of my life without getting bored!

What excites you the most about the coming year?

Everything!

Where do you see yourself in 5 Years?

Residency!

Scrubs or Suit?

Suit

PC or MAC?

PC

Stay in or Go out?

Go out

 

Patricia Celan, Class of 2018

Patricia Celan VFMPHometown: Vancouver

Site Location: VFMP

Why medicine?

Medicine is a rapidly growing field, which means this path is perfect for an inquisitive mind that loves challenges and ongoing learning. Plus, what could feel better than saving a life or improving someone’s quality of life? I believe that medicine is an incredibly rewarding field because of both intellectual stimulation and emotional satisfaction.

What excites you the most about the coming year?

I am very excited to meet dozens of students who share my passion for medicine and I hope we will develop lifelong friendships! I can’t wait for us all to start learning about the human body and the patient experience on our journey to becoming great doctors!

Where do you see yourself in 5 Years?

Somewhere in the next 4 years I hope to discover exactly the kind of doctor I am best suited to become. So in 5 years, I hope to be in the appropriate residency program and loving every second of it!

Scrubs or Suit?

Suit

PC or MAC?

PC

Stay in or Go out?

Stay in
Go out