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Resident spotlight: Dr. Caitlin Symonette

As part of our ongoing series to profile Schulich Medicine Residents, this month we introduce Dr. Caitlin Symonette, Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery PGY-2.

Where were you born and raised?
Born: Nassau, Bahamas
Raised: Nassau & London, Ontario

What degree(s) do you have, and from what university(ies)?
Clearly I am Purple and Proud… Go Western!

Bachelor of Medical Sciences- Honors Specialization in Physiology (Western, 2006)
Master of Kinesiology (Western, 2008)
Doctor of Medicine (Western, 2012)
Master of Surgery (anticipated- Western, 2014)

What special interests or hobbies do you have?
In my spare time, I enjoy skiing in the winter and playing tennis in the summer. I also have a passion for art and oil painting. When I have vacation time, I love traveling abroad or spending time in Northern Ontario. However overall, spending time with family and friends is probably my most valued special interest.

Why did you choose to pursue your residency at Schulich Medicine & Dentistry?
I completed medical school at Schulich Medicine and thus I was very familiar with the high calibre of surgical training in London. I wanted to become a part of the tradition of surgical excellence. Continuing my residency at Schulich Medicine, and I also had the benefit of being able to continue my training in my hometown- close to family and friends for support. I consider myself fortunate to have matched to Plastics here.

What inspires you in your work?
Patients inspire my work. I am inspired to improve my knowledge and skills to provide the best care possible to those that entrust their health in my hands.

What has been your greatest experience to date in your residency?
My greatest experience to date in residency is finally being on service and beginning to work toward my ultimate goal of becoming a Plastic Surgeon. Building the foundation for my future career is very exciting!

What do you do when you aren’t working?
Work on my research/read more about Plastics.