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Dr. Shane Smith – A different kind of service

Dr. Shane Smith

Dr. Shane Smith is just like his fellow residents, with one exception — he’s been in the Canadian Armed Forces for 17 years. Currently a second-year resident in general surgery, Dr. Smith knew training at Schulich Medicine & Dentistry would provide him with the skills he needs to give his patients the best possible care the next time he deploys.


Where were you born and raised?
I was born in Edmunston, New Brunswick and raised in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

What degrees do you have, and from what universities?
I have a BSc in mathematics and physics, BA in philosophy, MSc in biophysics and physiology and MD from Dalhousie University. I also completed a residency in family medicine at Queen’s University.

What special interests or hobbies do you have?
I have been in the Canadian Armed Forces for 17 years and very much enjoyed being Advanced Dive Medical Officer. Diving, and diving medicine, was a very interesting part of my life before residency.

Why did you choose to pursue your residency at Schulich Medicine & Dentistry?
Western University has a long history of supporting the Royal Canadian Medical Service. The School has military physicians as consultants, and the General Surgery program has gone out of its way to ensure that military residents get the education they need for when they deploy in support of our soldiers.

What inspires you in your work?
I am motivated to develop my skills and learn as much as I can so that the next time that I deploy I will be able to provide my patients with the best possible care. I also have excellent role models here at Schulich Medicine & Denstistry who demonstrate a high level of clinical judgment, technical proficiency and compassion for their patients.

What has been your greatest experience to date in your residency?
My residency has been a collection of great experiences shared with my fellow residents. I am truly fortunate to be able to train with such a motivated and talented group of people.

What do you do when you're not working?
When I have time away from work, I like to spend time with my wife.