Resident spotlight: Dr. Susan Tan, Otolaryngology

In this month's spotlight we feature Dr. Susan Tan, who is in her final months of residency with the Department of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery.

1. Why did you choose to do your residency at Schulich Medicine & Dentistry, Western University?
I chose Western University because the Otolaryngology program here is known as a superb program for training competent surgeons to practice in both community and academic setting. During my elective time, I was able to see that this program places teaching, innovative research and excellence in surgical training as the highest priorities. I was also attracted to the collegiality and close-knit nature of the resident group.

2. What has been the most challenging experience during your residency?
To be able to find a good balance between work and personal life outside of work.

3. What has been the most rewarding experience during your residency?
Being trained at what I believe is the top program in Canada, by a group of highly trained and dedicated staff members with strong commitment to achieving the best possible outcomes for their patients.

4. What has been the most surprising experience?
That a five-year residency can fly by so fast!
5. Are you doing a fellowship? If so, where?
Yes, Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, with Dr. David Ellis, University of Toronto.
6. What do you do when you aren't working?
Spending time with family and friends, playing with and walking my dogs, and running.