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Live Twitter Chat: Introducing Team One



Monday, February 23, 2015

Meet our Team One guest tweeters, Maria Khami and Justin Cottrell. They will be answering questions about Interview Weekend and our School’s student experience live on Twitter this Wednesday (February 25). Join us from 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. @SchulichMedDent.

Justin Cottrell, Medicine Class of 2017

Why medicine?
As a mature student entering medicine, I explored a variety of different career paths ranging from music to business. When I started to look at family medicine, it seemed to combine all the various aspects of a career that I wanted; the ability to have a lasting positive impact on people's lives, to be on the leading edge of scientific discovery, and to be constantly challenged intellectually and emotionally.

And why Schulich Medicine?
I attended Western University for my undergraduate education in medical science and business. I enjoy the town and the academic environment of the University. Furthermore, when researching the various schools, the class culture at Schulich Medicine seemed to be one of collaboration, and the curriculum seemed to focus on building strong clinical acumen. Every student I talked to had positive admiration for the School which was one of the biggest indicators to me that it was providing a comprehensive educational experience.

What do you like most about your experience so far at Schulich Medicine?
The freedom to take on projects you are passionate about is extremely stimulating. Fellow students and administrators are all supportive of initiatives that can create meaningful change. This also works to deepen our understanding of important medical issues. The curriculum is designed to allow for students to strike a good balance between lectures, clinical skills, and external interests.

What are your career aspirations in medicine?
Although I initially applied to medical school with interests in family medicine, my interests have now shifted towards surgical specialties.

If you could have one superpower, what would it be?
To be able to play guitar like Eddie Van Halen with my vocal chords.

Maria Khami, Medicine Class of 2015

Why medicine?
The most exciting aspect of medicine (especially family medicine) for me is the unique patient-physician relationship that you are privileged to form with your patients. Through your role as a doctor, you become a teacher, a medical expert, an advocate, and in return, you learn a great deal from your patients. It is a very rewarding experience and a privilege to study and practise medicine.

Why Schulich Medicine?
Schulich Medicine offers the best of all worlds! You receive great education from faculty who are engaging and truly care. You set foot on two of the most beautiful campuses in Canada on a daily basis. You work in hospitals where you're able to dive in and get the best clinical experience from residents, physicians and allied health care professionals. You live in a great city where you don't have to sit in traffic for hours, but you still have all the amenities you need.

What do you like most about your experience so far at Schulich Medicine?
I had the privilege of representing Schulich Medicine students as the President of the The Hippocratic Council (medical student council) and I can tell you confidently and without any hesitation (and with some slight bias) that Schulich Medicine will provide you with the best student experience across your four memorable years here! I think my classmates and colleagues across all four years would agree when I say that at Schulich Medicine you join a "family" from the day you set foot in this welcoming environment to the day you are hooded at convocation. The School creates graduates who are well-rounded, knowledgeable and happy. This is demonstrated through our evaluations on electives, our end of medical school licensing exam marks and our match rates for residency. We hope to see you at interview weekend so you can see for yourself!

What are your career aspirations in medicine?
I have applied for family medicine residency. I'm hoping to practise in a regional setting with a focus on dermatology ("lumps and bumps" clinic), emergency medicine and medical education.

If you could have one superpower, what would it be?
Flying! I think I would really enjoy the sensation of flying. I went hand gliding in Brazil and absolutely loved it. I also love to travel so that would make things easier and more exhilarating.

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