Many high school students who are considering medicine as a possible career path have a general sense of what it’s about.
“Of course,” said Dr. Krishna during our last meeting, “nobody really knows what it’s like until they get there, but I hope this experience gave you a better idea.”
Suffice to say, it certainly has.
Throughout the month of August, I have had the chance to contribute to a form of research I haven’t heard about: Quality improvement. Southlake Regional Health Centre had implemented changes within perioperative system, and my particular task was to collect surgical procedural data for further analysis.
Aside from getting very familiar with Microsoft excel, I have also had the opportunity to witness surgeries in the OR and be present in physicians’ discussions. Even with his busy schedule, my supervisor took the time to answer all my questions and explained to me the relevance behind every decision.
Though I was introduced to various problems in our healthcare system, I was also blown away by how caring, skilled, and supportive everyone is at Southlake. I am very grateful to have had this wonderful, insightful experience.