CART-GRAC team at the UBC Faculty of Medicine - Queenie Wu
Today marks 128 SkyTrain stops, 240 bus stops, and a few Pokemon Go eggs hatched on the way to and from my SHAD internship at the CART-GRAC team. Additionally, it also marks both an overwhelming and eye-opening time helping with the Canadian Sexual Health Survey Study, and the learning experience of being behind the scenes with Mifepristone implementation research in Canada. CART stands for Contraception Access Research Team (and GRAC is its french translation). Contraception has been a taboo topic for too long, and I’m more than happy to be able to assist in creating an brand new but integral database to support those who need, but cannot fully access contraception due to its cost.
When first discovering that my internship would take place at BC Women’s Hospital, I thought that my new signature scent would be sterilized medical tools - but not all research done at medical institutes are behind stainless steel tables or require lab coats. People living their everyday lives can’t be treated like a statistic. But in order to make a difference in a world where numbers are held on a high pedestal, unique lives have to be translated into endless pages of spreadsheets and writeups. This documentation that I’m learning to help with will one day benefit those that don’t have adequate access to contraception. And that, is the beauty of research.