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  • Meet 2017 IMP Graduate Shirley Rudecki

    May 24, 2017 | Posted by: Rhys Mahannah


    Hometown: Prince George, BC

    What attracted you to your field?
    A career in family medicine has always been on my radar. As with most medical students, however, I entered my clinical years eager to fully experience and consider each of the medical and surgical disciplines. I quickly realized how much I enjoyed each of these different areas and how difficult it would be to select just one. This confirmed my previous thoughts on pursuing a career in family medicine. It will satisfy my broad range of medical interests, while also giving me the flexibility to develop a practice focus. More importantly, I am excited about taking on a role that emphasizes preventative health. There is nothing more rewarding then helping my future patients live longer, healthier, and happier lives.

    srIn 10 years, what UBC moment will you still be talking about?
    That’s a hard question to answer when I feel that I’ve walked away with many memorable UBC moments! However, one that stands out would be the time that my IMP cohort flocked to Victoria for an orientation weekend. We were welcomed with open arms by the amazing second year students. They had planned an exciting weekend for us that featured a Victoria-wide scavenger hunt, BBQ, and animal themed party – just to name a few. That weekend got us all a little bit more excited about what was to come and was also the start of many amazing friendships.

    What’s next for you?
    Next comes a family medicine residency in Chilliwack, BC! I could not be more excited for this next part of the journey. I look forward to continue learning from my patients as I begin to shape what my future practice will look like as a family doctor. At this time, I see myself working in a small- to medium-sized community, providing comprehensive primary care with an interest in obstetrics and women’s health.

    As you look ahead, who inspires you?
    My wonderful parents have always been and continue to be my greatest inspiration. Their approach to work-life balance has always been admirable. While exceling in their own careers, they also prioritized family commitments and wellbeing. I will continue to use their success and happiness as a model for my future professional and personal life.

    Name one thing on your bucket list.
    After dedicating many years to school, I look forward to spending some of my time traveling and exploring the world. A hot ticket item on my bucket list includes pursuing an authentic safari experience in Africa!