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  • Meet the IMP Class of 2021

    Aug 28, 2017 | Posted by: Rhys Mahannah

    Join us in welcoming the new IMP Class of 2021 to the Faculty of Medicine!

    We connected with a few members of our new cohort to learn more about them -- see below.

    To read more student profiles and to check out some of the Faculty of Medicine's back-to-school highlights, check out the Faculty's Back to School website.

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    Name: Karol Boschung
    Hometown: Burnaby, BC

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    What inspired you to pursue your program?

    My grandfather was a family physician in rural Saskatchewan and on Vancouver Island, and his stories always fascinated me. After I graduated with a BA in Philosophy, I was looking for something I could do that would be challenging, engaging, and allow me to have close contact with people. Medicine was certainly not my original plan, but thinking of his stories, as well as reflecting on my own experience with my wonderfully competent and compassionate family doctor, made me think that med school might be something worth pursuing. After a bit of research, I realized, much to my surprise, that med school wasn’t just for people with a BSc. Thereafter, I found myself thinking about it more and more. Just over two years ago, I decided to apply, and the rest is history!

    What are you looking forward to most this upcoming year?

    It’s hard to pick out any particular thing that I am most looking forward to. Overall, I am excited to turn something, which has seemed abstract and remote for a long while, into a concrete reality. I am excited for encounters with real flesh-and-blood patients. I am ready to dive deeply into the complexities of the human body: there is so much to learn, and interesting new things are seemingly discovered almost daily.

    What’s one thing we might be surprised to learn about you?

    My name is pronounced “Karl”, and not “Carol” – despite me not having any Polish heritage at all, my parents saddled me with a Polish name that has been mispronounced by approximately every person ever to meet me. It’s not like I’m bitter about it or anything...

    Best piece of advice:

    Don’t give advice unless you know what you’re talking about!

    What superpower do you wish you had?

    I’ve given this question a somewhat embarrassing amount of thought over the years, to be honest (*Nerd alert!*). If I had to pick just one superpower, it would likely be telekinesis. Used properly, you could do almost anything – fly, protect yourself and others, and in general go about your life in a pretty spectacular way.

    Where in the world would you like to get lost?

    Anywhere with a where there is a surfeit of delicious food, good wine, and friendly people to share it with.

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    Name: Madelaine Beckett
    Hometown: Maple Ridge, BC 

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    What inspired you to pursue your program?

    I love the flexibility of a career as an MD that allows opportunities for both research and face-to-face patient interaction.

    What are you looking forward to most this upcoming year?

    Aside from studying medicine? Moving to Victoria. My mum’s family are from Vancouver Island and I spent most of my summers on the island as a kid, so I’m excited to be living there full time.

    What’s one thing we might be surprised to learn about you?

    I had a speech impediment until I was eight years old.

    Best piece of advice:

    Just keep swimming.

    What superpower do you wish you had?

    The ability to speak and understand every language.

    Where in the world would you like to get lost?

    Paris.

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    Name: Natasha Young
    Hometown: Terrace, BC

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    What inspired you to pursue your program?

    Many, many things have inspired me to pursue medicine. The excellent, attentive, kind, and incredibly smart physicians I have encountered over the years, including, while growing up, my family physician. My mother, who didn’t have the means to pursue a professional career but worked so hard to ensure that I would. All the scientists who came before me who had the courage to question, to innovate, and to effect change. I have been inspired to show my daughters that hard work can pay off, that investing in yourself is important, that it feels great to reach for the top.

    What are you looking forward to most this upcoming year?

    The novelty feels exhilarating to me. Discovering new places, new faces, and what I expect will be an intense learning environment. I am so excited to work alongside people who want to excel.

    What’s one thing we might be surprised to learn about you?

    That I use to dream of being a track and field star, or a ballerina.

    Best piece of advice:

    Keep it simple.

    What superpower do you wish you had?

    To be able to fly, or at least the ability to drive as fast as I want without getting a ticket.

    Where in the world would you like to get lost?

    In the forest, when the berries are ripe.

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    Name: Tanner Lohr
    Hometown: White Rock, BC

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    What inspired you to pursue your program?

    My inspiration to pursue medicine was two-fold: first, I have a fierce curiosity for science and the science of the human body; and second, and perhaps most important, I have a deep desire to help those who are suffering, and to help people regain the ability to live life to the fullest.

    What are you looking forward to most this upcoming year?

    Everything! From the science to the practice, every part of my medical school education is exciting to me.

    What’s one thing we might be surprised to learn about you?

    I used to play in a Beatles tribute band and can probably recite the lyrics to most of their songs!

    Best piece of advice:

    Never give up on your goals and aspirations. Medicine seemed like an impossible goal for most of my life, but here I am.

    What superpower do you wish you had?

    The ability to cure all disease.

    Where in the world would you like to get lost?

    France – it would make me practice my French more.

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    Name: Sajad Niyyati

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    Check Sajad's profile on the UBC MD Undergraduate Program Back to School series website.



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