My name is Theresa Lee, and I recently completed the PGY-3 year in family practice Anaesthesia (FPA) at the University of British Columbia. I am originally from St. John’s, Newfoundland, where I obtained a Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Biochemistry, a Bachelor of Arts in French, my MD designation, and pursued rural family medicine training at Memorial University. Prior to my enhanced-skills year, I had a generalist practice in the eastern Arctic on Baffin Island, Nunavut, which included obstetrics, emergency medicine, and hospitalist work. I will return to Baffin as a full-time physician after a stint in the western Arctic in Inuvik, Northwest Territories, and after completing the Diploma in Tropical Medicine program at the London School of Hygiene in the UK.
Why I chose Family Practice Anaesthesia
I have long been interested in social justice, global health, and adventure – Northern rural medicine has been the perfect marriage of all these things. My undergraduate medical and residency trajectories have permitted me to explore numerous remote areas of our country. After a year of practice in a stunning yet austere Arctic environment with significant morbidity and acuity, I felt I needed further training in critical care. Coincidentally, the Qikiqtaaluk (Baffin) region also needed another family practice anaesthetist (FPA, or archaically, GPA), which was further impetus to apply. Returning to residency after being an independent practitioner was arduous for a myriad of reasons, but I have no regrets about having acquired extra knowledge and skills!