UBC medical students made the most of their opportunity to chat with experienced family physicians at our first Dinner With Docs event of the year on Tuesday evening.

Attendee Erin Flanagan said, “This event exposed me to the breadth of practice that is available in family medicine… I had no idea a family doc could practice endoscopy before tonight. It also made me seriously consider rural opportunities. I left feeling excited about family medicine.”

Family physicians talked about a range of subjects, from working with Médecins Sans Frontières in West Africa, to entering residency while pregnant, to practising in a small rural town.

Dr. Edward Chien shared his advice with students, “The world is your oyster if you become a family doctor. You create your own adventure and decide how much or how little you want to work. You decide how diverse or how narrow you want your scope of practice to be… it is truly a rewarding career knowing you make a difference in so many people’s lives.”

Students spent 90 minutes meeting with family physicians, asking anything they’d like to know about the profession.

Thank you to the 30 diverse, energetic family physicians from across the province who help make this event a success.

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