Speaker Profile

Born in Edmonton, AB to two immigrant parents (Poland/Netherlands) in the good ol’ 80’s, I grew up active in sports; graduating high school in Beaumont, AB. I completed 2 years at Grant MacEwan University College before accepting a golf scholarship at the University of Victoria, where I graduated with a Bachelors of Science degree, majoring in Biology and Psychology. Thereafter I worked as a Perioperative Assistant in the OR at Vancouver General Hospital before deciding to go abroad for medical school. I completed my clinical training in the USA and in 2013 I graduated (with my brother!) with my Doctor of Medicine from Avalon University School of Medicine in Curacao, Netherlands Antilles. While attempting to return to Canada – I completed the mandated equivalency exams and even an “English Proficiency exam” (to ensure I knew my native tongue) all whilst working in medical education as an Education Assistant at the University of British Columbia in the Department of General Surgery. This is where my desire to become a leader clinically and in academics/education came to parturition (a little OBGYN pun). Thankfully in 2016 the University of Saskatchewan OBGYN program had a CaRMS spot available for international medical graduates; I was fortunate to obtain this position. This brought me to Saskatoon, SK - collectively my lifetime moves reaching 24 and the breadth of networking I have done to great expanse! I am now actively involved in medical education at USask and SOGC and look forward to continually advocating on behalf of residents.
I do not have a relationship with a for-profit and/or a not-for-profit organization to disclose. I do not intend to make therapeutic recommendations for medications that have not received regulatory approval (i.e. “off-label” use of medication).