LARA GIZZI
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LARA GIZZI 

CLASS OF 2014

 

Family Medicine Resident

University of Ottawa, Canada

 


UMHS graduate Dr. Lara Gizzi took time from her hectic schedule–juggling duties as a Family Medicine resident at the University of Ottawa in Canada, research projects, exams and a work lifestyle she describes as an “absolute whirlwind”–to speak to the UMHS Endeavour. We were especially interested in speaking to Dr. Gizzi because she has a unique perspective on working in medicine in Canada. Dr. Gizzi initially met with Michelle Peres, UMHS VP of Enrollment Management, and had a good feeling about our school, so she “took a risk” by applying to UMHS a few years ago. Ultimately, she made the right decision to enter UMHS as a Canadian studying medicine abroad. The Toronto area native had missed a deadline to apply online to Canadian medical schools and did not wish to wait a full year before applying again. The UMHS Endeavour blog spoke to this gifted young doctor about her experiences at UMHS and on the island of St. Kitts, from the close connections she made with professors and working as a teaching assistant to the challenges of living abroad on a tropical island, and the myriad of lessons learned during clinical rotations and electives in the USA and Canada. Dr. Gizzi adapted quickly to St. Kitts and the UMHS campus and bonded with her fellow students, realizing she was “surrounded by people in the same boat with the same fears,” all wanting to become doctors. We spoke in detail with Dr. Gizzi about what Canadians can expect before, during and after studying medicine at UMHS. Read the full interview with Lara by clicking here.

 

“I DID ELECTIVES IN PLASTIC SURGERY AND CARDIOLOGY THROUGH MCMASTER UNIVERSITY, AS WELL AS AN ELECTIVE IN FAMILY MEDICINE IN A PRIVATE PRACTICE IN TORONTO. THIS MOST CERTAINLY ASSISTED IN MY SUCCESSFUL ENTRY INTO RESIDENCY IN CANADA. HAVING LETTERS OF REFERENCE FROM CANADIAN PHYSICIANS AND PROOF THAT I MADE IT MY PREROGATIVE TO INVEST TIME LEARNING IN CANADA WAS OF UTMOST IMPORTANCE.”

 

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