Kristine Woodley - Dissertation du lauréat, 2009

Kristine Woodley

I am a second year medical student at the Northern Ontario School of Medicine. I have wanted to become a family physician since I witnessed a tragic accident that took the life of someone much too young. I worked with the paramedics that day and it changed my life. Since then, I have been very dedicated to my community and to helping others who are ill or injured. I completed well above my 40 hours of volunteer work at my francophone high school and spent much of my spare time during my undergrad volunteering as well. I spent time in the hospitals, the community as well as at my University helping other students.

Being not only a woman from a Northern community but Francophone and Aboriginal as well, I hope to offer quality medical care to everyone in my community but with a special focus on minority groups. Research shows that these minorities receive lower quality health care and have lower overall health status. I plan to make a difference by ensuring my patients receive the highest quality care possible, have access to necessary resources and have confidence in their care no matter what their culture or background. I hope to advocate for these minorities as well as any other patients I may have. I also have the intention of servicing northern rural areas that lack the necessary health care workers needed to best care for their community members.