When I began my residency at Bruyère FHT, many years ago, I mentioned that I spoke Spanish. A week later, a large wave of Guatemalan and Salvadorian refugees arrived in Ottawa. For the next 2 years, I learned Family Medicine in a rich, chaotic but inspirational group of newly arriving 200 children, women and men from Latin America.
For me, global health is an interdisciplinary collective effort to address disparities in healthcare throughout the world. It is also a lifelong dedication to helping those in need not only in one’s own clinic, but beyond through care, advocacy and social accountability.