WHAT IS PACIFIC NORTHWEST CHILDREN'S CANCER SOCIETY ?
The Kiwanis Clubs of B.C./Yukon, along with Aktion Clubs, Key Clubs, Circle K, and friends of Kiwanis are raising funds to support the Pedeatric Oncology Fellowship Training Program at BC Children's Hospital. Fellowships are critical to providing the best care for children today and for future generations.
WHAT IS A FELLOW?
Clinical fellows are qualified pediatricians who undergo up to three years of additional training to subspecialize in a particular area of pediatric health. Fellowship training is an intensive hands-on experience that hones the advanced skills and multidisciplinary approach needed to care for the most severely ill children. Kiwanis supports the further training of clinical fellows in pediatric oncology and hematology.
MEET OUR 2016 FELLOW - KATRINA INGLEY
A lifetime of learning
I am privileged to be working as a second year clinical Hematology/ Oncology fellow at British Columbia Children’s Hospital.
I grew up in Auckland, New Zealand (NZ) with two sisters. It took me a while to find my niche after initially working in the field of Microbiology. I realised I was more interested in clinical care and eventually took the plunge and obtained a medical degree from the University of Auckland in 2006. In my final year of medical school, I completed a two month elective at BC Children’s Hospital. At that stage I had no idea what I wanted to do long term, but had heard wonderful things about Vancouver and someone also recommended the Hematology Oncology department. It was this experience at BC Children’s Hospital as a student that defined the course for my specialty training and path into Pediatric Hematology. I subsequently returned to NZ to complete my training in General Pediatrics. After three years of looking down a microscope and making diagnoses in Hematology pathology, I was keen to build my clinical confidence.
It felt like it was meant to be when the opportunity arose to return to BC Children’s in July, 2015 to finish my specialty training. I feel privileged to be able to return to the place that originally inspired me to follow this path into Pediatric Hematology/ Oncology. We are encouraged from NZ and Australia to travel during our specialty training. The idea is to learn from experiences and hopefully come up with new ideas and initiatives to take back home, particularly if a need is identified. Similarly, overseas trained doctors also contribute to a department and hospital by bringing our own country’s perspective on pediatric care.
Vancouver is honestly one of the most beautiful places I have lived. It has a similar feel about it to New Zealand. The definite change in seasons here and the different activities and new adventures each one brings is unique. The highlight has been the people I have met and local ski trips which honestly make me feel as though I enter a magical world for several hours. I am actually quite unfit, but friends and family are astonished at how active I have become since moving to Vancouver. From both personal and work aspects I have thoroughly enjoyed the first year of Fellowship and have applied to extend my time here until July 2018. I am hugely grateful to Kiwanis for providing this unique opportunity.