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Personal experience drew student into family medicine

Sarah LeBlanc (Meds’13) received the Canadian College of Family Physicians Student Scholarship.

Sarah LeBlanc (Meds’13) traces her interest in family medicine back to a personal experience. When she was applying to medical school in 2009, her grandfather was ill.

“I was able to see the wonderful work the family doctors were doing and the incredible impact they were having on his health and his well-being, as well as the well-being of our family during that time,” says Ms. LeBlanc.

Since then, Ms. LeBlanc has dedicated herself to family medicine, recently receiving the Canadian College of Family Physicians Student Scholarship. The scholarship recognizes students who are interested in pursuing a career in family medicine and have shown a commitment to the field during their time in medical school.

Ms. LeBlanc served as co-chair of the Queen’s Family Medicine Interest Group during her first two years of medical school. The student-run organization has been operating for the past five years to promote and educate medical students about family medicine training and career opportunities.

As co-chair, Ms. LeBlanc supported fellow executive members and helped set goals for the group. Her most notable work was helping organize the “Rural Bus Tour,” which took medical students to small towns in the area, exposing them to opportunities and facilities for family physicians in smaller communities.

Ms. LeBlanc is currently completing her final placements and will pursue a residency at Queen’s Family Medicine after graduating in May.