When Joanne Clarke graduated from medical school, she was 179,000 dollars in debt. In that way, she was like most of her fellow students. But in almost every other, she was different.
She was a student in southern Ontario, Canada, who wanted to move north to practice. She yearned to swap the big city for a smaller community. And most unusual of all - her passion was geriatric medicine. In her graduating year, Joanne Clarke was one of only six medical residents in Canada who chose that field. Six!
Dr. Clark is now the sole geriatrician serving Sudbury and all of north eastern Ontario, an area that covers 400,000 km and is home to more than 80,000 people over the age of 65. She says her new job - being with patients, coordinating a team of medical caregivers, creating policy and consulting with local health facilities - is a dream come true.
We congratulate Dr. Clark on her new endeavours and hope she inspires others to follow in her footsteps!
Here her on a CBC Radio interview here: (Scroll to the bottom. Her segment starts at 41:28 in Hour Three)