Bonjour, my name is Julie and I am a Plastics Resident in Reconstructive Surgery at McGill University Health Center in Montreal, Canada. My dream when I entered medical school was to participate to a humanitarian mission. I had the chance to realize that dream as a medical student. I was in Cambodia with Operation FIRST Facial Intra-Oral Rehabilitation & Surgery Team, at Rose Charities Hospital. During that mission, I found my field of passion, plastic and reconstructive surgery, and I started to dream to participate in another mission but this time, as a plastic surgery resident.
This dream came true when I was nominated by the Canadian Society of Plastic Surgeons to join Dr. Rai, who was honoured by the Society this year for his lifetime of dedication to the field of plastic surgery. I am incredibly lucky to be learning from someone who is world famous for his skills with cleft lip and palate surgery.
And so, here I am! The field of plastic surgery is as much an art as it is a science that can change the life of people around us. I hope in this mission to test my skills, my endurance and see how much more I can offer to my team and my patients, now that I have become a nearly graduating plastic surgery resident. I am really looking forward to meet our patients, learning about their story, participating in their surgery, and following them post-op to see their new smiles.
I love to travel and I am very interested in stories about people and their life experiences. Going through many years of medical training is quite intense for me; so I relax by indulging in my love for creative writing, especially in the area of poetry and medical fiction narration. I am sure I will find lots of inspiration in India!