Dr. Clara Hong
Hometown: Port Coquitlam
What attracted you to medicine?
Medicine is such a broad field with many different disciplines, but all with the primary intent to heal. With the knowledge that we acquire in medical school, we are equipped to manage complex cases and utilize our problem-solving skills. It’s exciting and a bit like detective work, which is what initially drew me to medicine. As I went further into my training I came to realize that the thing that truly reaffirmed my desire to be in medicine is really the people that inspire me – powerful resilience of patients struggling with diseases, and doctors who dedicate countless hours to better the lives of patients in many shape or form. For me it was a no brainer.
In 10 years, what UBC moment will you still be talking about?
I have so many! Finding out I got into medical school four days before school started was definitely a whirlwind I’ll never forget. Teaching the UBC Med Lipdub dance to my SMP class was also a memorable moment of mine. Nepal with three of the SMP crew. First time in surgery when I contaminated the field three consecutive times. Olympics and guitar nights at the PMP house. And of course Match Day!
What’s next for you?
I am off to Victoria for Family Medicine residency, along with a new furry little friend!
As you look ahead, who inspires you?
I will never forget the patients that I lost along the way. Their stories inspire me to do better next time I see a similar case, and it is truly a privilege to have learned from these patients.
Name one thing on your bucket list.
Get back into dancing- it’s something I’ve put on hold during university and medicine. It’s never too late!