Dr. Laura Tamblyn
What attracted you to medicine?
I was working in the Caribbean as a dive instructor, when I came across a pair of locum doctors from Canada who were running the hyperbaric chamber. They were so passionate about their careers as family physicians and each described a diversity of practice that allowed them to pursue both local and global opportunities. I became motivated to join this profession, which would allow me to build a foundation of knowledge that could benefit the health and wellness of an entire community.
In 10 years, what UBC moment will you still be talking about?
In ten years from now, I will still be talking about the mentorship and experience I gained during my time at UBC. In first year and second year, I was paired up with great family doctors who taught me the importance of patient-centred care and showed me the rewards of working with marginalized populations. Third year was perhaps the most eye-opening experience of medicine, and it instilled in me the type of physician I want to be. Lastly, fourth year was instrumental in exposing me to the various areas of family medicine that I hope to integrate into my practice, like obstetrics and adolescent mental health.
What’s next for you?
The constant travel as a fourth year medical student was both invaluable and enjoyable, but it made me realize how much I love being at home in the Okanagan. I will take this break before residency to spend time with family, enjoy the beautiful spring weather, and catch up on some outdoor activities. Beyond that, I am super excited to be completing family practice residency in the South Okanagan and integrating myself into the Penticton community.
As you look ahead, what (or who) inspires you?
I have a goal to lead a balanced life, while also providing great medical care for my patients. I am inspired by doctors who work efficiently and are present for their patients while also setting boundaries to protect their time with family and friends. I believe that emulating these role models will allow me to remain balanced within myself while providing excellent patient care for my community.
Name one thing on your bucket list.
Scuba diving around the Galapagos islands.