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Daniel Rodrigues Obtains Residency Match in Anesthesiology at University of Manitoba

March 21, 2014

At the age of 24, RUSM graduate Daniel Rodrigues has secured a residency match in his native Canada. He will begin a residency in anesthesiology at the University of Manitoba, his first choice.

“I’m really excited,” he said. “I’m ecstatic. I’ve known that I want to study medicine since I was a junior in high school. And, although I was open to staying in the U.S., the idea was to go back to Winnipeg.”

Rodrigues grew up in Winnipeg and earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Manitoba. Life on the RUSM Dominica campus was “full of interesting surprises,” he said. “I didn’t know what to expect, from the little airport to the winding road to campus. I really liked the nature, the hikes, and the historic places. It made for a lot of good memories.”

In fact, the experience of the daunting hike to Boiling Lake served as an analogy for Rodrigues’s personal statement in the application to the residency program. “Like the hike to Boiling Lake, the medical school journey is one step at a time, with some ups and some downs. It’s difficult, but fun. You really think sometimes that the path is from point A to point B, but it isn’t. It’s full of twists and turns.”

Rodrigues made time for fun on the island by engaging in student clubs, and playing sports, including ball hockey, kickball and soccer. He was a member of the Canadian Students’ Society, Physicians for Human Rights, and the Emergency Medicine Association. Because he wanted to travel and to visit new places, Rodrigues chose to do most of his core and elective rotations in Miami and Chicago. “I loved Miami,” he said, “but I wanted to experience another city, as well. Chicago was wonderful. I got to experience different hospitals, which was nice.”

Back in his native Winnipeg for a rotation in anesthesiology, he said, “I fell in love with it right away. It was mentally stimulating for me.” Now Rodrigues is poised to begin a residency in the field he loves, in the place he has always called home.

Tags: Alumni , Canada , Residency

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