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CARMS: Dana Trafford (RUSM ’16) Heading Home to Canada for Residency

March 10, 2016

When Dana Trafford (Class of 2016) set out to earn her medical degree at Ross University School of Medicine (RUSM), her goal was to match in a residency back home in Canada. And she knew it might not be easy—matching through the Canadian Resident Matching Service (CaRMS) is known to be competitive, especially for international medical graduates.

But knowing that ended up driving her, pushing her work even harder.

“[It] gave me the drive to work that much harder when I came across people who had stigmas about international medical graduates, or those who didn’t believe a Canadian residency was obtainable,” says Trafford, a graduate of York University and resident of Brampton, Ontario.

Her hard work paid off. She just attained an internal medicine residency at Western University in the first iteration of the 2016 CaRMS.  

“I feel amazing,” she says. “It’s the hardest I’ve ever worked, but I’m so thankful that I persevered, and I couldn’t have done it without so many people supporting me through the process.”

She adds that RUSM has an active community of Canadian students that proved invaluable during her time at RUSM—her fellow Canadian students would help her with things like housing, visas, and navigating Canadian exams. And she’s grateful to RUSM for giving her the educational tools she needed to earn her MD, she says.

“There were many growing pains over the past few years,” she says. “And looking back now, I’m thankful for them, because they’ve made me a more evolved person and a better physician.”

Looking ahead, Trafford hopes to complete a fellowship in geriatric medicine after residency.

“The geriatric population is a huge area for new research,” she says. “I would love to participate in finding new avenues to improve this population’s quality of life.”

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