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Bringing it all back home: Medical Sciences student aims to make a difference in her community

Posted by Matt Semansky on June 12, 2017 in News
Medical Sciences student Karlee Johnson, at work in the lab. (Nick Pearce photo)
Medical Sciences student Karlee Johnson, at work in the lab. (Nick Pearce photo)

Karlee is a third-year undergraduate student in Medical Sciences and a member of the first class in the program’s history. Designed to prepare students to pursue careers in medicine, dentistry and other professions in the health care sector, Medical Sciences was a perfect fit for Karlee, whose goal is to become a family doctor in Eskasoni.

Around Grade 7 or 8, Karlee recalls, she became determined to improve her grades and set her sights on a career in medicine. At the same time, she noticed as she grew up that many of her fellow Mi’kmaq speakers in the community struggled to receive quality health care due to language barriers.

“I felt like it was what I always wanted to do, so I should just go for it,” said Karlee on her decision to apply to Medical Sciences. 

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