“I love going to work” Childhood dream job becomes reality for CFB Suffield Base Surgeon
Natalie Finnemore Canadian Forces Base Suffield Public Affairs
One sleepless night during a tour in Afghanistan became the turning point Captain Meghan Joiner needed to make a childhood dream become a reality.
“In Afghanistan, I spent a lot of time at the Role 3 Medical Unit,” she said. “I talked to a lot of doctors, saw how they worked, and also saw how vulnerable they were and that they were just normal people.” She felt inspired to become a medical doctor after being mentored by her Medical Officer colleagues while deployed to Afghanistan as a Health Care Administrator in 2007 and 2008. As she talked with the doctors one-on-one and got to see how they delivered patient care in the field, the career became much less intimating and more attainable. From that point forward, Capt Joiner knew becoming a doctor was something she absolutely had to do. “I wanted to be a doctor since I was (a little girl), because my
grandfather was a doctor. It’s always been part of who I am. I always want to help people.” Her career in the medical field has taken her to many exciting roles she never would have imagined existed, including her current role as Base Surgeon at Canadian Forces Base (CFB) Suffield. She is responsible for the medical care of all CAF members at the base, and it’s an honour she doesn’t take lightly, because she values the relationships she has with her patients. “You open up and say things to your doctor that maybe you wouldn’t say to anyone else in the world. It’s a privilege just to learn those things about people and be able to help.” What she finds most rewarding about the work is the sense of accomplishment that comes from the seemingly ordinary things she does every day.
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