We met in our last few months of our undergraduate degrees, but our love blossomed through our degrees in medicine at UBC and into our residencies, both at UBC. We went on our first date on Valentines day nine years ago, roller blading around the seawall in the dark with headlamps. I remember us sharing our mutual desires to go into medicine and what we thought our futures would hold. We both went through interviews for UBC medicine that spring, I was accepted to start that fall and Cameron took a graduate student position in Calgary to pursue a masters in neuroscience.
Separated physically for those two years while I started medicine, Cameron reapplied to UBC medicine at the completion of his masters and entered the class of 2012. Back living in the same city, we continued to fall more deeply in love. We lived vicariously through each others separate experiences in medicine, and supported each other through the long days of clerkship and electives. We crossed our fingers and toes when I went on my CaRMS tour and breathed a sigh of relief when I matched to UBC Neurology and was able to stay in the same city as Cameron completed medical school. When it came to be Cameron’s turn to go through CaRMS, we were again elated when he matched to UBC Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. Those moments are some of the happiest ones and most defining ones of our relationship.
We both have felt so fortunate to have found each other and been able to pursue the careers of our dreams. This past June, Cameron, with the help of my program director and a few other residents, managed to surprise me post-call one morning with a series of notes that lead me to the airport where we boarded a flight to California. When we landed in San Francisco we drove to the Napa Valley and Cam proposed the following day at a beautiful winery. We plan to marry this September on Salt Spring Island, where Cameron’s family lives. I would not be the physician I am today without Cameron’s love and support over these years. We have learned so much about life, medicine and love from each other and I couldn’t imagine it any other way. We love training at UBC and are so proud to be alumni. We recently had an engagement party with our family and close friends at the MSAC to share with our family a place that is close to both of our hearts.