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Èvelyne Bourdua-Roy

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Èvelyne Bourdua-Roy
Université Laval

“Unexpected and enriching.” This is how Èvelyne Bourdua-Roy, a medical student at Université Laval, describes her career path. And considering what she has accomplished so far, there is no doubt whatsoever that the student has made surprising headway over the past few years. After obtaining a Master’s degree in linguistics, she started her career at the helm of a small translation company. But an unfortunate family event put on her path an altruistic family physician, an encounter that was to change the course of her life to such an extent that she began turning over in her mind the possibility of completely reorienting her career.

After mulling it over for a year, Èvelyne decided to go back to college at the age of 28 in order to complete the ten courses she needed to be admissible in medicine. It was quite a change for a woman who was more accustomed to playing with words. “I’d never taken any health science courses and my brain was much more geared towards the humanities,” she admits.

Despite everything, she brilliantly completed this milestone. Then, in her very first year of medical studies, she joined the family medicine interest group at her university in order to promote this discipline, shunned by students who by far prefer specialized medicine.

Aware of this unpopularity, she decided, with the help of a friend, to create a student symposium on family medicine, the first of its kind in Canada. They met with a great deal of reluctance on the part of the faculty when they first presented their project, but their perseverance and the quality of their organization plan eventually gained them the upper hand.

“From the very start, I was impressed by Èvelyne’s dynamism. She showed us the remarkable leadership of which she was capable for organizing such an event, which proved to be an unprecedented success with over 500 participants,” says Jacques Ricard, director of medical and university affairs and professional partnerships at the Agence de la santé et des services sociaux de la Montérégie.

Again with the goal of promoting family medicine, Èvelyne also created a web magazine entitled Première ligne, which seeks to demystify and advocate her field of studies. She succeeded in obtaining the collaboration of students from four Québec medical faculties and publishing four issues per year, while making sure that she put in place a structure that would guarantee the sustainability of the project.

“Èvelyne managed once again to convince several people from different bodies. She showed them the rationale for her initiative and succeeded in arousing their enthusiasm,” points out Gilles Lortie, the outgoing director of the department of family medicine and emergency medicine at Université Laval.

At the same time as her studies and all her projects, Èvelyne still finds the time to practice sports and occasionally accepts translation contracts. She believes that a balanced life is the proper combination of various activities. She cherishes her social commitment and has every intention of continuing on the same path after she graduates.

“Not being socially committed is like going to your courses but never doing homework and never studying. It’s depriving oneself of all the benefits and wealth of a great learning opportunity,” she asserts.

Èvelyne Bourdua-Roy

Evelyne Bourdua-Roy



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