Class of 2018 - Meet some of our new faces

Sylva Falk

Hometown: from Vancouver Island, BC

What sparked your interest in pursuing a career in medicine?
Growing up I was always a curious individual. Medicine was one of the few careers that I felt would satisfy my intense curiosity because it is a rapidly expanding field and is so vast; this is one of the initial reasons I was drawn to a career as a physician.

What excites you the most about your site location?
The thing that excites me most about the NMP is how much community support the program has. The NMP was started as a direct consequence of a community rally held in 2000. The rally was for better health care in Northern BC and the program is very cherished and wanted by the community. This makes a big difference because all the patients I have encountered are excited that I am in the NMP and are very willing to aid in my learning. In addition to this phenomenal feature, students in the NMP get much more hands on time then would be expected at a larger site. It is because of these reasons I have just described and many more that I am so grateful to have been given the opportunity to learn medicine in the North.

Scrubs or suit?  Scrubs
Stay in or go out?  Stay in
Mac or PC?  PC
Cook or take out?  Take out


Jessie Holbeck

Hometown: North Vancouver, BC

What sparked your interest in pursuing a career in medicine?
I’ve always been fascinated with the human body, and after majoring in physiology and neuroscience I knew that I wanted a career that would allow me to continue learning in those fields. I was drawn to medicine because it’s a multifaceted career that involves both my passion for physiology and for working with people, it is challenging and requires daily problem-solving, and the field is always changing, meaning opportunity for life-long learning.

What excites you the most about your site location?
The sense of community in Prince George is great, and everyone from our professors and preceptors to patients and community members are so supportive and enthusiastic about our learning and our journey to becoming physicians. The NMP is also a fantastic place to be if you love sports and the outdoors – it’s like a giant playground and I love it.

Where do you see yourself in five years?
In residency – maybe for family medicine, maybe for ER, or maybe for neurology – so many possibilities. Regardless of where I end up in 5 years, I know that I eventually want to be back in BC (most likely in the North) – once I’m finished training.

Scrubs or suit?  Suit
Stay in or go out?  Go out
Mac or PC?  PC
Cook or take out?  Cook


Camila Sanchez

Hometown: Comox, BC

What sparked your interest in pursuing a career in medicine?
My parents are both healthcare professionals and encouraged me to seek a career in medicine, but I rebelled against it and took a gap year before applying to general sciences and business school (neither of which I ended up going to). I realized when I took a First Aid course in
preparation for a backpacking trip that I loved learning about the human body and being able to help people from a healthcare perspective.

What excites you the most about your site location?
Northern BC is beautiful in all four seasons and our class is full of people who love the outdoors and being active.

Where do you see yourself in five years?
I will be a resident in a specialty I have yet to decide (cardiology, obs/gyn, or family practice+ER are top contenders at the moment) and will have travelled to a few more cities/countries on my bucket list.

Scrubs or suit? Pencil skirt and blazer
Stay in or go out? Stay in (with takeout sushi)
Mac or PC? Mac
Cook or take out? Take out

(Camila Sanchez photo credit: Purple Moose Portraits)