Students

New Brunswick Social Pediatrics partners with the University of New Brunswick, Dalhousie University Faculty of Medicine, and Memorial University Faculty of Medicine to provide opportunities for students to work with our team. This includes co-op placements, research projects, summer work terms, and more.

Current Students

Adanna Njoku

Dalhousie University

  • Medical Student

Research in Medicine Student

Examining Pregnancy and Family Planning Choices of Women in PCAP

Being a member of the NB Social Pediatrics team has introduced me to passionate, hard-working individuals with similar advocacy interests as my own. It has allowed me to gain a greater understanding of vulnerable populations in my community- their needs, experiences, and how the healthcare system can better serve them.

 

Pursuing my research under the guidance of NB Social Pediatrics has reinforced the importance of social medicine. I hope to continue learning how to best integrate this concept throughout my remaining time as a medical student and as I begin my future career as a physician.

Riley Lockhart

Dalhousie University

  • Medical Student

Research in Medicine Student

What Makes The Difference?: Self-Identified Goal Setting By Mothers in the Parent Child Assistance Program

My project looks at how mothers involved in the Parent-Child Assistance Program (PCAP) are able to set and achieve goals throughout their three-year enrolment. We are also interested in identifying the most common goals of these mothers in the Saint John area upon enrolment.  

 

So far, this project has been very rewarding as I feel connected to the community and am able to see tangible goals being achieved with the help of PCAP and the outstanding individuals who work with the program. This will be a great learning opportunity to observe, firsthand, the role that the social determinants of health play in one’s life. I believe that this will be invaluable as I work toward becoming a practicing physician and care for patients from diverse backgrounds. 

Mingyao Yang

University of New Brunswick

  • Master of Business Administration

 Revenue Development Coordinator 

The MBA program is helping me to improve my knowledge structure, refine the management methods, and develop a business mindset. Most of the courses were related to business analysis; I learned many methodologies, and I am very good at Strategic Management. The MBA is a challenging process, but it will benefit me in my future life and work.

In addition, I’m so excited to be a Revenue Development Coordinator at the NB Social Pediatrics to identify new relationships key to additional funding opportunities and work with the excellent team of NBSP to help more NB children who need to get healthcare assistance. This position comes with some challenges, but it is a wonderful opportunity to fulfill my knowledge acquired from my MBA. I will do my best to complete all the tasks and appreciate the position provided by NB Social Pediatrics.

Boshra Rahimi

University of New Brunswick Saint John

  • Master of Business Administration

Marketing and Communications Coordinator

I appreciate working with NB Social Pediatrics, which links my past psychiatric experience and MBA learning with the real world. I love working with this organization because of its special and unique mission of improving children's well-being and disrupting the poverty cycle, which I felt in the past in my clients. All of this is possible because of the compassionate and powerful team at NB Social Pediatrics, which tries to build a healthy society. It is exciting to work in this organization with the aim of a sustainable future.

Sarah Lunney

University of New Brunswick Saint John

  • Bachelor of Arts (Political Science) Student

  • Master of Arts in Political Science Candidate

Non-profit Outreach, CARE Database 

NB Social Pediatrics' mission of combining social inequities and critical approaches to health outcomes is what drew me to the organization. Coming from a Political Science and non-profit background, this experience has allowed me to enhance my research skills and outreach coordination by helping non-profits identify indicators that are essential to measuring the impact of their programs. Creating an intersectional approach to health is critical to address inequities in our system and improve quality of life for all, and NBSP has shown its dedication to this goal. Research is my passion, and combining this with outreach to non-profits has inspired me to continue working with my community members to address inequities in New Brunswick. I am incredibly grateful for this experience and have learned so much from the team already. 

Ethan Kwan

University of New Brunswick Saint John

  • Bachelor of Business Administration (Marketing) Student

UNBSJ Business Co-op Program
Knowledge Translation & Communications Coordinator Summer Student

As a business student majoring in Marketing, I'm grateful to be working for NB Social Pediatrics as a Knowledge Translation & Communications Coordinator! I'll be contributing towards the organization's fantastic mission of improving the wellbeing of children and families in New Brunswick, all while learning and honing my professional skills.

Chantal MacLean

University of Ottawa

  • Bachelor of Science (Biomedical Science) Honours Student

NBHRF Summer Studentship
Innovating Pediatric Behavioural Assessments and Care Pathways

I am so thankful for the opportunity to work with the NB Social Pediatrics team this summer! I love the organization's mission and its dedication to improving the health and wellbeing of children and families in New Brunswick. As someone who is interested in pursuing a career in pediatric or family medicine in New Brunswick, I am excited to learn more about the healthcare climate in the province and contribute to important research that will shape the future of the profession. 

Caroline Fitzpatrick

University of New Brunswick Saint John

  • Bachelor of Science (Biology & Psychology) Student

Volunteer Outreach Coordinator

Working with NB social pediatrics has given me the wonderful opportunity to gain more knowledge and experience in my community. Coming especially from a science background and having an interest in pharmacy, I have learned so much about the implications of the healthcare field as a whole, and the benefits of creating easier access to healthcare within Saint John. This position has piqued my interest in working with children and aiding in their development!

Ryan Schatz

Dalhousie University

  • Medical Student

Perceptions of Healthcare Systems for Children aged 9-11 with Behavioral Issues: A Focus Group Study

My research project with NB Social Pediatrics has been a great learning experience in multiple areas. I’ve learned more about the community that I am being trained in, I have a better understanding of qualitative research, and I’ve developed an interest in Pediatrics as a career. All of this is thanks to the great team at NB Social Pediatrics, and I am excited to continue my work with them and learn more about the healthcare needs of children.

Past Students

Lauryn Anderson

Dalhousie University

  • Bachelor of Science (Medical Sciences) Honours Student

Psychosocial Impacts of COVID-19 Pandemic on New Brunswickers

Being a member of the NB Social Pediatrics team has provided me with the opportunity to work alongside a team of hardworking individuals that are dedicated to improving health and quality of care for children and their families throughout New Brunswick. I am excited to work with this team on a project that aims to understand the well-being of New Brunswicker’s throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. I hope to support the NB Social Pediatrics research team in their mission to improve the long-term outcomes for residents of the province!

Naythrah Thevathasan

Dalhousie University

  • Medical Student

NBHRF Studentship

Innovating Pediatric Behavioural Assessments and Care Pathways

I have greatly enjoyed working with the Social Pediatrics team! They are a group of deeply passionate and hard working individuals who truly want to make the province of New Brunswick an equitable place for all children to grow up into healthy and resilient adults. I hope that one day I can contribute and be an advocate and ally as some of my mentors in this program!

Rohit Purushotham

University of New Brunswick

  • Master of Business Administration Student

Project Coordinator, CARE Database

We are helping people from different walks of life to achieve their goals, one step at a time, and it feels great to be part of such an effort. I've learned a lot about project coordination, negotiation and creation of marketing strategy.

Sana Mithani

University of New Brunswick

  • Master of Business Administration Student

Project Coordinator

It has been a source of pride serving NB Social Pediatrics to achieve its key objective of becoming non-profit incorporation in New Brunswick. The entire team has been inspirational, and I enjoyed collaborating with them to accomplish the goals. I believe NB Social Pediatrics serves a vital purpose in building a healthy and sustainable future for children and their families. It will be an equally exciting experience of helping this organization in any future community initiative.

Tatum Burdo

Dalhousie University

  • Medical Student

Social Pediatrics Elective Student

Moving to NB for medical school, it was important to me to learn about the context I was training in. The Social Peds elective allowed me to meet with numerous organizations that are active in the Saint John community, so I know where and how to best direct future patients.

Kiersten Amos

Dalhousie Medicine Graduate

Western University Pediatric Resident

Social Pediatrics Elective Student

I did an elective in Social Pediatrics in my first year of medical school to get more experience in Pediatrics and get to know the community and resources better. I rotated not only through a variety of clinics, but also community organizations, simulation experiences and counselling sessions. The experiences I had opened my eyes to the barriers that children and their families face to accessing care and living healthy lives, and I learned how impactful health professionals can be when they recognize and work to break down those barriers. The elective certainly encouraged me in the direction of Pediatrics, and has given me perspective that still impacts my day-to-day practice. I’m thankful for the experience I gained through the program, and for the important work that they continue to do!

Emily Leaman

Dalhousie Medicine Graduate

Queens University Family Medicine Resident

Social Pediatrics Elective Student

Participating in the Social Pediatrics Elective was a wonderful experience that helped me familiarize myself with a variety of community resources in Saint John and network with physicians and other providers in the community who share a social determinants of health lens in their practices. It also allowed me to further develop my advocacy skills as my elective project was to write a letter advocating for the removal of a minimum age for gender-affirming chest surgery in New Brunswick. I would strongly recommend this elective experience to others as I believe it provides context and knowledge that will help you become a better future healthcare provider for all of your patients, regardless of your specialty of interest.

Patrick Rogers

Memorial University

  • Medical Student

Examining the Impact of Family Structure on Behaviour Related Referral Wait Times in a Paediatric Clinic

I have had the pleasure of working with the Social Paediatrics Department in Saint John over the past few years. Before my acceptance to medical school I worked for a summer in data entry where I would input the statistics that eventually became the basis of my project. Once in medical school, Dr. Gander and Sarah Campbell helped me investigate the factors that create barriers to timely care in their pediatric clinic. Last year the project was published in Cureus medical journal of Paediatrics. As a person who is usually terrified of research and avoids it at all costs, I could never have asked for a better team than the one I got working with this department. It turned out that this was one of my favourite experiences in medical school and I look forward to any future opportunities that may arise to work together once again.

Andrew Borodovski

Dalhousie Medicine Graduate

Memorial University Pediatric Resident

The Concordance between Physician Referral and Parent Expectations in the Consultant Pediatrician's Office

It was a pleasure doing the project. Everyone with the program was highly engaged and helpful, very clearly caring about the work we were doing. The project itself was interesting for me, and felt like it could meaningfully impact patient care. Overall, I am grateful that I had the opportunity to collaborate with the NB Social Pediatrics program.

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