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Impacts and Outcomes: Homegrown doctors — the story of Heather Smith

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By grade 4, Heather Smith had set her sights on becoming a doctor, a life that came further into view when, as a teenager, she took a babysitting job for a family doctor in Prince George. Smith’s dreams were put on hold when her first attempt at gaining one of 128 medical school spots was unsuccessful. Rather than admit defeat, she pushed ahead, completing a master’s degree in community health, and readying herself to apply again. This time, however, the playing field had changed. The Northern Medical Program, part of UBC’s newly distributed MD program, was accepting its first class, and Smith was determined to be part of it.