Medical School and Residency Admissions Expertise
Most of my recent work focuses on people interested in becoming doctors.
I am currently an instructor in the Queen's University School of Medicine with fourth-year medical school class as they apply to and interview for residency programs through the Canadian Residency Match Service (CaRMS). My former work recruiting internal medicine and sub-specialty physicians and 20 years of teaching CaRMS-related classes and working with medical students gives me a unique, in-depth, and medically-specific career advising foundation to draw from.
My 8-year role as a community member of the Queen's University Medical School application process and recent Insider's Guide to Getting into Medical School book have resulted in many medical students standing up and yelling, "She's the reason I'm in medical school!" as I enter their classroom. Not true, but lovely of them to be so appreciative of my coaching help!
Over the past 20+ years, I have worked with thousands of students as they applied to medical school or residency (both CMGs and IMGs) in Canada, US, and elsewhere and have created and delivered highly popular Applying to Meds, Meds Interviewing and Residency Application and Interviewing programs.
General Career Advising
I have assisted thousands of individuals—from high school students to mid-career professionals—to connect creatively and authentically with work or school that suits their goals and aspirations. As a career counsellor at Queen's University for 20 years, from 1998-2018, I worked with many thousands of students, from first-year to PhD, helping them strategize about career paths, degree direction, further education, and employment. Since 2007, I have also worked with students (including pre-med and pre-residency candidates), mid-career professionals, and academics here in my private practice, helping with application and interview strategies and career exploration.
I am the author of two traditionally-published career books: "Just What the Doctor Ordered: The Insider's Guide to Getting into Medical School in Canada" (Brush Education) and "Career Cupid - Your Guide to Landing and Loving Your Dream Job" (Writing on Stone Press).
I was also the editor of two editions of the Queen's campus bestselling book, "Queen's Best Resumes and Cover Letters". I was a career columnist for JobPostings magazine from 2010-2012 and an Expert on CollegeXPress.com.
I am also working on fiction for children. My fiction writing, creative non-fiction and blog can be found through my personal site. Speaking
I am comfortable speaking with large audiences (with experience with groups as large as 500). I have been fortunate to speak at such diverse venues as The National Consultation on Career Development (NATCON), the Women in Science and Engineering Conference (WISE), and the Withinsight Canadian Student Leadership Conference.
For 20 years, I taught thousands of career strategies classes at Queen's University to undergraduates and graduates in diverse disciplines ranging from engineering to art history. I have also worked with Executive MBA and MBA students and have developed and delivered a career strategies course for technology students in community college. More about my speaking roles.
Nominee, 2019 Premier's Award (Community Services)
Winner, 2009 Queen's University Accessibility Award.
I have been qualified to administer and interpret the personality tool, MBTI™ (Myers-Briggs Type Indicator) since 1999 and was an institutional member of the Canadian Association of Career Educators and Employers (CACEE) from 1998-2009. I graduated as an Ontario Velleman Award winner from a Disability Studies diploma program in 1993.
Due to my ongoing commitment to and interest in accessibility issues, I was appointed as Director Representing Persons with Disabilities to the 1000 Islands Workforce Development Board from 2007-2011. I was also very privileged to be appointed by the Minister of Community and Social Services to the Employment Standards Development Committee of the Accessibility Directorate of Ontario for two years, where we created accessiblity legislation for Ontarians.
All of the diverse people I have worked with inspire my career writing
and speaking and they make me believe even more that everyone deserves
to find their own "Happily Ever After" at work.
When we do the best we can, we never know what miracle is wrought
in our life, or in the life of another. - Helen Keller