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Meet general surgery resident physician Dr. Leigh Skelley

Posted Feb 11th, 2020

Meet general surgery resident physician Dr. Leigh Skelley

Over the past 10 years, approximately 1,300 resident physicians have helped raise the standard of care in the Niagara region through a partnership between Niagara Health and the Niagara Regional Campus of McMaster University’s Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine.

Dr. Leigh Skelley, a graduate of the DeGroote School of Medicine’s Niagara Regional Campus, is currently a resident physician at Niagara Health. To mark Resident Awareness Week (Feb. 9 to 15), we asked Leigh some questions to get to know her and her experience as a resident:

Q: Why did you want to become a physician?
A: I worked at a veterinary clinic and liked the work I was doing, and how I was able to provide care. Yet, I realized that I wanted to work with people instead of animals.

Q: What area of specialty is your residency, and what year are you in?
A: I’m in my third year of a general surgery residency.

Q: Why did you choose your current area of residency?
A: It’s a very diverse specialty, and I like the technical skills that go into performing surgery. I get to see people’s journeys from the referral from their family doctor, through their diagnoses, through the operation and post-operation. I like how broad the speciality is.  

Q: What does a typical day-in-the-life for you look like during your rotations?

  • 5:30 a.m. wake up
  • 6:30 a.m. round to visit patients
  • 8 a.m. head to the operating room
  • 4 p.m. finish operating and complete ward duties
  • 5:30 p.m. go home, unless on call

Q: What is your favourite part about the residency program at NH?

A: The people and the programs in general. Everyone is very welcoming, and there is so much opportunity to learn. You get a very hands-on learning environment, and everyone is willing to have residents.

Q: What is your biggest piece of advice for anyone pursuing a medical degree or completing their residency?
A: Keep your mind on how fulfilling the job is.

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