Wade Walters, University of Calgary
Wade is a third-year medical student at the University of Calgary who never imagined he would end up becoming a doctor.
After graduating from the University of Lethbridge with a degree in social studies education, Wade and his wife, Amber, moved their young family to Cardston where he took a job teaching junior and senior high school religion classes. They fell in love with the community and settled on an acreage outside of town where their family grew to six children.
In addition to teaching, Wade was actively involved in the community. He is an ordained minister in his church, organized the first Cardston community food drive, chaired the Moses Lake community clean-up committee, coached minor soccer and volunteered with Scouts Canada.
In 2012, Wade moved his family to Calgary where he taught religion courses as a chaplain at Mount Royal University for three years. While his professional life in the city was very satisfying, they missed living in a rural community. After more than a decade of teaching, Wade applied to medical school with the goal of returning to Cardston as a rural family doctor. Throughout school he has been a member of the Family and Rural Medicine Interest Group and has sought out rural family medicine electives in Lethbridge, Cardston, Stand Off, Raymond and Pincher Creek.
Wade and his family live on a small farm near Cardston, where he feels fortunate to spend his last year of school participating in the University of Calgary Longitudinal Integrated Clerkship program. He plans to apply to the University of Calgary Rural Alberta South Family Medicine Residency Program.
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