Rodger is a medical student at the U of A; prior to that, he worked in research positions at the Institute of Health Economics and at Public Health Ontario. He previously completed a master’s degree in public health at the University of Toronto and his undergraduate studies at Cornell University on an athletic scholarship, where he was a member of the men’s varsity hockey team.
A number of significant factors drive Rodger’s pursuit of rural practice including family interests, his own professional and intellectual interests and their alignment with rural practice, and finally, the opportunity to be part of a community and to serve and make meaningful contributions within that community.
Rodger and his wife grew up in families that farmed. He has lived in a number of small towns across southern and northern Alberta, first when he was a junior hockey player and later when he worked as a rig-hand in the oil and gas industry.
He is drawn to the diversity of medicine that rural physicians practice and to the ability to work and provide care in settings ranging from family clinic to the emergency room and even the operating room.
He is excited by the opportunities to pursue additional training in specialties such as anesthesia or obstetrics, among others, to augment his skills and learning, and to provide services that help meet the specific needs of a community.
Rodger recently moved to Sylvan Lake with his family to complete his third-year core clinical rotations as part of the U of A’s rural integrated community clerkship program.
Chantal Serwatkewich, University of Calgary