Clarenville area quar­tet be­gin MUN med school to­gether

Power, Pardy, Vas­an­than and Pearce all re­ceive their white coats

The Packet (Clarenville) - - FRONT PAGE - BY JONATHAN PAR­SONS THE PACKET ST. JOHN’S, NL

A group of lo­cal stu­dents who say they’re proud to be rep­re­sent­ing the Clarenville area are all part of the same class at Memo­rial Univer­sity’s School of Medicine.

Blake Power, Kieran Vas­an­than and Chris­tian Pearce, all from Clarenville, and Mykala

QPardy from Ge­orge’s BrookMil­ton par­tic­i­pated in Memo­rial’s “White Coat” cer­e­mony last month. The cer­e­mony wel­comes new stu­dents into the fac­ulty of medicine.

The four re­ceived their short white coats — sym­bol­iz­ing their sta­tus as med stu­dents.

The Packet talked to each stu­dent about their in­ter­est in medicine and their early steps to­ward be­com­ing physi­cians.

Blake Power told the Packet the white coat cer­e­mony was a spe­cial oc­ca­sion for the stu­dents and their fam­i­lies and friends.

“It was a great time to meet class­mates, sig­nif­i­cant oth­ers, and fam­i­lies,” said Power.

He says hav­ing three other friends from the same area is spe­cial.

Power says he’s wanted to be a doc­tor since he had some in­juries and surg­eries when he was younger.

“In­ter­act­ing with the physi­cians and res­i­dents in that way, I kind of got in­ter­ested.”

He also at­tended MedQuest, a pro­gram de­signed to get high school stu­dents in­ter­ested in ca­reers in medicine.

When asked about spe­cial­iza­tion in the fu­ture, Power says ev­ery­thing seems so in­ter­est­ing at this point.

CON­TRIB­UTED PHOTO

New med stu­dents — all four from the Clarenville area. From left to right: Blake Power, Mykala Pardy, Kieran Vas­an­than and Chris­tian Pearce.

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