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Our Ambassador of the Month for August is Michelle Chiu from the faculty of Medicine at the University of British Columbia.

What year of your studies are you in?

Third year – I look forward to beginning clinical rotations soon!

What is your area of interest in medicine?

I am interested in many areas of medicine and am particularly drawn towards neurology.

Why do you like this field of medicine?

I find the brain and nervous system to be fascinating because of their complexity, interconnectedness, and omnipresence. They are responsible for the most basic tasks that keep us alive, and allow us to interact with the world around us, and help define who we are – our personalities, memories, and emotions. I hope to apply knowledge of neuroanatomy and neuroscience to localize patients’ symptoms and help improve their quality of life.

If you could only have one piece of medical equipment, what would it be?

Although it isn’t a traditional piece of medical equipment, the iPad has become a useful tool in our increasingly digitalized healthcare system. You can view electronic medical records, access point-of-care resources, and more.

If you didn’t work in health care, what would you do?

Prior to medical school, I completed my Bachelor of Commerce (Finance) degree at UBC’s Sauder School of Business and worked as an investment banking analyst.

This case is featured in the most recent issue of The Differential, our regular email roundup of fascinating medical cases shared on the Figure 1 network. To get this newsletter and other specialty-specific editions, healthcare professionals can sign up for a free Figure 1 account here.