Leicester graduates in the news: Harmeet Chawla

Posted by mjs76 at Aug 08, 2011 04:36 PM |
Canadian paediatrician who trained among remote Inuit communities.

The Brockville Recorder and Times (“Serving the residents of Brockville, Leeds, Grenville, Lanark and South Dundas since 1821”) has a feature on Leicester alumnus Dr Harmeet Chawla.

Dr Chawla was born and raised in Brockville, a city of 22,000 on the banks of the St Lawrence River in Ontario, Canada. She gained her BSc from Queen’s University, Ontario and, after studying in our Medical School, completed a four-year residency through the University of Ottawa at the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario.

She has now joined the Department of Paediatrics at Brockville General Hospital, where the Head Paediatrician is her mother, Dr Harvinder Chawla. Nevertheless, Dr Chawla Junior told the Recorder and Times that her decision to study paediatrics was influenced more by her volunteering activities in high school than by her mother’s career.

As part of her residency Harmeet spent one-month rotations in Nunavut, a vast Arctic federal territory of Canada which is one of the most sparsely populated areas on Earth. A community of 33,000 mostly Inuit people are spread out over two million square kilometres. This is roughly equivalent to the population of Leighton Buzzard distributed across the whole of western Europe – with one full-time paediatrician to cover the entire territory!