Congratulations to Jaslyn Rasmuson, who has been named a recipient of a 2022 RhPAP Rural Medical School Award.
Jaslyn grew up in the community of Gwynne for the first seventeen years of her life. She says her youth has undoubtedly shaped the person she is today.
“Growing up in a small community, I witnessed first-hand how a shortage of physicians and resources in these regions can impact health outcomes. As a result, I have always wanted to return to a rural community and serve them as a physician.”
“It has always been my intention to return to my roots and work in a rural community…. I am eager to tailor my medical training toward gaining experience in rural centres, which will help me reach my ultimate goal of one day serving these communities as a physician.”
Jaslyn volunteered at the hospital near her home community for several years prior to starting university. This gave her experience and allowed her to form connections with rural physicians and allied health staff.
“Even prior to starting medical school, I have always admired Dr. Deborah Jeffrey, a physician in my hometown who started a women’s clinic in the community. She has greatly impacted my desire to work within a rural community by demonstrating how my passion for women’s health and rural medicine can come together to fill a need in a rural area.”
As a medical student, Jaslyn plans to engage with rural medicine as much as possible by shadowing in rural communities and taking part in programs such as the pre-clinical networked medical education program. Her long-term career plans include pursuing either family medicine or general internal medicine, with a focus on rural medicine and women’s health.
Once again, RhPAP is pleased to recognize Jaslyn as a 2022 RhPAP Rural Medical School Award recipient.