Congratulations to Logan Sept, one of four recipients of the RhPAP 2020 Rural Medical School Award. Each student receives $5,000 to assist with their studies toward rural practice.
Sept grew up in Three Hills, 130 km northeast of Calgary. He’s currently in his second year of medicine at the University of Alberta.
After returning to Three Hills last summer, Logan played a lot of golf, and took time to ponder his future.
“I kind of started thinking, could I see myself practising here? I think I really could, especially if I do decide to go into family practice,” he recalled. “But you know, I have other interests too, such as surgery. There are some small towns [that] need surgeons.”
Sept previously spent three days job shadowing a physician in Three Hills, and says he looks forward to the variety in rural practice, including the opportunity to work both at the clinic, in emergency, and at the hospital doing rounds.
He also loves the small-town lifestyle.
“It’s the little things about a small town that I appreciate. For example, you get to see the stars at night, something that you don’t really notice in the city.”
Sept is grateful for the financial help that RhPAP has provided.
“I’m hoping that I will spend my third year in a rural area. There’s an option at the U. of A. to do a rural [Integrated Community Clerkship] Program.
“I actually needed a vehicle for that, so I decided I would buy a truck–a nice four-wheel drive truck–so that I could drive out there in winters.”