AREAS OF FOCUS AND CONTRIBUTION

Future:

 Very active and intense interests in harnessing technology to improve       healthcare  through:
 

  • Personalized/precision medicine (especially via machine learning)
     

  • Other appropriate applications of artificial intelligence and safeguards
     

  • Enhancing communication and general connectivity  (including for patients)
     

  • Expanding equitable/universal patient access to telemedicine
     

  • Utilizing technological applications critical to high-reliability organizations 
     

  • Improving the effective bandwidth between a physician and relevant data
     

  •  Applying all of the above in achieving further ongoing incremental improvements in my ability to contribute in the specific clinical domains referenced below as well as the more general primary care of my patients at present.
     

Present:

  • Primary care (general practice)* 
     

  • Addiction medicine (adults and youth) 
     

  • Physician Lead, Mental Health & Substance Use (MHSU) working group,
    North Shore Division of Family Practice

    *My practice reached capacity back in 2018, but I continue to do my best to assist new patients with complex medical issues that potentiate barriers In finding a family physician elsewhere.

Past:

  • Complex Care Physician for marginalized populations, Health Connection Clinic, North Vancouver
     

  • Complex Care and Addiction Medicine Physician for youth, Foundry North Shore, North Vancouver
     

  •  Resident Doctor in family practice at the University of British Columbia, Coastal Site
     

  • Online Tutor in calculus, chemistry, and physics at Tutor.com
     

  • Personal Care Assistant at the Extended Care Unit of Lady Minto Hospital
     

  • Research and Laboratory Assistant at Hypex Technologies Inc.
     

  • Tutor in mathematics, chemistry, and physics
     

  •  Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) Instructor for The Princeton Review
     

  •  Evaluator of a vocational rehabilitation pilot project for Salt Spring Literacy Society
     

  •  Author and Content Creator for the UBC MD Undergraduate Program Family Medicine clerkship curriculum
     

  • Associate Editor for The Calgary Guide to Understanding Disease
     

  • Mentor for the Clerk 2 Clerk program at McMaster University (to provide guidance to students entering clerkship)
       

  • Medical School Tutor (for standardized examinations)
       

  •  Assessor for the Mock Objective Structured Clinical Examinations
     

  • Author for The Calgary Guide to Understanding Disease
        

  • Creator of Medical School Flowcharts Google website
       

  • Volunteer Companion for patients with dementia at an elderly care facility
      

  • Volunteer Science Tutor for marginalized community members
     

  • Volunteer Care Assistant at the Extended Care Unit of Lady Minto Hospital
     

  • Facilitator and Assistant at Gulf Islands New Beginnings
    (a vocational rehabilitation program for those with mental illness or addictions)

     

  •  Member of Salt Spring Island's Physician Recruitment Committee
     

  •  Member of the Board of Directors for Salt Spring Literacy Society
      

  • Volunteer Coordinator for fundraising projects with Salt Spring Literacy Society
     

  •  Friendly Visitor for Community Wellness Programs (to help isolated elderly individuals)
      

  • Volunteer Companion for the Alzheimer Society of Kingston, Ontario
     

  • Volunteer Driver for Meals on Wheels ( delivering meals to those in need)
     

  • Executive Member for Kids 4 Kids (fundraising for the pediatric unit of a hospital)
     

  •  Peer Counselor and Mediator at Gulf Islands Secondary School
     

  • Co-organizer of HIV/ AIDS initiatives in Canada and abroad

Education:

  • Family Medicine Postgraduate Residency,
     University of British Columbia, Coastal Site (North Shore)
     

  • Doctor of Medicine (MD), Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine,
    McMaster University, Hamilton, ON

     

  • Bachelor of Science with Distinction in General Mathematics,
    Theoretical physics focus, Queen's University, Kingston, ON

Awards and achievements:

  • Dr. Morton Dodek Award in Family Medicine nomination, UBC
    (awarded from the Department of Family Practice for care, competence, and compassion) 
     

  •    Dr. Irene Turpie Internal Medicine Geriatrics Award, McMaster University
     

  • Dr. James Buchan Medical School Scholarship Award (x3) 
    (in recognition of academic/clinical performance and extracurricular achievements) 

  • Average percentile score of 98.8 (with a maximum of 99.6 on the Personal Progress Index examinations during medical school (standardized LMCC-type tests completed by all students at McMaster University) 
     

  •  Above 98th percentile on the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT)
     

  • Susan Near Prize in Physics (x2), Queen's University
    (for achieving the highest academic average in physics) 
     

  •  Dean's Honour List with Distinction, Queen's University
    (for academic average in the top 3% of the mathematics program) 
     

  • The John and Elizabeth Murray Scholarship, Queen's University
     

  • Dora and Beatrice H. Scholarship in Mathematics, Queen's University
     

  • Lady Minto Hospital Auxiliary Scholarship (x2) 
    (in recognition of academic performance and contributions to a hospital)
     

  •  The Arthur Louden Scholarship in Physics, Queen's University
     

  •   The Edna McGill Prize in Physics, Queen's University
     

  •   Principal's Scholarship, Queen's University
     

  • The Governor General's Academic Bronze Medal
    (for graduating secondary school with the highest academic average) 
     

  •  Peer Counseling Service Award, Gulf Islands Secondary School (x2) 
     

  • Citizenship Award, Gulf Islands Secondary School (x2) 
     

  • Provincial Excellence Award, Millennium Scholarship Foundation
     

  • Grade 12 Provincial Scholarship Award, Gulf Islands Secondary School
     

  •   PAC Scholarship for Excellence in Science, Gulf Islands Secondary School

Certifications:


 

  • Provincial Opioid Addiction Treatment Support Program
    (BC Centre on Substance Abuse; allows for methadone and buprenorphine/naloxone) 

     

  • Certificant of the College of Family Physicians (CCFP)
     

  • Licentiate of the Medical Council of Canada (LMCC)
     

  •  Neonatal Resuscitation Program (NRP)
     

  • Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS)
     

  •  Advances in Labour and Risk Management (ALARM )

Peer reviewed publications:


  • Sigmund E., Nguyen K., Terlien P. Dyslipidemia Clerkship Case
     UBC MD Undergraduate Program, Department of Family Practice. Mar. 2017. 

  • Sigmund E. Vitamin D Deficiency: Pathogenesis. The Calgary Guide to Understanding Disease, published online at calgaryguide.ucalgary.ca,
     
    Oct. 2015 
     

  • Sigmund E. High Anion Gap Metabolic Acidosis: Pathogenesis. The Calgary Guide to Understanding Disease, published online at calgaryguide.ucalgary.ca
    Aug. 2015 

     

  • Sigmund E. Acquired Disorders of Reduced Bone Strength: Pathogenesis. The Calgary  Guide to Understanding Disease, published online at calgaryguide.ucalgary.ca, May 2015
     

  •  Sigmund E. Pre-renal Acute Kidney Injury: Pathogenesis. The Calgary Guide to Understanding Disease, published online at calgaryguide.ucalgary.ca,
    May 2015 

     

  • Sigmund E. Retroviral Infections: Mechanisms of Oncogenesis. The Calgary Guide to Understanding Disease, published online at calgaryguide.ucalgary.ca
    Mar. 2015 

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