5 Questions with PARIM

Dr. Adriana Krawchenko-Shawarsky

  1. If you weren’t in medicine, what career would you have?
    Those who know me best would probably say I would be a politician. It takes energy, ambition, practicality and good communication skills, plus I enjoy meeting new people and going to meetings where we share ideas. I love being able to suggest and implement changes that might be able to help others!
  2. What has been the best or most memorable day in your residency so far?
    I have had so many memorable and rewarding experiences in residency that it would be difficult to pick one single day or moment. There are so many rewarding patient interactions that come to mind as well as being involved in exciting clinical procedures such as my first emergency thoracotomy in the resuscitation room. If I had to just pick one, I think the most memorable moment was when I realized that I had reached a point in my residency and training that my attending physicians were allowing me to go into the resuscitation room alone. I had reached a certain level where my attendings were able to trust me in  an acute resuscitation situation. It was this moment I realized just how far I had come in my training.
  3. Who was your childhood hero?
    I definitely would have to say my grandparents. Growing up they lived across the street from me and were like a second set of parents. My grandfather came to Canada by himself at the age of 16 from Ukraine and he instilled in me the passion for learning. He is also a Dr. but not a medical doctor and is still serving as a priest in the Ukrainian Orthodox church at the age of 82. My grandmother is amazing; she has taught me to stand up for what I believe and not to give up. She is so talented she can whip up a delicious meal in 15 minutes with whatever she finds in her fridge and it never ceases to amaze me how she just figures things out, whether it’s sewing Halloween costumes, plumbing, building things or finding a great deal! They are celebrating their 58th wedding anniversary this summer and I still catch them stealing a kiss or dancing together in the kitchen!
  4. What is one thing on your Bucket List?
    I love traveling and have had the opportunity to travel to over thirty-five countries. I particularly love collecting artwork and souvenirs from around the world to showcase in my home! I have yet to travel to the continent of Australia which is definitely on my Bucket List!
  5. What is your idea of perfect happiness?
    Perfect happiness to me is being surrounded by family and friends! Having the opportunity and ability to do all the things I love such as working in the emergency room, reading and traveling. I would also add a great meal with a glass of wine!

Dr. Terry Colbourne

  1. If you weren’t in medicine, what career would you have?
    My educational trajectory was certainly heading toward a career in academic research before entering medicine. However, if I could think totally of track and outside the box, I think I would have been well-suited to a career as a sports executive. Sports are my big passion outside of medicine and I’ve really gained so much professionally from my administrative experiences. This would never happen, but I could actually see myself as an executive of a not-for-profit or something otherwise removed from the business world.
  2. What has been the best or most memorable day in your residency so far?
    This is a tough question. My amazing program, patients and fellow residents have made for innumerable memorable experiences. I think our medicine subspecialty CaRMS Match Day this past November made for a very memorable day. To see all of our senior residents be so successful in the match and achieve their goals was incredible. Everyone has incredibly supportive and I, like many of my colleagues, am ecstatic to be staying in Manitoba for my subspecialty training in Respirology.
  3. Who was your childhood hero?
    My father. He is one of the hardest working people that I know. He came from very humble beginnings and built a strong support network and successful career for himself from very little. When life or work is challenging, or I am second-guessing stepping outside of my comfort zone, I think to how my father has persevered and am always inspired.
  4. What is one thing on your Bucket List?
    As above, I love sports. I also love traveling. Combining the two is absolutely my favourite thing to do. My wife and I try to do this as much as possible and we really love tennis. Going to every Grand Slam is on my bucket list.
  5. What is your idea of perfect happiness?
    Nothing unusual here. I love spending time with family and friends and derive great personal satisfaction from my career. To be challenged at work, make a difference in the lives and care of my patients with the other members of the care team, and then to have time to come home and spend time with my
    family including my baby boy are the best days.