Central District Representative
Dr. Elizabeth Thompson brings with her a pragmatic approach as a new Board member at Doctors Manitoba. One of her goals is to encourage the Board to focus on issues that are of highest importance for physicians on the ground-level.
“I’m interested in value for money for our members,” she says.
She’s a firm believer in the democratic process and isn’t afraid to voice a contrary opinion.
“I’m not afraid to vote against the majority. After all, democracy is letting your vote stand and the majority rules.”
Dr. Thompson hopes to effect change through understanding and deep involvement. Alongside sitting on the Doctors Manitoba Board, she also holds a leadership position at her hospital.
“I’m a big believer in not being able to complain unless you have actually been involved,” she posits. She’s dedicated to understanding the interests of physicians in order to properly represent them. “For the physicians in Central District – please drop me a line anytime,” she offers.
Born and raised in Manitoba, Dr. Thompson completed medical school and her residency in General Surgery at the University of Manitoba. She now works as a general surgeon at Boundary Trails Health Centre and CW Wiebe Medical Centre in Winkler, where she has been since 2015.
For her, one of the joys of working as a general surgeon at a rural community hospital is the privilege of not just treating adults but children as well. Each child admitted at Boundary Trails receives a stuffed animal as part of a program supported by the organization Katie Cares.
“Seeing a toddler sick with appendicitis and then watching them bounce back after a successful appendectomy makes my day!”
In terms of finding inspiration that keeps her going, Dr. Thompson’s practical mind reaches for thoughts of warmer climes and sandy beaches rather than deeper reflections.
“I have a sign in my office that says keep calm and think of Hawaii,” she muses. “Does that count as inspiration?”
As winter fast approaches in Manitoba, visions of a tropical paradise couldn’t be more fitting.