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Dr. Sheila Wijayasinghe

Episode #14: Trust the Feeling

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Sheila Wijayasinghe, MD, CCFP,  joins us to discuss her journey to becoming a family doctor, how personal experiences as a patient have changed the way she practices medicine, the unscientific advice that she shares with her trainees to follow your heart, and so much more!

 

Dr. Sheila Wijayasinghe is a family doctor in Toronto with a special interest in women's and sexual health. She studied medicine at the University of Alberta and completed her Family Medicine Residency and Fellowship in Low Risk Obstetrics at the University of Toronto. Dr. Wijayasinghe is the Medical Director of Primary Care Outreach at Women's College Hospital and the Medical Director at the Immigrant Womens’ Health Center (IWHC) in Toronto. She has a family practice at St. Michael's Hospital and works as a staff physician at Hassle Free Sexual Health Clinic. Dr. Wijayasinghe is a Lecturer at the University of Toronto’s Department of Family and Community Medicine. Additionally, she has written for the Globe and Mail and is one of the Health Experts on CTV’s The Social.

 

WE DISCUSS:

  • Dr. Sheila’s work at St. Mike’s and Women’s College Hospital

  • IWHC Toronto and the services it provides

  • The great advantages of mobile health

  • Sheila’s early career trajectory and what inspired her to pursue medicine

  • Choosing a subspecialty and finding your own path

  • What drew Sheila from out of province to Toronto’s Family Medicine residency program

  • Internal and external pressures on decisions around career paths

  • Sheila’s family’s journey when they came to Alberta

  • How challenging it can be to cope with and navigate the medical system, even as a medical professional

  • Why Sheila chooses to go on the Social to community segments on a semi-regular basis

  • The importance of creating boundaries as a healthcare provider and allowing yourself to occupy different roles

  • Sharing your stories as a health provider

  • Sheila’s personal journey through fertility treatment and how it has informed her practice

  • How referring for treatments that are outside OHIP (provincial) coverage can sometimes feel like referring into a “black hole”

  • The importance of listening to what drive you and makes you happy, and extending kindness and warmth to people, especially in the most vulnerable times

 

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