BSc (Kin), 2003
In 1998, Paul came across the country to SFU for the Kinesiology program, and fell in love with the West Coast! Throughout his undergraduate degree, he was inspired by Drs. Don Hedges and Parveen Bawa whose courses helped to chart his path towards medical school. In 2003, Paul was accepted to medical school at McGill University. In 2005, he spent a summer elective in Malawi where the AIDS pandemic was raging. This experience inspired him to pursue further training in HIV and global health.
In 2007, Paul was accepted in the UBC Family Medicine Residency Program at St. Paul’s Hospital. Following Residency in 2009, he completed a one-year Enhanced Skills program in Global Health through UBC, which brought him back to Malawi in 2010 for more HIV-focused global health work.
Upon his return, he worked in a variety of settings in Vancouver including addictions, hospital work, HIV primary care, refugee care and general family practice. Since 2011, Paul has worked primarily at Spectrum Health where his practice is mainly focused on men’s health and HIV. He also work one day per week at Vancouver Native Health Clinic (VNHC) in the Downtown Eastside where he has become quite engaged with the Indigenous community.
Since 2010, he has been the Medical Director of The Dudes Club, “A Brotherhood for Men’s Health” (www.dudesclub.ca) at VNHC. This innovative model for effectively engaging vulnerable men in their health has received research funding from CIHR and Movember Foundation. Together, they are developing pilot sites in Northern BC and hope to support other communities in Canada to address men’s health, especially in Indigenous communities.
- Written by the Faculty of Science
Published in March 2016