“I saw being well-rounded as my own strength, so I was looking for that in a university,” she says. “I liked that I could take a bit of any subject I wanted.”
With an eye on medicine, Shouldice studied biology and pursued an honours in the area of invertebrate zoology, which took her back and forth to St. Andrews, NB for research.
“I wanted a place where I could really immerse myself and get an in depth educational experience,” she says. “I worked hard and I learned so much as an undergraduate.”
What she discovered at Mount Allison is that medicine is about a lot more than science.
“My experiences at Mount Allison led me to understand the value of studying both arts and sciences. Medicine is an art form and there are many things I draw on and talk about in my career now that I learned from my classes and experiences at Mount A.”
Shouldice went on to study family medicine at Dalhousie University, an emergency residency at the University of Ottawa, and a Master’s in Public Health at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. She is now a full-time emergency physician in Ottawa, the medical director of the paramedic clinic at Algonquin College, and does advocacy work with the Canadian Association of Emergency Physicians.
Most recently, she opened an opioid clinic in the west end of Ottawa along with three other physicians. The clinic also has an addictions counsellor and a nurse on staff.