to pursue a master's in Social Work (MSW) and a keen
interest in the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). He is
now working in clinical practice at the Ottawa Hospital,
researching, and teaching.
regarding HIV/AIDS that I needed to dispel. I felt I needed
to meet and work with people living with HIV in an urban
context to do this."
aging. He initially thought he would like to work in geron-
tology, but through social work found an outlet to explore
both community-based work and research. During his
MSW he discovered he could blend his interest in aging and
HIV by researching men and women over age 50 who were
living with the disease. Currently older adults make up
approximately 15 per cent of people living with HIV in
Canada and this number is expected to grow drastically as
people with HIV join the aging population.
his research career. During his undergrad he completed sev-
eral research projects on campus and worked two summers
in Dr. Odette Gould's Adult Development and Aging
and provided a seamless transition to higher-level academic
work," he says.
HIV and Hepatitis C Prevention Research Team in the
Department of Epidemiology and Community Medicine at
the University of Ottawa. Along with an interdisciplinary
team of seven people, Furlotte has helped to facilitate
research projects aimed at reducing the risk of HIV and
Hepatitis C transmission among men and women who use
injection drugs. The team conducts evaluations of harm-
reduction programs in Ontario -- a pragmatic approach to
drug use that equates to providing people with enough
sanitary equipment to stay safe.
performing research and working with people. He decided
to take on a position as a clinical social worker in the emer-
gency department of the Ottawa Hospital -- Canada's
largest teaching hospital -- where he helps patients and
families navigate the health care system. He has recently
transitioned into full-time clinical work across two hospital
campuses in various departments, including general medi-
cine and the intensive care unit.
at the hospital, so the research I do really allows me to put
knowledge translation into practice right away," he says.
master's level class at Carleton University.
what I want to do with my life," he says. "I have realized that
it is a nice way to combine all of my interests."
practice, with an eye on further education and teaching.
and I'm passionate about connecting research to practice
and public health policy. I can see my future consisting of all