Dr. Nadine Caron TEDxUNBC

The Other Side of “Being First”

Dec 13, 2017

Dr. Nadine Caron is the first female Indigenous graduate of the University of British Columbia’s School of Medicine, and the first female Indigenous general surgeon in Canada. Nadine asks us the question, is being the first always good. Recorded at TEDxUNBC in Prince George, BC. Dr. Caron asks us to look at the implications of what it means to be the first person to achieve something. The first female general surgeon or the first leader of a political party from a minority group. Society enjoys celebrating these accomplishments, but should we? What burden does being the first to achieve something put on the person. Also, what obstacles were there for others that limited them from being the first. We are asked in this emotional and important talk why we need to reconsider how we act when it comes to the “firsts” in our society. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at http://ted.com/tedx Dr. Caron was born and raised in Kamloops, BC, and completed her Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology at Simon Fraser University (1993) and her Medical Degree (1997) at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver. During her surgical residency, Nadine completed her Masters of Public Health (2001) from Harvard University and after completion of surgical residency training (2003), moved to San Francisco to complete her Postgraduate Fellowship Training in Endocrine Surgical Oncology at the University of California, San Francisco (2004). Her love for B.C. brought her home and since January 2005, Nadine has been working as a General and Endocrine Surgeon at the University Hospital of Northern BC. She is an Associate Professor of Surgery at UBC located within the Northern Medical Program. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at https://www.ted.com/tedx