My name is Kristen Barton and I am a currently an MD/PhD student at the University of Calgary. I hold a BSc (Hons) Exercise Physiology in Kinesiology (2011) and MSc in Biomechanics (2012), both from the University of Calgary. I’m in my third year of my doctoral degree focusing on athletic injuries, specifically knee injuries, and treatment strategies for individuals who go on to develop osteoarthritis. I hold positions as a research coordinator in a diabetes clinic and as a certified exercise-physiologist. I will start my medical school training next summer (July 2016) and I plan to pursue a residency program in orthopedic surgery.
Skirt: Vero Moda. | Heels: Enzo Angiolini. ]
There are a few different apparel spectrums in my career: active wear, scrubs, and clinic clothing. When I’m not wearing Lululemon wear or scrubs, I try to combine classic pieces with a little fun. I tend to select classic black, grey, and white clothing and then tie in a color accent. In the clinic, I usually incorporate a bold blouse, bright colored pump, or a statement piece of jewelry to more traditional professional clothing.
One of biggest struggles I’ve had with my career direction, is figuring out how to maintain suitable (pun-intended) work-life balance. As much as I love my career direction, I have learned that the most important thing in life is to work hard but then also take time for you. Make sure you make time to be active, get connected within your community, travel, and be present with your family and friends.
With that, I’ll leave off with one of my favourite quotes: