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Raj was inspired to pursue medicine, in part, by the care she received as a child patient from two McGill Med alum. (Photo: Owen Egan)

Raj was inspired to pursue medicine, in part, by the care she received as a child patient from two McGill Med alum. (Photo: Owen Egan)

By Philip Fine

A craniopharyngioma brain tumour first diagnosed when she was six left Anita Raj, candidate of the Medicine Class of 2017, with a precocious understanding of the endocrine system and a desire to become a doctor—an inspiration that came from seeing how her doctors treated her as she “entered a world of scariness.” Now, in her clinical rotations—at some of the same hospitals she frequented as a child—Raj notices herself following up with patients to make sure they understand their condition, just like she remembers neurosurgeon Jean-Pierre Farmer, BSc, MDCM’83, and pediatrician Preetha Krishnamoorthy, MDCM’96, doing for her. “Some of that rubbed off on me.”

Raj’s artistic passion, origami, can also be traced back to her childhood, when her physical ability to play was diminished. She performs intricate folds based on designs from around the world and recently had one of her own designs published in the bi-annual publication of the prestigious British Origami Society. The two passions sometimes overlap: Raj finds that working out folds helps her listen more intently in class.

Title courtesy of Sir William Osler, MDCM 1872.

 

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