Dr Nathan Teegee Visits the Takla Clinic

July 20, 2017

This week’s Primary Care clinic in Takla featured a visit from Dr. Nathan Teegee. Nathan is a former Carrier Sekani Family Services (CSFS) staff member, a University of Northern British Columbia Northern Medical Program (NMP) graduate, and is currently a Dermatology Resident from the University of British Columbia (UBC).

The trip was made extra special as Takla’s own, Dr. Nathan Teegee returned home as a UBC Dermatology Resident. The CSFS Primary Care team works closely with our friends in the Medical Profession to bring the best possible interdisciplinary care to communities like Takla. We integrate learners into community clinics in a thoughtful and culturally appropriate manner.

The strong partnership between CSFS, NMP and UBC has evolved since 2011 when we started this work. It has been very inspiring to say the least! Dr. John Pawlovich noted, “When I started in 2011 with CSFS, Nathan Teegee helped introduce me to Takla. He was working with CSFS at the time. He hadn’t entered medical school yet. I think this is a big deal having Nathan return to his home territory (as a Dermatology Resident).”

Takla and the many other CSFS and Lake Babine Nation communities we travel to have never, up until recently, had dermatology, gastroenterology, cardiology, rheumatology, etc. services in their respective communities. Most rural and remote communities in BC share this predicament. Today, with a little persistence, innovation and courage we are helping to bring UBC medical students, Family Practice residents and many specialty residents, like Nathan Teegee, to remote First Nations communities. Students and Residents are able to learn things that the general curriculum can’t teach them. This invaluable experience helps to prepare them for community practice in their careers!


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