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MERP Grad Heads Home for Residency

Garrett Whyne, MD“It’s the best feeling I’ve ever had,” said Ross University School of Medicine (RUSM) graduate Garrett Whyne, MD, about the moment he learned that he had obtained a residency through the Canadian Resident Matching Service (CaRMS) on March 3, 2015. “I’m really excited. I’m going home.” He will begin a residency in family medicine at Northern Ontario School of Medicine in July. “I like family medicine because I like talking to people and getting to the root of their problems,” he explained.

For the past year, Dr. Whyne was a junior faculty member in the Medical Education Readiness Program (MERP), a program with which he became acquainted as a student. He taught biochemistry and anatomy, and more. “I’ve sort of come full circle,” he said. “I got my start at MERP, and then teaching at MERP helped to get me a residency.” Many hospitals look for residents with the ability to teach, he said, and it was a strong asset for him. “I found that I love teaching and I plan to carry it into my residency, by being involved with students.”

"I took [MERP] as an opportunity to show that I have what it takes, and that I can do this ... I learned how to be a good student and graduated with honors."

Dr. Whyne, 27, a graduate of the University of Guelph, Ontario, is the son of a physician and always had an interest in medicine. Although the path to becoming a physician was sometimes a struggle, he was able to maintain a good attitude, “and I was always very mellow about everything,” he said. When he was given conditional admission to RUSM if he completed the MERP program successfully, he was not discouraged. “I took it as an opportunity to show that I have what it takes, and that I can do this. It was probably the best thing for me. I learned how to be a good student and graduated with honors. I also made friends for life.”

On the Dominica campus, Dr. Whyne took advantage of the island’s natural wonders, together with fellow students, by hiking up to Boiling Lake, going fishing, and more. He also played hockey, football and other sports.

When one of Dr. Whyne’s friends from MERP found himself on the same rotations, they became roommates, and shared expenses and experiences throughout much of the clinical segment of their medical education.

Dr. Whyne is looking forward to a career in family medicine, “maybe starting as part of a group practice,” he says.