Alumni Profile: Dr. Marcus Blouw

Dr. Marcus BlouwClass of 2015

Assistant Professor of Medicine

President: Medical Staff Association (St. Boniface Hospital – Winnipeg)

Medical Director: Respiratory Inpatient Unit and Internal Medicine Procedure Service (Health Sciences Centre – Winnipeg)

I am a physician at the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg. I have clinical appointments to the sections of Adult Respirology and Critical Care Medicine and also conduct clinical research. I am active in numerous quality improvement and patient safety initiatives within my workplace, and am interested in improving patient care through more efficient workflow and improved workplace communication.

Since completion of the MHA program, I have taken on considerably larger administrative roles in my workplace. The MHA cultivated both the broad knowledge base and the mindset required to serve as a leader in a variety of health care settings. Working with clinical teams, leading administrative groups, collaborating for research projects and serving as a board member for one of Winnipeg’s two tertiary care centres have all become part of a post-MHA weekly routine.

Commuting between Winnipeg and Vancouver for course work was difficult, but also very rewarding. I was working full time while completing the MHA program, and while this made for a very busy schedule it also encouraged efficiency and pragmatism – traits that continue to serve me well. Completing the MHA from another city is very possible – you might even find yourself making lasting connections with other classmates who make the pilgrimage to and from the airport.

By far, the most rewarding aspect of the MHA program was my relationship with my classmates. Nowhere else can you have such intelligent, lively discussion with such a wonderful group of people in a classroom followed by absolute hilarity outside of the classroom.

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