New doctor joins Invermere Medical Clinic



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After four years of life as Haligonians imported from Poland, the Maslowska family is coming to Invermere.

Dr. Karolina Maslowska will be joining the Invermere Medical Clinic full-time this fall starting on September 1st after leaving Halifax, N.S.

When we decided to move to Canada, we wanted to move to B.C. because of the beauty of the province that is so well-known around the world, said Dr. Maslowska with a grin. But my husband got a work offer in Halifax, (then) when I read about the Practice Readiness Assessment program for internationally trained physicians that was launched this spring, I decided to apply and, fortunately, I was accepted.

Internationally-educated physicians who have completed residencies in Family Medicine outside of Canada allows qualified doctors to work in B.C. a provincial pilot program known as the Practice Ready Assessment (PRA-BC), which began in 2015.

We were asked to choose the community where we would like to work after the program, so based on my research on the Internet and the interviews that I had, I felt that Invermere (could be) my future home, she said. This is how the decision has been coming to me, and now its almost true.

Her husband, Michal Maslakski, and their children, Anthony and Anne, are looking forward to working, playing and staying in the East Kootenay region.

We love doing outdoor stuff, said Dr. Maslowska. My husband loves doing outdoor activities and I have two kids a six-year-old boy and a two-year-old daughter. Any time we have, we do a trip outside so that they have lots of fun.

Dr. Maslowska added the climate was a bonus for keeping her family healthy and active.

In Invermere, you can have fun in the summer and in the winter, she said. I think that my family will be very happy and satisfied with that.

Dr. Maslowska trained at Pomeranian Medical University to complete a Medical Doctor degree in Szczecin, Poland. She is eager to work with everyone, but is especially interested in serving families.

Overall, what I did previously was family practice and there are some things that I enjoy more, for example, caring for children, she said. I really enjoy that, but I am open to the needs of the community. It depends what the community needs, and I will adjust my skills to new things.

She will accept roughly 1,500 patients and will be working full-time during regular office areas at the Invermere Medical Clinic.

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