Being a doctor is the best job
By Danielle Milley, OMA Public Affairs
For Dr. Marguerite Chevalier, having an impact on her patients’ lives makes it all worthwhile.
The Windsor family physician says it might be a cliché, but she went into medicine to make a difference and every day she feels like she is doing just that.
“The best part of my job is knowing at the end of the day I’ve made a difference in families’ lives,” she says. “I advocate for my patients. I take that very seriously.”
In addition to running a busy practice, Dr. Chevalier is also Chief of Family Medicine and Lead Hospitalist at Windsor Regional Hospital. She enjoys seeing that other side of how the health-care system operates and being able to have a wider impact.
“As a community member I want to see how our hospital is run,” she says. “When my family members, my friends or my patients are admitted to the hospital, I want to know they will receive good quality care.”
Dr. Chevalier has strong ties to the community, having grown up in neighbouring Tecumseh. Her plan hadn’t been to return after medical school, but one day, while doing her residency in Kingston, she told her husband it was time to move home.
“I never thought I’d return to Windsor, it was very much in my rear view mirror,” she says with a smile.
Family practice caught her interest because of its wide scope of practice, but what first drew her to medicine?
“I always thought about medicine – I like people and I liked sciences,” she says. “I wanted to make a difference in society. I always knew that I wanted to do something where at the end of the day I had an impact.”
Now as the program co-ordinator for the hospitalist program at Windsor’s medical school she is able to impart what she’s learned in her 20 years in medicine to her students.
“I like the role of mentor. I find it energizing,” she says. “I hope my students find some words of wisdom in what I share with them.”
As a mother of three with family responsibilities, she also talks to them about balance.
“The balance is the hardest thing; to stay mindful of your limits while balancing family and professional duties,” she says.
For Dr. Chevalier her wonderful patients keep her motivated, while the support of both her family and her professional partners allow her to take on new roles and challenges.
“I have the best job in the whole world.”
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