Dr Trina Larsen Soles decided she wanted to be a doctor when she was 12 years old. She focused on medicine as a career because it combined her keen interest in science with her belief in one’s duty to give back to society by helping others. It’s a decision she has never regretted.
Dr Larsen Soles is a family physician in the small community of Golden, BC. Following graduation from UBC medical school, she did a rotating internship in Edmonton and then landed a 3-month locum in Golden – her husband’s hometown – where she continues to practice after 30 years. Her daily professional life encompasses virtually all aspects of medical practice: seeing patients in her clinic, hospital inpatients, obstetrics, emergency room medicine, oncology and palliative care. She enjoys the variety of work and the challenges of rural medicine.
“The thing about working in a rural town is – we are the canary in the coal mine,” says Dr Larsen Soles. “We fall apart sooner because we have less people and fewer resources. We are the early warning signs and symptoms of the ‘health’ of the health care system.”
Dr Larsen Soles steps into the role of President after a long involvement with Doctors of BC in which she has held the positions of Chair of the Council on Health Policy and Economics, Chair of the General Assembly, Vice Chair of the Board and District Board Delegate among others. While her own background is in rural medicine, her experience with Doctors of BC makes her a strong advocate for the entire profession, including urban physicians and specialists. During her term, she will focus on three main priorities:
“I’ve spent a number of years finding solutions to health care challenges in my rural community, and with a degree of success,” says Dr Larsen Soles. “But my interest is far broader than my community and far broader than rural. If we want to do better for our patients, then we need to improve the system as a whole. That’s what motivates me and that’s why I wanted to be President.”
Her inauguration speech from the Annual General Meeting can be found here.