Student Spotlight: Alex Corrigan

July 8, 2020

Alex Corrigan, Medical Student, University of Calgary

Contributed by University of Calgary’s Cumming School of Medicine medical student Stephanie Smith

Alex Corrigan is a final-year medical student at the University of Calgary. As the past president of the Calgary Medical Students’ Association, his leadership skills were called upon during the unprecedented pandemic and lead to the launch of the Students for Healthcare Providers initiative.

This initiative provided support to physicians within Calgary who required daycare services or logistical support during a time when there were limited resources and many physicians struggled to balance the demands of clinical responsibilities with family needs. Alex promptly took action and recognized an opportunity to help maintain the efficiency of the clinical workforce and to help decrease additional stress on physicians.

Additionally, Alex volunteered for eight weeks as a contact tracer with the Alberta COVID-19 Exposure Response Team, which is responsible for developing a prompt action plan for case investigation, contact tracing and communication strategy to those impacted by the virus. This team was led by medical officers of health and public health residents who developed a model to use medical student volunteers to manage the work efforts that flattened the curve and protected Albertans.

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