Dr. Christopher Lowe - Medical Microbiologist and Infection Prevention and Control Physician
Submitted by Jenica Montgomery
Medical Microbiologist and Infection Prevention and Control Physician
Division of Medical Microbiology and Infection Prevention and Control
Describe your job in one sentence:
I am a consultant for the investigation, diagnosis, prevention and management of infections.
What’s your favourite thing about your work?
Everyday is always different.
How long have you worked at PHC?
I have been at PHC since August 2013.
What does patient and family centered care mean to you?
Patient and family centered care is ensuring that it is the focus for each decision or intervention recommended by Infection Prevention and Control. We want to consider the impact of an intervention, such as placing a patient on precautions, would have on the patient, as well as their roommates and other patients in the facility. The goal is to prevent infections in hospital, and it is only achieved in collaboration with patients, families and healthcare workers.
I completed most of my clerkship rotations in medical school at PHC, and I learned so much from the patients and staff. After completing my residency in Toronto, I was fortunate enough to have a position become available at PHC in Medical Microbiology, and I eagerly jumped at the chance to return to PHC. Although a quaternary academic care centre, I noticed the collegiality and collaborative efforts of all of the health care workers, with the primary focus of improving patient care and the patient experience.
What's the one part of your job you look forward to most?
The best part of the days have always been my interactions with my colleagues at PHC, from discussing clinical cases to talking about ideas to improve patient care at PHC to taking a few moments and catching up.
If you weren't an infection prevention and control physician, what would you be?
If I was not a physician, I think that I would have become a high school teacher, perhaps teaching science or math. If I had more natural golfing talent, I would have loved to be a professional golfer!
If you could bring one famous person back from the dead who would it be?
The list could potentially be endless. However, if I really had that power to bring someone back, I would use it to have another day with my grandfather on his farm in the Okanagan. He was one of the most genuine and hardworking people I have ever known, and I could never get enough of being around his company.
If you could live in a book, TV show, or movie, what would it be?
Would it be possible to live in the world of ESPN, and have front row seats to any and all sporting events?
What is your idea of perfect happiness?
A sunny day in Vancouver with my friends and family.
If you had a year off with pay, what would you do?
With a year off, I would travel the world. There are so many places I haven't had a chance to explore yet, in seeing the sites, the culture and eating all of the food.
What do you "know now" that you wish you "knew then?"
Take more time to enjoy the experience. There have been times I was too focused on studying or passing the next exam, and I didn't really step back and appreciate the experience.
Who or what inspires you?
My mother has always been an inspiration to me. She sacrificed everything for her family. She immigrated to Canada as a teenager who didn't speak English and didn't have any money. In lieu of her own education, she managed to find several jobs and took care of her younger siblings to ensure they could go to school. If I ever think I'm too tired or worked too many hours, I think about what she had to go through and realize that it pales in comparison to the challenges she overcame.
What is one thing we might be surprised to learn about you?
One of my favorite things to do when travelling is to see if there are any unique food items at McDonald's. The EBI-fillet in Japan is one of my favorites.