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French Shore Academy student to attend Queens University in September

Jehan Irhan in her 2018 graduation photo from French Shore Academy.
Jehan Irhan in her 2018 graduation photo from French Shore Academy. - SUBMITTED PHOTO

Jehan Irfan earns a place in prestigious medical school program

PORT SAUNDERS, N.L. — Thanks to her hard work and high grades, Jehan Irfan of Port Saunders will begin Queen's University Accelerated Route to Medical School (QuARMS) in September.

In the QuARMS program, students complete two years at Queens and then go directly into medical school rather than first completing an undergraduate degree and then beginning the application process.

In accepting a spot in the QuARMS program, Irhan had to turn down Western University’s National Scholarship and a full scholarship from Dalhousie University.

Becoming a doctor has been a lifelong dream for 17 year old Irfan, who is a student at French Shore Academy.

“I've wanted to be a doctor for as long back as I can remember. I've always really admired the profession, and think it's a very humbling, impactful career as a whole,” Irfan said. “I'd like to work in the field and do the best job I possibly can for my patients and make their lives better in any way I can.”

QuARMS is one of the most competitive programs in Canada. Irfan’s initial application was one of thousands the school received. She was then among hundreds selected for a supplemental application, and, from that group, among 40 selected for an interview. She is one of just 10 students from across the country to be asked to join the program for this September.

“It's truly an honor to be selected for such a prestigious program; it's such an opportunity,” Irfan said. “To be selected as 1 of 10 out of so many stellar applicants is really an honor, not to mention being the second student ever accepted from Newfoundland.”

She is looking forward to the move to university in the fall.

“Queen's is a beautiful school with a great sense of community, which I admire very much,” Irfan said. “I'm looking forward to the camaraderie with my other fellow nine students, and the experience of university itself, along with the program.”

While her grades and interviews were a major part of her acceptance in to QuARMS, her fun but busy schedule of extracurricular activities and hobbies undoubtedly played a role in demonstrating her ability to manage the multiple priorities of medical school.

“I am captain of the senior girls volleyball team, on the senior badminton team, vice-president of student council, member of senior band and a member of drama club,” Irfan said. “I'm really big on music, and play about seven different instruments. I'm also part of the local fiddle group, the French Shore Fiddlers, who tour and play traditional Newfoundland Fiddle Music, which I really enjoy.”

Outside of school, she is in the Air Cadet Program (she hopes to get her private pilot’s license this summer), she is part of the Youth Advisory with the local RCMP that creates events for youth, and she is learning a martial art - Krav Maga.
Irfan says her family has been very supportive and they are very proud of her achievement.

“I'm really happy that I was able to bring this happiness and pride to my family,” Irfan said. “My parents and sisters have always been 110 per cent supportive of me and anything I do, and this whole process has been no different, so I'm really lucky in that aspect.”
Irfan is proud to be a good representative of her school and her home and she is grateful to the support she has received.

“I'd also really like to thank my parents and my teachers for all they've done (and continue to do), and helping me get this far; I most certainly wouldn't have done it without them.”
 

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