Jason Kinnin’s ultimate goal is to finish medical school and to live somewhere warm.
At 21, the latest winner of Carleton’s Chancellor’s Medal is the youngest in his first-year medical class at Memorial University in Newfoundland and he realizes he has more than a decade of studies ahead, but he’s adamant enough to hang on to his lifelong dream.
“I plan to do my residency somewhere in Canada – I’m leaning towards radiology, but I am open to anything and everything,” says Kinnin, who graduates with a Bachelor of Science degree, with a major in integrated science. “Then I hope to maybe do a fellowship somewhere in the United States and finally find a job somewhere in the southern U.S. or maybe even Australia, where I can live by the beach and not have to deal with harsh Canadian winters.”
Kinnin credits Carleton’s programs, courses and resources for allowing him to complete his program in only three years.
“This program allowed me to complete all the necessary prerequisites for med school. I truly enjoyed almost every course I took at Carleton and the best part was the flexibility to pursue electives from many different faculties, such as psychology, English, math and classics.”
The young medical student also credits some of his professors for being so supportive, including neuroscience instructor Kim Hellemans for “her comprehensive, yet exciting teaching style, along with her willingness to get to know each of her students,” and Harry MacKay, a contract instructor in the Abizaid laboratory who selected Kinnin as his teaching assistant.
Initially, Kinnin had a difficult time adjusting to his move to Carleton in the fall of 2012, after studying for a year at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology in Oshawa.
“However,” he recalls, “looking back, I really value my time in Ottawa and at Carleton and I am very glad I made the decision to transfer.”
He took on such projects as being a student blogger for the admissions office and a volunteer notetaker for the Paul Menton Centre.
“Then, during the summer of 2014, I was granted an NSERC (Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada) Undergraduate Student Research Award (USRA), and that was a great experience.”
The $4,500 USRA awards encourage students to pursue graduate studies and a research career in the fields of natural sciences and engineering.
While he is “extremely honoured” by the distinction of earning the Chancellor’s Medal, Kinnin says he never expected to win and it comes as a great surprise.