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QU Pre-Matriculation Program: A Rheumatologist Journey


Dr. Andrea Knight

Delve into the inspiring journey of Dr. Andrea Knight, a pediatric rheumatologist, and Associate Scientist at SickKids. Dr. Knight's path has been anything but conventional, as she discovered her true calling through a series of failures, successes, and a passion-driven pursuit of excellence. Her dedication to research, particularly in mental health for youth with childhood-onset systemic lupus erythematosus, has been recognized with prestigious awards, highlighting the importance of following one's passion.

A Curious Beginning:

Dr. Knight embarked on her medical journey as a fourth-year medical student, exploring various specialties. Although she was initially drawn to basic science, her interest in working with children led her to choose pediatrics. Within pediatrics, she discovered her fascination with rheumatology, as it offered continuity of care and the opportunity to form meaningful relationships with her patients.

Forming Connections and Making an Impact:

The Role of Mentors:

Pursuing Research:

Dr. Knight's journey in pediatric rheumatology and research serves as a testament to the power of following one's passion and embracing failures as stepping stones to success. Through her work in mental health for youth with systemic lupus erythematosus, she has demonstrated the profound impact that dedicated individuals can have on improving the lives of others. So, let us be inspired by Dr. Knight's story and remember that the pursuit of our passions can lead us to incredible places, shaping our own unique paths in life.


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