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(Class of '01) Cynthia Xin-Ya Qian - A Higher Perspective

Cynthia fondly remembers The Study’s weekly assemblies in the gym as a time to share stories, great news and joyful moments in a cozy, family-like environment. Making her way to the back of the gym and sitting on the grade 11 benches is where Cynthia learned progressively to gain a higher perspective. It was after meeting inspirational role models during Career Days at The Study, and enjoying volunteering with geriatric and dialysis patients for her Community Service requirements, that Cynthia’s career choices became solidified.

Cynthia graduated from McGill University’s Faculty of Medicine in 2008. As a final year surgical resident in Ophthalmology at Université de Montréal and a concurrent Masters student in Experimental Medicine at McGill University, Cynthia is already renowned for her research and publications including her work as a volunteer member of Orbis International, an organization dedicated to the prevention of blindness around the world.

Cynthia has made an impact in the lives of her patients now and in establishing sustainable long-term solutions for the future. As a member of the Canadian Federation of Medical Students, she helped develop a rural outreach program that pairs medical students and high school students in rural areas with the goal of encouraging young people to pursue a career in medicine and to serve their community.

In October 2012, Cynthia was awarded the prestigious award ‘Personnalité par excellence’ by the provincial non-profit organization Forces Avenir. Shortly thereafter, in November 2012, Cynthia was named ‘Personnalité de la semaine’ by La Presse-Radio Canada for her achievements in her field. Cynthia believes “everyone has the potential to be innovative and bring about change”, and she encourages Study students to never stop learning, pushing boundaries and doing their best.

In July 2013, Cynthia will be on her way to the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary/Harvard Medical School to a Vitreoretinal surgical fellowship, sub-specializing in the treatment of surgical problems of the retina and the eye.