#WorkingWomenWednesday: Seveil Mohajeri

Today, we're so excited to share Seveil Mohajeri's story. She is a surgical resident in Ontario, Canada. Throughout this year, we know healthcare workers have given so much. Personally, I still remember photos that Seveil has shared that had her wearing layers on layers to protect herself and others. I'm so amazed by healthcare workers and their undying ability to help others. Read more to be amazed yourself. 
  1. What do you currently do?
    • I am a surgical resident in Ontario, Canada. My specialty is Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery (commonly known as an Ear, Nose and Throat specialist).
  1. What excites you most about your career path?
    • I feel privileged to be working in a field that focuses on helping people and requires life-long learning. Medicine is always changing, and no two days are the same. My specialty is incredibly diverse; there are procedures of differing lengths, some of which are emergencies and some of which require more long-term and ongoing care for patients. I’ve always loved working with my hands and I really enjoy operating. As well, we learn about ways to not only increase a patient’s longevity, but also their quality of life, which has been incredibly rewarding. 
  1. What struggles have you battled to get to where you are today?
    • The road to becoming a surgeon is long and has required many years of schooling and training. Although the road is long, I sometimes still wish there were more than 24 hours in a day to accomplish my goals. This paradox can be frustrating at times. I am very grateful to love what I do and to have understanding family and friends who support me through this and other challenges.
  1. How have you been working during COVID?
    • I have continued to work in the hospital during the pandemic. It has definitely been more stressful, and we have had to adjust our practices as we do a lot of procedures involving patients’ airways. I am grateful for the vaccine developers and providers of personal protective equipment that have helped healthcare providers stay safe so they can keep working.
  1. Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
    • I will be done my residency training and look forward to practicing as an attending physician. I’ve always been passionate about teaching and envision my future career involving the opportunity to teach and mentor future doctors.
  1. What does success mean to you?
    • When I envision success, I think of a medical practice where I make a positive impact on the lives of my patients and provide mentorship to the next generation of physicians. At the same time, I hope to be surrounded by people I love and who inspire and push me to be my best.
  1. What makes you feel confident?
    • Running, yoga, and a nice pair of shoes 😉
  1. Who/what inspires you?
    • Early mornings, coffee and nature inspire me. I love standing close to a body of water or a big mountain – it humbles me and reminds me that I am just a small piece of this world, that things will find a way of working themselves out and that if you look hard enough, you’ll find some creative solution to your problem.
  1. What’s your personal mission statement?
    • I was indecisive about this one, so I put three!
      • 1) Do not shy away from your fears (as long as it’s safe)
      • 2) If you’re going to do something, you might as well do it right
      • 3) A scrub cap is an excellent way to hide a bad hair day

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