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Student, Master of Nursing

"U of T's Nurse Practitioner Program has the most clinical hours of all programs in the country and has the most clinically active NP instructors, true clinician-scientists and experts in their field. My faculty mentors are some of the few nurses in Canadian academia who actively contribute to the critical care and emergency knowledge base," reports Douma.

At 18, Matthew Douma knew that working with critically ill and injured people was his career goal. He started as a pre-hospital care provider, ski patroller, and search and rescue medic in the greater Vancouver area. Since then, he has provided assistance in disaster and relief settings. Douma has taken that dedication to nine different countries, while maintaining a role in Edmonton, Alberta's busy inner-city emergency department, ICU, and CCU. He now applies that drive to the distance Nurse Practitioner Program at Bloomberg Nursing.

"I want to establish a role where I can perform and lead expert clinical care, pursue my research interests and perform process improvements," says Douma. "The online learning experience at U of T Nursing brings together the knowledge and schedule I need to be successful."

After graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of the Fraser Valley, Douma began his international work with an internship in Hanoi, Vietnam with UNICEF. The experience went beyond nursing and equipped him with knowledge of international governance, leadership, and global politics. This work with UN agencies and the Canadian Medical Assistance Team (CMAT) has taken Douma on assignments ranging from one week to six months when disaster strikes. From his recent stop in Haiti working in the country's only ICU, to training paramedics in India and applying his nursing background to rural health centres in Cambodia, or collaborating on disaster policy in Havana Cuba, Douma has truly immersed himself in emergency services.

Closer to home, Douma has embarked on the Collaborative Specialization in Resuscitation Sciences and the Adult Stream of the Nurse Practitioner Program at Bloomberg Nursing and taken advantage of the online learning offered by the program. This virtual arrangement allows Douma to continue working at Royal Alexandria Hospital to maintain his clinical focus while advancing his learning and training, which he hopes to apply to further domestic and international work.

“I log into my coursework from work and make contributions, I Skype into Resuscitation Science classes and seminars, I maintain my academic commitments while at home and abroad. The content is meaningful, it's cutting-edge science and it's accessible from anywhere with an internet connection. For me the choice of program was obvious."

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