Dr. Mary Bennett
Behind the Stethoscope with Dr. Mary Bennett, 2015 Miracle Weekend Honorary Physician
I was born in Saskatchewan and moved to BC during high school. My parents were both small-town doctors in Saskatchewan and we relocated to the coastal town of Powell River.
I did my undergraduate and medical degrees at UBC, had rotating internships in Montreal, and then completed my residency at BC Children’s Hospital and my Critical Care fellowship at Sick Kids Hospital in Toronto. I've now been at BC Children’s Hospital for more than 25 years. I had the honour of being a part of the second set of medical students to train in the "new" Children's Hospital in 1982.
I'm married and have four children. The youngest is 15 and the oldest is 24.
What you would never know about me…
I was an avid knitter all the way through medical school, and even sewed my own wedding dress. I like to make jam, and I’m told by my children’s friends that I make the best chocolate chip cookies. And I don’t run marathons.
Why I became a doctor…
People would say it was because of my parents, but I never wanted to do anything other than go into the medical field. I initially thought of training to be a nurse, and then I realized women could be doctors.
I love to travel and have travelled extensively. I also enjoy fitness activities with my family. Being a parent to four children doesn’t leave much time for other hobbies...
To be a travel agent as I’ve been to most of the places, and I could help them plan their vacations.
If I didn’t have to work….
I would travel the world, and practise medicine in faraway places.
How Miracle Weekend donations make a difference to the work I do and the patients I see
Critical care is very cutting-edge, and the need to replace medical equipment and be at the forefront is very important. We're able to do that because of the funding.
How have things changed in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit in the past 25 years?
The biggest change has come from immunizations and safety initiatives. We no longer see patients with devastating illnesses that immunizations are preventing. And through safety initiatives, such as better car seats and helmets, we're seeing fewer trauma cases.
The overall acuity of our patient population has also changed. We're now able to keep really sick and compromised children alive, who never would have survived two decades ago.
Why I decided to become more involved with the Foundation through Miracle Weekend
I was particularly grateful for the funding for the simulation centre, as it has been used by so many areas of the hospital and been a fantastic addition. It made me realize that by partnering with the Foundation we can help to impact so many different areas.