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Dre Aselin Weng

“I was born in Taiwan, lived in Singapore and Vancouver, then in 2010, I moved to Montréal. I had an undergrad and master’s in physiotherapy but I always wanted to be a family doctor, as I love the longitudinal relationships I build with my patients. I feel blessed to work in Montréal serving the communities that I care so much about, namely the deaf and hard-of-hearing population, as well as unilingual Mandarin speakers. I believe my life was a series of very fortunate events. I met the most caring and invested teachers who helped me become the person I am today by encouraging me and giving me skills. That includes my high school teachers, university professors, clinical MD supervisors, and my sign language teachers.

Other than working at CMME, I also work at a specialized CHSLD for deaf and deaf-blind residents. I have over 200 deaf and hard-of-hearing patients who use Langue des Signes Québécoise (LSQ) and American Sign Language (ASL), as well as many orally deaf lip-readers. I try my best to provide care that aligns with deaf culture, so I conduct my medical visits in ASL/LSQ and wear a special clear mask. I am familiar with the resources available in the deaf community, so I can be an efficient primary care provider who connects all the services. Both deaf and hearing interpreters are vital to my practice as they will help me communicate with foreign-born deaf immigrants who are not familiar with our sign languages (or those who have never been exposed to any sign language). With the help of a sign language interpreter, I also teach first-year medical students at McGill and show them how I serve the deaf and hard-of-hearing community. I am also a clinical preceptor in the McGill Medicine elective of social pediatrics to expose medical students and residents to the care of deaf children and teenagers.

I feel the most proud when I know I’ve made a significant difference in my patient's life/health. When I take the extra time to explain things to my patients in their preferred language, I see that they understand better and trust me more. This is what I love about my job wherein I can put my skills to good use - I love that I use five languages every day!”

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