Dr. Prism Schneider, 38, MD’08, PhD’08, is one of the few female orthopaedic trauma surgeons in Canada, but that’s not why she’s a Top 40. It’s her groundbreaking research that is changing surgical practice and improving patient outcomes that could save thousands of lives — plus, her umpteen job titles at UCalgary didn’t hurt!
What is one of the top lessons you learned at UCalgary? Hard work, dedication and perseverance truly do result in successful achievement of your goals, so aim high, put your nose to the grindstone, and you can achieve anything.
To what do you attribute your current success? I grew up in a small town in Saskatchewan, but I spent most weekends throughout junior high and high school downhill ski racing for the Sunshine Village Ski Team, staying in Calgary with family and driving more than six hours in each direction every couple of weeks in order to do so. These early life experiences taught me the value of dedication, commitment and personal discipline. Ski racing uniquely combines individual success with team dedication and has largely defined the values that continue to motivate me. I am passionate, devoted and determined (otherwise known as stubbornness). These attributes have supported me in my perseverance for clinical and academic excellence.
What is something you think everyone should do at least once in their lives? Shark diving in Cape Town, South Africa. This is a must-do — but only once. It is an exhilarating and terrifying experience that brings true appreciation for the strength and resilience of these great animals.
What quirks do you have? In my mind, I am six feet tall, I can dance and carry a tune!
What is the luckiest thing that has happened to you? I just won an auction for X92.2 One Weekend Only, where I was able to support Inn from the Cold through a donation, but also attend a concert with several fantastic Canadian bands.
A significant memory from UCalgary? I met my partner of 13 years, Dr. Paul Cantle [MBT’04, MD’08], when we were children ski racing for Sunshine Village, then again during our undergraduate degrees at McGill University, but it wasn’t until the first day of medical school orientation at the U of C where the stars finally aligned, and we have been happily together ever since. He is my greatest supporter and I am truly grateful for his unwavering love and support through over a decade of adventure, tribulation and determination.