Female athlete and doctor | Maxime Dufour-Lapointe: thoughtful decisions

Maxime Dufour-Lapointe has always approached his career in a very rational way. Throughout his journey, surrounded by his loved ones, he made sure to make the best decisions. And since she was good at school, there was no shortage of options.


“Medicine was a little girl’s dream,” she remembers. She had good grades and was thinking about studying in this field. Little by little she began to incorporate freestyle skiing, I had good results, I was progressing well and I wanted to see how far it would take me…”

Arriving at the 2007 World Cup, Maxime was quickly joined by his younger sisters, Chloé and Justine, and the trio formed the basis of the national team for around ten years. But the oldest had not forgotten the medicine.

“In 2013, I applied to the University of Montreal. I didn’t know if I would go to the Olympics, if I would retire… They accepted me, but the answer came after the Sochi Games (where I reached the final). I saw myself at the peak of my career, with the prospect of continuing for another four years. I would have liked to do both, but it seemed complicated with university.

“It was a difficult decision, but I decided to refuse and took the risk of applying again in 2018, the last year in which I was able to do so with my good grades in the CEGEP. In the end it worked. Looking back, I don’t know if I would have done as well if I had done it younger. My personality, my confidence are more assertive, my judgment is clearer. I really think it was the best course for me. »

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Maxime Dufour-Lapointe at the Mont-Tremblant Freestyle Skiing World Cup in 2018

And what has sport brought you?

“Medicine is about high mental performance and I was able to transpose several things from my sports career. First of all, a lot of interpersonal skills, a way of facing challenges. I am not a “memory” girl. For me, it has to come through understanding, sometimes in small bites, at my own pace.

“And you always have to be resilient, be able to get up every time you fall, also be able to adapt when the planned path does not work. It is true that my experience as an athlete, all the experiences I have had, help me understand the people in front of me, in addition of course to the knowledge acquired.

“Medicine is also very collective, we do not arrive alone! The commitment of everyone around us is something that lifts me up. I love working with the nurses at Charles-LeMoyne, they are friends who have a lot of experience and a lot to share. »

“Like a dating app”

Very rational, as we have said, Maxime Dufour-Lapointe thought carefully before choosing the specialty and the establishment where he would carry out his residency, the last stage of his medical studies. “It’s practically like a dating app,” he emphasizes. I initially applied to several programs (orthopedics, psychiatry, anesthesia, family medicine, etc.) because he wanted to have options.

“In the end, however, I chose only family medicine and opted for Charles-LeMoyne Hospital, where I appreciated the treatment of the bosses and the work environment. At the point I was in my life, this seemed the closest to my general outlook on life. For me, medicine becomes meaningful when I can take the time to get to know people and support them. It was probably a wise choice, less “high performance”, but a good family doctor should be a little second in everything! »

Always very close to his family, his parents and his sisters Justine and Chloé, Maxime considers it essential to have a good balance in his career. “In the end, I see myself practicing my profession very well in the region, ideally in the Laurentians. I have already taken courses in Mont-Laurier, Sainte-Agathe, Saint-Jérôme, I know the type of clientele and I know that I could continue skiing from time to time. »

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