Friday, December 05, 2008

Freeze Frame with Warren Bonnell (Loyalist PR 07/08)

Today’s Freeze Frame features Warren Bonnell (Loyalist PR 07/08) who is now working as Regional Manager for CanAm Physician Recruiting in Newfoundland and Labrador.

Prior to applying to the Post-Grad Public Relations Program at Loyalist College, Warren worked for 15 years in the medical sales industry.

Freeze Frame:
Tell us a little bit about your current position.

Warren Bonnell: I work directly with the four health boards in the province matching their physician vacancies with the doctors that are in our data base. This involves having a knowledge of the licensing requirements/procedures for this province and guiding the physicians interested in specific positions through the entire process.

Each week I have regular conference calls/meetings with health boards as well as numerous physicians, of whom the majority are International Medical Grads (IMG's) looking to come to Canada.

FF: How did you come to apply for the Post-Grad PR program at Loyalist?

WB: After having extensive experience in medical sales, I felt a need to step back and return to school to further develop my overall communication skills and possibly pursue a different career path.

FF: What did Loyalist PR do for you?

WB: Loyalist PR helped improve my analytical skills. It helped me to take the complexities of a given situation and be able to present the analysis of it in an organized, well-thought out, well-written format.

As well, I was able to enhance my presentation skills. I present regularly to the health boards, and am an active member of Toastmasters. The Program gave me even more exposure to public speaking and presenting.

FF: What did you enjoy most about Loyalist PR?

WB: My favourite memories would be the fun we had in class playing Kerry's “creative" games. Of course they ALWAYS related to Public Relations in one way or another. From dancing like frogs, playing Balderdash, to building a kingdom/castle with toothpicks, it all had undercurrents of the communications business. Actually, I smile now as I think of those moments.

FF: Do you have any words of advice for this year’s Loyalist PR students?

WB: Start the projects close to the date they're assigned and be on time in submitting them. Be on time for class and if you’re not there let Kerry know why!

FF: Since you’re working in the medical field, do you have any favourite medical TV dramas?

WB: My favourite medical drama has to be Grey's Anatomy for all the obvious reasons: they have the prettiest girls of any medical drama!

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