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Edmonton, Canada


Medical Student, Dancer

Country(s) Visited:

Guinea – June-July 2017


  • University of of St. Andrews – BS in Medicine
  • University of Oxford – MSc Global Health Science & Epidemiology
  • University of Alberta – Doctor of Medicine

Second-year medical student Julia Sawatzky will head to Oxford University next fall as the University of Alberta’s 2019 Rhodes Scholar.

The Rhodes Scholarship is considered the most prestigious in the world. Each year 11 are awarded across Canada, three in the West.

Sawatzky will study tropical medicine and public health policy, especially as they apply to young populations in sub-Saharan Africa. But her interest in health and the human body was first sparked by a more artistic pursuit—ballet.

As a dedicated dancer most of her life, she attended high school at Calgary’s School of Alberta Ballet before continuing her dance training at the University of Saint Andrews in Scotland. While earning a bachelor’s degree in medicine, she fell in love with contemporary dance and is now a member of the U of A’s MOD Contemporary Dance Movement troupe.