Family Physician, EMR Peer Champion, Curler
“I love living on PEI. I really enjoy my practice in Hunter River. I love working at Central Queens Health Centre. It’s really where I want to be and want to stay. I think Prince Edward Island has so much to offer and I feel very lucky to be here.”
In March 2020, Dr. Kaylee Murphy moved to Prince Edward Island to take over a family practice and live with her partner. Being from Cape Breton and having spent a lot of the time on the Island visiting family in her youth, the move to the Island just made sense. Her arrival coincided with the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, so it was an intense period for the healthcare system. Despite this, both the staff at her clinic in Hunter River as well as the Medical Director helped her settle in.
Based in Charlottetown, Dr. Murphy loves living in the city. From fantastic dining experiences to a vibrant arts community, it has everything someone may need. Plus, it’s a short 20-minute drive from her practice in Hunter River.
Dr. Murphy finds the emphasis on collaborative care on the Island encouraging. While she primarily works with a nurse practitioner, she communicates with a network of primary care nurses and medical staff within the Central Queens Health Centre. Dr. Murphy believes this holistic approach provides a strong sense of community within the Health Centre as everyone looks out for one another.
“What really surprised me when I started here was the amount of support that does exist for physicians. Here you have that nursing support who knows your patients as well as you do. It feels like you’re approaching every encounter as a team.
Dr. Murphy is also an EMR peer champion with the Medical Society of PEI. In this role, she travels across the Island assisting her colleagues. It’s a great opportunity to connect with people she would not otherwise have a chance to meet.
Outside of work, Dr. Murphy likes to stay active and enjoy the outdoors. In the summer, she’ll go from office to sand to visit one of the many beaches on the Island, play a round of golf, or run on the Confederation Trail. In the winter, she plays in a curling league.