For Leitch, the transition to private life did not go smoothly.
As parents and their children entered her clinics, she found herself dragged into discussions about her political views. In the interview, she at first said the interactions were positive, but when pressed acknowledged it was not always the case.
For parents to be concerned she had an “agenda” was not in the best interests of the children she wanted to help, Leitch said.
“It was beyond disruptive,” she said.
“For me personally, it was very uncomfortable. And I can’t imagine what it was like for the child.”
So, after encouragement from Canadian colleagues and after canvassing available jobs elsewhere, she settled on accepting a position as chief of pediatric orthopedic surgery at the children’s hospital of Mississippi and moved there last spring.