“During my Bachelor of Science degree at Western I was able to take courses in two of my favourite areas of basic science – biology and physics. I completed a Double Major in Medical Physics and Medical Cell Biology, and had the opportunity to take a variety of courses from quantum mechanics and nanomaterials to genetics and advanced cell biology. I learned something new and interesting every day, broadening my knowledge base through different scientific disciplines. Most importantly, I enjoyed what I was learning and I was engaged in all of my courses.
I knew that I wanted to pursue medicine early on in my academic career. There is no “pre-med program”, but the skills that I acquired in my courses in the Department of Physics and Astronomy have been invaluable as I continued my education at the Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry. My physics courses taught me how to think – how to assess, analyze, and solve a particular problem. These skills, as well as the ability to think outside the box, are extremely important when considering diagnoses in medicine. Collaboration and teamwork in laboratories and group projects are also skills essential in the interprofessional delivery of health care today.
The Department of Physics and Astronomy was very supportive and collegial, with professors who were great mentors, thus ensuring success in my academic career and future goals. I finished the Medical Physics and Medical Cell Biology Double Major program with two Western Gold Medals in each major. I was well-equipped to undertake the rigors of medical school, and I successfully matched into a competitive program for residency. Choosing to study physics was the key piece of the puzzle in my academic career.”