"After 13 years of post-secondary training to become a specialist physician in internal medicine, I often think back fondly on those first four years at the Western Physics and Astronomy Department.
While medicine may seem like a departure from physics, it was from my undergraduate studies in medical physics that I first refined the analytical and problem solving skills required in managing critically ill patients. Through my physics training at Western and working in Dr. Blaine Chronik’s MR lab (xMR Laboratory), I developed a love for systematically approaching complex problems, dissecting them down to fundamental first principles, and then building back up a unifying solution. These are crucial skills I use every day when taking care of complicated patients with undifferentiated illnesses and competing medical comorbidities.
The wonderful training at Western with close-knit peers and supportive professors had prepared me for my career path as an internal medicine physician, and I am proud to be a Western Physics alumnus!"