“Anatomy and Cell Biology is such a reputable department, and the program is an awesome mix of not only course work and research, but there are endless opportunities to TA, observe surgeries, and give lectures, all of which were big attractions for me coming to Western.”
What is it about your grad program that enables you to thrive and be successful?
One of the best things about the Clinical Anatomy program is the resources that are right at our finger tips. We’re really fortunate to have full access to the human anatomy lab, anatomy museum, and not to mention the resources that we have access to for research purposes. On top of all that, we have the most supportive department and faculty. If I’m ever stumped on my research, or have any kind of question for that matter, there are experts in the field just down the hall whose doors are always open! As students, we’re really lucky to have such an encouraging department, and inspiring environment.
What’s the best advice you could give to someone considering applying to your graduate program?
Find what makes you happy, and discover your niche! If you’re passionate about what you’re learning and researching, then you’re bound to be successful. I don’t begrudge a single day I come to campus; I absolutely love it!
Where is “home” for you?
Where did you complete your undergraduate degree?
University of Waterloo, Kinesiology
Why did you come to Western for your graduate degree?
I found out about the Clinical Anatomy program in my second year of undergraduate program, and as I worked my way through undergrad I realized how perfect this program was for me – it’s directly in line with my goals. I’ve always wanted to teach anatomy, and with the Clinical Anatomy program there’s a big emphasis on teaching methods, education techniques, and soft skill development, which is hard to find with other graduate programs. I don't just want to teach anatomy, but I want to be great at teaching anatomy, and I think I’m on the long road there thanks to this ACB and Western. I honestly can’t imagine myself anywhere but Western!
Describe your research in 100 words or less.
I’m working with Dr. Alan Getgood at the Fowler Kennedy Sport Medicine Clinic on campus, and I’m looking at the ligamentum mucosum in the knee joint. My research involves cadaveric dissections, histology, immunohistochemistry, and biomechanical testing to analyze the morphological characteristics and functional properties of this ligament, and hopefully shed some light on its potential role in the knee joint.
Have you worked as a TA or RA?
One of my favorite things about the Clinical Anatomy program is the teaching experience we gain through various TA positions. Not only have I grown as a teacher and communicator, but in order to teach the material you have to know it inside and out, so my understanding of anatomy and histology has developed even more so through all the TA positions.
What one thing would you like people to know about you?
I was competitive figure skater and homeschooled until I was 16.