I’m associated with Multiple Sclerosis / MRI research group at the Center for Brain Health at UBC. My research pertains to developing computational models to automatically predict clinical outcomes on brain MRIs. I constantly find myself surrounded by women who are doing a terrific job of being the trail blazers in their respective careers and fields of research in medicine. Women who are leading, inspiring and guiding tons of other aspiring female students and young scientists to seize the day and pursue their passions. Being part of such a supportive clan feels empowering. Excelling in any field is a daunting journey, but having the right support system can not only make it less stressful but turn it into a fun challenging ride. Having such amazing role models inspires me to not only dream big and excel myself but also become a motivating role model for the other female students who need encouragement to peruse their dream careers in the field of medicine.
Dare to dream big and then go for it! Sometimes getting into the career of your dreams may seem like an intimidating task. I would suggest talking to as many professionals related to your area of interest as possible, for advice, and for pointers to shape a strategic plan towards achieving your goal. Tapping into professional network surrounding your area of interest is something that can allow you to make big leaps towards getting your dream job or position. If the first few things you try don’t work out, don’t be discouraged and persevere until you get your big break.