jeudi 31 janvier 2013

A mentor among many others...

Pardonnez-moi lecteurs français & québécois mais je devrais faire un billet français relativement bientôt.

Hello Readers,

I'm starting to accumulate many mentors and currently, I have 3 mentors so far.

During the last few weeks, I've been going to Montreal for work. I get to fix computer, repair them and replace them and during these tasks, I get to talk with one of my mentor. The mentor in question did the base 4 years of medicine and I don't know if he started a residency but he never completed one; tangentially, he went to work for a few pharma companies as sales rep in France but this is not what I wanted to speak about (even if knowing the inner world of sales in big pharma is in itself useful).

During our discussion, we get to talk about the many residency choices in medicine and I have a few favorites such as psychiatry and neurosurgery but the last time I visited him (last week-end), we discussed about another option, diagnostic radiology and that option look interesting. The primary task of a radiologist is to interpret scans in many situations (from a brain scan up to a whole body scan while doing lung scans and various other scan in the process) but also increasing is the task of doing intervention radiology procedure (from MeSH[1]: Subspecialty of radiology that combines organ system radiography, catheter techniques and sectional imaging.)

The residency last 5 years and include in the first year, internal medicine and general surgery rotation which would fill my needs for surgical techniques. The residency also include some research work with at least one scientific publication done during the residency. Speaking about research work, I am undertaking another meta-analysis with the subject being head injury in the adult and pediatric population; in fact, there will gonna be several publications because there is around 4500 neuroimaging publication currently in pubmed and since brain injury tends to affect the whole brain, there is the potential to have several publications using whole-brain scans as opposed to region of interest which is a primary requirement of a meta-analysis. I also recruited the services of a bio-statistician at the University of Montreal who is also working on a neuroimaging software (for reference The only caveat is that I am the only one who have participated in a meta-analysis; both my mentor and the statistician never received any training regarding meta-analysis so the inclusion and exclusion criteria for the studies will rest on my shoulders. I can live with that :)

As far as the meta-analysis goes, the publications will serve on my application process for medical studies at McGill.

Regarding the curriculum of my studies, I made some adjustment and thus, I will do a bachelor of engineering in physical engineering with the biomedical engineering concentration. The purpose of the bachelor in physical engineering is because I'll gain unique insight in scanner technology (ok, I'll admit this could be easily done with a bachelor in biophysical science but wait a minute) and also, I'll gain some unique insight in nano-particles which will be increasingly used in radiology in combination with MRI scanners.

After the bachelor in physical engineering, I'll do a master in medical physics at McGill and then I will apply for the joint MD/PhD program with the PhD done in the medical physics department at McGill. Regarding the research work (during the master & phd), I hope to do it on contrast agent for cancers or else, vascular injuries in the brain. New method to deliver directed chemotherapies using contrast agent targeting the tumor could also be developed.


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