My favourite course was definitely infectious diseases. I really enjoyed microbiology during my undergrad and I did a practicum placement on the Communicable Disease Team at KFL&A Public Health Unit and really enjoyed that as well, so I was excited to learn more when it came to the course during my Master’s. It did not disappoint! We had great professors, they made the course interesting and I learned a great deal.
The MPH program at Queen’s is great and really opened my eyes to the various populations we have right here in Canada. It’s hard to believe how many struggling populations there are who really need help but are often forgotten. It also furthered my understanding and knowledge base of all the different components/dynamics that make up what we call ‘public health’.
I am currently working for NCIC CTG as a monitor. NCIC CTG is internationally renowned and is Canada’s leading research organization for oncology clinical trials. I conduct on-site monitoring visits of clinical trials across Canada to ensure compliance with Good Clinical Practice and other applicable regulations and guidelines. In addition I interpret on-site and central monitoring findings, identify areas of non-compliance and summarize all aspects of monitoring in confidential reports and presentations.
I draw on my skills I have learned in my MPH for my job on a daily basis. These skills include data analysis and scientific methodology, and the use of research protocols.