School of Graduate Studies

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School of Graduate Studies

Alexandra Boasie-Goodman: Queen’s Graduate and Health Care Professional

December, 2015
By Adenike Ogunrinde

Alumnist - Alexandra Boasie-Goodman

Alexandra Boasie-Goodman

Alexandra describes herself as “a Master of Science Graduate with a passion for advanced topics in anatomical education, and a keen interest in cancer care and quality improvement.” After having perused Alexandra’s LinkedIn profile, I can confidently say that these passions are evident in everything she pursues.

During the 3rd year of her undergraduate degree, Alexandra’s passion for anatomy and physiology thrived, motivating her to begin a Master’s of Anatomical Sciences at Queen’s in 2010. Her Master’s degree was a multidisciplinary program, incorporating a thesis project, graduate course-work, a teaching practicum, and technical training in anatomical preparations/dissections. Alexandra was drawn to the multi-disciplinary nature of this program. She felt it would promote the development of her theoretical knowledge base and prepare her for future career opportunities. Ultimately, Alexandra was able to develop a comprehensive skill set during her MSc. that has helped her succeed in her current role as a health care professional.

“Self-directed learning and problem solving tasks were rooted in the program” she says, which helped her develop critical thinking skills in addition to the ability to work well independently and in a team. Courses in “University Teaching and Learning” from the Centre for Teaching and Learning, and courses in “Principles in Teaching and Learning in Health Sciences” from the Department of Biomedical Sciences helped her develop more specific professional skills including teaching at the university level and efficient health promotion. Furthermore, conducting thesis research and anatomical dissection alongside fellow lab mates helped to foster good team-work.

In addition to a more traditional course based education and independent academic learning, Alexandra was able to build a versatile skill set by working as a teaching assistant.  She found this position particularly useful, as it allowed her to employ teaching principles in a classroom setting. Because of these experiences, she feels she is “better able to communicate and explain complex principles to target audiences, and [is] more equipped to teach peers and patients in an unconventional way.” In addition, she developed “the confidence to speak in front of diverse audiences” which she believes is an important skill for almost any career path.

Alexandra is a Healthcare Administrator for the Mississauga Halton Central West Regional Cancer Program where she is involved in health promotion and quality improvement.  Alexandra is currently implementing programs to expedite and streamline the diagnostic journey for patients. She feels that research skills developed through her MSc. have enabled her to effectively plan, implement, and evaluate programs; moreover, the communication and teaching skills she has developed allow her to “speak to patients in a meaningful way”. 

To land the impressive job Alexandra has now, she made use of more than the skills she developed over the course of her MSc. degree. She also took advantage of connections made through her professor and the resources at Career Services at Queen’s.

When I asked Alexandra if she had any advice for graduate students soon to be on the job search she said “don’t be afraid to take chances; get to know your alumni, learn from every experience and build strong, meaningful relationships along the way.” For those more specifically in the Anatomical sciences, she suggests joining the Anatomical Sciences Alumni Group on Facebook and on LinkedIn to broaden your professional network.

Learn more about her career path and the skills she has built along the way via her LinkedIn profile