University of Toronto (Biology)
albany medical college (PhD)
Being an educator is not just about presenting the material and meeting learning objectives, it is being given the opportunity to foster a student’s interest and love in a subject while developing life-long skills and providing career guidance which students can take beyond the classroom. Skills such as analytical problem solving techniques, time management and public speaking are some of the most important traits required to be a successful professional these days and I know I have the passion and expertise to provide them.
I was awarded my Doctorate of Philosophy in Biomedical Sciences from Albany Medical College in January 2015. During my graduate studies I received ‘The Dean’s Certificate and Award in Recognition of Excellence in Research’ in 2012 and published my first-author thesis research in the American Journal of Physiology – Lung Cellular Molecular Physiology in 2014.
In 2013, I was honored with ‘The Dean’s Certificate and Leonard Procita Award for Excellence in Teaching’ at Albany Medical College. This award was given in recognition of my contributions, excellence, and effective teaching style as a Lab Instructor and Teaching Assistant throughout my time as a graduate student. From 2009 through 2014, I worked as a Lab Instructor for the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Advanced Physiology ‘Pig Lab’. This is a once in a lifetime and eye-opening experience for the students while AMC remains one of the last U.S. institutions to perform a teaching lab such as this. As a Teaching Assistant at AMC, I ran Electrocardiogram and Cardiovascular Computer Simulation Labs for both first year medical students at AMC and upper-class students in the Biomedical Engineering program at RPI. I would engage students, guide their problem solving skills, and challenge their knowledge.
In the summer of 2008, I earned the position of Class Instructor within the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Medicine Youth Summer Program. This program was a one month long summer camp for high school students with weeklong modules focusing on Human Physiology, Molecular Biology & Genetics, Pharmacology & Toxicology, and Microbiology. I would lead my class of 20-30 students from 1-5pm conducting science based demonstrations, activities, and experiments relating to the morning lectures provided by University Faculty focusing on the weeks theme. That inaugural summer was a great success and the program has continued on into its 9th year.
In my final full academic year at Albany Medical College, I was awarded ‘The Richard H. Edmonds Alumni Leadership Award’ in 2014 rounding out my successes at Albany Medical College. Being an educator is not just about presenting the material and meeting learning objectives, it is being given the opportunity to foster a student’s interest and love in a subject while developing life-long skills and providing career guidance which students can take beyond the classroom. Skills such as analytical problem solving techniques, time
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