On Thursday 4 August nearly 200 people attended a student open day for the Westmead Research Hub at the Westmead Institute of Medical Research (WIMR).
Hub partners include the WIMR, University of Sydney, Children’s Medical Research Institute, Kids Research Institute at The Children’s Hospital at Westmead, and Western Sydney Local Health District.
Prospective students mingled with staff, supervisors and current PhD students to discuss options for research careers at the Westmead precinct.
We interviewed four students and asked them “Why they chose Westmead?” and “Where do you see yourself in 10 years?” A big thanks to Hannah, Cosmo, Jason and Alex for chatting to us! We wish you well for your future and hope to see you at work in the new acute services building and the Innovation Centre.
Right now I’m double majoring in pharmacology and physiology and I’d like to undertake a masters of philosophy next year and eventually study medicine.
I’d like to study medicine because I want to help people and I know that there are many ways to help people but I think health is one of the most important because you can’t enjoy anything else if you’re not healthy.
Ten years from now I’d like to be a surgeon and I think I knew for sure that surgery was the path that I’d like to pursue in my first
At Westmead I think one of the great things is that it’s very interdisciplinary. It offers a range of supervisors that are doing
Well ten years from now I hope to be practicing as a clinician, so I’m enrolled in the MD program here at the University of Sydney as well, and I hope to get clinical placement out here at Westmead and also keep a couple of limbs in research, so to speak. I hope that I will be able to communicate some of my clinical skills with a research setting and see whether I can sort of have that interplay. So, do a little bit of clinical work but also do a bit of research that relates to that and maybe discover something interesting.
I chose Westmead because it had a lot of potential with a little background and a lot of research that I did I realised that it was close to the hospital and most of the supervisors and students are also in one particular area so there is a lot of collaboration and because it is close to the hospital you are able to see the direct translation of research into clinical management. So I thought that was an opportunity for me looking at my background as a clinical microbiologist – something that would really help me. So that’s why I decided to come to Westmead Hospital.
Well, ten years from now I have always wanted to impart knowledge. I’d want to be a researcher [and academic] ... because I thought that there’s a lot that I’d impart to future generations. Try to teach them what I’ve learned … the steps I’ve taken to this particular level . Let people also understand and share knowledge. I mean, it is important at the end of the day, to try and let people understand, disseminate and share information, and make the world a better place. That’s what I believe in.
I don’t know too much about other hospitals but all I know is that Westmead offers the best and [has] probably the most amount of opportunities compared to other hospitals and this is the hospital that is affiliated with the University of Sydney, which is my alma mater soon to be.
So, ten years from now I would love to be not just a doctor or a surgeon, but someone who is also researching methods and possible cures for the cancers and diseases like Parkinson’s or Alzheimer’s . Because I really think the people, and the families, who are suffering from those diseases need the help … all the help that they can get.
Photo caption: Left - Aerial shot of Research Hub Open Day, Right - Prospective students chat with a staff member