Billy Tran, Institute of Medical Science
Year of Study: 1st
Student’s Name: Billy Tran
Graduate Department: Institute of Medical Science
Country of Residence: Canada
Why Faculty of Medicine: The University of Toronto’s Faculty of Medicine is one of the central hubs for research innovation, bringing together a vast community of health researchers with significant expertise in their respective fields. The Faculty of Medicine provides students with a well-rounded, collaborative, and interdisciplinary environment in order to address specific challenges and identify actionable solutions with a real-world impact. I was drawn to the opportunities available to conduct research under the mentorship of faculty members with specialized training in one of the world’s most diverse cities.
Why this Department: The Institute of Medical Science (IMS) offers a unique interdisciplinary program which allows students to pursue research in specialized fields and take courses across different disciplines/departments. The IMS is particularly research-focused, providing students with the opportunity to focus primarily on their own research projects as well as receive considerable support from faculty and staff. In addition, the IMS provides a great sense of community through the events, resources, and supports offered by the Institute of Medical Science Students Association (IMSSA) all year around. I feel very fortunate to work alongside other skilled, passionate, and supportive students at the IMS.
Current Research Experience: I am currently working under the supervision of Dr. Sean Rourke at the CIHR Centre for REACH in HIV/AIDS and the CIHR Community-Based Research Collaboration Centre for HIV. Drawing upon quantitative data from the Ontario HIV Stigma Index, I am working to identify the nuances of HIV stigma among people living with HIV and to leverage findings to support public health messaging campaigns to reduce HIV stigma.
Future Education Plans and/or Career Goals: After completing my degree I hope to pursue medicine in a clinical setting to provide evidence-based care to patients. I want to be able to apply the skills I have gained to tackle health issues on the front line. I hope to also continue valuable research in the field of medicine as a clinician-scientist.
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