Rachel Sue-A-Quan, Institute of Medical Science

Rachel Sue-A-QuanRachel Sue-A-Quan Year of Study: Year 1 MSc
Student’s Name: Rachel Sue-A-Quan
Graduate Department: Institute of Medical Science
Country of Residence: Canada

Why Faculty of Medicine/Why this Department: In the last year of my BSc in the Life Sciences program at Queen’s, I had the opportunity to conduct research in the fascinating and complex field of cancer immunology in ovarian cancer. I wanted to continue to explore cancer research on a more clinical level in my graduate studies, and I knew that the Faculty of Medicine has a renowned reputation for carrying out world-class, innovative research. As the Institute of Medical Science encompasses a wide range of research fields – from basic to clinical to population health – and moreover fosters a sense of community amongst its students, I knew that this was the department that I wanted to pursue my graduate degree within.

Current Research Experience: I feel most fortunate to have stumbled upon the field of palliative care research, which I am currently doing my Master’s in. Contrary to common belief, palliative care is not provided only at the end of life; it is a holistic approach to care that should be provided early in the course of disease and that aims to improve quality of life for both patients and their families. For my thesis, I am excited to be working on a qualitative project in which I will be interviewing patients in order to understand their experiences of a symptom screening and targeted referral process to early palliative care.

Future Education Plans and/or Career Goals: I hope to pursue a career either in palliative medicine or another clinical role in the field of palliative care, as I have come to learn just how valuable and incredible the field of palliative care is.

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