Because the residency and training for
neurosurgery is so demanding, I’ll tell you, myself and many others
go through a period where I wonder, “Why am I doing this?” Because there would be days where
you haven’t slept properly, days where you haven’t really
had anything to do other than work, but you recognize that the field that we’re
in is still in its infancy. Understanding the brain,
still very much,is in its infancy. and so, it requires more commitment.
To try and understand and better manage the diseases that we face
in managing brain disease. Did I delay building a family? Yes I did. I really went through training in a time
where we had no mechanisms in place for women to take time off to build a family. Some of it is also me. I really wanted to
focus on my training. I wanted to be dedicated to being around
in the hospital at all hours making sure, again, that I saw
the most number of operations, and I did the number of cases I wanted. I really am genuinely passionate about
working where I am. I have experienced other setups.
I traveled outside of Canada in fact, and I think what we have is: A) The largest group of surgical
expertise in our team. There is no equivalent of the degree of
expertise that we bring to surgery. Not just at The Princess Margaret
but the University Health Network in general. We are the largest group with the widest breadth
of expertise and specialty focus. What motivates and inspires me is
genuinely positive outcomes. Whether it’s a positive outcome for my patient, a positive outcome in a discovery we make in the lab, a positive outcome in a leadership position Where I can bring a number of people to the table to solve the same problem is what motivates me. If you have a passion for something,
have confidence and pursue it, and really, genuinely identify mentors that can help you. Be a good mentee. Take direction well, and identify the key people that you think
can see the world similar to you and then can, as a consequence,
help you get to your next stage.