As of one of the first students to graduate from the TRP, #UofTGrad17 Gurpreet Kamboj shares her story with UofT’s Faculty of Medicine. Read the full interview here.
What drew you to the TRP?
I liked that TRP aimed to deepen my understanding of translational research processes, design thinking, and human-centered design. These facets of the program were important to me because the key to any successful product or service is keeping end-users at the heart of the design process.
TRP also provided a self-directed environment and opportunities to develop core competencies — like team building, collaboration, networking, creativity, and problem solving — that will help me throughout my career.
How exciting is it to be one of the first students to graduate from this program?
It’s super exciting. The program’s leaders were open to a variety of ideas for the capstone project, which enabled me to focus on topics I was interested in. Because the program was flexible, I was also able to express my views, help shape the program’s structure and guidelines and leave a lasting impact on the program. As a graduate, I’m excited to support and mentor incoming students.
What are you excited to do next and how did your experience in the TRP prepare you for Venture for Canada?
TRP taught me the importance of self-directed learning. I had learned how to learn, which is just as valuable as any technical skills, especially in a rapidly changing entrepreneurial ecosystem. Moreover, I learned the importance of networking with researchers in the field and to seek help when needed.