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Yasman Mohammadzadeh
08/12/20

To create culture, infrastructure and momentum that translates discoveries and ideas into problem-solving designs, services and products, to foster the success of 100 companies over the next 10 years.

To create culture, infrastructure and momentum that translates discoveries and ideas into problem-solving designs, services and products, to foster the success of 100 companies over the next 10 years.

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A Transformative Education

If you, or someone you know, is interested in a different kind of graduate program, who is motivated to learn by doing and is seeking a transformative education, then we need to talk.

First Impressions Last: Jean Chow

Jean Chow for the TRP | February 2021 Do first impressions matter? At the risk of speaking to an empty room, I usually greet my audience “So you’ve already made up your mind whether you like me or not.  And if not, here’s your chance to exit but I do hope you’ll...

To create culture, infrastructure and momentum that translates discoveries and ideas into problem-solving designs, services and products, to foster the success of 100 companies over the next 10 years.

A Transformative Education

At the TRP our goal is not to teach. Our goal is not to lecture or have you memorize some datum likely to change before you finish your degree, or that a search engine can find faster than you can formulate the question.

The TRP is a community and a mindset of people who are resources, facilitators, mentors, peers, guides and catalysts whose aim is to help those, who are looking to learn, to explore, to push the boundaries of their experience to seek knowledge.

The TRP is not intended to be divided as a degree of teacher-task-masters and students–those who know one truth and those hoping to memorize that truth. Instead, the program strives to be a community of people motivated to learn, to seek knowledge, to help others to be more and do more. In this community, the focus is not on the content but on understanding the processes, the mechanisms of creative problem-solving and innovation.

Students learn alongside the faculty–we learn together and from each other. We learn from real-world contexts and from failure–not from arbitrary grades or standardized testing–because our collective goals are not to pass a test or earn a grade but to improve lives, to learn to champion change that will improve the lives of others.

Now, we are starting to seek people join our 2021 cohort. Those motivated to learn, those seeking to move beyond their comfort zones, to challenge ambiguity, who want to focus on the processes of innovating of generating new ideas and championing change for positive impact are the kindred spirits we seek–these are the people we seek to join our ranks.

If you, or someone you know, is interested in a different kind of graduate program, who is motivated to learn by doing and is seeking a transformative education, then we need to talk. Come to an information session, read the website, arrange a consultation with someone from our team.

One day soon, we, trainees, mentors, facilitators, students, residents, PI’s, researchers, clinicians, healthcare professionals, and many others, will form a global network of professional translators, who think globally but work locally to improve the health and well-being of people in our communities. And together we will transform health, care and medicine.

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What We Believe: Black Lives Matter

While the world actively fights a global pandemic, another more rampant and resilient pandemic has come to the fore around the world. Systemic racism and intolerance, unfortunately, are woven into the fabric of our society. In the wake of the current international landscape, a sentiment of solidarity has led to the emergence of the Black Lives Matter movement. TRP student, Vida Maksimoska, stands firmly in support of those peacefully fighting this disease that has far-reaching roots in our society. In this candid blog, she shares her thoughts, views, and talks about how we can help change the status quo. She shared open-source resources to educate us on why this movement is essential and why we need to lend our voices to turn a new leaf in the history of equality. 


Vida Maksimoska, TRP Student, June 2020

Standing off to the side of the crowd with my mask on, hearing the message our crowd was chanting through the streets of downtown Toronto, made me tear up a little. We were shouting – No Justice, No Peace! We were yelling Black Lives Matter! We were protesting in a pandemic. Let that sink in for a moment. It was a global pandemic and yet we needed to drive home a point.
The Black lives matter protest in Toronto reminded me that we, as a society have plenty of work to do to address the systemic racism and the racial microaggressions that we perpetuate. This message is not a new one, and the inequalities and racism black individuals’ experiences are rooted in the very laws and systems we live within. We must work to do better and be better. For instance, I must be able to acknowledge my white privilege to see why it is not okay and work to be a better ally. Together we must support this movement and be willing to learn continuously. It is imperative to hear the stories of black individuals to remind ourselves that ignorance is NOT bliss. We cannot continue to turn a blind eye when we can help be part of the ongoing solution. We need to check ourselves and remind ourselves that racism is indoctrinated and systemic.
Racism does not end in a week! Honestly, now that our social media platforms return to normal, I worry the movement will start to fade. It is a privilege to be able to take a break from posting about racism because it is too overwhelming, or because we are tired. Imagine what it must be like to be living with systemic racism and experiencing microaggressions every day.
At times like this, active listening and empathy are some of our greatest assets. We must continue to educate ourselves, learn about white privilege, listen to black voices, and help amplify them. We must not only show empathy but take tangible steps to make our society better. Being able to talk about racism with other white people, no matter how uncomfortable, is essential. These conversations probably feel like just a step, but eventually, these small steps and actions can help transform our society.
There is more we can continue to do, to keep the momentum going. Continuing attending future marches or rallies, donating money, signing petitions, contacting people in positions of power, and demanding change. I’m grateful to share this list of resources that friends Shiza and fellow science communicator Sam Yammine, helped curate. They shared these resources with me and I encourage you all to continue to research and share resources further.
So, my simple reminder for today is to check our white privilege, educate ourselves, and have uncomfortable conversations. Lastly, my main message for today is that Black lives continue to matter. Today. Tomorrow. And Always.
Resources: Black Lives Matter – Resources
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Vida Maksimoska
I have been mentored by amazing researchers, learned about great innovators, and have been blessed to work on some amazing projects. But I have noticed a gap between translating observation and research impact – many times projects do not make the prominent difference in society that they should. This program aims to equip a cohort of students with the skills needed to address these gaps, and I can’t wait to start learning and developing my skills.
I also love that this program takes the idea of “exploration” and runs with it, we (the student) must choose our own path – as cliche as that sounds – it is up to us to give the direction of our project and it is up to us to be curious, ask questions and work collaboratively.
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Editor: Zoya Retiwalla 

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