Occupation: Medical Doctor, Lecturer, Aerospace Medicine
Michael attended Brentwood in 1998 and graduated from high school in 2001. In 2005, Michael earned his Bachelor of Science Honours degree from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario. He started medical school at the University of Alberta in 2006. He completed an aerospace medicine elective at NASA’s Kennedy Space Centre in April 2010, which the Canadian Space Agency funded.
His preliminary investigations into a possible countermeasure for bone loss in space at that time earned him a spot as a finalist for the Jeff Myers Young Investigator Award at the Aerospace Medical Association’s 82nd Annual Scientific Meeting in Anchorage, Alaska. Michael completed medical school in 2010 and did a residency in rural family medicine in Medicine Hat and several small towns in southern Alberta. His medical training also took him to Yellowknife in the Northwest Territories.
Michael currently practices family medicine in both rural and urban settings in Alberta, including with the Canadian Forces Base in Edmonton, Alberta. Recently, he became a clinical lecturer in the Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry at the University of Alberta, teaching medical students in small group settings. He is the President and CEO of the Association of Spaceflight Professionals, Inc.; a company that seeks to develop the next generation of commercial astronauts by creating networking, educational, research and new mission opportunities for space professionals.
I will share with you a bit about my journey from high school, to undergrad at Queen’s, to medical training, to my current career. Also, I will show you a few pictures encapsulating my experiences in aerospace medicine. Don’t worry though. I’ll try not to drone on for too long. Mostly, this talk is about you. I’ve set aside a good amount of time for us to discuss life after high school in a more freeform way so you can get your questions answered.
For those of you who are interested in pursuing a career as a physician, I will go over basic details like the amount of training required, salary, advantages, disadvantages, etc. They are important, no doubt. More important in considering any career though is asking the question, “Why?” Why do I want to do this career versus something else? What makes it meaningful for me? When the seas of work and life get rough, what will keep me going? The answers can be simple. They don’t have to be elaborate. Just make sure they mean something to you.