What is your greatest strength and greatest weakness? Which one is more important to you?
[Transcribed] Okay, so what a great question, so the question is asking me to describe my weakness one of my greatest weakness as well as one of my greatest strengths and then to take from that which one I find more important.
So I'd like to begin with my weakness which has actually led to the development of one of my greatest strengths and then I'll kind of further elaborate on why I think it's really important to have the bridge between these two. So with that being said, I believe one of my greatest weaknesses is I can really really dive into a project and what can result from this is. I became become very very tunnel vision. So what I mean by this is that I think it's actually really really
Important when in pursuit of any goal to constantly re-evaluate and reassess where you're at as it pertains to that goal as well as whether that goal can change as new information comes about so one thing I've developed that started early in my life from being a Sprint canoe athlete was this idea of having a very definitive discrete goal and then kind of just putting down my head and working as hard as I can until that specific goal is achieved.
So while this has allowed me to really work hard in life towards certain goals I've had as I've gotten older I've started to understand that this is also hindered me in many respects because like I said, it's developed this tunnel vision where sometimes I can be blind to obvious adjustments. I need to make or further consultations. I need to make along the way to that goal. So from that as I said when I became aware of that I really really tried
To work on my collaboration with other people. So ultimately with any goal. I think it's really important to like I said to reassess that goal continuously as well as to gauge it from as many perspectives as possible.
So an example of this in my own life right now is I'm currently a PhD student in a neuroscience lab and that lab is a part of a greater initiative which is focused on recovery efforts post spinal cord injury and disease. So what this means is I'm on a team that's comprised of not only other research scientist, but Physicians physiotherapists biomedical Engineers kinesiologist and so on so it's
This Collective of both researchers and clinicians brought together with this goal this General goal of recovery following spinal cord injury.
So when I first joined the lab, I was really really driven towards it's what I saw as the most important aspect of recovery following spinal cord injury, which to me at the time was the ability to walk again. So I thought any patient who suffers from spinal cord injury must want to walk again and therefore that's what I'm really going to focus on in the lab. However, it was only through collaboration. So in this case that was through our biannual meetings as well as Journal clubs that
Through talking to these other clinicians, I in practitioners and researchers. I came to understand that that's actually usually not what that goal means to most spinal cord injury patients, for example, so the idea of recovery post injury does not mean to walk again top of the list, but in fact most often apparently it's bladder control autonomic control other things that are much more important to people with spinal cord injury than what I presumed because I was so focused on
on what I determined to be the goal without reassessing in collaboration with other people.
So I say that I believe my greatest strength which came from one of my greatest weaknesses of tunnel vision was that of collaboration, but in actual fact, it's communication because what I think is integral to any collaborative relationship is being able to properly communicate with one another so I've actually really worked hard at this and tried to develop my communication skills and in particular. I started my own illustrations.
Has and graphic design company, which has worked towards pairing together graphic designers with scientists and teachers in the scientific field such that they can convey Concepts or simply through graphical schematics and illustrations. So with all that being said the question is asking which one is more important to me and honesty it's the totality of them all together as my strengths grew for my weaknesses and continue to grow for my weaknesses that I would say.
Say cumulatively collaboration and communication are now some of the most important tenets of my work and would be as a physician going forward.