Interview with Adrian Chow

Adrian Chow

H.BSc. Forensic Biology Specialist, 2012                 
                      
Clinical Research Assistant, SickKids Hospital
Patient Care Assistant, Toronto General Hospital (as of Sep, 2012)

Adrian Chow

After completing his degree in forensic biology, Adrian Chow was hired by the Ontario Science Centre for the summer and began his full-time work at the Toronto General Hospital in September, along with a clinical research placement at SickKids Hospital. He plans to take the year off to work before applying to a Master's program in physiotherapy and/or a Doctorate in chiropractic.

  • I always grew up reading 'murder mysteries' and 'whodunit' stories. Ever since I was young, I had an interest in piecing together different clues to solve the crime and to catch the culprit. My dream occupation was always to become a detective when I grew up.
  • Not many universities in Canada offer a forensic science program. I chose UTM because their forensic science program was the first to be established in Canada, thus had a long standing reputation behind it. The forensic science program at UTM also has great internship placement opportunities, where fourth year students are placed with a forensic agency to perform research in one of the many forensic related disciplinary areas.
  • I believe that my degree in forensic science has benefitted me because I have both learned and experienced a lot in regards to the forensic world, whether it is through lectures or hands-on laboratory experiences. The professors and lecturers all are well versed in this area and are extremely knowledgeable and insightful. Although I am no longer pursuing forensic science as a career, the courses I have taken still allow me to pursue a career in healthcare.
  • The most valuable aspect of my undergraduate career was the social interaction with my peers. Throughout my four years at UTM, I was part of the Erindale College Special Response Team (ECSpeRT). Trained as medical first responders, we provided first aid coverage for the members of the campus, as well as weekend events. I got to meet a lot of new people outside my program as well as learn a lot of other things. In my last year I was also part of the Forensic Society (IVNVI). There we helped introduced peers to the world of forensic science. We hosted charity events and went out for socials.
  • All the faculty and instructors were extremely knowledgeable, approachable and insightful. They all possess experiences in the forensic world and each have a different background. We have been taught by police officers, pathologists, anthropologists, entomologists, toxicologists, engineers, and psychologists, each bringing their own knowledge and experiences into the lectures.
  • I would highly recommend this program to any students interested in the forensic science field. You do not necessarily have to pursue a career in forensics in order to enrol in the program. The courses you take will both be broad and specific in regards to the forensic context, thus this degree will allow you to open many doors, avenues and allow you to pursue many different career paths.