Saurabh Mehta graduated from the Rehabilitation Science PhD program in 2012. He is a Physiotherapist by training and chose McMaster because of its reputation as a premier graduate institute in the field of health sciences and the world renowned faculty at the SRS. “I was assured the PhD training at the SRS at McMaster would position me for a successful career as an academic researcher”, says Saurabh. Saurabh now works as a tenure-track assistant professor at the School of Physical Therapy, Marshall University, Huntington, West Virginia, USA.
The RS PhD program gave him exposure to state of the art facilities, direct access to interact with and learn from renowned scientists, and state of the art education in conducting scientific research. Saurabh comments “the program has very high success rates for students receiving extremely competitive doctoral scholarships. Without any doubt, I owe my success of receiving competitive doctoral scholarships to McMaster”.
Dr. Mehta enjoyed the various aspects of program such as the focused and relevant coursework, productive comprehensive exam experience, and emphasis on high scientific productivity. The internal scholarship support at the SRS allowed him to travel to national and international conferences and share his work with fellow researchers as well as become familiar with new advances in rehabilitation science. Saurabh felt that his PhD committee (consisting of Dr. Joy MacDermid, Dr. Julie Richardson, and Dr. Norma MacIntyre) were instrumental in providing him with a high quality career-oriented training.
For future students, Dr. Mehta comments; “If students are looking to receive graduate training in rehabilitation science under the mentorship of internationally recognized faculty members, get high quality career-oriented training that ensures success, and develop skill set that will place them at superior advantage in their pursuit of becoming academic researcher, they should definitely consider the RS program at McMaster as their natural choice”.