October 22, 2015
I assist in planning and conducting usability testing on medical devices and software applications for healthcare use, and also in reporting usability test results in a form that is compliant with FDA. Besides, I perform systematic inspections of user interface based on recognized usability principles, and I contribute towards patient safety initiatives by shadowing and conducting interviews.
When I started working here, I had very minimum knowledge of human factors and the type of work that was done here. So for me the most challenging aspect was learning as I work. But this challenge was also the most favourite part of my work because the work aligned with my passion to improve healthcare, and because my colleagues were very supportive in helping me learn.
As I started getting involved in various projects and saw the outcome, I was amazed to see how human factors can play a significant part in improving healthcare and patient safety.
The Kitchen! It is always refreshing to sit down for lunch in the kitchen with colleagues and socialize.
I would definitely miss working in an amazingly friendly environment. And of course, I will miss the random foods & treats different colleagues bring to share at the Centre.
As I mentioned before, I started my internship with very minimal knowledge and experience in human factors. But now I have developed a passion in this field and there’s no looking back. After working at the Centre for three months, I started my part-time Master of Engineering (M.Eng) in Mechanical and Industrial Engineering at University of Toronto. With this M.Eng, my focus is to strengthen my knowledge of human factors and human centred design techniques that I can apply to my work.