In his words for O&M students:
First, you need to be very interested in the work that you will do in the future. You need to be inspired to work with people that have the health problems that you will be dealing with. You need to work hard but you need to have balance as well. So, cannot just be academic. You need to have interest in other parts of life like family, friends, sports, music and other forms of education. There should be a balance between hard work and other interests.
The path to be a professor can vary from person to person. You need to do a relevant university degree. Then, you will need to do a research qualification usually a doctorate or in the field of your interest. Beyond that work with others who can guide you. It is important to find a mentor, to find other people who are interested in similar healthcare research. It is a combination of a lot of things. Inevitably, there’s luck as well like meeting the right person. Some things you can’t plan but by being broad and being involved as much as you can, you will be creating crucial opportunities.
Everyone got to have something outside of work. Family, recreation, friends outside work...etc. I work very hard but I also have other parts of my life. There are many talented students and the important thing is not only hard work but balance as well. Seek out opportunities and experiences that are of interest to you.
The advice was addressed to O&M JC tuition classes' students in his personal capacity.
Professor Ian Cameron is a Consultant Physician in Rehabilitation Medicine and has the Chair in Rehabilitation Medicine, Sydney Medical School, at the University of Sydney. Ian has a National Health and Medical Research Council Practitioner Fellowship and is a clinician researcher.