Iléana Désormais : The doctorate is an extraordinary experience
“The doctorate is an extraordinary experience that should be part of the course for each of us.”
Iléana Desormais defended a thesis on “Risk factors and cardiovascular infraclinical markers and cognitive disorders.” She pursued her doctorate at the unit INSERM UMR 1094 of the [Institute of Neurological Epidemiology and Tropical Neurology] (Institut d’Épidémiologie neurologique et de Neurologie Tropicale) NET (IENT). She reflects on her doctorate course.
What course did you take?
I had basic medical training as a hospital practitioner at the University Hospital. The doctorate corresponded to my expectations and encouraged me to move forward with research in the medical field.
How will the doctorate change your professional life?
My doctorate will allow me to evolve in the field of research because I think that medicine not only involves caring for patients but also understanding pathologies and diseases. It is very important to know, regardless of the territory in which one is located, how to support them and the importance of each pathology in the field of public health. I opted for the doctorate because it’s all about research.
What would you say to those who are tempted by the doctorate?
I think the doctorate should be a mandatory phase in university education in order to have a really open mind. I am convinced that the doctorate is an extraordinary experience that should be part of the course for each of us. I recommend it highly.