Class of 2020

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Alexandre


Class of 2020
Language(s): English, French
Education History: DEC Health Science (Marianopolis College, 2013), B.Sc. Anatomy and Cell Biology (McGill, 2016)
Home Town: Montreal, Québec
Mini-Bio:I was born and raised in the beautifully diverse city of Montreal. I love this city for its vibrant cultures, endless festivals and its fantastic food scene. Some of my favourite activities include trying out new restaurants and walking around the city’s unique neighbourhoods. Venturing further north, I love to spend fall weekends hiking in the mountains and winter weekends on the ski slopes. I also love to travel and explore new cultures and places around the world! Why medicine? I always knew I wanted to work in healthcare to better serve my community, to work with a diverse patient population and to make a positive impact on patients' lives. Why McGill? For its diverse group of driven, empathetic students that all share the common passion of caring for others. The faculty provides students with the opportunities and resources needed to succeed and encourages its students to further develop the multitude of skills, both academic and social, required to become tomorrow's physicians.

Florence


Class of 2020
Language(s): French, English 
Education History: B.Sc., Biochemistry, (Hon.) (Concordia University 2016), Post-Baccalaureate Pre-Medical Certificate (Columbia University, NYC, 2012), Performers Diploma in Music Performance, Piano (Indiana University, 2009), M.Mus. (Université de Montréal, 2007), B.Mus. (Université de Montréal, 2005)

Home Town: Montreal, Québec
Mini-Bio: Being a professional concert pianist, I was given an opportunity of immersing myself in my art, to teach, to travel and live in multiple places and to experience different cultures at a rather young age. Many experiences throughout the years including being a volunteer at a hospital in NYC culminated into confirming my desire to study the sciences behind the processes of diseases. This is how I first chose to study Biochemistry and I became passionate about research. However, medicine remained at the back of my head because I was driven by the idea of being present for patients and their families throughout difficult times. McGill has always been my first choice and so far, my experience has been quite inspiring. Our professors and mentors are amongst the leaders of the world in many different fields, my colleagues have impressive educational backgrounds and are a constant emulation because of their devotion as advocates, their passion to share their knowledge and their desire to make the world a better place. Outside of my academic life, I am still passionate about teaching, and traveling the world. I truly enjoy strolling around Montreal and sharing time with family and friends.

Kelly


Class of 2020
Language(s): English, French
Education History: DEC Health Science (Marianopolis College, 2013), BSc Pharmacology (McGill, 2016)
Home Town: Montreal, Québec
Mini-Bio: I was born and raised in Montreal, a multicultural city that I’m proud to call home. I’ve always loved getting to know people from different walks of life, and McGill’s commitment to diversity—which can readily be seen by looking at its student body— played a major role in my medical school selection. Outside of the classroom, I can usually be found taking a stroll on Mount Royal, visiting one of our cities’ many museums, doing freelance translation work, or spending time with friends and family. I’m also involved in a number of student clubs, which I hope you too will be able to discover!

Louay

 

Class of 2020
Language(s): English, Arabic
Education History: BSc Biochemistry (University of Ottawa, 2012), BHSc Health Sciences (University of Ottawa, 2014), MSc Health Systems (University of Ottawa, in progress). Research experience in pharmaceuticals and epidemiology. 
Home Town: Damascus, Syria
Mini-Bio: I was born in Damascus, Syria and grew up in four different countries. My family and I immigrated to Canada in 1998. I was drawn to medicine from a young age as the subject matter always appealed to me, however as I grew older my appeal had increased after working as a researcher looking into social determinants of health and their link to everyday quality of life and well-being, particularly as an immigrant myself. This helped me understand how medicine is not limited to the scope of disease but all aspects of life.

Karmin

 

Class of 2020
Language(s): English, French, Cantonese
Education History: DEC Health Sciences (Marianopolis College, 2015)
Home Town: Montreal, Québec
Mini-Bio: A moment that cemented my desire to pursue a career in medicine was in my CEGEP gym class when my teacher told us "you only have one heart!" to emphasize the importance of health. As a result, this inspired me to adopt a healthier lifestyle and it made me realize that I wanted to inspire others in the same way. Along with an interest in science, I hope to help others improve their health. In my spare time I like to explore different parts of Montreal (I learn new things about this beautiful city every day!). Additionally, I enjoy cooking and eating, travelling and learning about new cultures. Finally seeing how culturally diverse McGill's student body was cemented the fact that it was the university for me.

Akina

 

Class of 2020
Language(s): English, French
Education History: DEC Health Science (Dawson College, 2014)
Home Town: Montreal, Québec
Mini-Bio: I was born and raised in Montreal, a city that I love due to its diversity and beauty during all four seasons. At the age of 14, I had brain surgery and the experience left me wanting to become a doctor. The bumps I have hit along the road have shaped me and McGill was always my top choice. When I am not in class, you can find me on my bike around the city. I love visiting the various markets, trying out new coffee shops and soaking up the sun in the city’s parks. If I have a few days off, it’s not uncommon to find me hiking. I enjoy working with a team, am approachable and love to laugh. Ask me anything! 

Julia


Class of 2020
Languages: English, French
Education: DEC Health Science (Collège Jean-de-Brébeuf, 2013),  LL.B. (Bachelor of Laws) (Université de Montréal, 2016)
Home town: Montreal, Québec
Mini-Bio: I applied to McGill Medicine during my last year of law school. I enjoyed many enriching experiences in law school, including internships in Washington D.C. and Ottawa, but I was convinced that medicine was better suited to my interest in caring for individuals with a professional and compassionate approach. I chose McGill medicine because the Faculty fosters lifelong learning and growth in students, and is constantly looking to better the training of medical professionals. When I'm not drinking tea and reading my notes, I enjoy baking, reading classic novels and keeping up with recent Canadian policy and trade developments.

Emily

Class of 2020
Language(s): English, Cantonese
Education: BHSC (Honours) Health Science (Western, 2012), MSc Psychiatry (McGill, 2014).  Twp years as the mental health coordinator at McGill Mental Health Service.
Home Town: Markham, ON
Mini-Bio: I love building puzzles and people are one of the most rewarding puzzles to piece together.  Not only in understanding their whole story but also advocating to improve the underlying issues leading to health problems are what interested me to pursue medicine. A little bit about myself; I grew up in Toronto and came to Montreal to pursue my Master's. During my graduate studies, I worked with a team of students to create the McGill Peer Support Centre, a free, confidential, non-judgmental drop-in space where students can find support and a listening ear. The PSC is run by students for students.  I enjoy playing guitar, badminton, going for walks, growing plants, doing arts and crafts, and baking a good loaf of banana bread. Studying medicine at McGill is a true honour and I am thankful for this opportunity to be learning from great teachers among incredible peers.