Class of 2023

If you want to contact our student ambassadors, send them an email to admissions.med [at] mcgill.ca

Dominique

Class of 2023

Language(s): English, French, Spanish 
Education History:DEC Health Sciences (Jean-de-Brébeuf, 2013); B.Sc. (Honours) Biomedical Sciences (University of Montreal, 2017); one year of M. Sc. Human Genetics (McGill University, 2018).

Mini-Bio: Born and raised in Montreal, I completed my CEGEP studies at Collège Jean-de-Brébeuf and my Honors BSc undergraduate degree in Biomedical Sciences at University of Montréal. In 2017, I started a Master’s degree in Human Genetics at McGill with Dr. William Foulkes, prior to being accepted in the prestigious joint MDCM-PhD program here at McGill. My undergraduate and graduate training was an opportunity to acquire solid knowledge and pursue stimulating academic research endeavors. Outside of academia, my hobbies include painting, drawing, and swimming, as I have worked as a swimming instructor for ten years. It has always been a dream and an absolute privilege for me to study medicine in the MDCM-PhD program at McGill. McGill was an obvious choice for me as it offers the only direct-entry combined MDCM-PhD program in the province, but it especially has an excellent international reputation, an amazingly diverse student community, and outstanding mentorship and research opportunities.

Diaa

Class of 2023

Language(s): English, Arabic
Education: Bachelor of Medicine/Bachelor of Surgery MBBS (Univerisity of Sharjah, 2015); Graduate Diploma in Clinical Research (McGill, 2020), 1 year in vascular lab at MUHC,1 year in sleep lab at Concordia University

Mini-Bio: I am an incoming Med 3 medical student at McGill University. My journey to McGill medical school was untraditional. I was born in Syria, raised in Dubai. I obtained my first MD degree from the United Arab Emirates in 2016. Then, I immigrated to Canada where I faced new and unique challenges. I lived with my family in Montreal and worked in a restaurant. Learning a new language (French), integrating into a new culture, and building towards my dream was a challenging but very rewarding experience. It was extremely difficult to get a Canadian clinical experience, so I did a few observerships in different hospitals and I made a few connections. One mentor advised me to apply to the Graduate Diploma in Clinical Research in Experimental Medicine. This was invaluable and a turning point in my journey. I was involved in clinical research projects, worked closely with physicians and for the first time, I had a feel of the Canadian healthcare system. I applied to McGill Medical school (IMG stream) and was accepted this year with advanced standing (starting clerkships directly)

Anny

Class of 2023

Language(s): English, French, Spanish (Casual)
Education History: DEC Natural Sciences (Cégep régional de Lanaudière à Terrebonne, 2015), B.Sc. Biology - Animal Physiology (Université de Montréal 2018) NSERC grant in immunology/parasitology research (Institut Armand Frappier, Summer 2017), Doctor of Pharmacy (Université de Montréal 2018-2019)

Mini-Bio: Growing up, I have always been greatly involved in art, music being my main media. But although art was my main hobby, I always had a deep interest for science and especially the medical field. After finishing my undergrad in Biology where I specialized in animal physiology, I dabbled with the world of healthcare within the Doctor of Pharmacy program at the Université de Montréal where my interest for patient care deepened. Now, I find myself studying in one of the best schools in the country in a program that I feel will help me make sure I take the best care of my patients. Being the avid traveler that I am, I love studying at McGill because it welcomes students from various cultural and academic backgrounds which definitely reflects the open-mindedness and diversity that I deeply value. The MDCM program is yes, very challenging, but I have no doubt that the members of the faculty, fellow students and great opportunities that are presented to us will make the next four years a wonderful experience.

Pier-Luc

Class of 2023

Language(s): English, French, Spanish (Novice)
Education History: B.Sc. and M.Sc. Degrees in PT at Laval University (2012-2016), Sciences, letters and arts (Integrated DEC) Cégep de Trois-Rivières (2009-2011)

Mini-Bio:I was born in the countryside of the Province of Quebec and grew up in a family with traditional values and way of living, prioritizing human contacts, respect and hard work over material values. I was very involved throughout high school, Cégep and University in social causes both locally and internationally. Among them, taking part in humanitarian expeditions in Haiti was by far the most challenging experience I encountered. It certainly changes you in a positive way. It gave me a great push to pursue health care studies as it is, from my perspective, the best way of devoting yourself to having a positive impact in people’s lives. With this in mind, I did bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Physiotherapy in Laval University, which then led me to get into McGill’s Medical School.
Navigating through such process can be confusing and stressful, but in the end, every second of it should be enjoyable! Here at McGill, every single detail is thought to provide the most inclusive and comfortable experience possible, having students' wellness at the highest priority level while ensuring top-quality teaching. As a student ambassador, I’ll be more than happy to answer your questions about such a fascinating experience that is Medical School at McGill’s Faculty of Medicine.

Emily

Class of 2023

Language(s): English, French, Mandarin (casual)
Education: DEC Honours Health Science (Vanier College, 2018); McGill Med-P year (2019)

Mini-Bio: I have lived in Montreal for my entire life, so McGill was an obvious choice for me for medical school. My interest in medicine emerged from a fascination for the human body and too many hours of Grey’s Anatomy. Coming directly from CEGEP, I was really intimidated when I started the program. However, I was fortunate to find a deeply supportive and accepting cohort, which has helped me feel more comfortable in McGill Med. The student life at McGill is also very rich and varied, which has allowed me to pursue many other interests. For example, I was able to take an American Sign Language class geared towards healthcare workers. Outside of class, I like reading, listening to podcasts and picnicking on Mount Royal!

Denis

Class of 2023

Language(s): English, French, Greek
Education History: DEC Honors Health Science, Vanier College, 2014-2016 B.Sc. Neuroscience, McGill University, 2016-2019 M.D., C.M., McGill University, 2019-2023

Research background:
-2 years at the Research Institute of the MUHC at the Glen site with Dr. Nguyen part of the departments of Psychiatry and OBGYN
-1 year with Dr. Petrides of the Psychology Department at McGill University
-1 summer with Dr. Taussky in radio-oncology at the CHUM

Mini-Bio:My name is Denis and I am from Laval. Being off-island, I enjoy exploring Montreal and discovering news spots for coffee, food, and fun activities! I also enjoy keeping up with pop culture and finding new artists and music to listen to. I am a big fan of chocolate, Harry Potter and space.

I chose McGill Medicine because of the curriculum and the abundance of services available to support students. I have always been interested in medicine because of the intersection of science and helping others. Also, after doing research in clinical settings that included patient interactions, my decision to become a physician was solidified.

McGill's Faculty of Medicine goes out of its way to provide its students the necessary knowledge, skills and experiences required to become a great physician. It is also a community that fosters a desire to support and help one another as seen through its various student services.

 

Andrée-Anne

Class of 2023

Language(s): English, French, Spanish (novice)
Education: DEC Health Science (Marianopolis, 2018), McGill Med-P (2019)


Mini-Bio: I was born and raised in Montreal. In my free time, I like to dance, play piano and read. My guilty pleasure is to watch makeover TV shows with my sister. For the past few years, I have also developed an interest in research. For as long as I can remember, I have always wanted to become a doctor (Grey’s Anatomy is only partly responsible for that…). I chose McGill because of the welcoming community, the great curriculum and the dynamic student life. Don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions

Joseph

Class of 2023

Language(s): English, Spanish
Education History: BSc (University of Western Ontario, 2019)

Mini-Bio: My name is Joseph and I am originally from Toronto. Before starting medical school, I completed my BSc at the University of Western Ontario. I was extremely honoured and excited to receive my invitation to study medicine at McGill and did not have to think twice about my decision. The practice of medicine requires training and experience for both technical and soft skills. I believe McGill Medicine embodies both aspects as there is a rigorous curriculum in play to teach the foundational sciences while simultaneously never losing sight of the humane side of medicine. Additionally, living in a vibrant and diverse city like Montreal while receiving a world-class medical education is a dream come true. Outside of academics, I enjoy playing basketball (go raps!), golf and tennis.

Kaitlin

Class of 2023

Language(s): English, French (Intermediate)
Education History: B.Sc. Physiology Major, Psychology Minor (McGill University, 2018), Research Assistant (Montreal Neurological Institute 2018-2019), M.D.,C.M. Candidate (McGill University, expected 2023)

Mini-Bio: My path to medicine started with an immense interest in human movement, psychology, and the mind-body interplay. Born in the United States, I moved to Australia with my family at a young age, where I acquired a passion for ballet dance. Relocating to Toronto for high school, I continued to teach and perform various dance styles throughout my undergraduate studies at McGill. Having experienced the immense pressures an athlete can withstand, I yearned to be on the other end, treating those whose livelihoods depend on their physical and mental wellbeing. After my Bachelor’s degree, I worked as a Research Assistant studying Alzheimer’s Disease at the Montreal Neurological Institute, while teaching dance at local studios. Set in the heart of Montreal, McGill is an ideal Medical School for those who wish to gain a first-class education, while immersing themselves in an abundance of culture and diversity. These same qualities are pervasive throughout my medical school class. While I’ve lived many places, Montreal and McGill feel like home, and I look forward to growing alongside my colleagues over the coming years.

Isabella

Class of 2023

Language(s): English, French, Italian
Education History: DEC Health Science (Marianopolis College, 2012-2014), Bachelor in Mechanical Engineering - Internship Program (McGill University, 2014-2018), Master’s in Mechanical Engineering - Thesis (McGill University, 2018-2020)

Mini-Bio: My path to medicine has been highly unconventional and serendipitous. As a kid growing up in Montreal, I loved to build and design, and I was always fascinated by how things were made. This motivated me to pursue a career in mechanical engineering, where I had the opportunity to work in aerospace and combustion. However, a research project with the McGill Spine Biomechanics Lab and CAE Healthcare building a 3D computer model of a spine for surgical simulators introduced me to the world of biomedical engineering, and I haven’t looked back since. This led me to a Master’s where I studied aorta hemodynamics for graft improvement, and ultimately instigated my switch to medicine – to be able to directly work with patients to solve their problems. Throughout the entire application process and my academic career McGill has helped me along the way and allowed me to realize that there is no one right way to becoming a physician

Anne 

Class of 2023

Language(s): English, French, Spanish (Intermediate)
Education History: DEC Health Sciences (Jean-de-Brébeuf, 2016-2018); Med-P (McGill, 2018-2019) 

Mini-Bio: My name is Anne and I am from Montreal. My path to medicine started with an early exposure to community health, advocacy and health innovation though volunteer work, youth-led initiatives and internships. During my spare time, I enjoy playing group sports (ultimate frisbee, flag football, hockey), visiting art exhibitions and discovering new restaurants in Montreal. McGill’s Faculty of Medicine is renowned for its strong curriculum and teaching experience, as well as its focus on health advocacy, medical research and scientific innovation. Feel free to reach out if you have any questions!

Dévi

Class of 2023

Language(s): English, French
Education History: DEC at Cégep de l'Outaouais (2015), Honours bachelor in health sciences at the University of Ottawa (2018), research on geriatrics at Ottawa U

Mini-Bio:I grew up in Gatineau with my three younger siblings. I am very close to my family. I chose to study medicine at McGill because of the feeling of community I sensed here when I came to visit. Since the start, I have found that McGill is a warm and welcoming place, and that rapidly you feel like you belong here. Outside of school, I love cooking, running and swimming. I also enjoy playing guitar and singing. This is my way of relaxing and taking care of myself.

Jeffrey

Class of 2023

Language(s): English, French
Education History: DEC Health Science (Jean-de-Brébeuf, 2018)

Mini-Bio: Hi, I'm Jeff! I grew up in Ville-Marie near downtown Montreal, I've been singing since the fourth grade and played football in high school. I’m also a big fan of The Lord of the Rings books and Marvel movies. During my time volunteering at St-Mary’s and the JGH, I saw how involved McGill is in my community and developed a great interest for the health profession. When it came time for university applications, McGill Med was a clear first choice. The medical curriculum at McGill is quite unique and we all know how stressful the application process can be, so feel free to reach out to me if you can any questions!

Jeremy 

Class of 2023

Language(s): English, French, Hebrew
Education History: DEC Health Science (Vanier College, 2018). Six years (and counting!) in basic science research at the Sonenberg Laboratory (McGill Univeristy).

Mini-Bio: Making an enduring impact by contributing to the discovery of new knowledge, whether through research or innovation, is my greatest motivation. Performing magic is one of my earliest passions. It's allowed me to reshape a person's perspectives in ways that can be seen and felt, much like medicine. Joining McGill's Faculty of Medicine was an intuitive and natural progression of my callings, and a decision I cherish with excitement each day of my life.

Joan Miguel

Class of 2023

Language(s): English, Spanish
Education History: HBSc, Pathobiology Specialist and Immunology Major (University of Toronto, 2017), MSc, Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiology (University of Toronto, 2019), MDCM-PhD Candidate, Department of Surgery (McGill University, expected 2027)

Mini-Bio: Hey everyone, I am Joan Miguel, and I’m very excited to serve as a student ambassador this year! But first, a bit about myself. My parents and I moved to Canada when I was 2 years old, and I grew up in Toronto. My interest in medicine started after my dad passed away from pancreatic cancer. I finished my HBSc and my MSc at the University of Toronto, the latter of which focused on understanding immune mechanisms in pancreatic cancer as part of the PanCuRx Translational Research Initiative, led by Dr. Steven Gallinger. Interested in both medicine and research, for my medical education I chose McGill because I wanted to study at an institution with a strong history of medical excellence and world-renowned for research. I’ll be continuing my research interests in pancreatic cancer during my PhD in 2021, where I’ll be working under the supervision of Dr. George Zogopoulos at the McGill University Health Centre Research Institute.

When not studying or in the lab, I destress by playing flamenco or heavy metal guitar, depending on how difficult the lecture content for that day was. Aside from this, I enjoy weight training, traveling, and watching Netflix with my family and friends. I am happy to answer any questions regarding the application process, what first year is like, if you’re interested in pursuing a career in research and medicine, or just about anything else! I look forward to seeing you next year, class of 2024!

Kathleen 

Class of 2023

Language(s): English, French, Italian, Spanish
Education History: DEC Health Science (Jean-de-Brébeuf, 2010-2012), Minor in Chemistry (U.Montreal 2013), Bachelor Kinesiology (U.Montreal 2013-2016), PharmD- 3 years out of 4 completed (U.Montreal 2016-2019)

Mini-Bio: I grew up in the West Island of Montreal, and was involved in many extra-curricular activities, such as water-polo, synchronized swimming and baseball. I was also a competitive swimmer at a national level for 12 years. My guilty pleasure to unwind has always been reality television. I owe my interest in medicine to “The Swan” (a now cancelled show about plastic surgery) that peaked my curiosity about the field when I was 8 years old.

I was accepted at McGill after four interviews. As such, I became very familiar with the application process. The Faculty of Medicine has offered me so much help and guidance throughout the journey, and along with their transparency, has made me want to pursue my medical degree at McGill.

Neelabh

Class of 2023

Language(s): English, Hindi
Education History: Colonel By Secondary School (French Immersion IB, 2014) University of Ottawa, Bachelors in Chemical Engineering (2019). 3 years of research experience in biomolecular tagging (NRC), material testing of bone (Omelon Lab, UOttawa) and cartilage regeneration (St-Pierre Lab, UOttawa)

Mini-Bio: I was born in Hamilton and grew up in Ottawa. When not in class, you can probably find me either eating, in the lab (not both at the same time ;), at the gym, trying new food, out exploring Montreal or catching up on that 8 hours of daily sleep. McGill med for me was an easy decision based on how warm and supportive the entire faculty was during the application process.

Raphaël

Class of 2023

Language(s): English, French
Education History: DEC Health Science Collège Pré-Universitaire Nouvelles-Frontières (Now : Collège Universel) (Gatineau) (2015); B. Sc. (Honours) Microbiology and Immunology, Université de Montréal (2019)

Mini-Bio: I was born and raised in Gatineau and moved to Montréal in 2016 to pursue my dream of becoming a doctor. In 2019, I completed my B. Sc. with over 18 months of fundamental cancer research under my belt and then decided to orient my career in a direction where I could translate what was done in the lab to actual patients. Having always wanted to be a McGill medical student, not only for the national and international recognition of the program, but also for its will to include students from different cultural and social backgrounds, choosing McGill was a no-brainer!

Victoria

Class of 2023

Language(s): English, French
Education History: DEC Honours Health Science (Marianopolis College, 2016); B.Sc. (Honours) Physiology (McGill University, 2019)

Mini-Bio:  I was born and raised in the culturally vibrant city of Montreal. Since I was a child, I have had a passion for the inner workings of the human body, and as I grew older, I knew I wanted to combine this interest with service to the community. I chose to pursue medicine at McGill not only because of its location in a fantastic city, but because of the expertise of the faculty and the diversity of the student body. When not studying, I can be found at a museum, enjoying a concert, or discovering a new restaurant with friends.

Yossef

Class of 2023

Language(s): English, French, Russian (Casual)
Education History: DEC Health Science (Vanier College, 2016); B.Sc. (Honours) Physiology (McGill University, 2019); 1.5 years of nephrology research at the RI-MUHC

Mini-Bio: Born and raised in Montreal, this city has always had a special place in my heart. I grew up in an immigrant family originally from Russia (USSR) and given this I had the opportunity to be exposed to two very different cultures from a very young age. This in itself built within me the longing to learn about other cultures of which there is a huge abundance in Montreal. Being at McGill also gives me the opportunity to further explore this passion from a healthcare perspective. Studying in the MDCM program is an incredible privilege that I remind myself of on a daily basis. I have already had the chance to meet many incredible people with whom I hope to share many experiences over the upcoming years. In my free time you can find me at the gym, lost in a book, or going on the occasional hike.

Zoe

Class of 2023

Language(s): English, Indonesian
Education History: BSc Microbiology and Immunology (University of British Columbia); 9 months of clinical research in addiction medicine; 1 year of full-time clinical research at Vancouver General Hospital in Stroke Neurology (plus 2 years in stroke research during my undergraduate degree).

Mini-Bio: My path to studying Medicine in Montreal has been a little unusual. I am a New Zealander but I was born in Jakarta and raised in Bali, Indonesia. At 18, I moved from Bali to Vancouver, BC to complete a BSc at the University of British Columbia. This means I am very familiar with the considerations relevant to both out of province and international students in moving to a new city and university, Montreal and McGill. I chose to come to McGill because it provided the opportunity to study medicine in an amazing city—and to learn French! Outside of class you will find me running, listening to podcasts about philosophy and psychology, or practicing meditation. In the short time since starting the MDCM program, it has become clear to me that McGill Medicine puts student wellness and learning above everything - I feel incredibly well supported to succeed here. I am looking forward to exploring everything that Montreal and McGill has to offer over the next four years.

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