Council and Faculty Advisors

Charles Li
MUS President

Charles (Hao Ran) Li grew up in China and came to Vancouver at 19 years old. He completed his Bachelors and Masters of Science in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at UBC, and is currently a 3rd-year student in the UBC MD Program. During his undergraduate degree, he became the co-owner of a tutoring company for UBC students where he found passion in management and event organization, organizing a variety of academic and social events last year as the MUS VP Internal.

This year, he serves as the UBC Medical Undergraduate Society (MUS) President setting the direction for the MUS Council and representing the MUS at various levels within the faculty and to external organizations. Outside of school, Charles is interested in food and business, and is the co-owner of a food company where he can combine his interests. He also enjoys hiking, badminton, and music performance.

Alvin Qiu
MUS Past President

Hi! My name is Alvin and I am excited serve as this year’s Past President. I am originally from Toronto, ON and am currently an 8th year MD/PhD student. I look forward to passing along any insight and advice from my years of experience within MUS.

Keyrian Le Gratiet
IMP Site Lead
Born in Vancouver and raised in France, I returned to my West Coast roots on Vancouver Island to attend UVic and study the inner workings of the brain. Prior to starting my medical studies with all of you, I completed a MSc at UVic where I taught Biology and Physiology to many amazing undergraduate students both as a laboratory instructor and as a research mentor. I believe that as a learner and teacher, I can appropriately balance the interests of my IMP colleagues with that of the Faculty of Medicine, and community stakeholders. Over the past year as the IMP Site Lead, I have worked towards a more transparent funding system easily accessible by all IMP cohorts, financed awesome student-led initiatives such as career events, IMP MOSCE preps, weekend trips, and strove to best represent my colleagues’ interest on MAA and other Faculty meetings. I would be honored to represent my colleagues once again and, if elected, would like for the coming year to focus on developing sustainable items to improve the well-being of IMP students both at the pre-clinical and clinical stage of their learning journey! Outside of school, I am an avid climber, like sleeping in the sun, or re-connecting with my French roots via the occasional late morning coffee break and its obligatory croissant.

Leanne Flinton
NMP Site Lead
Hello from the Northern Medical Program! My name is Leanne (she her), and I look forward to serving as the NMP site lead for the 2023-2024 year. I was born and raised in a rural community in BC’s interior, and have a passion for building community connections that support healthcare promotion in underserved areas. As NMP Site Lead, I hope to promote connections within the Division of Medicine in the North by advocating for students with UBC faculty, the Medical Undergraduate Society and the Medical Alumni Association Board. Throughout the year, I am hopeful to work with the other Site Leads to create more in-person opportunities at the distributed sites, including site-specific workshops, clubs and the development of the northern MSAC. Outside of medicine, I enjoy photography, painting and exploring the world any chance I get!

Quinn Krahn
SMP Site Lead
Quinn Krahn moved to Kelowna at 12 years old and has been there ever since. He is currently a third year medical student at the Southern Medical Program (SMP) and is serving his first term as the SMP Site Lead. In this position, Quinn represents the interests of SMP students, faculty, and community stakeholders. He oversees the SMP Site Class Councils, attends MUS meetings, and acts as the primary liaison between MUS and class councils. As Site Lead, he is a member of several committees including UBC Medical Alumni Association, MSAC Advisory Committee, and Constitution and Bylaws Committee. Quinn is proud to able to represent the SMP community at these committees. In this role he hopes to continue supporting SMP students through the fair allocation of SMP finances, to encourage interconnectivity between students from all years and between sites, and seek out opportunities that promote inclusivity and connectivity among students. One of Quinn's goals is to continue previous year site lead's work in the creation of a SMP MSAC. Aside from medicine Quinn enjoys running, hiking, rock-climbing, and art.

Katie Baillie
MD/PhD Lead
My name is Katie (She/Her), and I am a fifth-year student in the MD/PhD program. I am eager to support the needs of dual program students through my role in the MUS. This year is particularly exciting as Vancouver will be welcoming MD+ trainees from across Canada for the CITAC Annual General Meeting next April. This is a great opportunity for local students interested in research to build connections across the country, and I hope to promote engagement across all program years. Please reach out if you have questions, comments, or ideas for initiatives related to research training in the MD program. I would be happy to hear from you!

Parteek Bal
Year I President

Dela Shojaei
Year II President
Hey everyone, I'm Dela and I am very excited to be representing the class of 2026! Outside of school, I enjoy doing barre and spin classes, and my guilty pleasure is any Adam Sandler movie. This year, I hope to increase the connection between different sites, amplify minority voices, and prepare for our transition to clerkship! I look forward to working together with my classmates and the rest of council to optimize our academic and student experience at UBC 🙂 Please feel free to reach out with any questions or concerns you may have.

Karen Rofaeel
Year III President
Hi everyone! My name is Karen (she/her), and I am very excited to be returning as the Class President for the Class of 2025! I love to travel, sight-see, try new foods (always open to recommendations), read, and enjoy the outdoors. This year, I look forward to continuing to advocate for our class as we navigate the craziness of clerkship, elective selection, and preparing for 4th year. I also hope to focus on social events/opportunities within our class since clerkship can feel like a very isolating experience, as well as enhance more inter-class connections and mentorship. Please reach out if you have any questions, concerns, or just want to chat!

Suzanne Starkiewicz
Year IV President
Hello, I’m Suzanne (she/her/hers). I have had the privilege to be the Class President for my class for the last 3 years and I’m delighted to be representing the Class of 2024 for our final year. I look forward to working with the Class Council and Grad Committee to support students and to host events to celebrate the culmination of our medical school journey. I hope to continue to advocate for you and promote community, inclusion, and mental wellness within our program. I’m happy to hear your feedback, ideas, and concerns. Please feel comfortable to connect with me anytime. Outside of medicine, I enjoy traveling, singing, good coffee, going to concerts, scuba diving, hiking, and skiing.

Faniry Ramorasata

Vice President Communication Sr.

Hi there! I am Faniry (she/her/hers), and I am happy to serve as your VP Communications Sr. I am currently in my 2nd year at VFMP. By keeping you updated on all MUS events and opportunities to get involved at UBC, and potentially even nationwide, I hope to foster a sense of community and ensure you feel supported. Of course, this can't be done without the wonderful help of the communications portfolio - our VP Comms Jr. and IT officers.

If you have any questions, suggestions, or simply want to connect, I'm here for you, whether in-person or via email. Don't hesitate to reach out anytime; I'm always ready for a chat.

Beyond MUS, my passions include God, sports, singing, trying new experiences, quality time with loved ones, travelling, kdramas, and anything funny.

Kara Moscovitz

Vice President Communication Jr.

Charley Cai

Information Technology Officer Sr.

Hello! My name is Charley and I’m thrilled to be part of the MUS committee this year as your IT Officer Senior! In this role, I will be responsible for maintaining MUS’ digital infrastructure including our website and computer equipment. I have always loved working with technology and completed a combined Computer Science & Microbiology undergraduate degree at UBC where I had the opportunity to learn many coding languages—including Java, Javascript, HTML, C++, R, Python, and SQL—as well gaining experience in Database Management, Web Development, and Computer Networking. Outside of school, I enjoy snow sports, rock climbing, badminton, tinkering with computers and browsing YouTube and Reddit. I’m also a private pilot and love giving people tours of Greater Vancouver from the sky! As your IT officer Sr., I am excited to help resolve any technical issues we may face this year to provide a seamless experience at UBC!

Andy Hsu

Information Technology Officer Jr.

Hi folks, my name is Andy and it's my pleasure to be the IT Officer Jr. of MUS. I aim to provide a seamless technology experience for everyone.

Quentin Michalchuk

Vice President Finance Sr.

Hello! My name is Quentin and I'm excited to be representing UBC medical students as the MUS VP Finance Sr. Prior to this role, I have held 3-4 treasurer positions in various clubs. As an avid musician, I play piano and violin. I am passionate about the outdoors: skiing, hiking, orienteering, dragon boating, etc. I also love storms. Through my role, I hope to make the finances of MUS and associated subsidiaries as seamless and efficient as possible, while promoting transparency. If you have any suggestions or questions, please let me know!

Jason Yi

Vice President Finance Jr.

Hi everyone! My name is Jason and I am honoured to be serving UBC medical students as the VP Finance Jr. on the MUS council. Prior to entering medical school, I obtained a degree in Finance for my undergrad and worked as an auditor at Deloitte. I'm excited to work alongside our VP Finance Sr. to effectively manage the finances of our MUS. During my spare time, I love travelling with my partner, cooking, fishing, and playing the violin.

Lexia Bao

Vice President Sponsor & Donor Relations Sr.

Samuel Tholl

Vice President Sponsor & Donor Relations Jr.

Hello! My name is Sam Tholl, and I am excited to be your Vice President Sponsor & Donor Relations Jr. In this role, I will ensure sufficient funding is acquired for MUS events, coordinate sponsorship requests, and act as a resource for clubs to gain information on the sponsorship process. It is also my goal to spark conversations about sponsorship acquisitions and to streamline the process. Outside of medicine I enjoy playing and coaching football. Please feel free to connect with me anytime.

Denna Flett

VP Indigenous Health

Hi everyone! My name is Denna and I was born and raised in Fort McMurray, AB. I am Cree from the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation on my biological fathers side & mixed European descent on my moms side. I am honoured to serve as the VP Indigenous Health. I am passionate about culturally safe healthcare and learning how to intertwine culture and medicine.

Raheesa Jina

VP Global Health Sr.

Hello everyone! I'm excited to take on the role of VP Global Health Senior this year. We have many exciting opportunities for involvement at UBC in the portfolios of reproductive and sexual health, public health, education, advocacy, and after a long hiatus – the return of international exchanges! Outside of medicine I enjoy hiking, baking, and strumming my guitar. Shoot me a message if you want to get involved in UBC x CFMS Global Health!

Soren Meeuwisse

VP Global Health Jr.

Hi! I am excited to be working with Raheesa, the VP Global Health Sr, this year as we support global health educational, advocacy, and exchange opportunities to the UBC medicine student body.

Soren Meeuwisse

VP Planetary Health Representative

Hi! I am excited to be working with Raheesa, the VP Global Health Sr, this year as we support global health educational, advocacy, and exchange opportunities to the UBC medicine student body.

Sophia Nala Speier

IMP Year 1 Indigenous Health Representative

Meghan Harry

IMP Year 2 Indigenous Health Representative

Hello! My name is Meghan Harry, and I am a member of Xwémalhkwu (Homalco) First Nation. I am excited to be the IMP Indigenous Health Representative Jr. I want to acknowledge that I am grateful to live, work, and play on the traditional, unceded lands of the Lekwungen and WSÁNEĆ peoples. Throughout this year I plan on working together with my fellow council members to advocate for Indigenous health and wellness. In my previous life as a high school teacher, it was my job to incorporate Indigenous culture and traditional ways of knowing into my curriculum. I would like to promote those same ideologies to my peers, the MUS, and to our community through learning opportunities and various events/fundraisers. I look forward to our journey together.

ʔimot (Thank you)

Gaganjit Phulka

NMP Year 2 Indigenous Health Representative

Bradley Van Osch

SMP Year 1 Indigenous Health Representative

Hello! My name is Bradley Van Osch and I am a member of the red river Metis from Manitoba. I am currently living in Kelowna and as a guest I would like to acknowledge that I am grateful to be studying on the traditional and unseeded lands of the syilx and Okanagan people. I have worked on multiple projects in Indigenous communities throughout undergrad and will love the opportunity to form new relationships within Kelowna and help educate my peers on Indigenous health issues in the region as well as Canada.

Kara Ruff

SMP Year 2 Indigenous Health Representative

Kara Ruff is a Métis student, currently studying medicine through the University of British Columbia on the ancestral, traditional and unceded lands of the Sylix Okanagan Peoples at the Southern Medical Program in Kelowna, BC. She is entering her second year of medical school and has an interest in Indigenous and rural health care due to her familial ties and background of growing up in Campbell River on Vancouver Island. She received a microbiology degree from the University of Victoria before entering medicine, and now works in her role to advocate for improvement in culturally safe health care for Indigenous peoples in Canada during her studies.

Cayley Lawrence

VFMP Year 1 Indigenous Health Representative

Hi! I’m Cayley (she/her). I’ve been elected as the VFMP Indigenous Health Representative Jr. I am Métis-Cree on my paternal side, born and raised in Treaty 7 Territory in the city of Medicine Hat, AB. My family has roots in the Red River Settlement, the Nekaneet Cree Nation Reserve and areas of what is currently known as Montana, USA.

A large part of both my personal and professional life has included advocacy for health equity of indigenous peoples. I have held roles on Indigenous curriculum advisory committees, research teams incorporating Indigenous pedagogy into healthcare, as a youth worker for indigenous youth within the care of the ministry (both VACFSS/MCFD), and as a mentor for women in marginalized outdoors spaces. I’m hoping to improve the health and wellness of my indigenous peers and all other colleagues. Feel free to join me for a bike/ski/hike at any time for a conversation.

Amy Spetter

VFMP Year 2 Indigenous Health Representative

Hello! My Name is Amy. I am of mixed Indigenous and Northern European ancestry My Father, is Nuučaan̓uł from Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation, and my mother is a settler of Norwegian descent. I. Want to acknowledge to unceded and ancestral territory of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) peoples, where I am studying at the Vancouver Fraser medical program. This year, I hope to work alongside my fellow class counsel members to advocate for holistic Indigenous health and wellness and support Indigenous medical students in building connections.


Doris Liu

Vice President External Sr.

Hi everyone! My name is Doris, and I’m very excited to serve as your VP External Senior this year. My role at the MUS is to support you and help make your voice heard by liaising with external organizations, including Doctors of BC, Consultant Specialists of BC, PGME Residency Allocation Sub-Committee, and the CFMS. Outside of the MUS, I play the piano and the Chinese lute. I like Cirque du Soleil / Broadway shows, museums, karaoke, traveling, and dining out. Please reach out if you’d like to chat.

Elsie Wang

Vice President External Jr.

Christina Schwarz

Senior Chair of the Political Advocacy Committee

I am the Political Advocacy Committee (PAC) Senior Chair for 2023-2024. PAC advocates for social justice on a wide variety of fronts -- running educational events for fellow medical students, working in the community, writing policy briefs, and campaigning for better healthcare with MLAs. Please reach out if you have ideas for advocacy or would like to partner with us!

Al Huuskonen

AMS Representative

Wendy Song

Vice President Internal

As your VP Internal, I aspire to create a supportive and enriching environment that empowers all students to thrive academically and personally. From MedBall to Career Night, I hope that you'll get to enjoy these amazing events. I also run the biannual elections, so feel free to reach out to me for any questions regarding those. You can also ask me any questions at all about MUS or Medicine in general, happy to chat!

Aiden Wilcox

Clubs Representative Sr.

Hi everyone, I'm Aiden. I'm excited to get to know all of the wide variety of clubs so that I can represent your interests and facilitate your operations. I have many varied hobbies myself including many outdoor activities, tabletop games, and literature, so I really appreciate the MUS club systems ability to provide support and resources for clubs to connect students with similar interest and provide non-academic opportunities that encourage work-life balance. I look forward to taking part in this system and have goals to increase club outreach to first-years, make it easy as possible to start new clubs, and encourage collaboration between clubs.

Harry Chae

Clubs Representative Jr.

Hello, my name is Harry Chae, and I am your MUS Clubs Representative for this year! As an enthusiast of many extracurricular activities myself (basketball, soccer, singing, guitar, golf, etc.), I recognize the vital role that our passions have in our well-being and mental health. My goal is to advocate for my cherished colleagues by helping everyone pursue their passions! Whether it be creating new clubs, organizing club events, or simply joining a new club, I am here to support you! Please don’t hesitate to reach out if you have questions on all things related to our MUS clubs!

Ishraq Joarder

Sports Director

Hi Everyone! My name is Ishraq and I am a third year VFMP student. I’m very excited to be your MUS Sports Director for 2023-2024. Student wellness is a topic I am very passionate about, and I think there’s no better way to de-stress, socialize and strengthen a community than with sports. I hope that over the upcoming year, I can organize a number of fun sports-related events for all 4 classes, and revamp the MSAC gym. Outside the MUS, you’ll often see me out on long hikes or spending hours perfecting my spikeball serves in one of the fields across Vancouver. I’m looking forward to the year ahead and please reach out if you have any questions or ideas!

Beenu Bajwa

Vice President Equity Diversity Inclusion Sr.

Hi everyone! My name is Beenu, and I am in my second year at VFMP. I am excited to be your VP of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion. My passion for EDI stems from my past experience and involvement in clubs whose mission is to promote diversity. I believe we can excel when we represent the population at large, which is only attainable through EDI. Within this role, I commence and promote EDI initiatives to advance our approach to the inclusion of all members and endorse evidence-based practices in diversity, equity, and inclusion across our faculty.
Feel free to contact me with any questions or ideas!

Delon Chan
Vice President Equity Diversity Inclusion Jr.
Hi Everyone, My name is Delon (he/him) and I am in my second year at VFMP. I am honoured to be serving as your VP Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Jr. I am a second-generation immigrant with Chinese heritage and a member of the 2SLGBTQIA+ community. My passion for EDI stemmed during my master’s degree, where I helped create the EDI committee within my school and learned more about equity within the healthcare system in my public health courses. In my role, I work closely with the VP EDI Sr in starting and promoting EDI initiatives within the school, work with faculty at UBC to see how we can better support students, and meet with EDI representatives from other medical schools to promote EDI on a national level. If anyone has any ideas or suggestions on how to promote EDI within UBC Medicine, please feel free to reach out to me!

Jessie Chai

WIN Executive Director

Fran Perry

Vice President Academic Sr.

As VP Academic Senior my role involves overseeing student representation on faculty/staff committees through the MEC program, liaising with class presidents and VP academics to support them with academic concerns and work with other VP Academics across Canada to make medical education better. Please reach out to me if you have any education-related suggestions, questions or concerns!

Andy An

Vice President Academic Jr.

Hello! I'm excited to improve your academic experience at UBC as your VP Academic! If you have any thoughts or concerns about your medical school education, please send me an email. I'm in the Class of 2025. Outside of medicine, I'm hiking, doing pottery, or creating medical education animations on YouTube.

Brendan Tao

Medical Education Committee Director Jr.

I am a third year medical student. My role as MEC director is to uphold the structure of the student-faculty committees, identifying students for these committees, and advocating for the academic concerns of our student body.

Meghan He

Medical Education Committee Director Jr.

Dr. Harvey Lui

Faculty Advisor