Council and Faculty Advisors

Alvin Qiu
MUS President
alvinqiu@student.ubc.ca


Parker Nann
MUS Past President
pnann@student.ubc.ca

A 5th generation Vancouverite, Parker enjoys skiing, cycling, cooking commercial aviation, and (though his skill doesn’t match his enthusiasm) playing tennis.

Keyrian Le Gratiet
IMP Site Lead
keyrianl@student.ubc.ca
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. This sparked a fascination for anything tiny that occasionally or tonically fires an action potential. Now in my second year of medical school, I have assumed the role of IMP Site Lead for the 2022-2023 period! As the IMP site lead, I plan to support IMP student initiatives from all cohorts, which includes financing social and club events, promoting medical student engagement with the UBC Medical Alumni Association, and facilitating student-faculty interactions!

Victoria Rea
NMP Site Lead
vicrea@student.ubc.ca
Hello everyone! My name is Victoria Rea, and I am a 2nd year medical student at the Northern Medical Program. During my first term as NMP site lead I am excited to showcase the interests of NMP student to faculty, MUS, and the Medical Alumni Association. I also hope to support NMP class council, promote connectivity between NMP classes, and support site specific initiatives. In my spare time I love paddle boarding, cooking, and travelling!

Tushar Dave
SMP Site Lead
tushard@student.ubc.ca
Tushar grew up in Kelowna and is thrilled to be attending medical school in his hometown community. He is a 2nd year Southern Medical Program (SMP) student and is serving his first term as SMP Site Lead. In this position, Tushar represents the interests of SMP students, faculty, and community stakeholders. He provides support to the SMP Site Class Councils and acts as the primary liaison between MUS and Class Councils. Additional responsibilities also include fair allocation of SMP finances, advocacy for site-specific initiatives, and promotion of inclusivity and connectivity among the SMP cohorts. Outside of medicine, Tushar enjoys basketball, photography, exploring the hiking trails of BC, and spending time with his friends and family.

Katie Baillie
MD/PhD Lead
bailliek@student.ubc.ca

Hannah Rojas
Year I President
hannahyo@student.ubc.ca
My name is Hannah (she/her/hers) and I am excited to be serving as the Year 1 Class President for the Class of 2026! I’ve completed both an undergraduate and masters degree in kinesiology, and am passionate about student health and wellbeing. I hope to improve the UBC medicine experience for my classmates by promoting a welcoming, inclusive, and encouraging environment for all members of our community. I’m very big on collaborative leadership, and encourage you to bring forward your creativity, ideas, and passions, and we can work together to make them a reality. Outside of academics, I love being outside – hiking, skiing, kayaking, running, biking, or spending time at the beach.

Karen Rofaeel
Year II President
karenrof@student.ubc.ca
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. Over the past year, I worked in collaboration with Class Council, MUS, Student Reps, and many others to advocate for your concerns and represent our class. I look forward to continuing this in second year as we hopefully resolve any remaining pandemic-related disturbances and prepare for our transition to clerkship. I also hope to create more inter-class connections and mentoring opportunities. Please reach out if you have any questions, concerns, or just want to chat!

Suzanne Starkiewicz
Year III President
sstarkie@student.ubc.ca
Hello Class of 2024, I am Suzanne (she/her/hers), and I am delighted to be representing you as the Year 3 Class President. As we move into the second half of our medical school education, our priorities are now shifting towards CARMS and career planning. I am excited to work with faculty to ensure we are supported and ready for electives and residency. 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 travelling, singing, good coffee, going to concerts, scuba diving, hiking, and skiing.

Armaghan (Army) Alam
Year IV President
armyalam@student.ubc.ca

 

Jennifer Yi

Vice President Communication Sr.

jennyi@student.ubc.ca

Hi there! My name is Jennifer and I’m thrilled to serve as your VP Communications Sr. I'm currently in second year at VFMP! By making sure you stay updated on all the MUS events and opportunities to get involved at UBC, I hope to build a sense of community and make sure you feel supported. Outside of MUS, I’m also an avid lover of steeped tea, sunset walks, my two cats and honestly anything that gets me to genuinely laugh. If you have any questions or anything you’d like to share, I’m always happy to chat in-person or via email. I’m looking forward to landing in your inbox this year!

Faniry Ramorasata

Vice President Communication Jr.

faniry27@student.ubc.ca


Miya Wang

Information Technology Officer Sr.

mwxy@student.ubc.ca


Charley Cai

Information Technology Officer Jr.

caic@student.ubc.ca

Hello! My name is Charley and I’m thrilled to be part of the MUS committee this year as your IT Officer Junior! 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 Jr., I am excited to help resolve any technical issues we may face this year to provide a seamless experience at UBC!

Ishraq Joarder

Vice President Finance Sr.

joarderi@student.ubc.ca

Hi Everyone! My name is Ishraq and I’m really excited to be your VP Finance Sr. for this year. My role involves managing MUS-related finances, as well as acting as a liaison between the student body and the Faculty of Medicine to help advocate for student wellness via funds for various initiatives. Outside of the MUS, you will often see me across Vancouver spending hours perfecting my spikeball serve or exploring the scenic hikes BC has to offer. If you have any questions, comments, or feedback, please don’t hesitate to reach out. Looking forward to a great year ahead!

Quentin Michalchuk

Vice President Finance Jr.

michalch@student.ubc.ca

Hello! My name is Quentin and I'm excited to be representing UBC medical students as the MUS VP Finance Jr. 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. My role involves assisting the MUS VP Finance Sr. with managing the MUS' finances. 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!

Alyssa Chen

Vice President Sponsor & Donor Relations Sr.

calyssa@student.ubc.ca


Lexia Bao

Vice President Sponsor & Donor Relations Jr.

lexiabao@student.ubc.ca

Samantha Gibbon

VP Indigenous Health

gibbon@student.ubc.ca


Laura Jones

VP Global Health Sr.

lauraj21@student.ubc.ca


Raheesa Jina

VP Global Health Jr.

raheesa@student.ubc.ca

As a VFMP third year, Raheesa (She/Her/Hers) is excited to represent UBC med students as the VP Global Health junior. In this role, she hopes to continue exploring how students can engage in important learning opportunities and a desire to help abroad without furthering colonial harms and creating ethical dilemmas. Her experiences include helping a Syrian refugee family adapt to life in BC through the Refugee Health Initiative as well as being an active director on the board for the Trans Himalayan Aid Society, a grass roots charity that collaborates with local partners in Northern India, Nepal and Tibet.

Farima Ghorbani

VP Planetary Health Representative

apply12@student.ubc.ca


Meghan Harry

IMP Year 1 Indigenous Health Representative

megharry@student.ubc.ca

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)


Krysta Gmitroski

IMP Year 2 Indigenous Health Representative

klgmi@student.ubc.ca


Gaganjit Phulka

NMP Year 1 Indigenous Health Representative

gkphulka@student.ubc.ca


Jenna Burke

NMP Year 2 Indigenous Health Representative

jburke05@student.ubc.ca


Kara Ruff

SMP Year 1 Indigenous Health Representative

kararuff@student.ubc.ca


Pooja Kadakia

SMP Year 2 Indigenous Health Representative

pkadakia@student.ubc.ca


Amy Spetter

VFMP Year 1 Indigenous Health Representative

aspetter@student.ubc.ca


Elias Chappell

VFMP Year 2 Indigenous Health Representative

elichapp@student.ubc.ca

Jason Speidel

Vice President External Sr.

jspeidel@student.ubc.ca


Doris Liu

Vice President External Jr.

liudoris@student.ubc.ca

Hi everyone! My name is Doris, and I’m very excited to serve as your VP External Junior this year. My role at the MUS is to support you and help make your voice heard by liaising with external organizations, including the CFMS, Doctors of BC, and Resident Doctors of BC. 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.

Ishmam Bhuiyan

Senior Chair of the Political Advocacy Committee

ibhuiyan@student.ubc.ca


Maddie Elder

AMS Representative

maddield@student.ubc.ca

Hi! I'm Maddie, and I'm in my second year at the Vancouver-Fraser site. I'm excited to be representing the MUS on the UBC AMS Council this year. I'm passionate about health advocacy, especially harm reduction and Indigenous health.

Charles (Hao Ran) Li

Vice President Internal

haoranli@student.ubc.ca

Hello! I am Charles (Hao Ran) Li, and I am excited to be your MUS VP Internal. I was born in China and came to Vancouver at 19 years old. During my undergraduate degree, I became the co-owner of a tutoring company for UBC students where I found passion in management and event organization, and I look forward to organizing a variety of academic and social events as VP Internal. Outside of school, I am interested in food and business, and I am lucky to be the co-owner of a food company where I can combine my interests. I also enjoy hiking, badminton, basketball, and league of legend.

Lindsay Cole

Clubs Representative Sr.

colelinr@student.ubc.ca


Aiden Wilcox

Clubs Representative Jr.

awilco@student.ubc.ca

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.

Sam Firouzli

Sports Director

firouzli@student.ubc.ca


Beenu Bajwa

Vice President Equity Diversity Inclusion

bbajwa@student.ubc.ca

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!

Jessie Chai

WIN Executive Director

chaij@student.ubc.ca

Ciara Morgan-Feir

Vice President Academic Sr.

cmorganf@student.ubc.ca


Fran Perry

Vice President Academic Jr.

perryf@student.ubc.ca

I am a current 3rd year student and doing my clerkship in the rural integrated program in Duncan on Vancouver Island. Originally from VFMP, I had the pleasure of serving as the VFMP VP Academic for both my first and second years of medical school. My class was the COVID class, so we had to start med school completely isolated from one another, especially in the Vancouver program. This presented some really unique opportunities and challenges as a student leader. I learned a heck of a lot from this and I am now representing the academic needs and concerns of all UBC medicine on an internal and national level. My main goal for this year is to strengthen ties within UBC's academic leaders so that we can lend our voices to collective and/or recurring academic issues to enact meaningful change for current and future students.</div?


Simrin Dhillon

Medical Education Committee Director Sr.

simrind@student.ubc.ca

Simrin is born and raised in Vancouver, BC and completed her undergraduate degree in Kinesiology at Rutgers University. She is passionate about student advocacy, and quality improvement. She enjoys hiking, surfing and snowboarding.

Brendan Tao

Medical Education Committee Director Jr.

taob1@student.ubc.ca

Dr. Harvey Lui

Faculty Advisor

harvey.lui@ubc.ca