Active Committees

MEC supports student representation on a number of Faculty of Medicine committees:


Medical Education Committee Executive 


Past MEC Director Katrina Besler VFMP 2022
MEC Director Sr Simrin Dhillon VFMP 2024
MEC Director Jr Brendan Tao VFMP 2025
Year 3 MEC Exec Catherina Binda VFMP 2024
Year 4 MEC Exec Irena Zivkovic VFMP 2023
Year 2 MEC Exec Rayan Ahmed VFMP 2025
Year 1 MEC Exec Noah Marini SMP 2026
MUS VP Academic Sr Ciara Morgan-Feir VFMP 2023
MUS VP Academic Jr Fran Perry VFMP 2023


Transition to Postgraduate Practice (TIPP)

This working group is responsible for the planning and implementation of the new course at the end of Year 4. The vision is to improve the transition and preparation for our learners before they begin residency.

Crystal Ma VFMP 2025
Austin Pietramala SMP 2024
Sina Safabakhsh VFMP 2023


Internal Medicine Undergraduate Education Committee

This committee meets to discuss topics & concerns related to the IM undergraduate program at UBC, including 3rd year CTU rotations and 4th year IM electives. This may include assessing educational experiences, discussing current means of student evaluation, incorporating student wellness initiatives, and more.

Marisa Levesque SMP 2023
Sophia Gardezy IMP 2023
Alessandro Cau VFMP 2023
Connor Arduini NMP 2023
Bianca Zaidel VFMP 2024
Aldea Wood NMP 2024
Tushar Dave SMP 2024
Taylor Sidhu IMP 2024


Pediatric Undergraduate Education Committee

The goal of this committee is to ensure that effective undergraduate pediatric education and assessment is being delivered to all sites and students across British Columbia. It is responsible for planning, implementing and evaluating all the pediatric education curricula of the 4 years of Undergraduate education.

Casey Li SMP 2025
Kelsey Smith NMP 2025
Rowan Laird SMP 2024
Iris Lee VFMP 2023


Portfolio Advisory Group

The Portfolio Advisory Group provides advice and consultation in the following areas: pedagogical matters related to the Portfolio and its alignment with sound assessment principles and other assessment modalities; practical, logistical, and political matters in relation to navigating the institutional culture to implement the Portfolio; end-user experience from both a student and coach perspective; identification of opportunities for scholarship; identification of content experts who can contribute to the development and implementation of the Portfolio.

Katherine Baillie VFMP 2023
Eden Dubchak SMP 2024
Alissa Zhang VFMP 2024
Alison White IMP 2025
Hannah Martin VFMP 2026


Faculty Development: Clinical Decision Making

The Clinical Decision Making (CDM) committee works on developing the CDM portion of the new MDUP curriculum, where students develop their clinical decision making skills by working through cases in CDM didactic and interactive sessions, and small groups. The committee makes decisions on the content, organization, scheduling, and implementation of these sessions and modifies the CDM curriculum based on feedback from students, instructors, and other involved staff. This committee works on improving the quality of lecture-based education within the UBC medical curriculum.

Chenille Wong VFMP 2026
Valerie Mok VFMP 2026
George Chen VFMP 2025
Bushra Khalid VFMP 2025
Aryan Ghaffarizadeh VFMP 2025
Vicky Mai VFMP 2024
Jasper Yoo VFMP 2024
Shailee Siddhpuria VFMP 2023
Anastasia Kalyta VFMP 2023


UBC Health Student Caucus

The Health Student Caucus provides a forum for health and human service (HHS) student leaders to discuss common education issues, provide feedback on the development, implementation and evaluation of interprofessional learning opportunities, plan interprofessional student events, and contribute to the advancement of Interprofessional Education (IPE) at UBC.

Sarah Lim VFMP 2023
Parsa Farah-Josteh VFMP 2024


Joint Occupational Health & Safety Committee

The JOHSCs are governed under the Workers Compensation Act. They are an advisory group consisting of employer and worker representatives working together to improve occupational health and safety in the workplace.

Crystal McLeod NMP 2026
Dela Shojaei VFMP 2026
Lucy Wang VFMP 2025
Ella Chan VFMP 2025
Kabeer Poonia VFMP 2025
Maggie Hou VFMP 2024
Christa Grona NMP 2024


UBC Medicine Family Practice

The UBC Medicine Family Practice Committee aids the Family Practice Program in planning and developing curricular activities. Monthly meetings are usually held to discuss FP office visits and seminar activities. Student representatives deliver messages to the class and collect feedback. The committee provides a forum for members to review and address questions and updates on ongoing tasks/projects/items/issues, and discuss ways to improve the FP components of the program and students’ educational experience.

Jennifer (Jia Yu) Zhang VFMP 2026
Dela Shojaei VFMP 2026
Grace Nie VFMP 2025
Ashini Dissanayake VFMP 2025


Research Committee

The Research Committee has various responsibilities falling under the overarching goal to fulfill the FoM’s research directives. This includes deciding which faculty members win certain awards, which projects get UBC funding, and how to achieve other research directives.

Shayda Swann VFMP 2023 – MD/PhD


Undergraduate Medical Education Committee

This committee oversees the UBC MD curriculum in terms of design, management, integration, and evaluation. This committee is responsible for approving UGME program initiatives from other UGME subcommittees and ensures that the program meets or exceeds accreditation standards. They also ensure that educational objectives and exit competencies are being achieved and promote a positive learning environment.

Robin Stone IMP 2023
Haydn Molcak NMP 2024
Ishmam Bhuiyan VFMP 2025


Curriculum Integration Advisory Council

Monitor overall curricular content, sequencing, spiralling, and integration, and advise the UGME Committee, the Years 1&2 Curriculum Subcommittee, and the Years 3&4 Curriculum Subcommittee accordingly.

Ronald Fung VFMP 2024
Bader Al-Zeer VFMP 2025


Learning Environment Advisory Council

Monitor the UGME learning environment, including mistreatment of medical students; and advise the UGME Committee, the Regional Associate Deans, the Years 1&2 Curriculum Subcommittee, and the Years 3&4 Curriculum Subcommittee accordingly.

Kiana Kianpoor VFMP 2024
Hannah Kim VFMP 2025


MD Admissions Subcommittee

Consider and select applicants for interview, offer, and ultimately admission to the MD Undergraduate Program, in accordance with UBC and Faculty of Medicine admissions policies and the Faculty of Medicine’s social responsibility mandate. The MD Admissions Selection Subcommittee is a collection of individuals with vested interests in the equitable and diverse selection of future UBC medical student cohorts. This team collaborates to manage the process of MD Admissions following submission of applications in a particular matriculation cycle.

Ramina Adam VFMP 2025
Ashleigh Nazareth VFMP 2024


Northern and Rural MD Admissions Subcommittee

This committee recommends to the MD Admissions Subcommittee qualified applicants who are suitable for the local context of learning in northern and rural areas for interview and offer of admission to the MD Program, up to a maximum of 32 for the NMP, 10 for rural placements in the SMP, and 2 for rural placements in the IMP, in accordance with UBC and Faculty of Medicine admissions policies and the Faculty of Medicine’s social responsibility mandate.

Erin Slade NMP 2023
Megan Karpenko NMP 2024
Valerie Doyon IMP 2023
Aashka Jani SMP 2023
Jordyn Henderson NMP 2025


Student Assessment Subcommittee

This committee is responsible for the design and function of the student assessment system of the UBC MD Undergraduate Program (MDUP).

Meghan Henry VFMP 2026
Zovya Wasylyk IMP 2025
Junghoon Ko VFMP 2024
Julia MacDonald NMP 2023


Student Affairs Advisory Council

The StAAC brings together the program-wide and site-specific Student Affairs leadership and the Student Affairs team (including site coordinators, financial and career advisors, health and safety representatives, Indigenous coordinators etc.) once a month to discuss ongoing business and deal with emerging issues. There are often guests from other departments to discuss how

they and Student Affairs can best work together. This committee is responsible for the oversight of student affairs as they relate to the MDUP. It has the authority to recommend new policy or policy changes to Faculty Executive. Ensures that students at all sites have comparable and timely access to student services, including but not limited to scholarships and bursaries, health services, health and disability insurances, and career planning advice.


Helen Hsiao VFMP 2026
Katherine Bilan VFMP 2026
Harleen Kaur Hehar VFMP 2025
Grace Nie VFMP 2025
Frances Perry VFMP 2024
Min Jung Kim VFMP 2024
Salina Kung VFMP 2023
Sarah Lim VFMP 2023
Alison White IMP 2025
Jessy Sidhu IMP 2024
Kash Gwiazda IMP 2023
Evan Kwong SMP 2025
Emma Corbett SMP 2024
Tyson Bodor SMP 2023
Jessica Willows NMP 2026
Michaela Kelly NMP 2025
Jeslene Sandhu NMP 2024
Allyson Miller NMP 2023
Amardeep Sekhon VFMP 2026


Learner Access Advisory Council

This council will advise the Associate Dean, Undergraduate Medical Education on access to UBC MD undergraduate students for the purposes of recruitment into research and non-programmatic studies. The mandate of the LAAC includes reviewing received requests and recommending which to forward to MD student learners (see attached Terms of Reference). The LAAC supports the Faculty of Medicine’s commitment to advancing research and scholarship as part of its mission, while at the same time ensuring that our learners are not overly burdened by non-programmatic emails and requests.

Jasper Yoo VFMP 2024


VFMP Clinical Skills Committee

This committee makes decisions about format, type, and number of clinical skills sessions in years 1 and 2 at the VFMP.

Meghan He VFMP 2026
Hannah Martin VFMP 2026
Or Golan VFMP 2025
Annie Kim VFMP 2025


Teacher Support Advisory Council

The purpose of this advisory council is to advise the Director of Teacher Assessment on matters related to support and assessment of teachers, including the implementation of the Teacher Assessment Policy. The student representative’s role is to provide the student’s perspective and ideas for how to better provide teacher assessments through one45 and to highlight any potential gaps in the current process for the learner, as well as how to best use this information to improve the medical education we receive.

Micheline Metzner VFMP 2024
Jenny Yang VFMP 2025
Katherine Bilan VFMP 2026


Student Promotion and Review Board

The Review Board ensures that standards for student advancement and graduation are consistent across all sites and students, adhere to FoM policy, and are based on student performance. The Board makes decisions about student advancement, professionalism notations on performance reports, withdrawal, and returning from leaves of absence.

Kathy Xu VFMP 2023


MCQ Advisory Panel

The Multiple Choice Question Advisory Panel reviews questions and content of MCQ exams.

Raisa Shabbir VFMP 2023
Jatinder Khatra NMP 2023


Psychiatry UGEC

The Psychiatry UGEC is responsible for planning, implementing and evaluation of the Psychiatry curriculum across all sites.

Brendan Tao VFMP 2025
Michelle Hawkins SMP 2024
Jillian Rodger VFMP 2023


Student-Faculty EDI Working Group


Lillian Chen VFMP 2026
Nikola Deretic VFMP 2026
Tarndeep Chahal IMP 2025
Sasha Voznyuk VFMP 2025
Parsa Farah-Josteh VFMP 2024
Davy Lau VFMP 2024
Mathew Hindi VFMP 2023
Jenna Treissman NMP 2023




Last updated: January 2023