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Postgraduate Emergency Medicine

Residents

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PGY1

Hussein Al-Rimawi

Hometown: Jeddah
Medical School: The Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland
Academic Interests: Medical Education, Clinical Simulation and Pediatric Emergency Medicine
Hobbies: Travelling, photography, cooking, having a good cup of coffee, Ping-Pong, and Netflix binging!!
Research interests: TBD
Favourite cartoon character: Toph from Avatar: The Last Airbender
Most interesting place you’ve visited? Rome, Italy
Favourite medical themed TV show? ER, of course!!


Beatrix Berczi

Hometown: Toronto, ON
Undergraduate degree/school: B. Comm. / University of Toronto and Hong Kong University
Medical School: University of Limerick
Hobbies: Travel, yoga, fireplaces (drinking wine and enjoying a good book by the heat of them
Academic interests: Trauma, Addiction, Quality Improvement and Administration
Research interests: Addiction and Harm reduction
Most interesting job you've done outside of medicine? Media sales in Bahrain and Kuwait
Favourite cartoon character? Rogue (of the X-Men Saturday morning cartoons)
Most interesting place you’ve visited? Mekong Delta, Vietnam
Favourite medical themed TV show? Code Black (early first season


Daniel Chan

Hometown: Scarborough, ON
Undergraduate degree/school: BSc. Interdepartmental Honours in Immunology / McGill University
Medical School: McMaster University
Graduate degree/school: MSc in Immunology / University of Toronto
Hobbies: Board games, volleyball, hiking
Academic interests: Global Health, Disaster Medicine, Critical Care
Research interests: TBD
Favourite cartoon character? Batman - from the Original Animated Series
Most interesting job you’ve done outside of medicine? Ski instructor
Most interesting place you’ve visited? Rural Panama
Favourite medical themed TV show? House MD


Kathryn Chan

Hometown: Toronto
Undergraduate degree/school:McMaster University, Electrical-Biomedical Engineering
Medical School:McMaster University
Hobbies: Fresh air (hiking, running, camping), brunch, puppies
Academic interests: Trauma, POCUS, quality improvement, education, social determinants of health
Research interests:Medical device development, simulation
Most interesting job you've done outside of medicine? Either the time I built image-guided robots or the time I was a counsellor at Debate Camp Canada (no joke)
Most interesting place you’ve visited? Top of Half-Dome at Yosemite National Park
Nickname/Alias? Kat, KChan


Jada Fitzpatrick

Hometown: Toronto, ON
Undergraduate degree/school: HBSc, Psychology and Human Biology, University of Toronto. Bachelor of Science in Nursing, University of Toronto
Medical School: McMaster University
Hobbies: Origami, retro video games, science fiction, coffee, cats, eating
Academic interests: Physician Wellness, Psychiatric Emergency Care, Pediatric Emergency Medicine
Research interests: Related to academic interests
Most interesting job you’ve done outside of medicine? Starbucks Barista
Favourite cartoon character? Totoro
Favourite medical themed TV show? House


Laila Nasser

Spencer Sample

Hometown: Toronto
Undergraduate degree/school: Honours Bachelor of Science, McMaster University
Medical School: McMaster University
Hobbies: Photography, Golf, Formula 1
Academic interests: EMS, Medical Education, Pediatric Emergency Medicine
Research interests: EMS, Medical Education
Most interesting job you’ve done outside of medicine? Ski Instructor, I was basically a babysitter on skis!
Nickname/Alias? Anything with the word "sample" in it (e.g. free sample)
Most interesting place you’ve visited? Venice, Italy - where ambulances are boats!


Chad Singh

Hometown: Pickering, ON
Undergraduate degree/school: Honours Bachelor of Science, McMaster University
Medical School: McMaster University
Hobbies: Sports, Fantasy Football, Reading
Academic interests: Trauma, Medical Education
Research interests: TBD
Most interesting job you’ve done outside of medicine? Research Assistant in Georgetown Public Hospital, Guyana
Favourite cartoon character? T.J. Detweiler
Favourite medical themed TV show? Scrubs


Paula Sneath

Hometown: Toronto, ON
Undergraduate degree/school: BSc Psychology, York University
Medical School: McMaster University - Niagara Regional Campus
Academic interests: EMS education, Pediatric EM, first-responder and physician mental health and wellness
Research interests: No thanks
Hobbies: Hot yoga, cooking, cuddling my furry friends, scuba diving, skiing/snowboarding
Most interesting job you’ve done outside of medicine? Paramedic - my view isn't as amazing as Jodie and Blair's, but the security of solid ground is worth the sacrifice

Favourite cartoon character: Happy Bunny

Most interesting place you’ve visited? The Blue Hole and Silfra Fissure
Favourite medical themed TV show? Third Watch - when I applied for my paramedic program, they told us to leave if we were there because we loved Third Watch. I lowered my eyes and pretended I had a better reason


 
PGY2

Ali Al Sagre

Hometown: Dammam
Undergraduate degree/school: Bsc of Rehabillitation / King Saud University
Medical School: King Saud Bin Abdulaziz University of Health Sciences
Hobbies: Racing Driver, building race cars, watching Formula 1 on TV and I have never stopped watching Seinfeld
Research interests: Critical Care
Most interesting job you’ve done outside of medicine? Race Engineer and it is diffrent than you think
Most interesting place you’ve visited? Cicuit of Americas in Texas and Yas marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi
Favourite medical themed TV show? I don't watch medical themed show but in Seinfeld, Kramer pretended he is Dermatologist that is my favbourite scene ever.


Mohammed BinKharfi

Hometown: Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Undergraduate degree/school: MMMS / King Saud University
Medical School: King Saud University
Hobbies: Wasting time, looking at a screen
Academic interests: Critical Care Medicine
Research interests: Health Economics
Favourite cartoon character? Mr. Magoo
Most interesting place you’ve visited? Zamzam Well


Joana Dida

Hometown: Toronto (originally Albania)
Undergraduate degree/school: Neuroscience specialist, Major in French language, Minor in Psychology, University of Toronto
Medical School: University of Toronto
Graduate degree/school: MSc in Behavioural Neuroscience and Genetics, University of Toronto
Hobbies: Languages, Volleyball, Biking, Latin Dancing
Academic interests: TBD
Research interests: TBD
Favourite cartoon character? Tom and Jerry (yes it's true, you can't separate them)
Most interesting job you’ve done outside of medicine? Spanish - English translator on tour guides.
Most interesting place you’ve visited? Too many but some to mention: Wawa, Iceland, Lucerne
Favourite medical themed TV show? don't watch any ... oops
Nickname/Alias? Jojo


Alisha Greer

Hometown: Kirkland Lake, ON
Undergraduate degree/school:Honors Specialization in Chemistry, University of Western Ontario
Medical School:Northern Ontario School of Medicine
Hobbies: Hiking, swimming and traveling
Academic interests: Critical Care, Quality Improvement, Toxicology
Research interests:Related to academic interests
Server/bartender, I love meeting new people.
Favourite cartoon character? Mr. Magoo
Most interesting place you’ve visited? Vietnam
Favourite medical themed TV show? Scrubs


Mark Hewitt

Hometown: Lamaline, NL
Undergraduate degree/school: Bachelor of Medical Science, Honours Specialization in Physiology / University of Western Ontario
Medical School: Memorial University of Newfoundland
Hobbies: Sports & Fitness, Hiking and Cooking
Academic interests: Critical Care, Sports Medicine, Ultrasound
Research interests: Critical Care, QI & Patient Safety, ED Fracture Management
Most interesting job you’ve done outside of medicine? The most interesting has to be as a general farm labourer on a large-scale chicken farm as a member of the “clean-out crew”. Yes, I cleaned football field-sized barns with pressure washers after hundreds of thousands of birds lived there.
Favourite cartoon character? This is a tough choice between Tommy Pickles and Shaggy from Scooby Doo. I’ve got to go with Shaggy though, most underrated detective of our generation.
Most interesting place you’ve visited? Skellig Michael, an island off the coast of southern Ireland that holds the ruins a monetary dating back to the sixth century.


Laila Nasser

Laila Nasser

Hometown: Thornhill, Ontario
Undergraduate degree/school: Bachelor of Health Sciences, McMaster
Medical School: McMaster
Hobbies: Reading historical non/fiction novels (& the occasional Archie comic), painting landscapes, spending time with family/friends on any waterfront
Academic interests: Community & Academic EM, Physician Wellness, Medical Education
Research interests: Quality Assessment & Quality Improvement, Physician Leadership
Most interesting job you’ve done outside of medicine?
Favourite cartoon character? Mulan & Olaf !
Most interesting place you’ve visited? Stone Town, Zanzibar & Ngorongoro Crater (Tanzania); Flumserberg (Switzerland); Hopewell Rocks (New Brunswick); Yellowstone (Wyoming); too many unique places to choose from!


Tara Stratton

Hometown: Toronto, ON
Undergraduate degree/school: BASc in Engineering Science, University of Toronto
Medical School: McMaster University
Hobbies: Running, soccer, skiing, dance (particularly hip-hop), travelling, trying new food, dying my hair all the different colours of the rainbow
Academic interests: Health Policy, Admin, Medical Education, Ultrasound
Research interests: TBFD
Most interesting job you’ve done outside of medicine? (Semi)-Professional Harpist
Favourite cartoon character? Bender from Futurama
Most interesting place you’ve visited? Mai Chau, Vietnam
Favourite medical themed TV show? Scrubs


Noorin Walji

Hometown: Toronto, ON
Undergraduate degree/school: BComm, McGill University
Graduate degree/school: MSc Public Health, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
Medical School: Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland
Academic interests: Administration, Ultrastound, Global Health
Research interests: TBD
Most interesting job you’ve done outside of medicine? Lifeguarding

Most interesting place you’ve visited? Angkor Wat, Cambodia
Favourite medical themed TV show? Scrubs


 
PGY3

Kumait Al Lawati

Hometown: Muscat, Sultanate of Oman
Medical School: Sultan Qaboos Universtiy
Hobbies: Chess, Sports (body building, squash, Table Tennis), Hiking, big fan of soccer matches (Juventus, Champions UEFA, Serie A Italian league), fan of tennis (Masters & Grand slam) ATP tournaments and challenging adrenaline activities ( skydiving, shark cage diving, bungee jumping)etcAcademic interests: Critical Care, Disaster Medicine, US, and Trauma
Research interests: Medical Education
Most interesting place you’ve visited? Kruger’s National Park (South African Safari) at the Makalale Game Lodge during my Honeymoon
Favourite medical themed TV show? House MD, Grey’s Anatomy (first seasons)



Mohammad Althobity

Hometown: Taif, Saudi Arabia
Undergraduate degree/school: MBBS, King Abdulaziz University, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
Graduate degree/school: M.A.S in Clinical Research, University of California San Diego, San Diego, California, USA
Medical School: King Abdulaziz University, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
Hobbies: Traveling, writing, reading, and trying new hobbies (I might like it!)
Academic interests: Trauma, Sport Medicine, Clinical Research, and Education
Research interests: Trauma, Education, Health Administration, and Quality Improvement
Most interesting job you’ve done outside of medicine? CEO of Saudi Students Gathering in San Diego (Volunteer)
Most interesting place you’ve visited? Yosemite National Park & Sequoia National Park
Favourite cartoon character? Tom & Jerry and Nemo
Favourite medical themed TV show? Grey’s Anatomy


Joseph Bacani

Hometown: Toronto, ON
Undergraduate degree/school: York University
Graduate degree/school: York University
Medical School: University of Calgary
Hobbies: Gym, hiking, hockey, dota
Academic interests: Knowing things
Research interests: Inner city health
Favourite cartoon character? Meliodas
Most interesting place you’ve visited? Phuket


Alvin Chin

Hometown: Markham, ON
Undergraduate degree/school: BMSc Physiology, Western University
Graduate degree/school: Msc Neuroscience, Western University
Medical School: McMaster University
Hobbies: Travelling, music, Netflix binging, and all things to do with food
Academic interests: Pediatric EM, medical eduation, ultrasound
Research interests: FOAMed, quality improvement
Most interesting job you’ve done outside of medicine? Swimming instructor for special needs children
Most interesting place you’ve visited? Rural Philippines
Favourite medical themed TV show? Scrubs all day


Filgen Fung

Hometown: Markham, Ontario
Undergraduate degree/school:BSc Kinesiology, University of Waterloo
Graduate degree/school: Msc Neuroscience, Western University
Medical School:Queen’s University
Hobbies:Travelling, volleyball, swimming, kayaking, snorkeling, hiking, and food!
Academic interests: Trauma, Ultrasound, International Medicine
Research interests: TBD
Most interesting job you’ve done outside of medicine? Research assistant at Canada’s Department of National Defence
Most interesting place you’ve visited? Sifnos, Greece
Favourite medical themed TV show? Grey’s Anatomy – because it’s so different and more glamorous than real medicine…


Farah Jazuli

Hometown: Toronto, ON
Undergraduate degree/school: University of Toronto – HBSc Forensic Science/Biology
Graduate degree/school: MSc Exercise Physiology
Medical School: University of Toronto
Hobbies: weightlifting, snowboarding, yoga, Raptors!!
Academic interests: Global health, sports medicine, prehospital care
Research interests: Tropical medicine, medical education
Most interesting job you’ve done outside of medicine? Anatomy teacher at a post-secondary institute in Rwanda
Most interesting place you’ve visited? Mt. Kilimanjaro


Jodie Pritchard

Hometown: Chatham, ON
Undergraduate degree/school: BHA, Ryerson University
Graduate degree/school: MPH, Global Health, University of Manchester

Medical School: McMaster University
Hobbies: Hiking, travelling, running, sipping tea, being outdoors whenever an opportunity presents itself (snowshoeing, camping, kayaking, SCUBA diving, SUP)
Academic interests: Global health, trauma, prehospital care, medical education, refugee health
Research interests: Evolving (global health, prehospital care, and education related)
Most interesting job you’ve done outside of medicine? Critical Care Flight Paramedic.  Ok, it’s medicine … but you can’t beat having a killer view out of your “office” window!
Favourite cartoon character?
Most interesting place you’ve visited? Leptis Magna, Libya (Roman ruins)
Favourite medical themed TV show? I haven’t watched much TV lately, but ER is always a solid choice.  Third Watch & Combat Hospital were good too.


Jillian Roberge

Hometown: Winnipeg
Undergraduate degree/school: Psychology, University of Manitoba
Medical School: McMaster
Hobbies: Volleyball, 4-wall handball, canoeing, restaurants
Academic interests: Medical education, ultrasound
Research interests: Indigenous health, social determinants of health, other topics to be determined
Most interesting job you’ve done outside of medicine? Sexual health educator
Most interesting place you’ve visited? Amsterdam
Favourite medical themed TV show? ? Doc McStuffins


Shannon Theune

Hometown: Waterloo, ON
Undergraduate degree/school: HBSc, Health Studies University of Waterloo
Graduate degree/school:
Medical School: University of Queensland, Australia
Hobbies: Travelling, drinking great coffee, meeting people, being active (beach volleyball, most team sports, snowboarding), baking
Academic interests: Critial Care, Pediatric EM
Research interests: TBD
Most interesting job you’ve done outside of medicine? Worked for a pubcrawl in Rome
Favourite medical themed TV show? Scrubs, Grey's Anatomy, ER...I'll watch tehm all!


 
PGY4

Blair Bigham

Hometown: Scarborough, Ontario
Undergraduate degree/school: University of Toronto
Graduate degree/school: University of Toronto
Medical School: McMaster University
Hobbies: Canoeing, kayaking in Canada’s beautiful wilderness; globetrotting
Academic interests: The intersection between prehospital, emergency and critical care medicine; patient safety, HCP fatigue and wellbeing
Research interests: resuscitation; patient safety and just culture; septic shock.  And I’d like to do a randomized controlled trial of blankets… ask me about my hypothesis!
Most interesting job you’ve done outside of medicine? Flight paramedic (It’s like being a flight attendant, only instead of serving peanuts you intubate people!)
Most interesting place you’ve visited? Galapagos, Borneo and Rishikesh
Favourite medical themed TV show? Third Watch


Jessica Cheung

Hometown: Toronto, ON
Undergraduate degree/school: Medical Science (BMSc) / The University of Western Ontario
Medical School: McMaster University
Hobbies: FOOD. Sleeping. But also, movies, board games, arts and crafts, DIY projects, reading fiction, home decor, binge watching TV
Academic interests: Ultrasound, toxicology, simulation, disaster medicine
Research interests: TBD
Most interesting job you’ve done outside of medicine?
Favourite cartoon character? Bender from Futurama
Most interesting job you'e done outside of medicine? Camp Counsellor at the Ontario Science Centre
Favourite cartoon character? Bender from Futurama
Nickname/Alias? JCheung
Favourite medical themed TV show? House, Scrubs, and Grey's Anatomy (refer to "Hobbies" comment about binge watching TV)

 

 


Rakesh Gupta

Hometown: Halifax, NS
Undergraduate degree/school: Economics, Duke University
Medical School: Dalhousie University
Hobbies: Traveling, eating delicious food, scuba diving, rewatching ‘The Wire’
Academic interests: Medical education, simulation, trauma, toxicology
Research interests: Performance feedback, TBD
Most interesting job you’ve done outside of medicine? Co-founder of Brazilian rum brand, stock options trader
Most interesting place you’ve visited? Japan
Favourite medical themed TV show? 'Game of Thrones' (great for trauma and anatomy)


Ashley Lubberdink

Hometown: Newmarket, Ontario
Undergraduate degree/school: Biology, McMaster University
Graduate degree/school:
Medical School: University of Toronto, Mississauga campus
Hobbies: Running, hot yoga, traveling, the Jays, the outdoors, patio hopping
Academic interests: Peds EM, Med Ed
Research interests: Med Ed
Most interesting job you’ve done outside of medicine? I don’t know about interesting, but I worked at lululemon for a year between undergrad and med school. Stocked up on a lifetime supply of workout gear and learned yogi- lingo!
Favourite cartoon character?
Most interesting place you’ve visited? Maui, so gorgeous
Favourite medical themed TV show? Its minimally medical but I’d have to say the Mindy Project! I just love her…


Spencer MacDonald

Hometown: Oakville
Undergraduate degree/school: Genetics, University of Western Ontario
Medical School: University of Limerick, Ireland
Hobbies: Golfing, hockey, wakeboarding, snowboarding, spending time with my family
Academic interests: International medicine, Trauma, Medical education
Research interests: TBD
Most interesting job you’ve done outside of medicine? Rock climbing instructor
Favourite cartoon character? Doug or TJ from Recess
Most interesting place you’ve visited? Rome
Favourite medical themed TV show? Has to be Scrubs – EEEAGLE!!!


Ali Mulla

Hometown: Toronto, Ontario
Undergraduate degree/school: BA Kinesiology/Physiology, University of Western Ontario
Graduate degree/school: MSc Kinesiology (Movement Neuroscience), University of Western Ontario
Medical School: McMaster University
Hobbies: Tennis, Hiking, Travelling, Eating
Academic interests: Global Health, Refugee Health, Trauma, Ultrasound, Medical Education
Research interests: Trauma, Ultrasound, Medical Education
Most interesting job you’ve done outside of medicine? Sleepover Counselor at Ontario Science Centre
Most interesting place you’ve visited? Rural Philippines
Nickname/Alias? Li
Favourite medical themed TV show? Scrubs

PGY5

Said Al Maqbali

Hometown: Sohar, Sultanate of Oman
Medical School: Sultan Qaboos University
Hobbies: Travelling, Camping, Volleyball
Academic interests: Research, Cardiology, Medical Education, Peds
Research interests: TBA
Most interesting job you’ve done outside of medicine? Business
Most interesting place you’ve visited? London, UK
Favourite medical themed TV show? Don't watch TV .. Only news.


Stephanie Bazak

Hometown: Peterborough, ON
Undergraduate degree/school: BScHon Psychology / Acadia University 
Medical School: McMaster University
Hobbies: Traveling, music, dance, food (specifically eating - but cooking is fun too), spending time with friends, Netflix marathons 
Academic interests: Global Health, Medical Education, Trauma
Research interests: Global Health, Medical Education
Most interesting job you’ve done outside of medicine? Camp counsellor 
Favourite cartoon character? Shrek 
Most interesting place you’ve visited? Rift Valley, Kenya
Nickname/Alias? Bazak 
Favourite medical themed TV show? Greys Anatomy


Lauren Cook-Chaimowitz

Hometown: Hamilton, ON
Undergraduate degree/school: BSc McGill University
Graduate degree/school: MSc Columbia University
Medical School: Ben Gurion University of the Negev
Hobbies: Reading, Sewing, Running, Cooking (Eating)
Academic interests: Global Health, Critical Care
Research interests: TBD
Most interesting job you’ve done outside of medicine? Most interesting job I didn't get: my application for position of Wench at Medieval Times was rejected the year after graduate school. 
Most interesting place you’ve visited? Astana, Kazakhstan
Favourite medical themed TV show? ER, which I sometimes re-watch under the guise of studying. 


Chris Heyd

Hometown: Duncan, BC
Undergraduate degree/school: Microbiology (Calgary), Child and Youth Care (Victoria)
Medical School: UBC (Victoria)
Hobbies: Hiking, biking, camping when sunny; drinking craft beer, coffee, scotch when rainy
Academic interests: Global health, refugee health, patient education, trauma
Research interests: Police use of force
Most interesting job you’ve done outside of medicine? School bus driver
Most interesting place you’ve visited? Harajuku, Japan
Favourite medical themed TV show? M*A*S*H


S. Luckett-Gatopoulos aka Luckett

Hometown: Hamilton/Toronto, ON
Undergraduate degree/school: Psychology and Ethnomusicology, U of T
Graduate degree/school: American Sign Language and Deaf Studies, George Brown College; MSc Medical Sciences (Conative Factors in Adolescent Reading Remediation), U of T
Medical School: Queen's University
Hobbies: Running marathons very slowly, playing various instruments very badly, writing fiction pretty inexpertly, and holding my breath while waving my arms and legs (a.k.a. synchronised swimming)
Academic interests: Paediatrics, Medical Education
Research interests: FOAMed, social media, and literacy
Most interesting job you’ve done outside of medicine? In-water body double for an actress who couldn't swim and was scared to hold her breath. Couldn't make this up.
Favourite cartoon character? Huey Freeman
Most interesting place you’ve visited? The original Olympic stadium in Greece 2012, made more interesting by the fact that I left Greece shortly thereafter to watch events in the modern facilities at the London Olympics.
Nickname/Alias? I've got a first name, but I'll pretend I didn't hear you...


Sameer Sharif

Hometown: Mississauga, ON
Undergraduate degree/school: BMSc, University of Western Ontario
Medical School: McMaster University
Hobbies: RAPTORS BASKETBALL!!!!, Movies (Chris Nolan movies), Music, Bluejays Baseball, Travel, Batman (not Robin... he's a loser), and Ian Buchanan's moustache
Academic interests: Critical Care, Ultrasound
Research interests: Medical Education, Trauma
Favourite cartoon character? Goku
Most interesting place you’ve visited? Ibiza
Nickname/Alias? Sammy, Sambo
Favourite medical themed TV show? House