The next MedX Edmonton conference will be held at The University of Alberta in May 2019.


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    A synopsis of Edmonton's first annual MedX Conference

  • Keynote Speakers

    Dr. Jana Rieger

    PhD, MSc

    Professor, Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine, University of Alberta.

    Dr. Chris de Gara

    MD, MS, FRCS

    Professor in the Department of Surgery, University of Alberta.

    Dr. Lola Baydala


    Professor, Division of General Pediatrics, University of Alberta.


    Workshop Hosts

    Amogh Kadhe, Graeme Splinter & Youness Elkhalidy

    Toastmasters International; University of Alberta Faculty of Medicine

    A glance into MMI and Panel Interviews 


    Vladimir Dukic

    PhD Candidate, University of Alberta and MCAT Instructor at The Princeton Review

    Mastering the MCAT Exam

    Sponsored by The Princeton Review

    Medical Student Panelists

    Graeme Splinter, Liane Joo Kang, Jessica Luc

    MD Candidate at U of A '2022

    MD Candidate at U of A '2022

    Resident at University of British Columbia

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    John Johnson

    Conference Co-Chair

    As an advocate for a better tomorrow and a voice for collective action, John envisions more inclusive landscapes in medicine, STEM, and society. In his final year as a University of Alberta Honours Physiology student, John hopes to showcase MedX as a collection of educational opportunities, connections, and resources for underrepresented demographics in medicine. Outside of academia, research and volunteerism, John enjoys meeting people from diverse walks of life and strives to appreciate culture and character. He also spends a fair portion of his time disputing with his twin brother Co-Chair.

    Lives by: "Sometimes shifting your perspective is more powerful than being smart"

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    Peter Johnson

    Conference Co-Chair

    In contemporary society, there exists a continual need for education and awareness about medicine and a resource for aspiring physicians and practitioners. Peter is enrolled in the final year of his Honours Physiology program at the University of Alberta and he empathizes with students who are in need of these resources. By co-chairing and establishing the first MedX conference in Edmonton, Peter anticipates to make these resources more accessible to students who may not necessarily be able to obtain them. In addition to MedX, Peter researches human behaviour, is a running enthusiast, and practices the art of relaxation in his spare time.


    Lives by: “Perseverance is the hard work you do after getting tired from the hard work you already did.”


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  • Richard He

    Planning Committee Member

    Richard studied biological sciences at the University of Alberta and is currently a research assistant in a neurogenetics lab studying intellectual disability. He discovered an interest in research during his second year of university and has pursued it ever since. Aside from work in the lab and clinic, Richard is passionate about mentoring others and is committed to causes that advance STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) opportunities for underprivileged youth. In his spare time, Richard loves travelling, hanging out with friends, playing badminton, and binging on YouTube.

    Lives by: “If it doesn’t challenge you, it doesn’t change you.” - Fred DeVito

    Michael Bautista

    Planning Committee Member

    Michael is currently an Honours Physiology student at the University of Alberta. With a passion for science, music, and community service, he hopes to one day serve as a leader in his community in the healthcare field. On the rare occasions that he is not busy, Michael spends his time painting flora, recording music covers, and hitting the squat racks at the gym.


    Lives by: “The best preparation for tomorrow is doing your best today.” – Jackson Brown Jr.


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    Neha Dhalani

    Planning Committee Member

    Brought up in a third world country, Neha cares about medical inequality and hopes to ameliorate healthcare delivery in undeveloped regions of the globe. As a Biological Science student in her third year at the University of Alberta, Neha hopes to pursue her interest in health-related fields through MedX. In her spare time, Neha loves to meet people of diverse ethnic backgrounds and works to better integrate them into the community. She is also a travel aficionado, tree-hugger, and a friend to people from all corners of the world.


    Lives by: “Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail” - Ralph Waldo Emerson


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    Teresa Chan

    Planning Committee Member

    Currently a Psychology Specialization student at the University of Alberta, Teresa knows that her future career will be in healthcare, but remains open-minded on where specifically. Regardless of where she goes though, she hopes to be involved in improving treatments and attitudes towards mental health and chronic illness. Teresa enjoys contributing to new initiatives, but is is also interested in consolidating resources between different projects, and she hopes MedX will be an opportunity to continue doing so. Beyond her studies, she typically spends her time volunteering, making (and eating!) food, as well as spending time with friends and family.


    Lives by: “You are allowed to be both a masterpiece and a work in progress, simultaneously”

    -Sophia Bush


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