Student Ambassador Program

Student ambassadors

From why we chose to study medicine, why uOttawa, what a typical day is like, to where med students tend to live and why Ottawa is an incredible city, we are here to answer your questions.  You may see one of our Ambassadors on interview day or recruiting events as well.  Feel free to send us an e-mail and we would be more than happy to help!

While we are happy to address any questions you may have, Student Ambassadors will not answer questions about the admissions process, pre-requisite courses, provide advice on course selection or application submission, or disclose content regarding interviews or assist in interview preparation.  This program is solely meant to highlight the medical student experience at the University of Ottawa.  

Kyle
English Stream
Hometown: London, ON
Education: Honors BSc Psychology (Western)

“Ottawa has been an incredible city to explore and study medicine.  I came to the University of Ottawa because of the unique learning opportunities, to live in a great city, and be surrounded by wonderful people. In my spare time I enjoy long distance running on the trails around Ottawa, yoga, trying new restaurants, and being with friends; all important to staying happy and healthy in medical school.  It would be a pleasure to help you with any questions you may have” 

Brendan
English Stream
Hometown: Kingston, ON
Education: Honors BSc Life Science, MSc Kinesiology (Queens)

“I enjoy the breadth of medicine and getting involved in a variety of different activities to explore all of the opportunities that medicine presents. The University of Ottawa provides their students with excellent opportunities to discover your place in medicine, and I have found that I am particularly interested in learning more about the surgical specialties. When I am not studying for an exam, I enjoy spending my afternoons cycling in Gatineau Park, kiteboarding at Britannia beach, or exploring the city of Ottawa with my fiancé. I am a big proponent of using physical activity as a means to minimize stress and maintain physical, mental and emotional health. I am excited to be a part of the Admission Student Ambassador program and I looking forward to answering any questions you may have!” 

Fadi
French Stream
Hometown: Ottawa, ON
Education: BSc General / Life Sciences (Ottawa)

“I have been dreaming of studying medicine all my life and I can’t believe that I'm now writing about it. Before joining medical school, I was studying biomedical sciences at the University of Ottawa. I am originally from Ottawa and I am a proud Senators hockey fan. I also enjoy playing other sports, mainly soccer. I would like to welcome you and assure you that you will be in good hands here at the University of Ottawa MD program.” 

Dan
English Stream
Hometown: Ottawa, ON
Education: Honors BSc Integrative Science (Carleton) 

“My name is Dan and I’ve lived in Ottawa for most my life (mostly Kanata) and did my undergrad at Carleton University. Even though I lived here for so long, I still like exploring the sights and sounds of Ottawa. If you have any questions about the city, housing and school, don’t be afraid to contact me.” 

Julie-Anne
English Stream
Hometown: Sydney, NS
Education: Honors BSc Biology (Cape Breton)

“My name is Julie-Anne and I am a small town girl from Nova Scotia who loves exploring the outdoors of Ottawa, trying new food, and traveling. The part of Ottawa I love the most is that it still has a “small-town” feeling, even though it is a large city. This aspect, as well as having an amazing support team in Ottawa and back home has definitely made it an easy transition. If you have any questions about anything at all, don’t be shy to contact me – I would love to make your transition as easy as mine was and help out in any way I can. Cheers!” 

Laura
French Stream – MD / PhD
Hometown: Toronto, ON
Education: BSc Biology & French (Dalhousie), MSc Biochemistry (McGill)

“Welcome to the beautiful city of Ottawa! 

When I’m not in the library or the lab, you’ll find me at the library, at the gym, out on my bike along the beautiful trail system, at the hockey arena, at home cooking, out discovering the craft beer and the city as well as the surrounding areas. Feel free to email me with any questions you have.

Looking forward to hearing from you!” 

Tetyana
English Stream
Hometown: Ottawa, ON
Education: BSc Neuroscience & Mental Health (Carleton)

“My name is Tetyana and I have spent a large majority of my life in Ottawa, so have gotten to know it fairly well. If you have any questions about student life, things to do in the city, the program, what opportunities are available and much more. Don't hesitate to contact me! Looking forward to hearing from you soon.” 

Clayton
English Stream – MD / PhD
Hometown: Edwards, ON
Education: Honors BSc Biomedical Science (Ottawa)

“My name is Clayton, and I grew up on a farm just south of Ottawa.  When I'm not studying or doing experiments in the lab, I enjoy curling and working on the farm.  I really appreciate the large variety of clinical and research opportunities that the University of Ottawa has to offer.  Please don't hesitate to contact me with any questions or concerns that you may have - I am looking forward to hearing from you!” 

Ellen
English Stream
Hometown: Calgary, AB
Education: BSc Mathematics (British Columbia), Master of Biotechnology (Calgary)

“My name is Ellen and I am a huge math nerd from out west with a passion for medicine, country music, and anything sports-related. I've been playing soccer for 20 years, and am grateful for the opportunities to continue to play here. My incredible classmates have made moving across the country for medical school so worth it, and I would be more than happy to help make your experience here just as great, so don't hesitate to contact me with any questions or concerns.”

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