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.
Hometown: Ottawa, ON
Education: BHSc (uOttawa)
Welcome to the beginning of a beautiful adventure! It can be a challenging journey so we are here to help you as best as we can! A little about me, outside of the world of medicine, you can find me at the nearest coffee shop, at the yoga studio or booking my next trip. Born and raised in Ottawa, I’m a bit of an expert on the secret gems of our city (and am willing to share them)! I am also involved in the mindfulness and global health curriculums offered by our faculty. Don’t know what those are? Let’s talk! Wherever you are in your journey to medicine, I’d love to chat and answer any questions you may have.
"Hello! My name’s Breton and I’m from a small town in Northwestern Ontario called Red Lake. I’ve enjoyed so many aspects of uOttawa med so far but the collegiality of our class has to be my favourite. Outside of the classroom I love to be outdoors hiking, canoeing, or fishing, or playing intramural sports like soccer and volleyball. Feel free to reach out to me if you have any questions at all!”
My name is Melanie and I grew up in Windsor, Ontario where I lived and breathed hockey. I love Ottawa for its small-town feel with all the perks of being a big city. When I'm not in class or the lab, you can find me skating on the Rideau Canal, trying my hand at yoga, or exploring all of the food festivals that Ottawa has to offer. If you have any questions about life in Ottawa, the medical program or what opportunities are available, please contact me! I can't wait to hear from you!
Hi there! My name is Shaima, and though I’ve lived abroad in different cities around the world, Ottawa has always been my hometown. I am therefore incredibly delighted to be studying medicine here at the University of Ottawa. Whether you have questions about the city, the Faculty of Medicine, the undergraduate medical education program itself, or even what the life of a uOttawa medical student is like, I am more than happy to chat with you! Please do not hesitate to reach out — I look forward to hearing from you!
Hometown: Ottawa, ON
Education: Honours BSc Life Sciences (Queen’s), Master of Management (Schulich)
I was born and raised in Ottawa and am beyond thrilled to be back studying medicine in the city that I love. I am so grateful to be a part of the uOttawa MD community, a community made up of wonderful people that strongly support one another. Ottawa is a vibrant city with something for everyone to enjoy. I love that Ottawa has everything from quaint cafés to hiking trails that make you forget you’re in the city. Feel free to contact me with any questions you might have, I’d be more than happy to help!
I came to Ottawa with the hope of exploring some of my passions in medicine: namely, bioethics and health policy. University of Ottawa has been a fantastic place for me to take my interest in policy to the next level, all the while providing me with an excellent scientific basis for my career in medicine. Work-life balance is also huge here, and allows me to explore my extracurriculars, namely piano, martial arts and writing! On top of everything else, the city is incredibly charming and provides a great place to unwind when you need some well-deserved rest.
“My name is Chanhee (Daniel) and I lived in Toronto for most of my life. Now, I am extremely grateful and happy to call Ottawa my second home! When I am not studying, I enjoy playing soccer with friends, watching movies, and exploring the city of Ottawa. The Faculty of Medicine at uOttawa provides students with a ton of clinical and research opportunities that you don’t want to miss! If you want to learn more about them, or have any questions about the city, housing, or school life, please feel free to contact me. I look forward to answering any questions you may have!"
As a French-speaking New Brunswicker from a small northern town, I never imagined living in a big city, let alone studying medicine! In addition to school-related activities, I have very diversified interests (such as mechanics), but it is not uncommon to see me on a road bike in the Gatineau Park with my friends, or wearing my Canadian Ski Patrol red jacket. I would be happy to answer any questions you may have, either by email or more comfortably over a local craft beer and most importantly, remember that there are no bad questions!
Hometown: Ottawa, ON
Education: BSc (uOttawa)
Hello and welcome to Ottawa! I’ve lived here for most of my life and am so excited to be studying medicine in Canada’s capital. I really appreciate the time and support that uOttawa provides to explore different fields of medicine and pursue your passions. When I’m not on campus, you can find me binge-reading novels, staying active, and spending time in the beautiful landscapes surrounding the Ottawa area. I would love to answer any questions you may have about the city or medical school experience, and I’m looking forward to hearing from you!
"Hello, my name is Grace. Outside of school, I enjoy playing badminton, reading, and checking out the local restaurant scene. Ottawa is a very diverse city that has a lot to offer, and our medical program here provides ample opportunity to further explore your health care interests. If you have any questions about the program or student life, please feel free to reach out!”