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Phoebe Bao: Phoebe is currently a first year resident physician in psychiatry completing her training at St. Michael's Hospital. She completed her Bachelor's in Neuroscience and Psychology at the University of Toronto and she is passionate about improving the mental health of youth. Her interest in medicine and youth mental health was sparked by her work as a residence don at University College. She would be happy to answer your questions on career-decision making, careers in medicine, and mental health advocacy.
Joel Finkelstein: Joel is the Head of the Spine section in the Division of Orthopaedics at Sunnybook Health Sciences Center. After completing an Honours Bachelor of Science, he completed his medical school and orthopedic residency at the University of Toronto and did subspecialty training in Spine surgery at the University of Washington, Seattle Washington. He has been practicing adult spinal surgery at Sunnybrook since 1996, and performs minimally invasive spin surgery, as well as surgery for spinal trauma and oncology.
Marcus Law: Marcus is currently the Director of Foundations of U of T’s MD program. He is an Associate Professor in the Department of Family & Community Medicine, and the Director of Medical Education at the Michael Garron Hospital, and is a family physician at the South East Toronto Family Health Team. He obtained an MBA degree with the W. P. Carey School of Business, and a Master of Education degree at the University of Toronto. He is a graduate of the Harvard Macy Institute Program for Leading Innovation in Healthcare Education, and the Rotman School of Management Advanced Health Leadership Program. His academic focus is in the area of advocacy in medical education, both teaching advocacy and advocating for learners using innovative pedagogical approaches.
Nav Persaud: Nav is a staff physician at the Department of Family and Community Medicine at St. Michael’s Hospital. He is also an Assistant Professor at the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Toronto. His research focuses on enhancing the ability of primary care to address health inequities through the development and application of high quality evidence. He is currently leading practice-based randomized controlled trials to explore the impacts of offering primary care patients free and convenient access to essential medications, and evaluate the potential of xylitol to prevent ear infections and dental cavities in preschool-aged children.
Oleksandr Udovyk: Oleksandr Udovyk is a recent graduate from the Masters of Public Health program at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, with a specialty in Occupational and Environmental Health. Currently, he is working as a Safety, Security and Environment Specialist at the Cadbury Chocolate manufacturing facility in Toronto’s West End as part of Mondelez International Inc. His job is heavily focused on workplace assessment, reduction of risk factors and promotion of health and safety through various training initiatives.