MD vs MD/PhD vs PhD


Sahil Chawla

Sahil Chawla, a second-year UBC medical student, did his undergraduate degree at UFV. He is the Founder of the CanAm Health and Wellness Foundation, a non-profit organization that is committed to building a community in which physical and mental health, diversity, equity and inclusion are embedded as key priorities. He has sat on a handful of local and provincial committees and boards for health care areas he is passionate about. Sahil has spoken in over 20 interviews on news channels, morning shows, newspapers, and magazines from a local to national coverages about these topics. He also has his own YouTube channel where he shares his medical school journey and shares study, application and interview tips for premeds. As a certified personal trainer and nutritionist, he runs his own personal training business and also has a mentorship program where he coaches students towards achieving their goals. Among his other notable accomplishments, he has received the Rotary Annual Leadership Award, Compass Group of Canada’s Excellence in Student Leadership, and Aga Khan WPW Top Leader Award.

Wissam Nassrallah

Wissam completed his BSc in Biomedical Science and his MSc in Neuroscience both at the University of Ottawa. During his graduate studies, he developed an interest in the field of neuroscience and the rules governing synaptic plasticity. Specifically, he studied the implication of the endoplasmic reticulum in the homeostatic synaptic response. His thesis, “Store-Operated Response in CA1 Pyramidal Neurons Exhibits Features of Homeostatic Synaptic Plasticity”, explored novel traits of homeostatic synaptic plasticity. Wissam is currently working in Dr. Lynn Raymond’s laboratory during the MD/PhD Program, exploring the alteration of calcium dynamics in a mouse model of Huntington disease (HD). Wissam hopes that discovering key traits of the pathophysiology of HD would reveal new therapeutic targets of this terrible brain disorder. For leisure, Wissam enjoys composing musical pieces, powerlifting as well as spending quality time with family and friends.

Adam Doelman 

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