Meet Our Residents

PGY 1-3

Kathryn Chan

Medical School:
McMaster University

What are you planning to do as a subspecialty project?:
TBD - but hopefully something that involves social medicine and equity!

What is your favourite thing about Hamilton?:
The trails - bike trails beach trails waterfront trails

What is your favourite thing about Mac EM?:
The collegiality with residents and staff

If you only have 24 hours in Hamilton what is something you must see or check out?:
Walk down James hit up all the restaurants on the way and end at the Bayfront for a sunset

What is your favourite ice cream flavour?:
Willard's (local Hamilton spot!)

What is your dream vacation?:
Mount Kilimanjaro with a safari

What is your hidden talent?:
An in-depth knowledge of the Fast and Furious franchise

If I wasn't an ER Resident I would be a/an...:
Engineer (since I was one in a previous life!)

Ali Rizvi

Medical School:
McMaster University

What are you planning to do as a subspecialty project?:
TBD

What is your favourite thing about Hamilton?:
Lots of Nature

What is your favourite thing about Mac EM?:
The people

If you only have 24 hours in Hamilton what is something you must see or check out?:
Grab some food from Greek Palace :)

What is your favourite ice cream flavour?:
Haagen Dazs Pralines and Cream

What is your dream vacation?:
Climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro followed by safari tour

What is your hidden talent?:
Perfected Avocado Toast

If I wasn't an ER Resident I would be a/an...:
Food Blogger

Terry Huy Thach

Medical School:
McMaster University

What are you planning to do as a subspecialty project?:
Trauma

What is your favourite thing about Hamilton?:
Ajio Sushi restaurant

What is your favourite thing about Mac EM?:
Carys Massarella

If you only have 24 hours in Hamilton what is something you must see or check out?:
Ajio Sushi restaurant

What is your favourite ice cream flavour?:
Praline

What is your dream vacation?:
Kyoto

What is your hidden talent?:
None

If I wasn't an ER Resident I would be a/an...:
Automotive journalist

Mohammed Mansi

Medical School:
KSAU-HS

What are you planning to do as a subspecialty project?:
Neuro-critical Care ECMO Pain Aerospace Medicine

What is your favourite thing about Hamilton?:
The view of the lake at sunset and all the outdoor trails and parks.

What is your favourite thing about Mac EM?:
Work as a team love as a family

If you only have 24 hours in Hamilton what is something you must see or check out?:
The Royal Botanical Gardens

What is your favourite ice cream flavour?:
Pecan coffee caramel and coconut

What is your dream vacation?:
Bora Bora

What is your hidden talent?:
Multitasking

If I wasn't an ER Resident I would be a/an...:
Fighter Jet Pilot

Hussein Al-Rimawi

Medical School:
The Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland

What are you planning to do as a subspecialty project?:
PEM & MedEd

What is your favourite thing about Hamilton?:
A very welcoming community.

What is your favourite thing about Mac EM?:
The amazing people that I work with.

If you only have 24 hours in Hamilton what is something you must see or check out?:
A hike to Dundas Peak. For coffee lovers try Detour Cafe in Dundas.

What is your favourite ice cream flavour?:
Cookie dough

What is your dream vacation?:
A sunny island like Hawaii

What is your hidden talent?:
I speak 3 languages.

If I wasn't an ER Resident I would be a/an...:
Pilot

Laura Olejnik

Medical School:
University of Ottawa

What are you planning to do as a subspecialty project?:
Pain Medicine or Knowledge Translation

What is your favourite thing about Hamilton?:
Home to the best coffee/cafes (Detour Coffee Roasters) and breweries (Fairweather/Merit/Collective Arts/etc.)

What is your favourite thing about Mac EM?:
Amazing support from staff/PDs and co-residents and flexibility to do electives abroad!

If you only have 24 hours in Hamilton what is something you must see or check out?:
Sunset stroll on the boardwalk of Van Wagners Beach/Patio at Barangas on the beach

What is your favourite ice cream flavour?:
Haagen-Dazs Mayan Chocolate (I think discontinued now ... *teartear*)

What is your dream vacation?:
Snorkel the Islands of the French Polynesia

What is your hidden talent?:
DIY home renovations

If I wasn't an ER Resident I would be a/an...:
Respiratory Therapist or (non-med) Interior Designer

Ben Forestell

Medical School:
McMaster University

What are you planning to do as a subspecialty project?:
Maybe Quality Improvement research. Or Medical Education. Or a POCUS Fellowship. Figuring things out still.

What is your favourite thing about Hamilton?:
The Niagara Escarpment and the Dundas Valley - the best biking/hiking/running in Ontario minutes outside of downtown

What is your favourite thing about Mac EM?:
The people. We have an amazing group of residents that are so close and top notch admin and program directors that will take care of you no matter what.

If you only have 24 hours in Hamilton what is something you must see or check out?:
Brunch at Detour in Dundas ... bike bike bike (in the Dundas Valley Conservation Area) ... Fairweather Brewery for some fine sour beers on the patio ... bike bike bike ... wood-fired pizza at Breadbar

What is your favourite ice cream flavour?:
Vanilla sorry

What is your dream vacation?:
Enjoying some fresh powder in the mountains

What is your hidden talent?:
Biking too far and then getting infectious colitis day 1 of residency

If I wasn't an ER Resident I would be a/an...:
High school biology teacher during the week ski bum on weekends

Chad Singh

Medical School:
McMaster University

What are you planning to do as a subspecialty project?:
Trauma

What is your favourite thing about Hamilton?:
The restaurant/bar scene

What is your favourite thing about Mac EM?:
The closeness of our group it's like a little family!

If you only have 24 hours in Hamilton what is something you must see or check out?:
Dundas Peak/Webster Falls - absolutely gorgeous

What is your favourite ice cream flavour?:
Mint Chocolate Chip

What is your dream vacation?:
Private island in the Maldives

What is your hidden talent?:
Not really a talent but I got a guy for everything...

If I wasn't an ER Resident I would be a/an...:
Definitely something in sales/marketing!

Frank Battaglia

Medical School:
University of Ottawa

What are you planning to do as a subspecialty project?:
MBA in Healthcare Administration and/or ICU

What is your favourite thing about Hamilton?:
It's a diverse vibrant city with all the amenities that come with living in a metropolis while having ample access to nature and green spaces!

What is your favourite thing about Mac EM?:
Incredibly supportive staff and residents in a program that will go out of their way to build your ideas and back your plans for future while training at large academic hospitals with rich pathology and the opportunities to do many procedures (as early as first week as residency).

If you only have 24 hours in Hamilton what is something you must see or check out?:
Walk down James Street ending at Bayfront Park

What is your favourite ice cream flavour?:
Tiger Tail

What is your dream vacation?:
East Asia Tour!

What is your hidden talent?:
Home decor

If I wasn't an ER Resident I would be a/an...:
High-end dog-sitter!

Maggie Vincent

Medical School:
University of Limerick

What are you planning to do as a subspecialty project?:
Something in harm reduction addictions medicine and quality improvement. I have a feeling there is some really valuable overlap of those 3 areas and I want to make it happen!

What is your favourite thing about Hamilton?:
So much green space!

What is your favourite thing about Mac EM?:
I really feel like I can be myself here :)

If you only have 24 hours in Hamilton what is something you must see or check out?:
Gage Park - stunning gardens with a huge variety of flowers. Your dog will love it too.

What is your favourite ice cream flavour?:
Anything that has chocolate and peanut butter combined.

What is your dream vacation?:
Cycling trip down the coast of California camping along the way.

What is your hidden talent?:
I have an excellent internal compass; consider bringing me on your next road trip.

If I wasn't an ER Resident I would be a/an...:
Detective

Paula Sneath

Medical School:
McMaster - Niagara Regional Campus

What are you planning to do as a subspecialty project?:
ORNGE

What is your favourite thing about Hamilton?:
Lots of good vegetarian food

What is your favourite thing about Mac EM?:
Phenomenal preceptors administrative staff and program directors!

If you only have 24 hours in Hamilton what is something you must see or check out?:
Bread Bar

What is your favourite ice cream flavour?:
Chocolate chip cookie dough

What is your dream vacation?:
Hawaii

What is your hidden talent?:
Sleeping anywhere anytime

If I wasn't an ER Resident I would be a/an...:
Paramedic

Jana Balakumaran

Medical School:
McMaster University

What are you planning to do as a subspecialty project?:
I'm interested in addictions medicine in the ED setting - specific project TBD!

What is your favourite thing about Hamilton?:
Hamilton has the luxury of being home to both a vibrant downtown entertainment scene as well as natural elements like hiking trails waterfalls and the lakeshore! There's something for everyone.

What is your favourite thing about Mac EM?:
The people. Beyond having an amazing academic curriculum I love working alongside a group of talented and kind faculty/residents who are genuinely excited to teach!

If you only have 24 hours in Hamilton what is something you must see or check out?:
My Dog's Cafe on Locke St! Dogs + Coffee = a dream come true

What is your favourite ice cream flavour?:
Strawberry

What is your dream vacation?:
Kenya! I love giraffes and have always dreamed of staying at Giraffe Manor

What is your hidden talent?:
Baking - I watched a lot of food network growing up and now the order and science of baking feels therapeutic when life gets chaotic!

If I wasn't an ER Resident I would be a/an...:
Recipe developer for a culinary magazine

Daniel Chan

Medical School:
McMaster University - Waterloo Regional Campus

What are you planning to do as a subspecialty project?:
Ultrasound Global Health

What is your favourite thing about Hamilton?:
Cheap/free parking downtown. also the restaurants.

What is your favourite thing about Mac EM?:
The co-residents

If you only have 24 hours in Hamilton what is something you must see or check out?:
Locke St or King William St - for the Food

What is your favourite ice cream flavour?:
Black Sesame

What is your dream vacation?:
Going somewhere I haven't been before

What is your hidden talent?:
MacGyver-ing repairs with 50% success

If I wasn't an ER Resident I would be a/an...:
Mildly incompetent engineer

Beatrix Bérczi

Medical School:
University of Limerick

What are you planning to do as a subspecialty project?:
Still narrowing my list

What is your favourite thing about Hamilton?:
Proximity to nature...and Donut Monster

What is your favourite thing about Mac EM?:
My co-residents!

If you only have 24 hours in Hamilton what is something you must see or check out?:
One of the nearby waterfalls in the morning Salty Espresso for brunch. Then pick up a donut on Locke St. and drive out to Dundas Peak in the afternoon. Grab dinner at a restaurant on James St / King William and if it's the second Friday of the month in the summer check out the Art Crawl on James.

What is your favourite ice cream flavour?:
Vanilla (seriously; especially from Santini in Portugal)

What is your dream vacation?:
Bora Bora staying in one of those homes on the water

What is your hidden talent?:
Master organizer and finance ninja (this is according to my husband)

If I wasn't an ER Resident I would be a/an...:
Full-fledged ER Attending (I'm all in)

Devon Stride

Medical School:
McMaster University

What are you planning to do as a subspecialty project?:
Medical education sports medicine

What is your favourite thing about Hamilton?:
All the cute coffee shops to grab a pre-shift treat

What is your favourite thing about Mac EM?:
Even though we started during a global pandemic everyone in the program has gone out of their way to welcome meet and help me as a new R1!

If you only have 24 hours in Hamilton what is something you must see or check out?:
Pizza from Bread Bar with garlic dipping sauce

What is your favourite ice cream flavour?:
Chocolate chip cookie dough

What is your dream vacation?:
Ireland

What is your hidden talent?:
I can roll a kayak!

If I wasn't an ER Resident I would be a/an...:
Owner of a wiener dog rescue or still working in online education if we are being realistic

Spencer Sample

Medical School:
McMaster University

What are you planning to do as a subspecialty project?:
Peds Med Ed

What is your favourite thing about Hamilton?:
The Coffee Shops

What is your favourite thing about Mac EM?:
The amazing people in the program

If you only have 24 hours in Hamilton what is something you must see or check out?:
King William Street restaurants

What is your favourite ice cream flavour?:
Mint Chip

What is your dream vacation?:
Sailing the world

What is your hidden talent?:
None...

If I wasn't an ER Resident I would be a/an...:
Barista

Sophie Ramsden

Medical School:
McMaster University

What are you planning to do as a subspecialty project?:
Probably Wilderness Medicine or Critical Care.

What is your favourite thing about Hamilton?:
The view of Hamilton Bay as you drive into Hamilton coming from Toronto.

What is your favourite thing about Mac EM?:
Sounds trite but the people! It's lovely to be a part of a program where I feel like I'm valued as a person outside of my job as a resident.

If you only have 24 hours in Hamilton what is something you must see or check out?:
Cootes Paradise and the restaurants on James Street

What is your favourite ice cream flavour?:
Chocolate Peanut Butter

What is your dream vacation?:
Iceland! Lots of neat mountains and wild landscapes.

What is your hidden talent?:
I can juggle!

If I wasn't an ER Resident I would be a/an...:
Mechanical engineer (my past life)

Sara Alavian

Medical School:
McMaster University

What are you planning to do as a subspecialty project?:
Haven't decided yet! But potentially social justice related medical anthropology global health etc!

What is your favourite thing about Hamilton?:
It's the perfect size. Big enough to have a little bit of everything but small enough to run into folks and feel part of a community.

What is your favourite thing about Mac EM?:
The team culture!

If you only have 24 hours in Hamilton what is something you must see or check out?:
You can do a lot in 24 hours. My suggestions: coffee farmer's market hike to a waterfall picnic then back for art crawl on James St.

What is your favourite ice cream flavour?:
Ben and Jerry's Half Baked

What is your dream vacation?:
There are too many places I want to see can't pick one!

What is your hidden talent?:
Foosball.

If I wasn't an ER Resident I would be a/an...:
Maybe a farmer. Maybe a journalist. Maybe both!

Kyle Saikaley

Medical School:
University of Toronto

What are you planning to do as a subspecialty project?:
Palliative care procedural sedation

What is your favourite thing about Hamilton?:
Tomah Restaurant

What is your favourite thing about Mac EM?:
Julia Smerilli's graphic design skills

If you only have 24 hours in Hamilton what is something you must see or check out?:
SJH ER

What is your favourite ice cream flavour?:
Ben & Jerry's Half Baked

What is your dream vacation?:
Kfarmishki Lebanon

What is your hidden talent?:
Holding my breath underwater

If I wasn't an ER Resident I would be a/an...:
Stay at home dad

Lauren Beals

Medical School:
McMaster University

What are you planning to do as a subspecialty project?:
Research in sexual assault and intimate partner violence

What is your favourite thing about Hamilton?:
Having a backyard a short commute to work and a tight-knit group of friends (I realize that is three things)

What is your favourite thing about Mac EM?:
The culture! As a resident I feel valued and supported especially when it comes to wellness.

If you only have 24 hours in Hamilton what is something you must see or check out?:
If it is cold or rainy catch a matinee at Playhouse Cinema! There is even a bookstore attached to the theatre

What is your favourite ice cream flavour?:
Haagen Dazs chocolate chip cookie dough

What is your dream vacation?:
San Sebastián \the food capitol of Spain\

What is your hidden talent?:
Can make a mean brunch

If I wasn't an ER Resident I would be a/an...:
Journalist

Christine King

Medical School:
University College London (UCL)

What are you planning to do as a subspecialty project?:
Coroner Trauma ?!?

What is your favourite thing about Hamilton?:
Amazing natural and outdoor spaces.

What is your favourite thing about Mac EM?:
Our incredible and impressive team!

If you only have 24 hours in Hamilton what is something you must see or check out?:
Hipster foodie crawl.

What is your favourite ice cream flavour?:
PB or candy cane.

What is your dream vacation?:
An around the world tour of the remaining countries I have not yet visited.

What is your hidden talent?:
Secretly being the most clumsy person in the room.

If I wasn't an ER Resident I would be a/an...:
Off the beaten path travel guide or conservation biologist.

Casey Mackenzie

Medical School:
McMaster University

What are you planning to do as a subspecialty project?:
Thrombo

What is your favourite thing about Hamilton?:
Lots of green space and smaller city vibe but easy to get to Toronto to see my family

What is your favourite thing about Mac EM?:
Supportive and down to earth culture

If you only have 24 hours in Hamilton what is something you must see or check out?:
Take a sobi bike on the Chedoke rail trail!

What is your favourite ice cream flavour?:
Strawberry

What is your dream vacation?:
Island hopping the Mediterranean or NZ road trip

What is your hidden talent?:
Knowing the exact amount of noodles to boil

If I wasn't an ER Resident I would be a/an...:
Seaplane pilot

Sonja Wakeling

Medical School:
McMaster University

What are you planning to do as a subspecialty project?:
Not sure yet but likely something related to simulation and/or trauma.

What is your favourite thing about Hamilton?:
I love the balance of city and nature. It is a short walk or drive to nearby hiking or cycling trails which is the perfect end (or start) to many days! The city also has so much to offer without feeling too large.

What is your favourite thing about Mac EM?:
My co-residents and admin team! I think of them as family and can lean on them whenever needed. The medicine in Hamilton is also varied and interesting and we have some excellent clinical teachers.

If you only have 24 hours in Hamilton what is something you must see or check out?:
Check out one of the local hiking trails grab a bite at one of the downtown restaurants and finish your day with a craft beer at Fairweather Brewery.

What is your favourite ice cream flavour?:
Double Chocolate Fudge or Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough

What is your dream vacation?:
An open-ended ticket without a timeline visiting countless places including Egypt Sri Lanka the Maldives and Fiji. Travel is what I happily spend my money on!

What is your hidden talent?:
Houseplant care and propagation. Some might say I have too many plants but I respectfully disagree.

If I wasn't an ER Resident I would be a/an...:
Archaeological Egyyptologist

Jada Fitzpatrick

Medical School:
McMaster University

What are you planning to do as a subspecialty project?:
Emergency Psychiatric Care

What is your favourite thing about Hamilton?:
Full of good food and great coffee!

What is your favourite thing about Mac EM?:
The Everything :)

If you only have 24 hours in Hamilton what is something you must see or check out?:
Either the waterfalls or my cats

What is your favourite ice cream flavour?:
Peanut butter chocolate

What is your dream vacation?:
A food tour of Japan

What is your hidden talent?:
Power napping

If I wasn't an ER Resident I would be a/an...:
Barista

PGY 4-5

Jodie Pritchard

Medical School:
McMaster University

What are you doing as a subspecialty project?: Global Emergency Medicine

What is your favourite thing about Hamilton?:
Easily accessible hiking & great restaurants

What is your favourite thing about Mac EM?:
Co-residents

I chose Mac EM because...: High acuity diverse populations great group to learn from

If you only have 24 hours in Hamilton what is something you must see or check out?:
Waterfront trail

What is your favourite ice cream flavour?:
Rudy's Mint Chocolate chip (Hamilton made!)

What is your dream vacation?:
Ugh so many places on the list!

If I wasn't an ER Resident I would be a/an...:
Medical Coordinator internationally

Jill Roberge

Medical School:
McMaster University

What are you doing as a subspecialty project?: Indigenous Health Clinician educator

What is your favourite thing about Hamilton?:
The patient population. Such a great place for EM and a challenging/rewarding community to serve.

What is your favourite thing about Mac EM?:
The residents and staff

I chose Mac EM because...: High acuity friendly approachable residents and staff and home to international leaders in medical education

If you only have 24 hours in Hamilton what is something you must see or check out?:
The food. SO many great restaurants.

What is your favourite ice cream flavour?:
Mint chocolate chip

What is your dream vacation?:
Disney world

If I wasn't an ER Resident I would be a/an...:
Sexual health educator (my job before medicine)

Mark Hewitt

Medical School:
Memorial University of Newfoundland

What are you doing as a subspecialty project?: MSc. Healthcare Quality Improvement and Patient Safety

What is your favourite thing about Hamilton?:
Being able to live in a large city yet have access to beautiful hiking trails within a 15 minute drive.

What is your favourite thing about Mac EM?:
The investment of preceptors in their role as mentors

I chose Mac EM because...: I wanted to train in an academic center that provides residents with a mix of large community hospitals and tertiary referral centers. Our program promotes early clinical responsibility and is highly supportive of pursuing additional interests outside of EM.

If you only have 24 hours in Hamilton what is something you must see or check out?:
Dundas Peak

What is your favourite ice cream flavour?:
Classic Mint Chocolate Chip

What is your dream vacation?:
Lofoten Islands - Norway

If I wasn't an ER Resident I would be a/an...:
Medical Engineer

Alisha Greer

Medical School:
Northern Ontario School of Medicine

What are you doing as a subspecialty project?: PEM

What is your favourite thing about Hamilton?:
All the close by hiking waterfalls and waterfront trail.

What is your favourite thing about Mac EM?:
Awesome groups to work with and learn from at all of our sites.

I chose Mac EM because...: Loved the acuity and variety when I visited on elective.

If you only have 24 hours in Hamilton what is something you must see or check out?:
Wake up - run the stairs alongside the escarpment. Patio brunch at motel. Walk around bayfront/waterfront trail. Dinner on King William.

What is your favourite ice cream flavour?:
Cookies n cream

What is your dream vacation?:
India is next on my list

If I wasn't an ER Resident I would be a/an...:
server/bartender (was my favourite previous job pre-medicine).

Joseph Bacani

Medical School:
University of Calgary

What are you doing as a subspecialty project?: Sports Medicine

What is your favourite thing about Hamilton?:
Food

What is your favourite thing about Mac EM?:
Everything

I chose Mac EM because...: It was the best fit all around!

If you only have 24 hours in Hamilton what is something you must see or check out?:
As many restaurants as possible

What is your favourite ice cream flavour?:
Lactose free kind

What is your dream vacation?:
The moon

If I wasn't an ER Resident I would be a/an...:
Professional WoW player

Alvin Chin

Medical School:
McMaster University

What are you doing as a subspecialty project?: PEM / Health Innovation

What is your favourite thing about Hamilton?:
The brewery patios!

What is your favourite thing about Mac EM?:
The people. Can't ask for a more supportive diverse and fun group!

I chose Mac EM because...: The unbelievable mentorship the flexibility to design your own subspecialty year and the interesting and acute patient population.

If you only have 24 hours in Hamilton what is something you must see or check out?:
Breakfast at Saint James Hike to Dundas Peak and Webster falls lunch at Nique (sushi nachos!) bike ride by the waterfront afternoon patio drinks at Fairweather/Collective Arts dinner at The French evening drinks at MERIT

What is your favourite ice cream flavour?:
Mint chocolate chip

What is your dream vacation?:
Backpacking across Asia with life on pause

If I wasn't an ER Resident I would be a/an...:
Digital Nomad

Laila Nasser

Medical School:
McMaster University

What are you doing as a subspecialty project?: MSc in Surgical Science and Practice (Oxford)

What is your favourite thing about Hamilton?:
Bayfront/Pier 4 Park - Best place to relax post shift

What is your favourite thing about Mac EM?:
Incredibly supportive program director and faculty open to resident feedback and initiatives

I chose Mac EM because...: Diversity of interests in the resident/faculty groups and wide breadth of clinical experiences to support a well-rounded education

If you only have 24 hours in Hamilton what is something you must see or check out?:
Webster's Falls/Dundas Peak followed by lunch at Ancaster Mill

What is your favourite ice cream flavour?:
Oreo

What is your dream vacation?:
Have always wanted to do Greece (Santorini) & Italy (Vatican)

If I wasn't an ER Resident I would be a/an...:
Professional Cake Taster/Decorator

Farah Jazuli

Medical School:
University of Toronto

What are you doing as a subspecialty project?: Disaster Medicine

What is your favourite thing about Hamilton?:
Dundurn Stairs

What is your favourite thing about Mac EM?:
The people

I chose Mac EM because...: Great medicine in Hamilton awesome residents understanding of the critical value of Diet Coke

If you only have 24 hours in Hamilton what is something you must see or check out?:
Eat a burger at The Ship

What is your favourite ice cream flavour?:
Chocolate

What is your dream vacation?:
Madagascar to see the lemurs

If I wasn't an ER Resident I would be a/an...:
National geographic photographer

Tara Stratton

Medical School:
Hamilton

What are you doing as a subspecialty project?: Master in Health Administration

What is your favourite thing about Hamilton?:
City vibe mixed with nature trails

What is your favourite thing about Mac EM?:
The fantastic people

I chose Mac EM because...: It's amazing!

If you only have 24 hours in Hamilton what is something you must see or check out?:
King William Street restaurants

What is your favourite ice cream flavour?:
Moose Tracks

What is your dream vacation?:
It changes every year. Right now hiking and wine-tasting in Argentina.

If I wasn't an ER Resident I would be a/an...:
travel planner

Felipe Allendes

Medical School:
University of Toronto

What are you doing as a subspecialty project?: POCUS

What is your favourite thing about Hamilton?:
Cheap rent!

What is your favourite thing about Mac EM?:
Hands-on cool elective opportunities

I chose Mac EM because...: Fewer learners friendly people and supportive program!

If you only have 24 hours in Hamilton what is something you must see or check out?:
Niagara escarpment Albion water falls

What is your favourite ice cream flavour?:
Dulce de leche

What is your dream vacation?:
A nice beach and good scuba diving

If I wasn't an ER Resident I would be a/an...:
Shaman

Lauren Cook-Chaimowitz

Medical School:
Ben Gurion Unviersity

What are you doing as a subspecialty project?: I completed a year-long Acute Care PoCUS fellowship and some additional training in Addictions Medicine

What is your favourite thing about Hamilton?:
It has the benefits of a big city and a small town - tons to do lots of novelty but accessible and neighbourhoody.

What is your favourite thing about Mac EM?:
The breadth of interests of our group the enthusiasm of both residents and faculty for new projects variety of training sites.

I chose Mac EM because...: Hamilton! Great reputation. Happy residents.

If you only have 24 hours in Hamilton what is something you must see or check out?:
Coffee at Smalls or Phin lunch at Synonym or St James walk along the waterfront trail +/- hike in Cootes.

What is your favourite ice cream flavour?:
Reese's Outrageous Blizzard at DQ (no caramel sauce extra peanut butter cups I AM AWARE OF THE EXTRA CHARGE AND I WILL PAY)

What is your dream vacation?:
Cottage

If I wasn't an ER Resident I would be a/an...:
Bookstore employee

Noorin Walji

Medical School:
Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland

What are you doing as a subspecialty project?: Ultrasound!

What is your favourite thing about Hamilton?:
FOOOOOOD

What is your favourite thing about Mac EM?:
100% the peeps

I chose Mac EM because...: The amazing people including all our wonderful educators

If you only have 24 hours in Hamilton what is something you must see or check out?:
Food tour broken up with hikes for some views

What is your favourite ice cream flavour?:
Superkid

What is your dream vacation?:
Borneo

If I wasn't an ER Resident I would be a/an...:
Professional netflix critic

Ali Al Sagre

Medical School:
King Saud bin Abdulaziz University

What are you doing as a subspecialty project?: Cardiology

What is your favourite thing about Hamilton?:
Outdoor activities

What is your favourite thing about Mac EM?:
Well designed curriculum faculty are amazing

I chose Mac EM because...: Great curriculum and collegiality

If you only have 24 hours in Hamilton what is something you must see or check out?:
Hutch's on The Beach

What is your favourite ice cream flavour?:
Coconut

What is your dream vacation?:
Italy

If I wasn't an ER Resident I would be a/an...:
Racing instructor

Filgen Fung

Medical School:
Queen's University

What are you doing as a subspecialty project?: Trauma

What is your favourite thing about Hamilton?:
So much good food and new restaurants are always popping up!

What is your favourite thing about Mac EM?:
The residents and staff! We all have such varied interests and strengths and are always willing to help out each other.

I chose Mac EM because...: Fun and caring faculty that will support you and really look out for your well-being and development as a person and a doctor.

If you only have 24 hours in Hamilton what is something you must see or check out?:
Hike to one of our many waterfalls!

What is your favourite ice cream flavour?:
Some sort of fruit gelato

What is your dream vacation?:
So many places...I just want to travel all the time. :)

If I wasn't an ER Resident I would be a/an...:
Not sure...let me think about that one.

Mohammed BinKharfi

Medical School:
King Saud University

What are you doing as a subspecialty project?: Pain Medicine

What is your favourite thing about Hamilton?:
The Waterfalls

What is your favourite thing about Mac EM?:
Trainees Independence

I chose Mac EM because...: Program continuous improvement

If you only have 24 hours in Hamilton what is something you must see or check out?:
Niagara

What is your favourite ice cream flavour?:
Coconut

What is your dream vacation?:
Maldives

If I wasn't an ER Resident I would be a/an...:
Anesthesia

Mohammad Althobity

Medical School:
King Abdulaziz University

What are you doing as a subspecialty project?: Pain Management

What is your favourite thing about Hamilton?:
No traffic

What is your favourite thing about Mac EM?:
Makes you feel it's your other family.

I chose Mac EM because...: Well established program and excellent education.

If you only have 24 hours in Hamilton what is something you must see or check out?:
All emergency departments I worked in during my training!

What is your favourite ice cream flavour?:
Oreo McFlurry

What is your dream vacation?:
Road trip in Europe.

If I wasn't an ER Resident I would be a/an...:
Pilot!

Shannon Theune

Medical School:
University of Queensland

What are you doing as a subspecialty project?: Critical Care Fellowship; Clinician Educator Diploma

What is your favourite thing about Hamilton?:
Trails cafes great restaurants. And everything is so accessible.

What is your favourite thing about Mac EM?:
I love my job enjoy the people and always have fun at work

I chose Mac EM because...: It's a great group of people

If you only have 24 hours in Hamilton what is something you must see or check out?:
Dundas Peak

What is your favourite ice cream flavour?:
Chocolate candy cane or chocolate PB

What is your dream vacation?:
Trans-Siberian Railway into Mongolia

If I wasn't an ER Resident I would be a/an...:
Starving actress

Joana Dida

Medical School:
University of Toronto

What are you doing as a subspecialty project?: POCUS and Clinician Educator Diploma

What is your favourite thing about Hamilton?:
Outdoors

What is your favourite thing about Mac EM?:
The group of staff residents and administrators

I chose Mac EM because...: IT'S AWESOME...DUH!!!!

If you only have 24 hours in Hamilton what is something you must see or check out?:
Waterfalls

What is your favourite ice cream flavour?:
All of them

What is your dream vacation?:
Any place that I haven't been before

If I wasn't an ER Resident I would be a/an...:
Linguist and a wannabe chef. I would probably travel the world and living in each country for at least a few months learning a new language and eating street food!!!

Kumait Al Lawati

Medical School:
Sultan Qaboos University

What are you doing as a subspecialty project?: Resuscitation Fellowship PGY-4 Critical Care Fellowship PGY-5

What is your favourite thing about Hamilton?:
Location at the centre of everywhere

What is your favourite thing about Mac EM?:
Research Curriculum

I chose Mac EM because...: The only option that made sense! fulfilled my research goals!

If you only have 24 hours in Hamilton what is something you must see or check out?:
The beautiful waterfalls

What is your favourite ice cream flavour?:
Cookies and Cream

What is your dream vacation?:
The Northern lights in Alaska

If I wasn't an ER Resident I would be a/an...:
Realtor

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