Find Your Pulse


Toronto 2016 Panelists


University Panel

Bijal Desai

McMaster University, Health Sciences

Bijal Desai is a  first year student at McMaster University in the Bachelor of Health Sciences program. 

Her favorite subjects in school include chemistry, biology, physics, and art. Bijal has participated in DEEP engineering academy, SHAD and Waterloo Unlimited. She also enjoys running and playing soccer competitively. Her hobbies include drawing, painting and playing the guitar and piano.

For her, Project Pulse is an excellent way to broaden one's horizons in the world of Heath Sciences. It can help inform students, of the innumerable opportunities available, and can help increase connections between themselves and skilled professionals. Bijal hopes that she will make Project Pulse, the organization as a whole,  a great help to keen high school students entering the world of Health Sciences.      


Jennifer Duan

University of Toronto, Medical School

Jennifer is a 2nd year medical student at the University of Toronto. Having completed her Bachelor's of Science in Pharmacology at UofT in 2015, Jennifer is a Torontonian through and through. Currently, Jennifer is considering a career in Family Medicine with a focus in Women's Health. In her spare time, Jennifer likes to dragonboat, garden, and watch old episodes of Law and Order. If you have any questions about medical school or UofT, feel free to ask!


Christine MacCauley

McMaster University, Medical School

Christine is a medical student in the class of 2017 at the Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine, McMaster University. Before beginning medical school she completed an undergraduate degree in medical sciences at Western University with an Honour’s Specialization in Pharmacology. Currently, Christine is a Co-Director of the MacHealth DNA Clinic, a medical student-run clinic operating within the Hamilton Urban Core Community Health Centre. Christine was also heavily involved in establishing and planning the first and second annual MacMEDucation conference, a program developed for secondary school students to offer a medical education experience that incorporates the unique elements of the McMaster Medicine curriculum. Christine is the current President of the Federation of Medical Women of Canada Hamilton Branch and she is also a Sr. Co-Chair of the Mini-Med School program, a lecture series featuring seminars delivered by physician faculty members developed to encourage members of the Hamilton community to take an active interest in their health. Within the ‘Mac Med’ community Christine is a mentor as part of the Clerk to Clerk Program that brings together junior and senior medical students to offer guidance and support throughout clerkship rotations. Outside of these commitments Christine enjoys going to the gym, watching James Bond movies, and spending time with her family, friends, and dog, Hershey.


Tahaa Muhammad

McMaster University, Health Sciences

 Taaha Muhammad is a prospective medical student studying Health Sciences at McMaster. Two years ago he self-published a book entitled, “GoalCatcher” with the aim of instilling a sense of motivation and inspiration in readers, and he maintains a blog in which he carries forward the legacy of his book. He hopes to transfer his understanding of the importance of empowerment and his knowledge of psychology toward positive change in the field of medicine. Moreover, as current Vice-Chair of a budding NGO known as Overcome the Gap, and past Registration Manager for MIST, a large-scale annual Tournament in Toronto, Taaha carries a rich history of experiences that have shaped him to be a civically engaged citizen. In his free time, Taaha loves writing, photography, and serving as a mentor for others to help them achieve their greatest potential.




Chang Su

Yale School of Medicine

Chang is currently a first year medical student at the Yale School of Medicine. She was born and raised in Xi'an China, and immigrated to Calgary when she was fifteen. While studying at Western Canada High School in Calgary, she explored her interests not only in math and science, but also in community service and fine arts. Some of the most memorable experiences during high school include training with school sports teams as a sports medicine trainer, donating a chair she painted to fundraise for my school's fine arts programs, and the Shad Valley program. After high school, Chang continued her education at the University of Pennsylvania. She majored in Bioengineering and minored in Chemistry. She conducted wet-lab research in blast traumatic brain injury, as well as clinical research in various fields. Her senior design project was on designing accessories to aid the 3D printing of vascularized hydrogels. Throughout her four years of college, she took service trips to Panama and China, and studied abroad at ETH Zurich in Switzerland for a semester. Chang was also a member of the Penn flute choir, Penn Latin and Ballroom Dance, and Advancing Women in Engineering. As she has just started medical school last August, she have not committed to any activities in particular. However, she has been going to many interesting talks, and hopefully she will find things that she is passionate about.

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Jessica Wong

University of Toronto, Master of Public Health

In 2006, Jessica Wong completed her Bachelor of Science degree in Medical Radiation Sciences from the University of Toronto and the Michener Institute of Applied Health Sciences. Jessica obtained a Doctor of Chiropractic degree from the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College in 2010 and a Clinical Chiropractic Fellowship in 2012. She is currently a graduate student in the Master of Public Health (Epidemiology) program at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto. This past summer, Jessica completed a practicum with Public Health Ontario, where she conducted a study assessing the incidence, prevalence, and mortality of parkinsonism in Ontario.


Maria Kashif

Ryerson University, Nursing

Maria Kashif is a 2nd year Nursing student in the Ryerson-George Brown collaborative BScN program. Maria is a member of the CNSA at her school and a Student Ambassador on the Marketing team at George Brown. As a Student Ambassador her main goal is to help new students with their questions and concerns to help prepare them for Nursing school. Her long-term career plans include one day working as an emergency relief nurse in countries recovering from natural disasters or advocating for policy changes in healthcare. She looks forward to a long and inspiring career in Nursing.


Professional Panel

Dr. Huntae Kim

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Huntae is currently in his 4th year of psychiatry residency training at the University of Toronto. Originally from Winnipeg, he completed his B.H.Sc. degree at McMaster University and went back to Manitoba to pursue his medical training. With his longstanding interest in mentorship and education, he maintains an active role in numerous medical and non-medical community organizations. He is thrilled to be invited back to Project Pulse and for the opportunity to meet all of you.


Dr. Andrew Simor

Dr. Andrew Simor is the Chief of Microbiology and Infectious Diseases at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre in Toronto, a Senior Scientist at Sunnybrook Research Institute, and a professor in the Department of Laboratory Medicine & Pathobiology, and Medicine at the University of Toronto. Dr. Simor graduated with a medical degree from the University of Toronto in 1976, and completed Royal College fellowship training in internal medicine, infectious diseases, and medical microbiology. He has worked at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre since 1993. Dr. Simor is recognized nationally and internationally as a leader in the field of hospital epidemiology. He has received research funding from peer-reviewed and industry-based granting agencies. He has published a large number of papers in scientific journals, and he is on the Editorial Board of the journal, Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology, and is an Associate Editor for the Canadian Journal of Infectious Diseases and Medical Microbiology. His primary research interests include: antimicrobial resistance, hospital-acquired infections, and the application of molecular technologies to the diagnosis and management of infectious diseases. He has received several awards from various organizations, including the Canadian Hospital Infection Control Association Award of Merit for service in the advancement of infection prevention and control.


Dr. Mary Lou Smith

Mary Lou Smith is Professor and Chair of the Department of Psychology, University of Toronto Mississauga, and a Senior Associate Scientist in the Neurosciences & Mental Health Program of the Research Institute at the Hospital for Sick Children. She is a member of several International League Against Epilepsy task forces, including Neuropsychology (Diagnostic Strategies Commission), Pediatric Surgery (Commission on Pediatrics), and Comorbidities (Commission on Pediatrics). She is Co-Chair of the American Epilepsy Association Psychosocial Comorbidities Committee, and Secretary of the Board of Directors of the Canadian League Against Epilepsy. Her main research program examines the cognitive and behavioural co-morbidities associated with pediatric epilepsy, with emphasis on the long term cognitive and psychosocial outcomes of epilepsy surgery in childhood, and the key psychosocial, family, cognitive and neurological variables that determine quality of life in children with epilepsy.  The work also contains important implications for clinical treatment decisions and expectations for the impact of treatments.  In addition, she researches neurodevelopment in children who are HIV-positive, or who have been exposed before birth or early in development to anti-retroviral medications.


Dr. Derek Tomson

Dr. Derek Tomson completed a B.Sc. degree in biology at the University of Guelph and a M.Sc. in Epidemiology at the University of Ottawa. He graduated from the D.D.S. program at the Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry at the University of Western Ontario, and worked in private practice as a dentist and owner for 3 years before returning to the University of Western Ontario to complete the Master of Clinical Dentistry in Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics degree. He is currently working as an orthodontist in private practice, with offices located in Mississauga and Brampton.


Dr. Manveen Puri

Dr. Manveen Puri majored in Genes, Genetics, and Biotechnology (HBSc, 2009) and graduated with high distinction before going to medical school (MD, 2013) at the University of Toronto. He then went on to complete residency training in Family Medicine at the same institution (CCFP, 2015). He is now pursuing a Master of Public Administration degree at the Royal Military College of Canada in Kingston, Ontario. Manveen currently is a Medical Officer (Captain) with the Canadian Armed Forces and is a practicing Family Physician. He is also Staff Emergency Physician at Pembroke Regional Hospital in Pembroke, Ontario and Deep River & District Hospital in Deep River, Ontario. He has taken on various leadership roles over the years and has served on UofT’s Governing Council and as Chief Resident (Family Medicine) at Credit Valley Hospital in Mississauga, Ontario. He has received both the Cressy Award and the Arbor Award for his continued contribution to the University of Toronto community. When he is not busy at work, Manveen enjoys travelling and spending time with his family and friends.


Dr. Christine Yeung

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Dr. Christine Yeung completed her undergraduate studies and obtained her Doctor of Optometry degree with honours status from the University of Waterloo in 2005. She is board certified by the Canadian Examiners in Optometry and the American National Board of Examiners in Optometry. She  is certified for the treatment and management of ocular disease; and is a member of the American Academy of Orthokeratology and Myopia Control. Dr. Yeung is the owner of Oakville Eye Care, a full-scope optometric practice providing comprehensive eye care to all ages. In her spare time, she volunteers her time with her local Lions Club; Dr. Yeung is passionate about vision care and about giving back to her community.