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Toronto 2016 Speakers


Taaha Muhammad

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.

Title of Talk: The Journey of a Pre-Medical Student


Dr. Andy 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.

Title of Talk: Infectious Diseases and Microbiology - a Germ’s Life


Dr. Huntae Kim

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. 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.
At our Project Pulse Conference, we are excited to hear his speech on "Life After Getting into Medical School" and for Dr. Manveen Puri to discuss his experience as a practicing physician and experience in the Armed Forces. He is also part of the professional panel and is eager to answer any questions you have about the field!

Title of Talk: Life After Getting into Medical School