Medical Students' Association

Meet the OC

Welcome 2023s! Meet your friendly neighbourhood Orientation Committee! We'll be reaching out to you throughout the summer to keep you informed on get-togethers, deadlines, and opportunities over the summer, in addition to facilitating your Orientation Week. We are here as a resource to you, so if you have any questions, please do no hesitate to reach out to us in person, or online at msaorien@ualberta.ca.

In the meantime - meet your 2019 Orientation Officers!

Aiden Zalasky

Hometown: St Albert, AB
Undergraduate Degree: BSc in General Sciences with a Psych minor at the UofA, then a year of a Business After Degree
Jersey Name: SNACCS
What's your favourite way to destress? Anything activity-wise (includes, but not limited to): squash, running, weights, hockey, rugby and an extra bonus if I get to do these things with classmates.
What's your favourite thing about Edmonton? The diversity! Edmonton’s great for finding something you're passionate about. Coffee, food, festivals, music, cultural experiences, dancing and more - you can find so much in Edmonton and all in a reasonably close proximity.
Any advice for the incoming class? Medical school can be stressful, but definitely take time to meet your classmates and go hang out with them in some capacity throughout the year! It’s okay for exam studying to take a backseat for some important self-care, and will make your first year so much more enjoyable knowing you have other people to rely on.

Christina Ray

Hometown: DeWinton, AB (basically Calgary)
Undergraduate Degree: Kinesiology at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver
Jersey Name: ORGANIC
What's your favourite pastime or thing to do outside school? I teach yoga for the MSA Yoga Club, so yoga is definitely one of my favourite activities outside of school
What has been your favourite block of medical school so far? Retrospectively cardio block was my favourite. It was very challenging at the beginning, but by the end of the block everything tied together and it was really cool! It was the “thrill of a lifetime!” (This joke will make sense when you’re in the block with Dr. Sonnenberg)
What was your favourite fact you learned in 1st year? Not so much a fact as a cool topic, but I really enjoyed learning about congenital heart defects like tetralogy of fallot or transposition of the great arteries and the ways in which they try to repair these defects.

Ashton Cox

Hometown: Edmonton, AB
Undergraduate Degree: Bachelor of Science in Psychology at MacEwan University, Edmonton
Jersey Name: MOUNTAINGOAT
What's your favourite thing about Edmonton? I grew up here so I’m biased but I love Edmonton! I especially love summer in Edmonton because of all the festivals (the Edmonton Folk Music Festival is my personal favourite), but there are so many cool shows and events happening all year long.
What's your favourite way to destress? My go-to when I’m stressed is yoga, rock climbing, or grabbing coffee with friends at a cute coffee shop.
Any advice for the incoming class? Learn how to say no! Med school has so many opportunities to get involved and it’s easy to over-commit because you don’t want to miss out on anything. But it’s important to take care of yourself and prioritize your time, too.

Topher Mostert

Hometown: Fort Nelson, BC
Undergraduate Degree: BSc in Chemistry at The King’s University
Jersey Name: DR. DENNY'S
What's your favourite pastime or thing to do outside school? Curling, hockey, and going to Denny’s
What's your favourite way to destress? Curling, hockey, and going to Denny’s
What has been your favourite block of medical school so far? I would have to say Cardio! Even though it was one of the harder blocks, it was definitely the most interesting one! And ECGs are kinda cool I guess

Conrad Bayley

Hometown: I moved all around BC as a kid, but eventually settled in Calgary.
Undergraduate Degree: I went to UBC for undergrad based solely on its proximity to Whistler.
Jersey Name: ConDAD.
What's your favourite thing about Edmonton? The craft beer scene! Going out and supporting a local brewery is a great way to socialize, relax, and treat your taste buds!
What's your favourite pastime or thing to do outside school? Go to the mountains! Hiking, climbing, skiing, biking, or hanging in the mountains is my favourite way to get into my happy zone and away from academic responsibilities.
Any advice for the incoming class? Chill the **** out. Life is worth living mostly for the people and the experiences, so maximize these things in your last few years of freedom. A big part of this is learning when to stress about something (almost never) and when to just give it your best shot while remaining calm. Work hard, play hard.