2015/2016 MSA Executive Committees

About Us

Past President

Fatemeh Ramazani

Dear students,

My name is Fatemeh Ramazani, and it is my great pleasure to be representing you as MSA President this coming year. I ran for this position because, simply put: I love our medical school. Our program, instructors, students, and facilities, are among the best in the world and, to keep this tradition of excellence standing, our school needs strong student leadership and even stronger student body involvement.

So what exactly does the president do? Simply put, the president is the jack of all trades pertaining to the MSA. I have the pleasure of overseeing, either directly or indirectly, most student activities governed by the MSA, and acting as the student representative on decision making bodies within the faculty and the University. Whether it is to project a loud student voice in regarding decisions that impact us, or just to help showcase our school and student body, you can count on me to be the dedicated, passionate, and outspoken leader that our student body needs.

If you have any questions regarding my role on the MSA, questions about MSA as a whole, concerns you wish to bring up with faculty or students, or if you just want to chat, please do not hesitate to contact me at msapres@ualberta.ca.

I look forward to speaking with all of you, and wish you the best of luck this coming academic year.

Past Vice President, Administration

Brandon Christensen

Hi everyone! My name is Brandon Christensen and I’m excited to be the new VP Administration for this year. I’m really looking forward to working with everyone in MSA Executive and Council. As VP Admin, I play a major role in the day-to-day functions of the MSA and general organization of our Faculty Association. Although most of my work is behind the scenes, I also am the MSA’s representative to the Students’ Union (SU) and the University through the General Faculties Council (GFC).

Please feel free to e-mail (msavpadm@ualberta.ca) me if you need anything – from room booking authority to running in an election, I’m here to help you out!

Past Vice President, Community Engagement

Julianna Deutscher

Having lived in various countries, I naturally became interested in global health, serving both my local and international communities. One of my major advocacy projects has been raising awareness on human trafficking. In addition to this ongoing mission, I was involved this past year on the medical student community engagement team as the junior Global Health Advocate. This experience helped me learn about the many incredible portfolios on the team and I look forward to working with these talented individuals to provide you with exciting opportunities to learn about the various aspects of community engagement including: indigenous health, reproductive and sexual health, global health, advocacy, and inner city health. My goals include developing a certificate in Community Engagement for interested medical students as well as restructuring the available electives. Furthermore, I will be working closely with the Global Health Education Representative, Megan Howlett, to offer improved international electives. If you have any initiatives that you would like to pursue in the field of community engagement please contact me at msavpcommunity@ualberta.ca and check out the Community Engagement tab on the MSA webpage. I am very excited to serve as your VP Community Engagement and I look forward to working with you.

Past Vice President, Education

Scott Anderson

Hi everyone! My name is Scott Anderson and I am the 2015-2016 MSA VP Education. I was born and raised in Jaffray, BC and attended both undergraduate and graduate school at the University of Lethbridge. Previous to medical school, I was actively involved as a member of Students’ Union and Graduate Student’s Association. Now as a member of the MSA I am excited to apply my previous experience to advocate for students here at the University of Alberta in the first year of this new position.

As VP Education, my goals for this year can be summarized in three main goals:

  1. Facilitate communication and ensure student’s voices from all 4 years are heard with respect to education and curriculum.
  2. Collaborate with the faculty, MSA, and Curriculum Representatives on overseeing curriculum, assessment, and evaluation of the undergraduate medical education program
  3. Ensure the commencement of the VP Education position goes smoothly and effectively, while establishing guidelines and resources for future representatives

I am very excited to serve the students of the University of Alberta through this position. The University of Alberta Medical Program is truly amazing and relies heavily on student feedback. Please feel free to contact me with questions, concerns, or feedback regarding the program. I look forward to advocating for and representing you all.

Past Vice President, External

Brendan Morgan

My name is Brendan Morgan and I am happy to be the 2015-2016 MSA VP External. In a past life (before medical school), I was an engineer at a company contracted to the Navy. Between working directly with subcontractors, Navy officers, government representatives and other departments in my company, I learned about the importance of clear communication and maintaining a goal-focused interdisciplinary team.

As VP External, it is my responsibility to represent the MSA, directly and by delegation, to external organizations, such as the Canadian Federation of Medical Students (CFMS), the U of A Students Union (SU), the Professional Association of Resident Physicians of Alberta (PARA), the Alberta Medical Association (AMA) and other departments here at the U of A. My job is to relay and promote opportunities from external bodies, and, more importantly, to lobby them for the needs of you the medical students.

This year, I want to focus on promoting interdisciplinary shadowing, and helping students get involved in the CFMS. I feel that these things gives students opportunities to learn about our profession from different and important perspectives.

Please feel free to contact me at msavpext@ualberta.ca if you have any questions – I look forward to hearing from you!

Past Vice President, Finance

David Ma

My name is David Ma and I’m the VP Finance for 2015-2016. I did my undergraduate studies at the University of Alberta. I was previously VP finance of another student club and was one of the board representatives on the EDBA. In my spare time I like to run, play guitar and read.

As VP Finance it’s my job to create and manage the MSA budget. I process all the reimbursements, proceeds and loans going through the MSA. I also represent the MSA to the Students Union and the faculty on financial matters. This term I want to maintain a balanced budget. I want to collaborate with the VP Education in discussing financial changes to the MD program with the faculty.As finances involve most issues, VP Finance I will be closely working with every MSA executive.

Past Vice President, Student Affairs

Helya Aghazadeh

Hey everyone! My name is Helya Aghazadeh and I’m so excited to be starting my role as your VP Student Affairs for the 2015-2016 academic year. Prior to starting medical school, I was highly involved with student groups and initiatives here at the U of A throughout my undergrad. As VP Student Affairs, some of my main responsibilities include directing and overseeing our many student initiatives and clubs, as well as the MD Ambassadors program. Thus, I feel that my experiences in the past, such as organizing events for students through my faculty association and founding/leading a new student group on campus, have prepared me well for my role in this position.

With so many interesting student led initiatives and clubs here in our faculty, I’m excited to get started and work together with our student leaders to see what we can accomplish this year. There are so many opportunities to get involved in our faculty and, if you have an idea for a new club or initiative that doesn’t already exist, you can get things started yourself! Please feel free to contact me at msavpstudentaffairs@ualberta.ca if you have any questions – I’m looking forward to hearing from you!