Meet our Paediatric Residents

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Ali Aaisham
Hometown: London, Ontario

Hi Everyone! My name is Aaisham, and I’ve had the privilege to grow up here in
London, Ontario. I completed my undergraduate degree in physiology at Western
University, followed by medical school here at Western as well. Outside of medicine, I
love spending time with family and friends, baking all sorts of treats, and spending time
outside. I am very excited to continue my Paediatrics training here at Western, and am
looking forward to the next four years!

 

burke_Karina_80X98.jpgKarina Burke
Hometown: Southwestern Ontario

Hi everyone! My name is Karina Burke, I was born and raised in southwestern Ontario
and I am thrilled to be joining the Western Paediatrics team! I completed medical
school at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland. Outside of medicine I enjoy all things
watersports, volleyball, baking, and travelling!”


garabon_jessica_80X97.jpgJessica Garabon
Hometown: Harrow, Ontario

Hello! My name is Jessica Garabon and I was raised in Harrow, Ontario. I completed
my undergraduate degree in Neuroscience at the University of Windsor followed by a
Master’s degree in Neuroscience and medical school here at Western University. I could
not be happier about continue my training in Paediatrics here in London! Outside of
medicine, some of my favourite things include traveling, the Raptors, houseplants, and
spending time with my beagle and cat.

 

kachra_shamez_80X104.jpgShamez Kachra
Hometown: Markham, Ontario

Hi everyone, my name is Shamez and I grew up in Markham, Ontario. I completed my
undergraduate degree in Pharmacology at Western University, followed by medical
school at McMaster University — both of which have allowed me to develop a passion
for medical education and student programming. I am very excited to be returning to
London to continue my training in Pediatrics. Outside of medicine, I love spending time
outdoors, going to a beach/park/escape room with friends, board game nights, hiking,
and exploring other countries. Looking forward to meeting everyone and starting this
new journey together!”

 

lee_angus_80X109.jpgAngus Lee
Hometown: Hamilton, Ontario

Hello everyone! My name is Angus and I’m really excited to join the Paediatrics teamhere! I’m from Hamilton where I did my undergrad, and recently finished medical schoolhere at Western. Outside of medicine I enjoy cooking, rock climbing, music, andwatching basketball.

 

longcroft-_harris_bryn_80X102.jpgBryn Longcroft-Harris
Hometown: Victoria, British Columbia
 
Hi everyone! My name is Bryn and I was born and raised in Victoria, BC. I completed
my undergraduate degree at Dalhousie University, before moving back to the west
coast for medical school at UBC’s Island Medical Program. Outside of medicine, I love
reading, being outside, and spending time with my friends and family. I am so excited to
join the Western Peds group and have a new adventure in London!

  

mahran_moshira_80X94.jpgMoshira Mahran
Hometown: Oakville, Ontario

Hello everyone! My name is Moshira Mahran and I am from Oakville, Ontario. I
studied medicine abroad and I am thrilled to be joining the Paediatrics program at
Western. I enjoy cooking, reading, long walks, travelling, and spending time with family
and friends. I can’t wait to start this new chapter and I look forward to meeting
everyone.


mcdonald_alexandra_80X105.jpgAlexandra McDonald
Hometown: Mississauga, Ontario

Hello! My name is Alex and I am from Mississauga, Ontario. I completed my
undergraduate degree in Math at the University of Waterloo before going off on a new
tangent to complete medical school at Western. In my free time you can find me
reading mystery novels, trying new recipes, figure skating, or tending to my plants. I am
so excited to be staying at Western for my paediatrics training!


pathak_sarah_80X104.jpgSarah Pathak
Hometown: Toronto, Ontario

Hello! My name is Sarah and I was born and raised in Toronto, Ontario. I attended the
University of Melbourne for medical school. I am looking forward to returning home to
Canada and continuing my paediatric training with the Western paediatric team.
Outside of medicine I enjoy camping, sports, and cooking for friends and family.

 

srinathan_sujitha_80X97.jpgSujitha Srinathan
Hometown: Scarborough, Ontario

Hi everyone! My name is Sujitha, and I was born in Scarborough, Ontario. I grew up in
the GTA and went to the University of Toronto for my undergraduate studies, followed
by medical school at the University of Ottawa. Outside of medicine, you can find me
spending time outdoors, playing basketball, and trying new restaurants with friends and
family. I’m incredibly excited to be joining the Western Pediatrics community!

 

suresh_shwetha_80X107.jpgShwetha Suresh
Hometown: Kitchener, Ontario

Hello! My name is Shwetha and I am from Kitchener, ON. I completed my
undergraduate studies at University of Waterloo in Biomedical Sciences and attended
medical school at University of British Columbia. Outside of medicine, I enjoy singing,
dancing, hiking, and travelling. Looking forward to meeting my colleagues and an
exciting and adventurous journey at Western!

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Kawmadi Abeytunge
Hometown: Winsor, ON

 

 

 

 

Botros,-Beshoy-80-X-120.jpgBeshoy Botros
Hometown: Egypt
Education: MD (Ain Shams University, Cairo, Egypt)


What are your future goals? My future goals are fairly general at the moment but moving forward I want to always be involved in teaching and clinical research.


Words of advice for future residents? Enjoy every stage of the journey, during medical school or CaRMS. Make sure to enjoy every moment as much as possible, each stage of life has its perks.


Do you have any secret or surprising facts about the program or London? I am new to London, so I am discovering the city myself, but the city has a lot of green spaces for hikes and Biking, make sure to explore them.

 


Dzongowski,-Emily-80X-106.jpgEmily Dzongowski
Hometown: London, ON


 

 

 

Hosang,-Stephanie-80-X-106.jpgStephanie Hosang
Hometown: London, ON
Education: BHSc Honours Health Sciences (Western University), MD (University of Toronto)

What are your future career goals? At this early point in my residency, I’m keeping an open mind as to my future in paediatrics. General paediatrics is definitely intriguing to me, but I’m also open to subspecializing. Ask me again in two years!

Words of advice for future residents? My advice to those going through the CaRMS process would be to try your best to be present and enjoy the journey. It can be a stressful and overwhelming time for sure, but it’s also the point that you’ve been working towards for the past four years! Enjoy the process of self-reflection, be open to meeting new people and new experiences, and be confident in the reasons that brought you here in the first place 😊 Good luck!

Do you have any secret or surprising facts about the program or London? I don’t think this is much of a secret, but all of the residents (including upper years) are amazing human beings who are extremely welcoming and supportive. They really make you feel at home here. And, there’s also an amazing snack cupboard in the resident lounge.

 

 Olubunmi,-Ogunsanya-80-X-106.jpgOlubunmi Ogunsanya
 Hometown: Nigeria
 

 

 

 

 

 Payne,-James-80-X-106.jpgJames Payne
 Hometown: London, ON
 Education: BSc Honours Chemistry (Queen's) and BA Honours Economics (Queens), MD  (Western)

What are your future career goals? I've always wanted to do Haem/Onc, but my mind is open!  For now I'll settle for becoming a functional Paediatrician.

Do you have any secret or surprising facts about the program or London? The city was a strong contender to serve as the capital of Canada, but it's proximity to our occasionally aggressive American neighbours rendered it an unsuitable choice.

  

 

Sloof,-Natalie-80-X-106.jpgNatalie Sloof
Hometown: Guelph, ON
Education: BSc Honours Kinesiology (McMaster), MD (Western University)

Words of advice for future residents: Find a program that cares about you, not just as a learner, but as a person!

Do you have any secret or surprising facts about the program or London? Southwestern Ontario has so many hidden gems - plenty of green space, beaches, and lovely little towns to explore on a day off.



Stojcevski,-Amanda-80-x-106.jpgAmanda Stojcevski
Hometown: Sarnia, ON
Education: BSc Honours Life Sciences, double majour in Neuroscience and Animal Physiology (University of Toronto), MD (Western University)

What are your future goals? To become a confident and capable pediatrician, but I haven't decided if I am going to specialize just yet! 

Words of advice for future residents? Prioritize doing what you love, and spending time with those you care about!

 


Woodhouse,-Helena-Rae-80X106.jpgHelena Rae Woodhouse
Hometown: Ottawa, ON
Education: BSc General Science (University of Ottawa), MD (Queen's)  


What are your future goal?: I'm hoping to have a multi-faceted career that mixes inpatient medicine, specialty clinics, medical education and administrative roles. However, I am trying to keep a very open mind when it comes to career and specialty possibilities, so we'll see where life takes me!

Words of advice for future residents?: Really enjoy the breaks when they come. Whether it's the break between graduating medical school and starting Residency, only working a half day clinic, or taking scheduled vacation, know that you deserve the rest and don't ever feel guilty for not studying during that time!

Do you have any secret or surprising facts about the program or London?: I'm still discovering London myself, but there are certainly lots of restaurants and parks to explore!

 


 

 

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CHIU,-Melissa.jpgMelissa Chiu 
Hometown: Vancouver, BC
Education: BSc. Honours (UBC), MD (UBC)


What are your future goals? I'm still trying to decide whether I want to subspecialize or work as a general paediatrician, but I’m just so glad to be working with kids and their families every day.  I hope I am helping them through their journeys as they work their way through their illnesses and the medical world.

Words of advice for future residents?  Have fun during the CaRMs tour!  Honestly, all the programs are great and full of wonderful people. Try to see what the other residents think about their day to day life in the program to decide which program works best for you. Different people value different things and you want to find a program where your co-residents and the program have similar values as you.  Good luck!

Do you have any secret or surprising facts about the program or London? The teaching here is absolutely amazing, whether it be staff or other fellow residents.  Everyone cares about your learning and puts their best efforts in to teach you no matter what service you’re on. 
 

 


GARABON,-Justin.jpgJustin Garabon
Hometown: Harrow, ON
Education: BSc Honours Forensic Science (University of Windsor), MSc Biochemistry (University of Windsor) MD (Western)

What are your future goals? At this stage in residency, my future goals are fairly general. I hope to practice in an academic institution so I can continue to teach and be involved in research. So far, I have an interest in acute care and I plan to explore more specific paths as I progress through my residency training.

Words of advice for future residents? Don’t forget to take time for yourself! We all know that is important, it is definitely easy to forget when things get busy.

 

 
HOLYER,-Karissa.jpgKarissa Holyer
Hometown: St.Catherines 
Education: BSc Honours Health Science/Child Life Specialist (McMaster), MD (University of Toronto) 


What are your future goals? I’m currently planning on going into general paediatrics. As a first-year resident, it is hard to think about the end of residency so I definitely don’t feel like I have it all figured out! I am keeping my mind open as I get to learn more about different subspecialties in residency.

Words of advice for future residents? Make the most of the opportunities that you have. Every block has many opportunities for learning and experiences that will make you a better physician in the future, regardless of what you want to go into at the end of the day.

Do you have any secret or surprising facts about the program or London? I always thought that London was a medium-sized program but was surprised to discover how it feels like a smaller community. I have really enjoyed getting to know the other R1s and have felt very supported by the upper year residents. The staff that I have worked with have created a good working and learning environment. 


  
LIN,-Shouzhe.jpgSally Lin 
Hometown: Toronto, ON
Education: BSc Honours (Western), MSc (Western), MD (McMaster)


Words of advice for future residents? CaRMS can be super overwhelming and it's easy to get bogged down by all the program details. While all of that is important, at the end of the day, every Paediatrics program in Canada will train you to be an excellent paediatrician, regardless of their rotation structure/number of CTU blocks/etc. Take a minute and look at the big picture: where do you want to be? where do you feel the most supported? Trust your gut and you will find your home! 

Do you have any secret or surprising facts about the program or London? I don't think this is a surprise or a secret, but one thing I love about the program is how wonderful and supportive the residents are. No matter what kind of day you are having, you can always find someone to share a laugh with or vent to (while snacking on the stash of candy in the resident snack cupboard).  Outside of the program, I love spending time at Gibbon's Park! It's a peaceful escape from the busy hospital life, and have lots of trails for running or hiking.

 

 
MCCANN,-Maggie.jpgMaggie McCann
Hometown: Barrie, ON
Education: BSc Honours Health Science (McMaster), MSc Public Health (University of Guelph), MD (University of Toronto) 

Words of advice for future residents? 1.Don’t be afraid to ask questions. Now is your time to learn! 2.Take the time to get to know your co-residents; they will be with you for the next 4 years.

Do you have any secret or surprising facts about the program or London? 1.Snack cupboard! Snacks are provided for residents on call (which can make a call shift much better!). 2. The view from the CTU Blue room is beautiful! You can watch storms roll in or the sunrise in the morning. 3.Lots and lots of beautiful trails along the Thames River. 
 

 

 

 METIVIER,-Emma.jpgEmma Metivier
 Hometown: Toronto, On
 Education: BSc (University of Guelph), MD (St. George University)

What are your future career goals? I hope to pursue an Endocrinology fellowship. 

Words of advice for future residents? Starting residency can be intimidating, especially as an IMG, but the group of Western Paediatric residents have been so welcoming and supportive. They have made the transition to residency so much fun.

Do you have any secret or surprising facts about the program or London? London has a HUGE catchment area which means we see a variety of patients. In my first few months of residency, I have already seen a ton of interesting cases.

 



PRASAD,-Madhavi.jpgMadhavi Prasad 
Hometown: St John's, NFLD
Education: BSc (Western University), MD (Western University)


What are your future career goals? My future goals involve sub specializing within paediatrics and working at an academic centre. I am passionate about teaching and global health and would love to be involved in medical education as well as local and international outreach. 

Words of advice for future residents? My words of advice to future residents are to take each day one at a time. The entire process of residency applications is very overwhelming but it will all be worth it. Rely on your friends and family, these connections will help you as you go through this process.

Do you have any secret or surprising facts about the program or London? A surprising fact about London is that there so many hidden trails and pathways to explore. Even after living here for so many years, I always find new paths to explore!

 
 
RAFIQ,-Farina.jpgFarina Rafiq
Hometown: Truro, NS
Education: BSc (North Carolina), MD (Dalhousie) 

What are your future career goals? I would love to be a community paediatrician, practicing in a smaller sized community.

Words of advice for future residents? Medicine is a challenging field to work in, regardless of the speciality. So, find a program where you feel comfortable interacting with your future co-residents. Having supportive co-residents makes a big difference to your mental health!

 



WILLIS,-Jessica.jpgJessica Willis 
Hometown: Dundas, ON
Education: MD (National University of Ireland Galway)

What are your future career goals? I am looking forward to getting involved in social paediatrics and exploring what I want to do after residency. 

Words of advice for future residents? Do not be afraid to ask plenty of questions – everyone is here to help you learn and to support you!

Do you have any secret or surprising facts about the program or London? London has quite a few lovely areas for walking/running/cycling!

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Amos-K.jpgKiersten Amos
Hometown: Fredericton, New Brunswick
Education: BSc(Hon) Biology-Chemistry (University of New Brunswick), MD (Dalhousie Medicine New Brunswick)

What are your future goals? I love general and community paediatrics! My hope is to work in a smaller community centre where I can continue seeing kids of all ages, including neonates, and have my own community practice to see children as a consultant, while also covering inpatient paediatrics and paeds consults. I love it all too much to pick one speciality to zone in on. My hope is to stay involved with teaching throughout my career and to be a strong advocate for children in my local community. My dream is to eventually get back to my roots on the East Coast to be closer to family and friends. 

Words of advice for future residents? Have confidence in yourself; when the going gets tough, think back to where you started and look how far you’ve come! No one becomes excellent overnight, learning these things takes time. Choose the speciality where managing the “bread and butter” issues feels satisfying, and where you find likeminded people; residency is not a race to run alone, and having the right people working alongside you makes a world of difference. Keep in touch with people in your life who will take your mind off of medicine, read non-medical books once in a while, and get outdoors as often as you can keep your cup filled because it’s hard to pour from an empty one.

Do you have any secret or surprising facts about the program or London? I hope it’s not a secret that our program is filled with wonderful people, who are not only co-workers but good friends! London has been a great sized city to do a residency in Paediatrics – there’s plenty of volume and exposure, but it’s still easy to get to know the faculty and community. My favourite part about where I live in London is that there are some great coffee shops and so many dogs around. It’s also really easy to do nice day trips and explore Southwestern Ontario.

 

Casey-L.jpgLara Casey
Hometown: Stouffville, Ontario
Education: BSc Life Science (Queen's), MSc Pathology and Molecular Medicine (Queen's), MD (Queen's)

What are your future goals? I am not sure what kind of Paediatrician I want to be yet (I like too many specialities!), but my future goal is to be the kind of Paediatrician that makes families felt heard and understood. I want to keep my mind open to learning throughout my career. I want to keep being humbled by the strength of sick children and their parents. I think that as long as I am doing that, I will have fulfilled my goals.

Words of advice for future residents? Remember, this time is about you - finding the right city, program and fit that will make you happy and fulfilled. This is the time to try something new and to step out of your comfort zone. But it's also the time to be the same old you - the person who has already done amazing things and who has come this far. Don't be afraid to let yourself shine.

Do you have any secret or surprising facts about the program or London? I don't think it is much of a surprise, but my co-residents are amazing individuals. I am continuously blown away by how supportive they are, whether it's to answer that on-call question at 3 AM, or to advocate for you for what it is you need to be your best self. They are a fun-loving hilarious bunch and I am sure you will love them too!

  

Leonard-S.jpgSean Leonard 
Hometown: Mount Pearl, Newfoundland and Labrador
Education: BSc Biochemistry (Memorial University of Newfoundland), MD (Memorial University of Newfoundland)

What are your future goals? After residency, I hope to begin my career as a community paediatrician. I haven't fully figured out what my specific work-life will look like yet, but I want to have my own clinic and develop some extra areas of interest to see certain, specific patient populations in my area. 

Words of advice for future residents? For future residents, I always recommended trying hard to get to know your co-residents and really forming some nice connections and friendships with them. It's of course great to have a social circle outside of work, but residency is tough! And it's really nice to establish a support system who truly understand what you're going through with whom you can openly and honestly talk about what's going on and how you're feeling! You can learn so much from your co-residents, but you can also find some of the best comfort and support from them too.

Do you have any secret or surprising facts about the program or London? Don't be tempted by the novelty of the automated ice cream machine (the ice cream isn't that tasty)! Where you wanna spend your money is the buffalo chicken wraps from the grill...YUM! (you're welcome). Also, London is great; Locomotive Espresso has, in my opinion, the MOST DELICIOUS americano.

 
Links-M.jpgMaddy Links
Hometown: Hamilton, Ontario 
Education: Hons. BA Psychology and Child Development (St. Francis Xavier University), MD (McMaster University)