The 2017 Calgary Team
Michael Xie, President
Michael Xie is a member of the International Baccalaureate program at Sir Winston Churchill High School and is currently in grade twelve. He hopes that in the future he can find either a career in law, medicine, or something in between.
Michael is an active volunteer around his community as well as an active participant within his school. He is an executive for the Canadian Blood Services Youth Corps, an active national level debater and debate coach at three junior high schools.
Furthermore, he is a section leader and soloist within his school’s symphonic and jazz bands in addition to being a member of the cross country and high jump teams. In the past, Michael was co-president of Infinity, a Junior Achievement company which was awarded Company of the Year and a robotics instructor at a local elementary school.
In his time off, he enjoys playing basketball, reading, and doing lots of sleeping. He also enjoys sports analytics which lead to his avid participation in fantasy sports.
Michael is looking forward to helping put on the 2017 conference and using his experience from the previous conference to make this one even more successful and enjoyable for all of the attendees. He hopes that this conference can help you solidify your love for the health sciences and help you along your journey in the field.
Zeel Patel, Marketing Director
“Iguodala to Curry, back to Iguodala—up for the layup ….. OHHHHH BLOCKED BY JAMES!!! LEBRON JAMES WITH THE REJECTION!” – Game 7 Of The 2016 NBA Finals
Just as LeBron’s game-saving block secured a historic championship run and brought positive change within the city of Cleveland, Zeel aims to bring about the same positive change within Calgary—specifically for the next generation of medicine enthusiasts. Zeel is currently a grade 11 International Baccalaureate Diploma Scholar at Western Canada High School, formerly a student at Sir Winston Churchill High School, and at some point, Webber Academy. At this rate, it is likely he will transition between high schools one last time upon graduation. Zeel is deeply fascinated in all aspects of science and technology, and the hybrid they form with entrepreneurialism.
His passions are powerfully displayed through his ventures and engagements within society. Zeel is actively committed in various scientific and medical endeavors, organizing multiple conferences, competitive debate and speech, and showcasing leadership within his community.
All in all, through Zeel’s vast experience and connections, he hopes to make this year’s Operation Med School conference the most successful youth-run conference in Calgary’s history, following the footsteps of LeBron James.
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Varun Kundra, Corporate Relations Director
As an Grade 11 AP student at Webber Academy, Varun is intrigued by many areas of science from astrophysics to neuroscience. He hopes to apply scientific principles to create innovative solutions to world problems as a tech entrepreneur, but he also has a vested interest in medicine and would like to pursue some form of health sciences in college.
Outside of schoolwork, Varun invests his time into various extracurricular activities such as being a member of Youth Central Youth Volunteer Corps, Team Leader for Math Minds/Math Quest at the Calgary Public Library, and with scientific research focussed on developing an electrode-based biosensor for central nervous system injuries. Recently, he’s also been invited to be a part of Kent Hehr Calgary Centre Youth Council where he shares the concerns/ideas of youth and advises on youth policy.
In his spare time, Varun enjoys reading non-fiction books, playing badminton, and watching science-fiction films. Varun is eager to work with the OMS team to create another spectacular conference in 2017!
Alisia Chen, Plenary Director
In her second year as an OMS executive, Alisia is a grade 12 student in the International Baccalaureate Diploma program at Sir Winston Churchill High School. Fascinated by the complexity of the human brain and all it represents, she plans to pursue studies in Neuroscience, and aspires to become a neurologist.
Alisia leads the Chemistry club at her school, and raised membership from a mere dozen to over 130. She also acted as Chief of Operations for SWCHSMUN 2016, a Model United Nations Conference with over 500 attendees. A long time volunteer at her local assisted-living center, the exposure to the devastation of dementia piqued her interest in the human brain early in her high school career. She is also a member of the Principal’s Advisory Council at her school, a committee of twelve students who aspire to improve and enrich the student atmosphere and experience. In an effort to bring more awareness to the importance of blood donation, Alisia works with the Canadian Blood Services as an Ambassador and member of the Advisory Council. She also volunteers at the Foothills and Alberta Children’s Hospital, and is involved in research at the Hotchkiss Brain Institute.
In her spare time, Alisia enjoys skiing, yoga, oil-painting, drinking weirdly named teas (i.e. caramel corn) and spends way too much time watching House of Cards and reality television. Alisia is looking forward to putting her previous year of knowledge towards making this year as interesting, memorable, and informative as possible.
Jeffrey Zhou, Finance Director
Jeffrey is deeply passionate about all things science, but he has a special place in his heart for biology. After spending time volunteering at his family clinic and researching at the Libin Cardiovascular Institute, Jeffrey knew that he wanted to be involved in medicine. Aside from medicine, however, Jeffrey has a wide range of interests, and leads the Model United Nations, Science, and Spanish clubs at his school. Jeffrey is also a co-founder of Helix Health Science Research Opportunities, an organization that aims to help high school students get involved in biomedical research.
When he’s not studying biology, Jeffrey can be found playing video games, listening kpop, or baking desserts. In his second year as Finance Director, Jeffrey hopes to fully utilize his wide range of experiences to help make the conference bigger and better than ever.
RunLin Wang, Logistics Director
RunLin Wang is currently a grade 10 student at Sir Winston Churchill High School, studying under the International Baccalaureate Diploma program. He aspires to make a significant difference in the world one day by going into the field of medical research.
He is actively involved within his school community, as he is a part of a multitude of school clubs, including the biology, chemistry, and math clubs. He is also proud to compete on behalf of his school in interschool competitions, such as debate tournaments and Model UN conferences. Outside of school, RunLin is very passionate about social advocacy and has founded many initiatives, such as the Canadian Youth For Peace Community, to address changes he wishes to see in society. In his spare time, he enjoys playing basketball, cooking, and playing the piano.
This year, RunLin is very excited to bring OMS to you, as it promises to be bigger, better, and more engaging than all the conferences we have held in past years. He looks forward to seeing all of you there!
Kandace Peroramas, Publicity Director
Kandace Peroramas is a grade twelve student at Bishop O’Byrne High School currently working towards an International Baccalaureate Diploma. She enjoys keeping busy, which is shown through what she does in her free time. She is the President of her school’s Operation Eyesight Club, where herself and forty like-minded students create fundraisers to help those in developing countries with preventable blindness. She was also a member of the first-ever Student Executive, Social Justice, and Leadership councils, which all strengthened the school community through student-led activities and volunteerism. Outside her timetable, Kandace dedicates three mornings to the Choral Music program, in which members sing at liturgies, concerts, and compete in music festivals. Just recently, she performed in her third and final Musical Theatre production, where she played a principal role in Stephen Sondheim’s “Into the Woods.”
In the future, Kandace would like to work with youth as a pediatrician or family physician, with a concentration in developmental psychology. Coming from a family of teachers, nurses, and accountants, she chose to pursue medicine to showcase how passion and leadership can be seen in another field of work. She works toward this through involvement in her community as a volunteer for Youth Central, where she is the News & Social Media Editor for the youth-run blog, Youth Are Awesome. She is now on the YVC International Youth Advisory Board, as well as a volunteer for Alberta Health Services.
As Publicity Director for this year’s OMS team, she hopes her diverse experiences will help with outreach to more student demographics just as excited to learn about medical school as she is.
Namratha Wadawadagi, Workshops Director
Namratha is a grade twelve student at Henry Wise Wood High School and aspires of being a physician. She remains an active member of her community by volunteering at the Rockyview General Hospital, as well as volunteering as a youth mentor for young immigrant women with the Calgary Immigrant Women’s Association. Heavily involved within her school, she has been the president of Agents for Change for three years and an active member of Student Council for four years. In her spare time, she enjoys reading a good novel and indulging in over-priced coffee (preferably both simultaneously).
Her role as the Workshop Director allows her to organize insightful workshops that enable participants to acquire the knowledge needed for success in their medical career. She is extremely honoured to be on the executive team, and is dedicated to making sure that the conference is an amazing experience for all attendees.
Katherine Liu, Mentor
Katherine Liu studies at the University of Calgary, with a love for calculus, biology, and existential contemplation. She is an aspiring physician, with a particular interest in cancer research, gene therapy, and the ethical implications of modern-day health care systems.
A dedicated musician, Katherine plays and teaches piano, and enjoys late nights with a cup of tea and Chopin’s Études. Additionally, she is an amateur yet enthusiastic French horn player in Western’s Wind Ensemble and French Horn Choir, and is a member of the Band Executive, a leadership group within the program that organizes fundraising, community events, and merchandise design. Katherine holds a leadership position within her school’s Interact Club, which is currently working this year with Hand in Hand for Syria and Canadian Blood Services to raise both funds and awareness, as well as to provide volunteer opportunities to her peers. Within her community, she volunteers regularly with Youth Central and helps to promote and celebrate youth volunteerism and activism as a member of the organization’s Youth Volunteer Corps Steering Committee.
In addition to anti-differentiating equations and titrating chemicals, Katherine enjoys baking and reading, and is a devoted MasterChef enthusiast. Katherine is honoured to be helping organize OMS 2016, and hopes that the conference will provide comprehensive and enriching information, as well as inspiration, to its attendees.
Rahul Arora, Mentor
Rahul is studying Biomedical Sciences at the University of Calgary as a Leader in Health Sciences Scholar. His passion for health research and education drives him in his pursuit of a career as a clinician, researcher, and educator in the field of radiation oncology.
In aiming to better patient outcomes in end-stage cancers, Rahul is conducting research studying the potential of stereotactic body radiotherapy in the treatment of pancreatic cancer. He additionally aims to ascertain the role of patient centered care in the cancer care patient experience through clinical research investigating the relationship between patient satisfaction and patient engagement.
Beyond his research, Rahul serves as the Managing Director of STEM Fellowship, coordinating the operations and growth of this Canadian non-profit. His work with STEM Fellowship aims to support inquisitive students in their scientific endeavors through community-building outreach, research internships and potential publication in the peer-reviewed STEM Fellowship Journal. Rahul also sits on the Board of Directors and manages the Canada-wide expansion of Operation Med School, a conference informing and inspiring high school students with interest in medical careers. Through these ventures, he hopes to broaden access to educational opportunities for students and instill within them a mindset of inquiry.