Ingenuity 2018: OMS Calgary Team

 

RunLin Wang, President, President 

RunLin is currently a grade 11 student at Sir Winston Churchill High School, studying the International Baccalaureate(IB) Diploma. He hopes to pursue biochemical or biomedical research in the future, with the ultimate goal of making a discovery in these fields that will revolutionize health care and scientific research for the better.

RunLin’s passions are deeply rooted in his love of chemistry and biology, which continue to fascinate him as he expands his breadth of knowledge in these sciences. He also craves a good argument, and he satisfies these cravings through his avid participation in debate and Model United Nations competitions. RunLin hopes to mesh his passions for the sciences and for public speaking in order to advocate for positive change in the community, and he has already taken the first steps towards this goal through his leadership of organizations like OMS. In addition, RunLin makes sure to find time for some of his hobbies, which include skiing, reading classic literature, and basketball.

RunLin is delighted to be bringing you Ingenuity 2018, a conference that promises to be bigger and better than all past OMS Calgary conferences. He hopes that this year’s theme of medical innovation will invigorate the next generation of medical professionals in Calgary, and he looks forward to seeing you at the conference on March 17th!

Zeel Patel, Outreach Director, Outreach Director

Are you searching for love?

Me neither! Welcome to Operation Med School!

Here at OMS 2018 you will find something you will not find at any other conference—love. Yes, love. Not the kind that you’re used to in your relationships though (unreciprocated, long-distance, short-term, or worse: platonic). At OMS, you will find a different kind of love; the kind you’ve always dreamed of, but never really had. A special kind of love. The one that captivates you, entices you to know more, mesmerizes your every waking moment, and enchants you into an emotional roller coaster. That love.

But this love isn’t exclusively for others, it’s for medicine! At OMS, you will discover a love so powerful, so promising, so deep that your passion for biology and thirst to acquire knowledge will thrive. Last year, we invited others who fell in love, from doctors to researchers to innovators to medical students, all of whom shared their love with you—and you loved every moment of it.  

I found love last year at OMS! That’s why I returned this year as an executive of the organizing committee for OMS 2018—just to help you find your love! You can call me Cupid (my pink bowtie proves it).

So take my hand, and join me in our quest for love. I’m sure we will find it—together—at OMS 2018.

Love,

Zeel Patel (Grade 12 student at Western Canada High School)

Tanvir Minhas, Plenary Director, Plenary Director

Tanvir is an eleventh grade student attending Westmount Charter School. She’s particularly interested in biology and is thrilled to be a part of Operation Med School. She keeps involved in her school by being a part of the Model United Nations and speech clubs, as well as the basketball team. Outside of school she enjoys volunteer work, specifically helping out at the Peter Lougheed Hospital. When she’s not doing all that however, you can find her playing badminton or watching a good show on Netflix.

This is Tanvir’s first year as a part of OMS, in which her role as Plenary Director puts her communicative and organizational skills to good use. She’s most looking forward to the upcoming Ingenuity conference, having full faith the team can help inspire and lead youth into the medical field. She is extremely excited to work with other amazing students to run a successful conference!

Daniel Syed-Chaudhry, Workshops Director, Work   tor

“Would you believe in what you believe in if you were the only one who believes it?” – Kanye West

Daniel is a grade twelve student enrolled in the International Baccalaureate program at Western Canada High School, with a passion for politics, advocacy, and developmental work.

Daniel, as a member of the Minister’s Youth Council of Alberta, helped draft the inaugural charter of the council, while also providing non-binding strategic advice for amendments to the Alberta School Act through solution-based dialogue. He is a researcher with the University of Toronto, for whom he is currently conducting a systematic review and meta-analysis on the effect honey ingestion possesses on hypertension, as well as a volunteer for both Habitat for Humanity and the Mustard Seed Shelter. He enjoys representing his school at debates and Model United Nations conferences, and his enthusiasm for advocacy and altruism is a factor in his aspiration to work for the United Nations.

Daniel tends to listen to rap music, play soccer, go shopping, and travel during his free time. He has a special place in his heart for extra-long, boring documentaries, as well as useless tidbits of information which will never serve him well in life.

As Workshop Director, Daniel is looking forward to the 2018 conference – it will be the most worthwhile and beneficial one yet! He will ensure that the workshops are immersive, interactive, and informative, solidifying your passion for the health sciences. He looks forward to seeing you all!

Celina Liu, Finance Director, Finance Director

Currently studying at Western Canada High School, Celina is in her twelfth grade in the IB Certificate program.  She hopes to pursue a future in medicine, engineering, or something similar.
In addition, she is an oboist in the school’s Wind Ensemble, part of Canada’s only official Oboe Ensemble, and completed Level 10 Piano under the Royal Conservatory of Music curriculum two years ago.  Today, she teaches piano privately.  Aside from her musical pursuits, Celina is a member of the Interact club, a weekly-meeting club that fundraises and raises awareness for the charity “One Mind”, creates school-wide events to promote a sense of community, and volunteers to help the Calgary community in general.  She also is a tutor for Study Space, an after-school club that provides help for students who require assistance in their schoolwork.  In her spare time, she enjoys making sweets, browsing Reddit, playing League of Legends, watching anime, reading, and writing.
As the Financial Director, she hopes to contribute to make the 2018 conference even better than its predecessors by keeping responsible financial records, budgeting, and contributing to planning the overall event.

Aaron Wen, Publicity Director, Plenary Director

Aaron Wen is an proactive, energetic grade 12 student attending Sir Winston Churchill High School, with the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program, hoping to enter the field of medicine and become a physician. Aaron is currently a youth research assistant in the University of Calgary gastrointestinal lab, and is the leader of both Biology and Chemistry clubs at his own school. Furthermore, he is currently a leader of the Churchill Debate Statistics Team, Student Leadership, and Sports Medicine Team, trying to make a lasting impact to improve his school community. If he is not focusing on his academic and extracurricular activities, Aaron likes to spend his time practicing violin, volunteering, blogging, soccer and swimming. As a part of the OMS Executive Team, Aaron’s primary responsibility is promoting the event to as many schools as possible through social media platforms and the OMS Ambassador Program. He hopes that his hard-working and positive attitude will make Ingenuity 2018 an educational yet enjoyable experience for all those who attend!

 

Letizia Cheng, Visual Director, Visual Director

Letizia is a grade twelve student attending Western Canada High School and a biology enthusiast with hopes of becoming a pediatrician. She loves to crochet with seniors at the community center as a volunteer, as well as cat sit for her neighbor. At school, Letizia works as an executive member for Science Club, leading exciting STEM-based activities for her peers to engage their love for science beyond the classroom. Additionally, she leads weekly peer tutoring sessions through Study Space, helping other students through the mutual struggle of school to create a supportive academic environment.

When she’s not napping or unhealthily snacking, Letizia enjoys training at her dance studio or tending to her balcony plants. In fact, her love for art grew from mindlessly doodling the flowers in her garden to working as a freelance artist on various internet platforms. By combining her creative and analytical side, she interns at the University of Calgary, incorporating biological data into virtual reality technology.

With her experience in graphic design and passion for the health sciences, Letizia is excited to serve as Operation Med School’s Visual Director. She is thrilled to work with her awesome team to create an aesthetically pleasing look for OMS through stylized promotions and merchandise, and she is looking forward to making this year’s conference polished and a fantastic experience.

Joseph Girgis, Logistics Director, Logistics Director

Joseph Girgis is Grade 12 Student at St. Francis High School. Go Browns Go! There, he is part of the Advanced Placement Program, part of the Zoo club, the Student Council Treasurer, and the co-founder/executive for their top-notch Model UN Team (3 awards in total to date. Go Browns Go!)

Joseph hopes to one day become a doctor… or a medical researcher… or an engineer. (He should really make up his mind soon). Outside of school, he conducts microbiome research at the University of Calgary and also has founded Student2Tutor, a nonprofit that provides free tutoring to students who need it.

When Joseph is not involved in those activities, you can find him skiing, biking, or playing MyCareer on 2K18.
Joseph is excited to help make OMS 2018 the best OMS yet! As Logistics Director he vows to ensure that the food will be awesome (and that there will actually be enough).

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