2017 Canadian Medical Hall of Fame Award for Medical Students
Born and raised in the small town of Killarney, Manitoba, Alyssa has devoted herself to advocacy and improving the experiences of others. Serving as an Academic Representative, she worked closely with faculty to update and improve the University of Manitoba’s renewed pre-clerkship curriculum. Further, she led student advocacy efforts to successfully broaden summer research opportunities for students, advocated to increase examination feedback and brought initiatives such as student-led mock-OSCE examinations to her peers. Alyssa’s interests in pediatrics have driven her to conduct research in neonatology and maternal-child health both before and during medical school, as well as to serve as an Executive for the Pediatric Interest Group. Prior to medical school, she completed her BSc (Hons) in Biology at the University of Manitoba, where she shared her passion for science while teaching over 800 students in undergraduate science labs. She also assisted in the development of a new lab curriculum for an advanced undergraduate course, and travelled to South Africa where she designed and conducted behavioural ecology research. Inspired by her mentors and colleagues, Alyssa looks forward to continuing to advocate for students in her role as Vice-Stick Internal for her medical society this upcoming year.