International
Women’s Day

In honour of International Women’s Day, meet some of the outstanding women in the UBC Faculty of Medicine — staff, learners and faculty members — who are transforming health for everyone.

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International Women's Day

Vivian Tsang

February 29, 2020

“I am grateful to be standing upon the shoulders of giants who were the original pioneers, ensuring that women have a permanent place in medicine.”

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International Women's Day

Zaira Khan

February 29, 2020

“With the shift towards gender parity, it is inspiring to see the advancement of women in the field of medicine.”

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International Women's Day

Jackie Whittaker

February 29, 2020

“Believe in yourself, in what you are doing, work hard, take nothing personally and if something or someone blocks one route, find another.”

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International Women's Day

Maryam Tayyab

February 29, 2020

“I constantly find myself surrounded by women who are doing a terrific job of being trail blazers in their respective careers and fields of research in medicine.”

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International Women's Day

Sophia Frangou

February 29, 2020

“Success in academia depends on putting yourself forward…putting yourself first…and promoting your own work.”

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International Women's Day

Jennifer Young

February 29, 2020

“I am pleased that topics such as social determinants of health and interprofessional collaboration have been identified as priorities for the Faculty and our learners.”

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International Women's Day

Grainne McElroy

February 29, 2020

“It inspires me to see gender parity in our undergraduate intake… and a real commitment to a professional environment, equity and diversity.”

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International Women's Day

Kiran Rikhraj

February 29, 2020

“One of the biggest things that inspires me is seeing strong, smart, powerful women who are pushing the frontiers of medical education.”

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International Women's Day

Julia Schmidt

February 29, 2020

“I am inspired by the many honest, driven, encouraging women who embody the change that they want to see in the field of medicine.”

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International Women's Day

Waheeda Esmail

February 29, 2020

“What inspires me most about working in medicine is the multitudes of kind and smart people I get to interact with daily.”

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International Women's Day

Ariel Smith

February 29, 2020

“I see how the women around me are innovating and giving back to the field of medicine through research, ideas, and compassion.”

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International Women's Day

Laura Farrell

February 29, 2020

“I am inspired by the ongoing changes I have witnessed to the culture of medicine that ensure women are able to excel in their roles.”

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