VP MAM

As the Vice President Mississauga, I act as the official spokesperson and liaison for all UofT Mississauga Academy of Medicine (MAM) students, across all years. I advocate for MAM student needs, concerns, and inclusion within the UofT MD program by attending all MAM-related meetings with faculty and student leaders, including the monthly Mississauga Academy of Medicine Advisory Committee and Student Education Committee meetings. I am also working with faculty and students in founding a MAM equity, diversity, and inclusion committee to work from an anti-oppressive lens in reshaping our curriculum and shared spaces within the school and the greater community. I also work to create an open and welcoming environment for all MAM students by organizing social events, managing social media accounts, and contributing to the monthly MAM Events and Updates newsletter. Furthermore, I monitor and consult on the implementation of MAM inclusion bylaws.

Harsukh Benipal

VP MAM Sr.

About Me

I am a first-generation Canadian MD Candidate at the University of Toronto Mississauga Academy of Medicine. I have an MSc in Health Research Methodology and a Bachelor of Health Sciences (Honours) from McMaster University with an Interdisciplinary Minor in Community Engagement. My passion for leadership and community engagement has been shaped by my parents and mentors. Outside of school, I enjoy spending time with family and friends, traveling, listening to audiobooks, running, and hiking.

Advocacy, Representation, Community.
1. Establish the MAM equity, diversity, and inclusion committee with faculty and students to approach our curriculum and shared spaces from an anti-oppression lens.
2. Improve accountability, transparency, and equity in the MD curriculum.
3. Continue gathering MAM student feedback to inform MD program strategic planning and decisions.
4. Increase interclasses collaboration and comradery, especially for 2T4s and 2T5s, through events, social media, and newsletter.
5. Lead with students’ best interests.
6. Practise accessible and collaborative leadership.

Year Plan and Goals

Reasons to Contact Me

1. You have MAM-specific questions/concerns for MD faculty and the UofT Medical Society.
2. You have questions about MAM-specific resources to support you academically and personally.
3. You have ideas for increasing inclusion of MAM within the UofT MD program.
4. For a friendly chat!

Project Pods

1. MAM Response Team- lead
2. Equity, Diversity & Inclusion- member
3. CREMS & Research Promotion- member

Ali Butt

VP MAM Jr.

About Me

I am the first-generation Canadian MD Candidate at the University of Toronto Mississauga Academy of Medicine. I have an undergraduate degree in Kinesiology from McMaster University and have previously served with the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF). In addition, I help found the Just Walk: Hamilton-Burlington program - Canada's first not-for-profit community walking program for seniors led by healthcare professionals. Currently, my passions include advocating for marginalized populations and global health. In my free time, I enjoy working out, listening to soul music, and making terrible dad jokes.

Year Plans and Goals

1. Increase Diversity, Inclusion and Equity within the University of Toronto Mississauga Academy (MAM)
2. Implement changes within the curriculum to represent all students and allow for equitable access to information and services.
3. Increase class collaboration by planning social events and engage in community initiatives.

Reasons to Contact Me

1. You have MAM-specific questions/concerns for MD faculty and the UofT Medical Society.
2. You have questions about MAM-specific resources to support you.
3. You have ideas for increasing inclusion of MAM within the UofT MD program.
4. For a personal check-in!

Project Pods

MAM Response Team
Equity, Diversity & Inclusion