Council Members


President: Sarah Aboushawareb

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I am a PhD student working under the supervision of Dr. Gillian Bartlett. I am interested in looking at the trajectories of care of breast cancer survivors in the Quebec healthcare system and how to optimize them for survivors living with obesity. I believe that it is important to give back to the community that I am a part of. This is why I want to be a part of the FMGSS council this year, so that, as a team, we can serve our colleagues and our department.



VP Academic: Stephanie Long


Stephanie Long is a first year PhD student at the Department of Family Medicine supervised by Dr. Tibor Schuster and Dr. Bertrand Lebouché. Her work is focused on developing a framework for adaptive randomization in adaptive trial designs such as the platform trial. Stephanie is interested in causal inference, and epidemiological and biostatistical research particularly trial designs in an HIV context. Before her PhD, she completed an MSc with Dr. Meredith Young and Dr. Charo Rodriguez in the department. Stephanie was VP Academics in the second year of her MSc and very much enjoyed this role as she was able to develop partnerships with other departments and the McGill Journal of Medicine that are still continuing today. In her spare time, Stephanie likes being active, going hiking, and exploring Montreal. Stephanie also loves plants, so if you’re looking for some green thumb advice, you know who to go to!

VP Communications: Amanda Marcinowska

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Amanda is a second year Master of Science student in the Department of Family Medicine under the supervision of Dr. Tibor Schuster and Dr. Yves Bergevin. She received her Bachelor of Science in Biology for Health Science and Psychology from the University of Toronto in 2018, where she undertook a research project and worked as a research assistant at the Social-Emotional Development and Intervention (SEDI) lab. Her research interests are in global health, specifically in the improvement of primary care in low- and middle-income countries. Her current research study aims to identify primary health care research priorities among physicians and healthcare managers in underserved regions of São Paulo, Brazil. She is also a Tannenbaum Fellow at St. Mary’s Hospital in Montreal, where she assists medical residents with their scholarly activities,  research projects and publications. In her role as VP Communications, Amanda is responsible for communicating news, events, and other pertinent information to the student body.

PhD Representative: Reem El Sherif


Reem is a third year PhD student in the department under the supervision of Dr. Pierre Pluye. She completed her medical degree (MBBChB) from Cairo University in 2011 and moved to Ottawa where she completed a graduate certificate in population health and worked as a research assistant and a physician assistant. She moved to Montreal in 2014, completed her MSc in Family Medicine at McGill and work as a research assistant before starting her PhD in September 2017. Reem has experience with mixed methods (TA for FMED 614 and FMED 608), qualitative and quantitative research, and mixed studies reviews (TA for FMED 600). Her research focus is online consumer health information (OCHI): for her MSc she studied its negative outcomes and for her PhD she will look at the role of social support in OCHI outcomes. Reem was VP finance in the first ever FMGSS council and is now back as PhD representative. She feels like a veteran in the department and is looking forward to working with and helping out the current and new PhD students.

VP Community Service: Maud Mazaniello-Chézol


Maud Mazaniello-Chézol is a doctoral student at the department of Family Medicine at McGill University. She collaborates on qualitative and mixed methods health research projects on mental health (Montreal mental health university institute), pediatric care and medical education (McGill University affiliated healthcare centres). Her interdisciplinary background in education (B.Ed), communication (B.A.), management (M.Mgt) and sociology (B.Sc., M.A.) reflects her approach to health research. She is professionally active since 2006, as a journalist, educator, strategist, editor, and junior qualitative health researcher. She combines ethnographic field work, in-depth interviews and participatory methods to investigate how health system organization and governance account for and adapt to public health needs. Her current doctoral work focuses on Family Medicine Groups’ responsiveness to adolescent health and social services needs in Québec.

VP Finance: Justin Gagnon
justinJustin is a PhD candidate in the Department of Family Medicine under the supervision of Dr. Gillian Bartlett. He holds a Master of Arts in Sociology and a Master of Science in Family Medicine. His doctoral research seeks to understand the policy decisions surrounding electronic medical records implementation in Quebec primary care practices. Justin‘s research interests include: methodology, health informatics, chronic disease management, health systems and health policy. Justin has previous served as President and VP communications on FMGSS council in the past. He looks forward to co-organizing and participating in the council-initiated activities of the coming year.

VP Internal: Lashanda Skerritt

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Lashanda is an MD/PhD student completing her doctoral work under the supervision of Drs. Alexandra de Pokomandy and Angela Kaida. Her research explores the reproductive healthcare priorities of women living with HIV through a critical feminist lens. Prior to beginning her studies in the MD/PhD program at McGill, Lashanda completed a BSc in Biochemistry at the University of Ottawa. Her previous research at the Boston Children’s Hospital and Ottawa Hospital Research Institute focused on epigenetics and cancer therapeutics. Lashanda’s doctoral research combines her interests in clinical research and social sciences, stemming from her advocacy work in social justice and equity. In her role as VP Internal, Lashanda co-ordinates internal affairs of the FMGSS and supports the portfolios of all executive members.

International Student Liason: Samuel Messias Soares Filho


Dr. Samuel Soares-Filho completed his medical education at the Federal University of São Carlos, Brazil. He is a Family Physician under the Brazilian Society of Family and Community Medicine. Dr. Soares-Filho works as a health manager at the Santa Marcelina Primary Care Network in São Paulo, Brazil. This network is responsible for healthcare delivery for almost 2,000,000 vulnerable people. He is currently a second-year Master student in Family Medicine at the Department of Family Medicine, McGill University, under the supervision of Drs. Yves Bergevin and Tibor Schuster. His current research aims to understand the predictors to congenital syphilis increased rates in Latin America and how to tackle this problem. His research interests are in Global Health, particularly in Primary Healthcare strengthening in low- and middle-income countries.

MSc Representative: Ellie Wakabayashi


Ellie is a second year Master student in the Department of Family Medicine, specializing in Bioethics.  She is under the joint supervision of Dr. Carolyn Ells and Dr. Gillian Bartlett.  She received her Bachelor of Science in Life Science and Religious Studies from Queen’s University in 2018 and has since turned her attention to issues pertaining to elderly care. Her thesis involves an ethical analysis of what patient centered care would entail to address issues of social inclusion for elderly patients in long term facilities. She has held various academic roles such as the Conference Planning Committee and Graduate Student Representative for the Canadian Bioethics Society.  In her role as MSc Representative, Ellie will assist in creating and supporting an inclusive graduate environment that fosters a sense of success and belonging in both the Family Medicine department and the diverse and vibrant city of Montreal.  Outside of academic life, Ellie enjoys sketching, hiking, riding her bike and exploring.

PGSS Representative: Ayoub Abulkhir


Ayoub is a second year PhD student in the department of Family Medicine under the supervision of Dr. Bertrand Lebouche and Dr. Isabelle Vedel. He obtained his medical degree in 2010 from Tripoli university, Libya. He worked as family physician in Tripoli, Libya and Istanbul, Turkey for 4 years. In 2014, Ayoub moved to Canada where he completed his MSc in immunology and Microbiology at University of Montreal and his research was about HIV. Then, he worked as a research assistant before starting his PhD in September 2018. His research is about barriers to HCV treatment.In his free time, Ayoub enjoys playing soccer, volleyball and going swimming.

PGSS Representative: Hao Zhang


Hao is a PhD student at the Department of Family Medicine at McGill University under the supervision of Dr. Tibor Schuster. She obtained a BA in Psychology and an MSc in Biostatistics. Her enthusiasm in life sciences and statistics inspires her working as a biostatistician developing innovative and user-friendly questionnaire validation tools for primary care clinicians and researchers at the department. Her work is supported by FRQS and the Quebec Strategy for Patient-Oriented Research Support for People and Patient-Oriented Research and Trials (SPOR-SUPPORT) Unit at the Canadian Institute of Health Research (CIHR) under the direction of Dr. Pierre Pluyé. One of her thesis research goal is to incorporate Bayesian methods in factor analysis to improve the use of preliminary data, previous knowledge and data of relatively small sizes, ultimately achieving better cost-efficiency during data collection and analysis. She also works with machine learning methods such as random forests for large administrative data. In addition to her thesis work, she serves the Family Medicine Graduate Student Society (FMGSS) as a Post-Graduate Student Society (PGSS) representative and a liaison between the department and the student society at McGill University. Besides school, she enjoys outdoor activities, travelling and yoga.

VP Social/External: Eva Margo-Dermer


Eva Margo-Dermer is an MSc student supervised by Dr. Isabelle Vedel and Dr. Catherine Hudon. Her thesis work is on healthcare utilization of people with dementia, and Eva’s research interests extend to mental health, continuity of care and prescribing of psychotropic medications. Eva has extensive leadership and volunteer experience centered on management, teamwork and building relationships; as VP External/Social, she is looking forward to planning fun social events, coordinating intramural sports teams and connecting with student organizations within and beyond McGill. She is already working away at a list of new events to organize throughout the year to ensure the best possible social experience for FMED graduate students.

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