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2022 MSA Outstanding Resident Award Recipients

Join us in extending a special thanks and congratulations to the recipients of this year’s MSA Outstanding Resident Awards!



Anesthesia – Dr. Janice Yu


Dr Janice Yu completed her undergraduate degree in Pharmacology at Western University, and subsequently completed her medical school at McMaster University. Liking the program and the city of Hamilton so much, she decided to continue her anesthesia residency training here at McMaster. In her spare time (whatever is left after studying for her Royal College exams), she is currently renovating her house in the North End of Hamilton with her partner. Upon finishing residency, she is set to pursue a Regional Anesthesia Fellowship at St. Michael's Hospital in Toronto, and plans to return to Hamilton as a staff anesthesiologist soon after.


Diagnostic Imaging– Dr. Mostafa Alabousi


Dr Mostafa Alabousi is a graduating PGY5 resident from the Diagnostic Radiology Program at McMaster University. During his time in the program, Mostafa served as a chief resident and residency program committee member. During this time, he spearheaded a transition to virtual education at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. Mostafa is passionate about research and education, particularly in the fields of breast and abdominal imaging. He has served on the Radiology and Canadian Association of Radiologists Journal editorial boards during his residency. Mostafa has been a strong advocate for residents, having been a PARO representative for 2 years, in addition to his roles within the radiology program. He hopes to return to Hamilton for an academic radiology position.


Emergency Medicine – Dr. Kathryn Chan


Dr Kathryn Chan is a PGY4 and one of the Chief Residents in Emergency Medicine. She has an interest in social medicine and health equity. She established the IDEA (Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Anti-Racism) Committee, leading a group of residents in creating a new advocacy curriculum at MacEmerg. Nationally, she helped to create a strategy on improving emergency care for patients experiencing homelessness. She also developed an order set for the safe initiation of opioid agonist therapy in the ED, and will be pursuing a fellowship in Addictions Medicine in July.


Family Medicine – Dr. Kathryn Cottrell


Dr Kathryn Cottrell completed her medical degree at Imperial College London before getting involved with the Performing Arts Medicine Association and learning about the Musicians’ Clinics of Canada. This brought her to Hamilton where she is completing her Family Medicine Residency. She is so grateful to her preceptor Dr Inge Schabort and other members of the Family Medicine team for their support and guidance, enabling her to continue to grow personally and professionally, becoming better able to serve our Hamilton community. She has loved having the opportunity to work with colleagues to try to improve the health and wellbeing of fellow residents, both at an individual and systems level, including co-founding the Stonechurch Resident Wellness Group. Dr Cottrell is excited to start a PGY3 in scholarship and research, where she plans to pursue her interests in musicians’ health, trauma informed care and resident wellbeing, whilst starting her Master’s in Public Health at McMaster.

Lab Medicine – Dr. Alice Graham


Dr. Graham is a PGY5 resident in the General Pathology program at McMaster University. Prior to residency, she completed her MD at UBC’s Northern Medical Program in Prince George, BC. Dr. Graham has a special interest in Cardiovascular Pathology. She recently passed her Royal College Exam in General Pathology, and upon finishing her residency in a few weeks, she will join HRLMP as a staff Cardiovascular Pathologist at Hamilton General Hospital in July 2022. Dr. Graham is very grateful for her experience working within the department of Pathology and Molecular Medicine at McMaster University and wishes to thank Dr. Vasudev, Dr. Alexopoulou, and Gina Furlong for their support and guidance over the past few years. She would also like to thank the Pathologists, Pathology Assistants, Laboratory Technologists and Secretaries for all of their hard work during the pandemic, as well as the MSA Executive for this award.


Medicine – Dr. Zainab Al Maqrashi


Dr Zainab Al Maqrashi, current Internal Medicine resident. Joined McMaster University from Oman in June 2020 with an aspiring future career in medical oncology. Active interest in therapeutics research, medical education development, and public health.


Obstetrics and Gynecology – Dr. Sophie Vincent


Dr Sophie Vincent is originally from Mont-Tremblant (Québec) and completed her medical school in McGill. Dr Vincent took a leave of absence from her residency to complete MBA and this is her first year back from. Dr Vincent is an intense person which is why OBGYN is so suited for her and loves it!


Oncology – Dr. Jennifer Bisson


Dr. Jennifer Bisson is a PGY-5 resident in medical oncology at McMaster University. She holds an Honours BSc in molecular biology and genetics from McMaster and completed medical school at McMaster’s Niagara Regional Campus. She completed her internal medicine training at McGill University prior to returning to McMaster for her medical oncology residency. Following graduation, she will be working at the Walker Family Cancer Centre in St. Catharines treating breast and gynecologic malignancies. Dr. Bisson is fluent in French and looks forward to providing bilingual cancer care to the community where she grew up. She will also be joining McMaster’s faculty as an adjunct assistant clinical professor and looks forward to sharing her passion for medical oncology with medical trainees.


Pediatrics – Dr. Smita Roychoudhury


Dr. Smita Roychoudhury is a final year resident in Pediatrics at McMaster University. She has previously completed her medical school and residency in India. She first arrived in Canada to further her acute care skills but then decided to make Canada her home and started her residency at McMaster in 2019. In addition to acute care, she has an interest in Hospital Pediatrics clinically. She is also passionate about medical education especially undergraduate medical education and has been involved since her first year. Her medical education interests currently revolve around designing and implementing virtual simulation curriculum (with special interest in immersive simulation) on the framework of CBD. Her research interests include long term outcomes in preterms and in preventive child health. She is a recipient of a few research grants and also the Canadian Neonatal Network’s ‘Early Career Investigator Award 2020’. Her other non-clinical interests include patient safety and quality improvement. She has completed the Teaching and Learning Scholar certificate from McMaster University and a Certificate in Patient Safety & Quality Management by Health Quality Council of Alberta. She aspires to work as a hospitalist/Academic Pediatrician with continuing involvement in medical education (and simulation) and intends to continue her research work in preventive child health. Outside of her clinical work, she loves playing with her infant daughter and when time permits tries playing the guitar.


Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation – Dr. Kate Wortley


Dr. Kate Wortley attended University of Guelph for Human Kinetics before entering McMaster for Medical School. A keen interest in human physiology and function led to her pursuing a residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. Dr Wortley has goals to practice in the areas of Pediatric Rehabilitation, and Sports Medicine.


Psychiatry– Dr. Megan Puckering


Dr. Megan Puckering is currently a fourth year psychiatry resident at McMaster. Prior to residency Dr Puckering completed BSc at Wilfrid Laurier University and then medical degree at McMaster University. Throughout residency Dr Puckering has been fortunate to learn from and work with a number of amazing clinicians and mentors. Dr Puckering interested in medical education, teaching and child and adolescent psychiatry. Dr Puckering very excited to be starting Child and Adolescent Subspecialty training at McMaster University in the upcoming academic year.


Surgery – Dr. Aneetinder Mann


Dr. Aneetinder Mann is grateful and very humbled to be nominated among an excellent and accomplished surgical resident cohort that has never ceased to inspire over the past 5 years. Dr. Mann would like to offer her gratitude to the amazing staff and co-residents who she has had the pleasure to work with and learn from every day. A special thank you to Dr. John Harlock, Vascular surgery program director, who has always offered his unconditional support and encouragement. Dr. Mann will certainly miss McMaster family as she graduates and joins the Northern Alberta Vascular group and University of Alberta however will fondly remember her time here and will continue to embody the McMaster spirit.




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