, BSc’05, MD’11
Outstanding Future Alumnus Award
As a decorated scholar, community volunteer and determined athlete, Meghan MacDonald is an exceptionally well-rounded individual and an inspiration to her peers. Since her nomination and selection for this award, Meghan has graduated from the Faculty of Medicine. Her long list of honours and achievements provides a small preview of the bright future awaiting her.
Meghan earned her first degree in nutrition from the faculty of science at UBC in 2005, receiving the Wilfred Sadler Memorial Gold Medal as the top graduating student. During this period, she became involved with the Community Health Initiative by Undergraduate Students (CHIUS), a student-led organization focused on serving the healthcare needs of marginalized people in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. Upon her return to UBC as a medical student, Meghan offered her services to CHIUS again and was chosen as public relations co-chair of its executive committee. She also supervised and provided leadership for new students volunteering to provide patient care.
Meghan has also been involved with the Vancouver Native Health Clinic, which provides similar services to those of CHIUS. Furthermore, she spent a month volunteering in Costa Rica and worked with the UBC faculty of medicine’s summer student internship program, where she began the process of updating the nutrition education component of the undergraduate medical program.
Taking part in these initiatives has made her a better collaborator and is certain to benefit her in her career as a physician. Despite the demands of her significant extra-curricular involvement, Meghan maintained an outstanding academic record. She received several prestigious scholarships, including the Hamber Medal for being the top student in her Doctor of Medicine Degree and is working toward publishing her research.
In her pursuit to achieve balance between her professional and personal life, Meghan has proven an avid runner; she has completed the Royal Victoria Marathon and four half marathons.
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