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Join us virtually for Mini Med School 2020 as we explore the gut and your health.

Presented by Mini Med School Deans Dr. Laura Sly & Dr. Ted Steiner.

At Mini Med School, you'll have the opportunity to:

  • Learn about the newest discoveries and innovations in research 
  • Virtually interact with world-class scientists and health professionals
  • Explore the diverse careers available in science and medicine


Mini Med School 2020 will be hosted online in October. Each night will feature lectures by two scientific leaders, followed by a question period. 

Session #1: Introduction to the Microbiome

Speaker: Dr. Bruce Vallance 

Speaker: Dr. Genelle Healey

Session Dean: Dr. Laura Sly
Fun Fact: I do science, parent, and I quilt in my “spare” time. Dr. Sly hails from Winnipeg, Manitoba where she did her undergraduate degree before pursuing graduate and postdoctoral work in Manitoba, Alberta, and British Columbia. Dr. Sly teaches in the Experimental Medicine and Microbiology and Immunology graduate programs. Her research focusses on the contribution of macrophages to inflammation with a special interest in reducing inflammation in immune-mediated diseases, like inflammatory bowel disease.

Session #2: Fecal Microbiota Transplantation: EEEWWW

Session Dean & Speaker: Dr. Ted Steiner 
Fun Fact: I sing in Chor Leoni Men's Choir, the top amateur choir in Canada and recent Juno nominee! Dr. Steiner is a physician-scientist and Head of the UBC Division of Infectious Diseases. His research is focused on intestinal immunology and the host response to enteric infections. His work includes basic, translational, and clinical studies. He is also co-lead of the BC COVID-19 Clinical Research Node, helping to oversee and facilitate COVID-19 studies during the pandemic.

Speaker: Dr. Amee Manges 

Session #3: Capitalizing on Good Gut Bacteria

Speaker: Dr. Deanna Gibson

Speaker: Dr. Harry Brumer

Session Dean: Dr. Laura Sly 

Session #4: Gut Microbiome in Non-Gut Diseases

Speaker: Dr. Stuart Turvey

Speaker: TBA

Session Dean: Dr. Laura Sly

We are excited to announce the following new additions to our Mini Med School program for 2020. 

Research Trainee Spotlight

Learn more about our future health science leaders and discover what it takes to pursue a career in research. Details coming soon! 

Ask a Med Student or Resident

Questions you've always wanted to ask about what it takes to be a medical student or resident today! Our panel of experts includes: 

Dr. Sarah Peters, Resident - Hello! I'm Sarah, a first-year Pediatrics resident at BC Children's Hospital. I went to high school in the United States and then moved to Ontario, where I did an undergrad (Neuroscience, Psychology, and French) and Master's (Neuroscience) at the University of Toronto, and medical school at McMaster. Outside of medicine, I love doing arts and crafts, hiking nearby trails and running in Stanley Park, and finding new restaurants with my friends! When I was in high school, I loved art, writing, and science, and had dreams of becoming a doctor. It has been amazing to learn how medicine combines both logic and creativity, and it feels like a perfect fit for me! I'm excited to answer your questions about medical school, university, and life in general. 

Anjuli, Medical Student - Hi, I’m Anjuli and I am a 3rd year student at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland. I was born and raised in Vancouver, and moved to Dublin for the direct entry medicine program. Feel free to ask me any questions about life as a med student, doing medicine outside of Canada, and about the many different opportunities medicine affords. Outside of school, I enjoy baking, music, and fashion.

Katherine, Medical Student -  Hi everyone! My name is Katie and I am a second-year medical student at the University College Dublin in Ireland. I am born and raised in Vancouver, and attended Point Grey Secondary for high school. I completed my undergrad degree at Western University, with a major in medical cell biology and a minor in pharmacology. I graduated undergrad in June of 2019 and went straight into my first year of medicine in September of 2019. It has been an incredible experience so far! Outside of school I love to spoil my dogs, hang out with my friends and play as much soccer and tennis as possible. I look forward to answering all your questions!

Sydney, Medical Student – Hi everyone, my name is Sydney, and I am a second year medical student at UBC’s Vancouver campus. I graduated from high school in Victoria and then completed my undergraduate degree at the University of Calgary while competing with the Dino’s Women’s Softball team. I have a love for research, running, trying new restaurants, and baking treats to share with my friends. I have had so much fun on this journey and am excited to answer any questions about medical school and this process!

Victoria, Medical Student - Hi everyone! My name is Victoria and I am a second-year medical student at Queen's University. I grew up in Vancouver and did my undergraduate degree in genetics and immunology at UBC where I played for the Women's Ultimate Team. Outside of school, I really enjoy drawing, running and spending time outdoors with friends. I look forward to answering any questions about the exciting path to medical school!

Interested in participating?

Mini Med School is transitioning to an all virtual learning platform. Participation is free, but participants will require access to a computer, tablet or smartphone and a stable internet connection. 

Virtual attendees across BC will now have two ways to participate in Mini Med School 2020: 

  • Mini Med School Live: Engage with researchers and clinicians at BC Children's Hospital in real-time! Participation is restricted to BC students from grades 10-12. Interested students must be nominated by a teacher to participate. To maximize interactions between students and presenters, only 200 students will be enrolled.
  • Mini Med School On-Demand: Participate when it works for you. Registration is open to everyone. A maximum of 300 participants will be enrolled in the program.

Mini Med School is supported by BC Children's Hospital Foundation. If you have any questions please contact

Only interested in watching a single session? By late November, all sessions will be posted on the BCCHR website's Video Library for anyone to access.

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