Alec Yu is a second year medical student with passions in student advocacy, medical sustainability, and poverty alleviation. He represents the students of the Vancouver-Fraser Medical Program in various Faculty of Medicine committees, where he has made significant impact on issues including student mistreatment, access to learning resources, and the CaRMS elective process. He’s also served as the co-founder and director of a non-profit organization supporting youth engagement with humanitarian issues, and as the innovation officer for Royal Columbian Hospital, working with physicians to bring their innovative ideas to reality.
A passionate problem-solver, Alec loves combining his interests with his lived experiences to start grassroots initiatives in his community. He currently leads a research program on medical sustainability in partnership with Fraser Health and the University of Oxford which has led to a decrease in medical waste in Critical Care Units. He is also collaborating with the Canadian Medical Health Association and St. Paul’s Hospital to introduce and evaluate a Peer Health Navigator program for patients who are homeless.
Alec is incredibly honoured to receive the MAA Student Leadership Award, and thankful to the Medical Alumni Association for their support!