Student Leadership Award

The UBC MAA Student Leadership Award recognizes and honours two medical students, one student in Year 1 or 2 and one student in Years 3 or 4, in the UBC MD undergraduate program, who demonstrate excellence in leadership by engaging and guiding others in promoting a responsible and evolving medical student community and/or health care system.

Each recipient of the award will be presented with $500 to be used towards tuition.

Congratulations to our 2021 Student Leadership Award Recipients:

Armaghan (Army) Alam

Armaghan (Army) is completing his second year of medical school at the Vancouver Fraser Medical Program. Over the last two years, Army has held the role of class president, where he has prioritized the wellbeing of his peers, working individually with students who have been struggling, while also representing their needs to the faculty, especially with the ongoing curricular challenges due to the pandemic. In this role, he also hosted virtual events and provided constant communication to help foster a sense of community for the incoming MD Class of 2024.

Beyond UBC, Army has long been passionate about advocating for youth mental health and providing peer support to help ensure that these resources are available and readily accessible across Canada. To that end, Army is currently an Advisor for the Bell Let’s Talk Diversity Fund which provides up to $5 million dollars of funding to Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) mental health initiatives. Additionally, he is the youngest sitting member of the Mental Health Commission of Canada’s Board of Directors where he provides mental health insight on a national scale. He also recently co-founded the Canadian Peer Support Network to bring peer support resources to communities across Canada.

Morgan Haines, BSc’16

Morgan is a fourth-year student who has had the opportunity to work on several incredible teams during his time at UBC. Highlights include: working with Dr. Mary Kestler and dedicated students from across the province on the BC COVID-19 Medical Student Response Team, being a member of the class of 2021 Graduation Committee, and being a part of the UBC Medicine Political Advocacy Committee and the 2020 Canadian Federation of Medical Students Day of Action Committee which both advocated for universal access to contraception. Morgan has been motivated by the resilience and perseverance of the medical community, especially over the last year in the wake of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, and is looking forward to continuing his training in Emergency Medicine at UBC.



Congratulations to our 2020 Student Leadership Award Recipients:

Rohit Singla, BASc’15, MASc’17

Rohit is a second year MD/PhD student. Supervised by Rob Rohling and Chris Nguan, his research focuses on developing intelligent ultrasound for the early identification of chronic kidney disease. He serves as a student affairs representative, and has previously held roles such as an journal editor, medtech hackathon director, radio show host, and football coach. Rohit is thankful for the MAA Student Leadership award, and the Medical Alumni Association for their generosity.





Vivian Tsang

Vivian is a fourth year medical student at the Vancouver Fraser Medical Program. Through her medical school journey, she has held a variety of positions to promote the positive evolution of the medical student community. Through her work at the Center for Health Education Scholarship, she investigated students’ ability to transfer learning and discovered testing techniques to facilitate application of learned materials. She was the past student Senator for the Faculty of Medicine and relays the voice of medical students to university leadership. Outside of UBC, she was one of ten medical students nation-wide selected to brainstorm priorities for the 2019 federal election for the Canadian Medical Association and spoke on physician gender pay gaps at the International Federation of Medical Students Association in Slovenia. She leads a National paediatrics initiative and serves on the Board of Directors of various Canadian clinical trial and research groups. Vivian is committed to improving systems both within and beyond the medical student community and has hopes to dedicate her life to improving healthcare accessibility and reducing social inequalities for vulnerable population groups.


  • Nominator must be a current student in the UBC MD undergraduate program
  • Nominee must be a current student in the UBC MD undergraduate program

The deadline for nominations has closed. An announcement on the 2021 award recipients are forthcoming.

Nomination Criteria

  • Student demonstrates responsibility for their medical student community and the health care system
  • Student engages others in creating proactive initiatives or inclusive events for the enhancement of the medical community and/or improvement of health care
  • Student is dedicated to the building of relationships to ensure a cohesive professional community
  • Student mentors and supports fellow students to create a culture of openness and foster a compassionate environment
  • Student inspires and encourages people within medicine and/or across disciplines to collaborate towards common goals benefiting their community and beyond

Nomination Process

Step 1: Complete a nomination form and save a copy.

Step 2: E-mail the nomination form and nominee's CV to

The MUS Council selects the finalists and the UBC MAA Board of Directors select the award recipients.

Should you have any questions about the nomination process please contact