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.

2022 Student Leadership Award Recipients:

Year 1-2: Suzanne Starkiewicz

Suzanne Starkiewicz recently completed her second year of medical school at the Vancouver Fraser Medical Program. Suzanne is the Class President for her class and has shown commitment to cultivating a cohesive professional community. As her class started medical school in the middle of the pandemic, when classes were all online, she has prioritized class connection. Suzanne has been fortunate to work with many groups at UBC, she is a member of the UBC Political Advocacy Committee where she assisted with advocating for the decriminalization of opioids and stable and secure housing in British Columbia.

Suzanne is also involved in the Arts in Medicine Club, UBC FIFE Girls (UBC Med Acapella Group), MedPlay, and a member of the MedBall planning committee. Through UBC CanAm Health and Wellness, Suzanne educated high-school students on how to recognize and aid someone experiencing a drug overdose.

Outside of medicine, Suzanne is a Board Member and performer with the REACH! Performing Company, a program that includes members with disabilities. Suzanne enjoys a good cup of coffee, skiing, and scuba diving in her spare time. She would like to thank the UBC MAA for honouring her with this award this year.

Year 3-4: Dr. Chris Kobylka-Pang, BSc’15, MD’22

Chris is a graduating 4th year medical student who is incredibly grateful to receive the UBC MAA Student Leadership Award. Growing up as a queer person new to Canada with his family from Hong Kong, finding meaningful connections with his community was and continues to be vital to his wellbeing. It was this endeavour of community-building that led Chris to medicine, to take on the challenge of becoming class president, and to collaborate on the OUTreach Initiative. Chris thanks all his predecessors, mentors, and peers who have inspired him to live authentically in journeying towards where he is today, and he hopes to continue this work as a pediatrics resident into the future.






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

Thank you to all those who nominated, nominations for the 2022 award has closed. 

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