University of Queensland
Promise Run (University of Queensland)
On September 20th, UQ-Medicine in Motion hosted their Promise Run, a 4.34 km run/walk in memory of the 434 Aboriginal Australians who have died in police custody since 1991. Over 30 students turned out for the event and raised over $400 for Inala Wangarra, a nonprofit organization that provides recreational and educational opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders in the Brisbane area.
Move Campaign (University of Queensland)
On Saturday, August 8th, 2020 our Medicine in Motion chapter hosted their inaugural Move Campaign event. They teamed up Studio99 Fitness in West End, Brisbane to conduct 4 high intensity interval training sessions. Over 60 students and 20 gym members attended, helping raise $1330 for a local nonprofit, Inala Wangarra. Inala Wangarra supports Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders by providing them opportunities to participate in a variety of sport, recreation, education, and art programs. The money raised from UQ-MiM’s event specifically funded two of Inala Wangarra’s Yakka Mular “Hard Work of Men” and Bangargu “Strengthen Women” group activities that focus on health and fitness.
Beach Day (University of Queensland)
Medicine in Motion at the University of Queensland held their inaugural event in February, 2020. The group of students hiked around Burleigh Head National Park in the Gold Coast before an afternoon of swimming, football, volleyball, and spikeball. Overall the group had a fun day and hope to build off this event to draw even more interest from the UQ students in their future events this year.
•Website to register: https://app.racereach.com/event/tdd-5k/register
•Team name: Kelley Kangaroos
Akash is a third year medical student at the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia. He graduated from York University in Toronto, Canada is 2019 with an Honors BSc in Kinesiology and Health Sciences. Having always been involved in various sports from a young age, he specialized into soccer and did pretty well. After developing an interest in health and fitness soon after, he worked as a personal trainer and then pursued medicine which seemed like the obvious next step. In his free time, Akash often lift weights, trains MMA, goes on scenic hikes in beautiful Brisbane and plays soccer of course. He looks forward to being a vital part of the Medicine in Motion community and plans on being a physician who prioritizes the optimization of his patient's physical and mental health.
Cherie is a third year medical student at the University of Queensland, in Brisbane, Australia. Having grown up in London, Cherie’s passion for physical activity stems from a young age, where she played and umpired netball for Hounslow Club, and undertook years of figure skating training. Athletic hobbies that Cherie is currently interested in are surfing, dancing and sailing. Cherie is excited to continue fuelling her aspirations of promoting health and wellness to her fellow peers as a member of the 2023-2024 Medicine in Motion team.
Emily is a second-year medical student from Windsor, ON, Canada that is studying at the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia. As a former Canadian National Team member in track-and-field, she enjoys sprinting and lifting weights to stay active. Since starting medical school, Emily has found joy in staying active during her study breaks and hopes to inspire others to do the same through Medicine In Motion.
Jae is a first year medical student at University of Queensland - Ochsner Medical School, currently in Brisbane, Australia. Jae grew up in Bethesda, Maryland and received his Bachelor of Science in Biology from the University of Denver. Jae grew up playing team sports and enjoyed playing on the club Lacrosse and Ultimate Frisbee team at Denver during college. He now enjoys living an active lifestyle that involves swimming, biking, SCUBA/Free diving and Crossfit. He looks forward to encouraging his peers to be active and to find hobbies that benefit their mental and physical health.
Kiran is a third-year medical student at the University of Queensland. She is from Vancouver, Canada and graduated from the University of British Columbia with a Bachelor of Science in Cognitive Systems. Over the years, Kiran has played various school sports and has always strived to incorporate exercise into her daily routine. Currently, she plays competitive beach volleyball with UQBVC, weightlifts, runs, and hikes. Kiran loves to share her passion for fitness, nutrition, and overall well-being. She is looking forward to joining the Medicine in Motion team to inspire students to stay active and to help them find forms of exercise they enjoy.
Michelle is a second year medical student at the University of Queensland-Ochsner Clinical School in Brisbane, Australia and New Orleans, Louisiana. She graduated from the University of California, San Diego in 2019 with a Bachelor of Science in Human Biology. Michelle stayed active growing up by dancing competitively on both her studio and school dance teams. She continues to take dance classes occasionally in her free time as well as enjoying other active hobbies such as yoga, hiking, boxing, surfing, and weight-lifting. Michelle is thrilled to be taking part in an organization that promotes physical activity as a means to fight burnout in the medical field.
Nisan Verma is a current Doctor of Medicine (MD) student at the UQ-Ochsner Medical school in Brisbane, Australia and New Orleans, Louisiana. He completed his Bachelor of Science (BS) in Human Biology from the University of California, San Diego and is a researcher at the UC San Diego School of Medicine. Current clinical interests include internal medicine and emergency medicine, and he is passionate about equitable access to healthcare for all.
Outside of medicine, he roots for Lewis Hamilton during the F1 season and enjoys watching the Patriots in the American football league, while enjoying various outdoor activities. He hopes to help Medicine in motion reach their goals and ultimately provide a nurturing environment where students can shine.
Olivia is a Second-year student at University of Queensland - Ochsner Medical School in Brisbane, Australia and New Orleans, Louisiana. She grew up in Spartanburg, South Carolina and received her Bachelor of Science and Arts in Psychology and Sociology from McGill University. She also earned a second degree, a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, from the University of South Carolina- Upstate. She will be awarded with a Master of Science in Evidence Based Healthcare from Oxford University in 2023. Olivia enjoys swimming and martial arts. She is thrilled to be working with Medicine in Motion to promote healthy living and reducing physician burnout.
Savanah is a second-year medical student at the University of Queensland-Ochsner program in Brisbane, Australia and New Orleans, Louisiana. She graduated from Auburn University with a degree in Biomedical Sciences and a minor in Hunger Studies. Savanah has a passion for working out and staying active by going on hikes or taking boxing classes with her friends. Savanah is excited to continue to work with Medicine in Motion for her second year to help encourage others to have a healthy lifestyle while in medical school!
Yilin is a third-year medical student at the University of Queensland. She completed her HBSc and MSc at the University of Toronto, with a focus in physiology and stem cell biology. Growing up, Yilin competed in various sports and developed a passion for health, fitness, and being outdoors. Notably she competed on the university’s table tennis and dragon boat teams, winning 3 national titles and 1 world championship title. Currently, Yilin enjoys being active through CrossFit, weightlifting, and hiking. She believes that movement plays an important role in both mental and physical health, and is excited to bring her experience and passion to the Medicine in Motion community.