Research in Medicine (RIM) Students

As part of being a medical student with Dalhousie Medical School, research is a requirement to graduate. Our doctors offer a supervised mentorship program where students are exposed to research as part of their degree. Students run their own study and are able to examine patient outcomes, satisfaction, and quality of life.

Current Research in Medicine students:


Alex Smith- Med 1
Mentor: Dr. Attabib
I am a first year student at Dalhousie Medical School, studying in Saint John New Brunswick. I have an undergraduate degree in Kinesiology from Acadia University where I was also an offensive lineman with the Axemen football team. After graduating, I became a Clinical Exercise Physiologist and worked in the field of chronic disease prevention and management. I am thrilled to be working with CESC for my Research in Medicine project where I will be looking into rates of mortality associated with spine surgery in Canada and patient factors which may better predict risk. In my free time, I enjoy going to the gym, watching football, and golfing!


Ali Sherazi- Med 1
Mentor: Dr. Manson
My name is Ali and I am in my first year of medicine at Dalhousie Medicine New Brunswick. Previously, I completed an undergraduate degree in Pathology at Western University as well as worked as a Laboratory Medicine Research Coordinator at the Saint John Regional Hospital. I love living in Saint John because of the close-knit community, the nature, and the opportunity to collaborate with excellent healthcare teams at the hospital. I am so excited to work with the Canada East Spine Centre, where I am investigating the impact of anesthesia on spine surgery outcomes. In my spare time, I like trying out new outdoor activities and spending time with friends and family.


Amanda Vandewint- Med 1
Mentor: Dr. Abraham
My name is Amanda and I am currently completing my first year of medical school at Dalhousie Medicine New Brunswick. I previously obtained my BSc. in Biomedical Science from the University of Ottawa. I am fortunate to have taken on many different roles with Canada East Spine Centre from volunteer to research administrative assistant to research coordinator and now research in medicine student. My research project will involve investigating pre-operative education delivery for spine surgery patients across Canada. I am very excited to have this chance to continue working with the exceptional team at Canada East Spine Centre. My interests outside of studying medicine include planning activities with friends, spending time outdoors, painting and watching good tv.


Emily Weston- Med 1
Mentor: Dr. le Roux
Hi everyone! My name is Emily Weston, I’m from Moncton, and prior to starting this 1st year of Medicine I studied Engineering (BSc, Chemical and Biomedical, 2019, UNB); namely, I firmly believe that innovation often happens at the interface between disciplines, which is why I chose this route to start off, in the hope of contributing someday to the amazing field of medicine. Indeed, the times which taught me the most were ones which took me outside of my area of knowledge: when I got to work in quality improvement of care at a clinic for upper limb prosthetics (IBME, UNB), when I later took a job organizing vaccine clinics for hundreds of the homeless in my hometown and helping people access welfare and housing (Salvus Clinic), now in medical school, and next I am beyond excited to be working with CESC and Dr. Le Roux in the field of neurosurgery. The focus of my project is studying whether neurosurgical outcomes are improved for removal of brain tumors if a dye is used as a visual guide; this dye (5-ALA) binds to tumor-tissue (due to its high metabolic activity) and causes it to fluoresce pink. Outside of school, art has always been a passion, I have a deep love for riddles, and I loved volunteering with Special Olympics and helping serve the homeless meals (whether by prep, planting food gardens, or taking requests for little piano concerts for them during meals).


Emma Dauphinee- Med 2
Mentor: Dr. Small
My name is Emma and I am currently in my second year of medicine at Dalhousie Medicine New Brunswick. I grew up in Saint John, NB and completed my Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology at the University of New Brunswick. I'm very glad that I am able to return home to Saint John to study medicine. I am excited to be working with the CESC, focusing my research project on gender, diabetes and spine surgery. In my spare time I like to swim, play cards with my family and spend time with friends.


Jack Kerr- Med 4
Mentor: Dr. Manson
I am in my fourth and final year of medical school at Memorial University of Newfoundland, completing elective rotations. I am planning to apply to general surgery and internal medicine residency programs. I have been working with the Canada East Spine Centre for close to 7 years now, first as a volunteer and then as a medical student conducting my own research. Currently, we are close to submitting a paper investigating paediatric health related quality of life outcomes following surgery for adolescent idiopathic scoliosis. When I am not working or researching I enjoy watching movies, all things sports, and enjoying the high-quality Newfoundland outdoor and craft beer scenes!


Jared Kerr- Med 2
Mentor: Dr. Manson
I am currently in my second year studying medicine at Dalhousie New Brunswick here in Saint John. I am from the area and have just recently completed my undergraduate degree at Queen's University in Life Sciences. I have been working with the Canada East Spine Centre for a few years now, first as a volunteer in the summers of my undergraduate degree and now as a medical student. I am currently working on a project that explores the impact of the COVID-19 lockdown on spine surgery patients. In my spare time I like to play sports, spend time with friends and family, and enjoy the outdoors.


Jenny Wang- Med 3
Mentor: Dr. Manson
I'm in my 3rd year at Dalhousie Medicine NB, and I completed my undergraduate degree in Biochemistry with a minor in Computer Science at UNB. Having grown up in SJ, it's nice to be back! My research with Dr. Manson looks at post lumbar discectomy surgery trajectories described in leg pain, back pain, and disability. Currently I'm interested in radiology and pathology, though I can't wait to explore and experience other specialties. In my off time, I enjoy running, reading, films, going on walks with my goldendoodle Leo, and making simple games on Roblox.


Johnathan Rose- Med 4
Mentor: Dr. AbrahamI am a third-year medical student at Dalhousie Medical School, currently completing my clerkship in Saint John. I began working with the Canada East Spine Centre (CESC) in 2018 as part of my Research in Medicine class. Working with the team at CESC, I have been able to pursue my interest in both surgery and radiology. In my free time, I enjoy spending time with friends and family, cycling, and watching movies.


Jon Nam- Med 1
Mentor: Dr. Matz
My name is Jon Nam, and I am currently a first-year medical student here at Dalhousie Medicine New Brunswick. I grew up in Rothesay, NB, and finished undergraduate degree in neuroscience and a bit of pharmacy at Dalhousie University. I am completing my research project with Dr. Matz, looking into amputation outcomes in patients with Charcot foot who received surgery previously. I am interested in a surgical specialty and am very excited for this opportunity to work with Canada East Spine Centre and Dr. Matz. Besides from studying, I love to weight lift and spend time with my friends and family.


Kevan Kostynski- Med 1
Mentor: Dr. Small
I am currently in my first year of medical school at Dalhousie Medicine New Brunswick. I was born and raised in Moncton, NB and graduated from the University of New Brunswick with a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology. My favourite part about medical school so far has been completing my elective and having the opportunity to scrub in and learn about fascinating surgeries. In my free time I enjoy getting outside, playing hockey, doing CrossFit, and spending time with family and friends. I am completing my Research in Medicine project with the Canada East Spine Centre, investigating the impact of preoperative carbohydrate loading on elderly patient outcomes when undergoing major orthopaedic surgery. I’m excited to join and work alongside a great group at CESC!


Nick Ellingwood- Med 2
Mentor: Dr. Attabib
I am a second year medical student at Dalhousie Medicine New Brunswick and previously graduated from University of New Brunswick with a degree in Medicinal Chemistry. I am really enjoying second year because we are starting to apply more of our knowledge in a clinical setting and prepare for clerkship. In my free time, I enjoy getting outside and exploring nature by doing hikes, spending time with family and friends, and playing soccer. I am doing my Research in Medicine project with the Canada East Spine Center, and I am investigating different surgical techniques that lead to better long term outcomes for patients with lumbar stenosis and a high ASA score. The team at CESC have been super motivating and supportive, and it has been nice to do research that will affect the care of patients.


Samantha Rogers- Med 3
Mentor: Dr. Abraham
I am currently a third-year medical student at Dalhousie Medicine New Brunswick doing my clerkship year in Miramichi and am planning on going into family medicine. I'm originally from Moncton and did my undergraduate degree at Dalhousie in Halifax in the Medical Sciences program. I was excited to join the CESC team for my Research in Medicine project as I'm very interested in patient's psychological wellbeing, especially in how that affects their medical and surgical outcomes. In my spare time, I enjoy hiking, reading, and spending time with friends and family.


Thomas Camp- Med 2
Mentor: Dr. Abraham
Hello everyone! My name is Thomas and I’m second year medical student at Dalhousie Medicine New Brunswick. I grew up in Fredericton and completed my undergraduate degree in physics at McGill University in 2017. I couldn’t be more excited to be working with the Canada East Spine Center, where I’ve been investigating the impact of cardiovascular health on surgical outcomes. When I’m not in the library I love exploring the outdoors - bring on the snow!

Past Research in Medicine students:


Alyssa Dickinson- Med 3
Project with CESC: Burr Hole Drainage- Tissue Plasminogen Activator in Addition to Either Twist Drill Drainage or Burr Hole Drainage as a Treatment for Chronic Subdural Hematomas - A Descriptive Analysis
Mentored With: Dr. Attabib
My name is Alyssa and I am currently in my third year of medicine at Dalhousie Medicine New Brunswick. I grew up in Miramichi, NB, before moving to Halifax to pursue my undergraduate degree in Medical Sciences. I am thrilled to have the opportunity to study medicine back here in New Brunswick. Currently, I am completing a research project with Dr. Attabib that is focused on the latest drainage options for subdural hematomas. In my spare time I love travelling home to the Miramichi, reading fiction/thriller/romance style books, and baking anything that involves chocolate.

Faith Moore
Project with CESC: Multi-level Spinal Fusion Offers Clinically Significant Reductions in Pain and Disability
Mentored With: Dr. Abraham


James Fowler MD
Project with CESC: Nationwide quality assessment of the Canadian Spine Outcome and Research Network(CSORN).
Mentored With: Dr. Manson
I am currently a third-year resident in Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery at Western (London, Ontario). I really enjoyed my time with CESC and I'm grateful for everything I learned working with the team. They taught me the fundamentals of research which has laid the foundation for all my current research pursuits. After my residency is completed, I hope to return to NB to practice.


Kalpesh Hathi- Med 3
Project with CESC: Minimally Invasive vs. Open Thoracolumbar Decompression for Lumbar Spinal Stenosis in Patients with Diabetes – A CSORN Study
Mentored With: Dr. Attabib
I am in my third year at Dalhousie Medicine New Brunswick in Saint John NB. I am originally from Fredericton NB and I completed my Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology at UNB Fredericton. Being in my third year clerkship my favourite parts of medical school are challenging my clinical reasoning skills, working with dynamic healthcare teams, and contributing to patient care on a daily basis! I completed my RIM project with the Canada East Spine Center supervised by Dr. Attabib investigating the outcomes of surgical patients with diabetes and lumbar stenosis, which was recently published in the Global Spine Journal. It was great to be able to work within such a collaborative and supportive team and to contribute to interesting research which can benefit patients. In my free time, I like to play hockey, spend time with friends and family, and explore the outdoors by biking, running, and hiking!

Lynn Symington
Project with CESC: Same Day Readmission Following Outpatient Lumbar Spine Surgery.
Mentored With: Dr. Manson

Marissa Sherwood
Project with CESC: Presurgical Utilization of Physicians, Imaging and Injections Reported by Elective Thoracolumbar Surgery Candidates: a Retrospective Nationwide Cost-analysis from the CSORN Database.
Mentored With: Dr. Abraham

Dr. Meghan Flood
Project with CESC: Avoidable Emergency Department Utilization Within 6 Months Following Elective Thoracolumbar Spine Surgery for Degenerative Pathologies
Mentored With: Dr. Abraham

Mike Fry
Project with CESC:
Mentored With: Dr. Manson


Dr. Mike Whitcomb
Project with CESC: Does National Occupational Classification affect return-to-work time, post-operative opioid use, chronic pain, and disability in elective thoracolumbar surgery patients?
Mentored With: Dr. Manson
I am currently PGY-2 in Orthopedic Surgery in Halifax, and I am hoping to eventually practice Orthopedics in the Maritimes once my training is complete.