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 2
Mentor: Dr. Attabib
I am a second 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 2
Mentor: Dr. Manson
My name is Ali and I am in my second 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 2
Mentor: Dr. Abraham
My name is Amanda and I am currently completing my second 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 2
Mentor: Dr. le Roux
Hi everyone! My name is Emily Weston, I’m from Moncton, and prior to beginning Medical School 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 a lack of certain enzymes and transporters) 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 3
Mentor: Dr. Small
My name is Emma and I am currently in my third 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.


Jared Kerr- Med
Mentor: Dr. Manson
I am currently in my third 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.


Jon Nam- Med 2
Mentor: Dr. Matz
My name is Jon Nam, and I am currently a second-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 2
Mentor: Dr. Small
I am currently in my second 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 has been interacting with patients during clinical practice and having the opportunity to scrub in, learn and part take in fascinating surgeries across a variety of specialties. 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 effects of preoperative carbohydrate loading in elderly patients undergoing orthopaedic spine surgeries. I’m excited to continue working alongside a great group at CESC!


Matthew MacLennan- Med 3
Mentor: Dr. le Roux
Hello! My name is Matthew MacLennan and I'm a medical student at Dalhousie Medicine New Brunswick. Before commencing medical school, I graduated with an electrical/biomedical engineering degree where I focused on IoT devices, gait analysis, and computational motor control. I'm incredibly privileged to be under the guidance of Dr. le Roux and the CESC for my research in medicine project. My project focuses on whether there is a difference in outcomes for patients with isolated, non-operable, traumatic brain injuries differ between regional hospitals in New Brunswick that do or do not have neurosurgery-specific capabilities/resources. Outside of academics, I'm passionate about the outdoors, personal reading, bodybuilding, and badminton.


Nick Ellingwood- Med 3
Mentor: Dr. Attabib
I am a third 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 4
Mentor: Dr. Abraham
I am currently a fourth-year medical student at Dalhousie Medicine New Brunswick 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 3
Mentor: Dr. Abraham
Hello everyone! My name is Thomas and I’m third 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
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

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


Jack Kerr
Project with CESC: Predicting Health-Related Quality of Life Outcomes following Major Scoliosis Surgery in Adolescents: A Latent Class Growth Analysis
Mentored With: Dr. Manson


James Fowler MD
Project with CESC: Nationwide quality assessment of the Canadian Spine Outcome and Research Network(CSORN).
Mentored With: Dr. Manson


Jenny Wang
Project with CESC: Postoperative recovery patterns following discectomy surgery in patients with lumbar radiculopathy
Mentored With: Dr. Manson


Johnathan Rose
Project with CESC: The ability of radiographic parameters to predict surgical failure for patients with Lumbar Spinal Stenosis
Mentored With: Dr. Abraham


Kalpesh Hathi
Project with CESC: Minimally Invasive vs. Open Thoracolumbar Decompression for Lumbar Spinal Stenosis in Patients with Diabetes – A CSORN Study
Mentored With: Dr. Attabib

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