Meet the 2020-2021 ArtBeat team! Click on any of the photos below for a brief bio to learn more.
Hi there! My name is Yajur Iyengar, I am a first year medical student in the 2T4 class and am super excited to be the Junior Co-Lead of the Book Club this year. Reading has always been a favourite pastime of mine and I love to be able to discuss a wide variety of literature with others. Looking forward to reading with you all over the year!
Hi! My name’s Lunan and i’m just starting my journey at Toronto. I studied Physiology at McGill then English Literature at Oxford. What fascinates me is how stories shape race, gender, class, and sexuality, as well as the ongoing legacies of global colonization.
Ramy: I completed my undergraduate degree in Health Sciences at McMaster University before entering The Temerty Faculty of Medicine. I thoroughly enjoy theatre and acting, having done it since I was a child. I attended drama classes and earned an associate diploma from The Trinity College of London in Speech and Drama throughout high school. In university, I continued my involvement in drama through student-led productions ran by the McMaster Theatre and Film Society. I believe storytelling provides us a window into learning about the human condition, along with a form of escape from our own struggles. And so, I am enthused to continue acting throughout medical school and explore this wonderful medium, along with other art forms, with my peers.
Grace is a second year medical student at U of T who loves learning from others. She studied Biology and French at Queen’s University in the Concurrent Education program. Her love for studying French literature piqued her interest in seeing traditionally scientific fields through a humanities lens. She loves going to art museums and learning about art history. Her favourite painter is Jacques-Louis David. She is extremely excited to be the lead for Humans of 2T3 and serve the team as one of the social media managers. – Grace Xu
Hi, I’m Hannah! I’m a first year medical student and junior lead of the Art Club. I’m an avid fiction reader (my favourite authors include Khaled Hosseini, Margaret Atwood and Etgar Keret) and visual artist (my medium of choice is presently oil pastels). For my undergraduate degree, I studied Biology, at Mcgill, with a minor in Jewish Studies. My humanities minor allowed me to study language, history and literature alongside my science courses, and deeply enriched my undergraduate experience and personal development. I’m excited to remain involved in the arts through Artbeat by running and participating in events that promote the arts, and foster connection within the UofT medicine community.
Hello! My name is Monish Ahluwalia, and I am a second year (2T3) medical student at UofT and one of the Senior Leads for the Improv’ Troupe. I did improv’ for 4 years in undergrad, and while it can be intimidating, you’re always with such a great group and you end up laughing for about 2 hours straight. In terms of other arts, I play the bass and electric guitar, I have written a couple completely unpublishable short stories, and I can draw a pretty wicked giraffe. – Monish Ahluwalia
Diana Cagliero is a native of Lexington, Massachusetts. She completed her BS in Anthropology and Human Biology and her MA in Bioethics at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. She is excited to be working as the Senior Book Club lead and a Philosophy Club lead at ArtBeat. She is an avid reader and is attempting to reach her 52 book goal for 2019! – Diana Cagliero
I am a second year medical student and one of the co-directors of ArtBeat! I am also one of the senior leads in the Philosophy & Medical Ethics Club and the Narrative Medicine Workshops in ArtBeat. I am passionate about writing in the medical humanities! My thesis involved writing an absurdist play about patient-doctor relationships and social roles within medicine. I also wrote an anthology of short stories and poems about experiences with palliative care patients. I am excited to bring these experiences to my work in ArtBeat! – Michal Coret