About Me

Hi Everyone! My name is David Mak and I am a third year medical student at the University of British Columbia. In May 2015, I graduated from UBC with an honours Bachelor’s degree in Cellular, Anatomical and Physiological Sciences. One of my biggest passions is sharing my experiences with those around me. I was lucky enough to have mentors that I could look up to and seek advice from and I feel that it is time for me to do the same for prospective secondary school graduates and undergraduate students. I love to chat with people about anything from academics to volunteering.

Since secondary school, I have been actively looking for community involvements in which I can utilize the leadership and management skills I’ve learned to give back to the community, but also to enrich myself in the diverse community present within UBC and Vancouver. At UBC, I helped to plan several years of Science Frosh and Science Week, I served on multiple committees for the Science Undergraduate Society, I was privileged to be the the student representative for the Department of Physiological Sciences and I was also a Science Peer Academic Coach.

I am also currently a Lieutenant in the Royal Canadian Air Force (Reserves) that assists in the administration of the Royal Canadian Air Cadet program. Having been through the cadet program myself, it has helped me immensely in my leadership abilities, instructional and effective speaking skills and confidence level. As a Canadian Forces officer delivering the program now, I advise and empower youth on a weekly basis to help them develop into outstanding youth leaders both within the program but also in their own communities. I also run the Effective Speaking program and the First Aid Team, in which cadets participate in an annual effective speaking competition hosted by Toastmasters International, and learn basic First Aid to achieve their Emergency or Standard First Aid Qualification, respectively.

Outside of the activities mentioned above, I love to make music (I play the violin and piano) and I also love to downhill ski and play badminton. I also really like to travel and love exploring new places, especially when I find hidden gems in my very own city! I love reminiscing about old experiences with family and friends, but am just as excited about sharing new experiences with new people. I hope that these new experiences will involve you and help inspire you to discover your passion and connect with meaningful opportunities.

Looking forward to chatting with all of you!

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University of British Columbia

8-2016 - Present Doctor of Medicine (MD) Program (VFMP)

University of British Columbia

9-2011 - 5-2015 B.Sc Physiology (Honours)

Prince of Wales Secondary School

9-2006 - 6-2011 Mini School Program for Enriched Learning


National Student Network

4-2014 - Now British Columbia Regional Chair and National Young Leader

UBC Peer Programs

3-2014 - 5-2015 Science Peer Academic Coach

UBC Science Undergraduate Society

9-2013 - 5-2014 Student Representative - Department of Physiological Sciences

Royal Canadian Air Force (Reserves)

9-2013 - Now First Aid Program, Effective Speaking Program and Assistant Training Officer

Mount St. Joseph Hospital

9-2012 - Now Emergency Department Volunteer