Kendra Zhang – Co-Chair
Kendra is a second-year medical student at Queen’s University. While taking courses like English, Global Development, and Philosophy during her undergrad, she began to see the humanities as pivotal not only in informing her healthcare-related pursuits, but also in forming her worldview. Kendra has also always strived to incorporate her artistic interests into her volunteer and extracurricular activities, whether it be through writing, painting, or playing music. She hopes to further explore the arts and humanities with others to illuminate lived experiences, better understand the needs of underserved populations, and help humanize patient care.
Jehan Irfan – Co-Chair
Jehan is a second-year medical student at Queen’s University. She has always been a lover of the arts and has specific investments in the practice of Music Therapy for dementia patients. Jehan believes strongly in the intersections between the arts and sciences and carries a passion for how both can work together in tandem to achieve connection and understanding between two individuals. Outside of school, she is an avid reader and piano player who dabbles in writing and other instruments when time permits. Through this year’s conference, she is excited to see what we can discover and appreciate about the unseen aspects of the human condition, and hopes to inspire those who attend.
Lora is a second-year medical student at Queen’s University. The humanities have always played an integral role in Lora’s journey, through a lifelong interest in the visual arts, literature, and music. During her undergraduate studies, she completed a combined degree in fine art history, neurosciences, and immunology. It was through this experience that she learned that science and the arts are not only complementary, but synergistic – that an appreciation for both can lead to greater strength in both. At this year’s Jacalyn Duffin Health and Humanities Conference, she looks forward to challenging the expectations of how the humanities can be used to elevate the art of medicine and to gain a greater appreciation for the human condition — with the ultimate goal of achieving more empathetic patient care.