Southern Medical Program (SMP) students Stacy Dikareva and Daria Hutchinson are the 2019 recipients of the Reichwald Family Foundation Southern Medical Program award. The annual award acknowledges two SMP students for excellence in academics, leadership, and community service.
Born in the Ukraine and raised in Vancouver, Dikareva completed a BSc in Kinesiology at Simon Fraser University and MSc in Kinesiology at McGill University prior to entering medical school. As a SMP student, Dikareva has volunteered with the Sexual Assault Response Team at Kelowna General Hospital (KGH) and served as co-chair for the Women’s Health Initiative. Additionally, she has led a Walk n’ Talk for Life program for people with mental illness in partnership with the Canadian Mental Health Association of Kelowna.
Originally from Tsawwassen, Hutchinson completed a BSc in Food Nutrition and Health at UBC and worked as a research assistant at BC Women’s Hospital prior to joining the SMP. During her medical studies, she has volunteered with HOPE Outreach in Kelowna providing naloxone kits and served as a member with the Sexual Assault Response Team. Additionally, Hutchinson helped organize the 2019 Pre-medical Diversity Symposium, which encourages applicants from diverse backgrounds to pursue medicine as a career.