Medical student at the University of Toronto. Co-founder of MedicinIsrael. Foodie.

“There is great power in meeting people at their most vulnerable. I feel privileged when people open up to me about their everyday human experiences.”

Orli Bogler knows exactly who she is, and isn’t trying to be anything but that. 

Family and community oriented, foodie and future doctor, Orli is on her way to carving out a life of fulfillment, already with major achievements to look back on. 

While in medical school, Orli found she was missing her connection to Judaism in her life. So, she, along with fellow student Hannah Samuels, initiated MedicinIsrael, a funded trip for medical students to travel to Israel and both learn about the country and its medical practices. “I treated this initiative like one of my courses in school. I was so passionate about it that it worked out.”

“This program was about building connections between students and scholars, and to experience a place that is dear to me in the context of my profession.”

The first cohort was made up of 15 Jewish and non-Jewish students, as well as two residents and 2 staff doctors. The feedback was so positive that MedicinIsrael has now sent two cohorts of students on the trip. “It really created something lasting, beyond just an opportunity to travel. In 20 years, this will be a highlight that I look back on from my medical school years.”

Third year medicine has been the hardest year of Orli’s life yet, but, looking back, she managed to take away many things from the experience. “I’ve learned that it is okay if you don’t have it all together, all the time. My motto is to do the best I can with what I have at this time, and I’ve been the happiest I’ve ever been once I accepted that.”

Despite the challenges, Orli is honoured and inspired to be a part of the medical community. “There is great power in meeting people at their most vulnerable. I feel privileged when people open up to me about their everyday human experiences.” 

“As a physician, you see the full spectrum of human emotion and personalities. It is interesting and rewarding to witness, learn about and interact with.”

With her many achievements under her belt, Orli recognizes the blessings in her life and holds them dear. “Medicine shows us that life is really precious, and that things can change. It makes me very grateful for my own family. My love for them can’t really be put into words.”

1. Coffee or tea?
2. Fate or Luck? Both!
3. Raptors or Leafs? 
4.  Tattoo or piercing? Neither.
5. Last book you read? The Wealthy Barber by David Chilton

Orli Bogler grew up in Thornhill, completed her undergraduate degree in Psychology at Western University, and is entering her fourth year of medical school at The University of Toronto. Her devotion to her profession, her family and her personal goals is what drives her, and will lead her on the path to success.