Stephanie Zhou

Dr. Stephanie Zhou practices Addictions Medicine at Sunnybrook Hospital and is a Lecturer for the Financial Literacy curriculum at the University of Toronto Temerty Faculty of Medicine. She completed a joint MD/MSc program with the Faculty of Medicine, Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation, and Rotman School of Management.  

Stephanie is the author of an article titled “Underprivilege as Privilege” in the Journal of the American Medical Association, which describes her medical school experience coming from a low-income background. This article sparked a discussion in the global medical education community about the inequities facing students who lack the economic means and social capital to pursue medicine.  

Stephanie is a strong advocate for equalizing student knowledge when it comes to personal finance and managing debt. She began by giving “Affording Medical School” webinars to the Community of Support students before expanding these lectures to a four-year curriculum. She has worked on the Boundless Fundraising Campaign, raising money for needs-based scholarships and sits on the Financial Aid Committee. 

In her spare time, she blogs about personal finance on Instagram @breakingbaddebt.  

Stephanie Zhou