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Write for CFMS Annual Review! Submissions DUE December 15th, 2014

Write for the CFMS Annual Review! (DUE December 15th)

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The CFMS Annual review is calling for submissions from all Canadian medical students. Tell us about your travels, clinical experiences, reflections. Show off your artistic talents.  Be a part of the face of medical students!

The CFMS Annual Review is an exciting publication produced each year to highlight student activities, initiatives, experiences and opinions! The Annual Review 2015 will be distributed to medical schools, medical organizations and Ministries of Health across the country and we would love to showcase your work!

The Annual Review is calling for the submission of articles of up to 600 words (reflection, opinion/editorial), as well as creative works (short stories, poems, artwork, photography). If you have an idea but aren't sure it's right for this publication, email us and we'll let you know!

Got married or had a baby during medical school? We would love to feature your wedding and baby photos in a dedicated section of the Annual Review!

Submissions of all kinds can be sent to Yin Hui, our Annual Review editor, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Submissions are due by December 15th, 2014.

Call for Applications: Host the 2015 CFMS AGM!

Call for Applications: Host the 2015 CFMS AGM!

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The CFMS is now accepting applications from our member schools to host the 2015 Annual General Meeting!

Every year, one of the CFMS member schools hosts the CFMS AGM in or near the city of their medical school or its distributed campuses. This provides an excellent opportunity to increase the profile of your medical school/medical student society, increase CFMS awareness to students at your home school, and a chance to host friends and colleagues from the CFMS in your hometown. The CFMS Executive will review applications received by December 5th, 2014 with the winning school announced December 12th.

Included for your information is the Proposal Request which outlines all items needed in a school’s bid. We have also included the Scoring Matrix and the Sponsorship Policy to help facilitate your application process.  We can also provide an example of a previous bid upon request.

Any requests, questions or concerns can be directed towards the CFMS Western Regional Representative John Schulte (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ).

We look forward to receiving your bids!

 

IFMSA-CFMS International Exchange Program

The CFMS Global Health Program (GHP) is pleased to announce that the application for the IFMSA-CFMS International Exchange Program 2015-2016* is now open. We invite all CFMS medical students to partake in this exciting opportunity to experience medicine in other parts of the world.

This year, we have exchange agreements with 39 NMOs/countries for SCOPE and SCORE, where medical students can either undertake clinical electives or conduct research projects for a period of four weeks.

Please carefully read and understand the FAQ section of the Exchanges section for details before applying.

The deadline to submit the application is October 31, 2014 at 11:59pm EST.

All questions and inquiries should be directed to the Local Exchange Officers (LEOs) at your medical school.

* The 2015-2016 season is from April 2015 to April 2016.

Essay Competition: FM-CFS Canada (DEADLINE November 21st 2014)

Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Canada, in conjunction with the CFMS, are pleased to open the 2014 Essay Competition. This competition will award two first prizes of $1000.00 (one for the leading female entrant and one for the leading male entrant) and two second-place prizes of $500.00 (to the runner up female entrant and male entrant)

The essay title agreed by the Board of Directors of FM CFS Canada is:


"For FM, CFS and ME seven out of nine patients are female, what might explain this predominance?”

We would like essayists to consider the statistics of occurrence male/female/age and ask themselves questions about these variations.  Perhaps there can be a comparison with other illnesses. For example we know that some auto immune illnesses have a skewed male/female incidence rate.  The judges will be looking for essays that contain more personal insights as opposed to recreating medical journal material.
FM-CFS Canada scoring criteria are available to entrants in annex1. Essays will be adjudicated in accordance with this criteria.
Essayists can find a link to past essays http://fm-cfs.ca/support/patients/p_resources.html and to research and other materials on their website www.fm-cfs.ca, noting the particular work with the contribution to the Invest in ME drug trial in the UK at http://www.ukrituximabtrial.org/

Closing dates for entries is midnight Friday November 21st 2014.  Winners will be announced Friday December 5th 2014

Essays are to be submitted direct to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  with a copy to CFMS at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Please direct any questions to David Mann. President, FM-CFS Canada at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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MEDIA ALERT: CFMS Calls on Federal Government to Reconsider Appeal of Refugee Health Cuts Ruling

The Canadian Federation of Medical Students has written an open letter to the Minister of Citizenship and Immigration Chris Alexander opposing the recent decision by the federal government to appeal the 2014 Federal Court ruling to reverse cuts to the Interim Federal Health Program.  On September 22nd, Minister Alexander filed both an appeal and a motion to stay the judgement of Justice Anne Mactavish which reversed the 2012 changes put in place by the Conservative government.  The CFMS believes that a healthy Canada benefits us all and urges Minister Alexander to reconsider his appeal.

The CFMS spoke out against Bill C-31 in 2013 (see Position Paper here).  Changes were made to the IFHP such that all refugees and refugee claimants other than government-assisted refugees (GARs) have lost supplemental and preventive care, with their coverage limited to that of an “urgent and essential” nature. Furthermore, Designated Country of Origin (designated "safe countries") refugee claimants  lost all health care coverage whatsoever, unless their condition is a threat to public health or safety.  In July of 2014, these changes were reversed in Canadian Doctors for Refugee Care v Attorney General of Canada; 2014 FC 651.

Denying refugees access to basic health care is inconsistent with Canada's long-standing commitment to international agreements that define and protect the rights of vulnerable persons.  It is the hope of the CFMS that all those on Canadian soil will have access to equivalent care and that the Interim Federal Health Program will continue to assure such access to refugees and refugee claimants in Canada.

NEW - CFMS Advocacy Toolkit

The new CFMS Advocacy Toolkit is available on the Members-Only section of the CFMS website. This document is designed to be a practical, step-by-step guide to translate your advocacy goals into reality. It is compiled from the research and direct experiences of medical students involved in advocacy for their colleagues with similar interests.  We do hope you find it useful for your advocacy efforts!

Call for CMAJ Student Humanities Blog Peer Reviewers!

The beginning of 2014 marked the launch of the Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ) Student Humanities blog. The blog, which is run in conjunction with the Canadian Federation of Medical Students (CFMS), was created to provide a venue for high quality student work concerning the medical humanities. Submissions sought have included poetry, essays, critiques, reviews (films, novels, theatre, etc.), interviews (profiles or conversations), reflective pieces, event reports, graphic medicine and visual art pertaining to the medical humanities. Since its launch, a diverse selection of quality student work has been published on the CMAJ blog .

CMAJ looks forward to continuing to foster conversation about the medical humanities this upcoming year and is seeking dedicated individuals to join the current peer review team for the student humanities blog.

POSITION SUMMARY - Peer Reviewers

CMAJ is seeking medical students to peer review and help edit the student humanities blog. Peer reviewers will receive support and training from the CMAJ Editor, Humanities and the CMAJ Student Humanities Blog Editor. These are volunteer positions presenting the opportunity to learn about the editing process.

For full position details, please see this call for peer reviewers.  Applications will be accepted until October 26th 2014 to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Accepting Submissions!

We continue to seek high quality, original student work on an ongoing basis. Submissions may include, but are not limited to: poetry, essays, critiques, reviews (films, novels, theatre, etc.), interviews (profiles or conversations), reflective pieces, event reports, graphic medicine and visual art related to the medical humanities.

This is an excellent opportunity to be published within a CMAJ platform and to share your work with a wide readership. Outstanding submissions, as deemed by the journal's editorial team, may be published in the CMAJ print journal.

Submission Guidelines:

If you have any questions, please email Sumedha Arya at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

We look forward to receiving your submissions!

CMAJ Student Humanities Blog Editorial Team

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