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Get involved! Fall Committee Applications Due October 6th!

Dear friends and colleagues,

Wondering how to get involved with the CFMS?  

Fall Applications will be due Monday, October 6th for a number of CFMS Committees and External Positions.  We are excited to provide you with one centralized call to get involved with your national medical student organization.  

Committees open include:

Committee on Health Policy (8-10 members)
Social Media Committee (4-6 members)
Media Engagement Committee (4-6 members)
Education Committee (4-8 members)
Finance Committee (2-4 members)

Officer Positions open include:

National Officer of Health Policy
National IT Officer Jr.
National Blood Drive Officer
National Wellness Officer
National Officer of Global Health Education
National Officer of Sexual and Reproductive Health
National Officer of Human Rights and Peace
National Officer of Partnerships
Aboriginal Health Liaison

CLICK HERE for the application form for all positions.

Applications will be evaluated throughout the month of October.  An interview may be required for some positions.  If you have any questions, don't hesitate to contact Anthea Girdwood at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Call for Applicants - National Exchanges Officer (Deadline 5 Sept 2014)

Dear friends and colleagues,
Please find attached our call for applicants for the position of National Exchanges Officer with the CFMS Global Health Program.  The deadline for applications is Friday, 5 September 2014.  This is a great opportunity to contribute to CFMS at the intersection of global health education and service delivery, with opportunities to interact with Canadian medical students and medical students from around the world.  Please see the call for applicants for more details, and best of luck!
All my best,

Invitation to the XVI Humanitarian Congress, Berlin 10-11 October

Are you committed to humanitarian thinking and practice? 

Consider joining the IFMSA delegation to the XVI Humanitarian Congress in Berlin this Fall, hosted MSF (Medicines Sans Frontiers), the ICRC (International Committee of the Red Cross), and others.  If you're interested, visit the Global Health Blog for more information (, including a letter of invitation from Moa Herrgård, our IFMSA Liaison Officer to Human Rights and Peace Issues. 

All my best,

Andrew Bresnahan, VP Global Health


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Medical Student Spotlight: OnExam - Northern Ontario School of Medicine

Please check out a new Medical Student Spotlight feature on a fantastic initiative from medical students at the Northern Ontario School of Medicine: the OnExam clinical skills app

This valuable resource is meant to be a reference guide for medical students and residents on clinical rotations in order to aid with eliciting patient histories and performing physical exams. This app also includes an Objective Structured Clinical Exam (OSCE) checklist section to test your knowledge. (Handy for a quick reference on rounds, consults, and before patient encounters.)

CFMS AGM 2014 Call for Nominations for the 2014-2015 Executive!

What is the CFMS?
For thirty-seven years the Canadian Federation of Medical Students (CFMS) has been the national voice that represents over 8,000 medical students at fourteen schools across Canada.

Our three-fold mandate seeks:

  1. To support medical students by representing their voices among the national organizations that direct or influence the policy environment or delivery of medical education in Canada. It also represents medical students in organizations with broad health care mandates.
  2. To provide services that support the needs of member medical students
  3. To communicate national medical education issues of importance to medical students and facilitate communication and interaction of medical students among member schools.

The following executive positions are available for election for the 2014- 2015 academic year:

  • Vice-President Education
  • Vice-President Communication
  • Vice-President Finance

  • Vice-President Services
  • Vice-President Global Health
  • Vice-President Government Affairs
  • Atlantic Regional Representative (1)
  • Quebec Regional Representative (1)
  • Ontario Regional Representative (2)
  • Western Regional Representative (2)

The elections will take place at the CFMS Annual General Meeting (AGM) in Kingston, which runs from September 19th – 21st, 2014. Elections will be held on the afternoon of Saturday September 20th. You do not necessarily need to be present in order to run for a position. Speeches will be a maximum of three (3) minutes in length and can be delivered in person or by alternate means.
Any CFMS member can run for a position! Descriptions of each position are provided below. For questions please contact CFMS Past-President and Chief Returning Officer, Dr. Robin Clouston at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .
How to Nominate Yourself

  1. Notify the Chief Returning Officer and Past President, Robin Clouston, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. of your intent to run for a position before the nominations close. Please copy Rosemary Conliffe, CFMS General Manager, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .
  2. Nominations close at 12:00 (EDT) Saturday, September 20th, 2014.
  3. In your email please include your name, medical school attended, all of your contact information, and how you can be reached on September 20th.
  4. You are entitled to give a three (3) minute speech and a further two-three (2-3) minutes will be allowed for questions afterwards.
    1. **If you cannot be present you may provide an audio, video, or power point presentation up to three (3) minutes in length to be submitted prior to the beginning of the AGM. You may also provide a speech to be read aloud by a colleague or friend who will be present. Phone/live teleconferenced speeches will not be permitted.**

Please consult the attached document for descriptions of the available positions. I sincerely encourage you to consider applying for these positions. This is an excellent opportunity to get involved, make a difference, and be an integral part of an effective and reputable student organization.
Yours sincerely,
Dr. Robin Clouston
Past-President, Canadian Federation of Medical Students

CFMS AGM 2014 Call for Resolutions

Medical societies, meeting delegates and member medical students are invited to put forward resolutions for discussion and debate at the CFMS Annual General Meeting during the Members Resolutions Session (tentatively scheduled for Saturday, September 20th, 2014). Resolutions should reflect an understanding of ongoing and past work, and resolutions must pertain to new work of the Federation. Members are encouraged to review resolutions submitted at the previous meeting, available on the CFMS website under the AGM 2014 meeting documents section. Resolutions that include significant spending should be discussed with the CFMS VP Finance prior to submission.

Resolutions must be received by Anthea Girdwood, CFMS AGM Chair, by e-mail at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. on or before Friday, September 12th, 2014 at 17:00 EDT to be pre-circulated to AGM delegates via

For full details, please see the attached document.

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