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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. .

CFMS Calls on Federal Government to Reconsider Appeal of Refugee Health Cuts R

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

2nd Annual Phlebotomy Bowl!

The 2nd Annual Phlebotomy Bowl!

It’s time for the start of the 2014-2015 annual Phlebotomy Bowl!

Our 2013 challenge was an amazing success – CFMS brought in 556 life-saving donations! The leader board for 2013 was:

  • First Place: Dalhousie Medicine New Brunswick
  • Second Place: Dalhousie University – Halifax
  • Third Place: University of Toronto

This year, we’re expanding the challenge to run September 1, 2014 – February 28, 2015. Our goal is to contribute at least 600 donations during this time. This year, we’ll have two prizes one for the most donations per capita, and one for the most first-time donors. The winning schools will have their name engraved on their respective plaque which they can proudly display at their school for the year! This way, you get recognition and bragging rights for years!

Here’s how you can help your school win:

  1. Download the GiveBlood App, visit to find your nearest blood donor clinic and book your appointment to donate. Also watch for information about a donation campaign organized by your school’s
  2. The only way your donation will count towards the bowl is if you are registered under your school’s Partners For Life number. Visit and register with your school’s Partner ID number which can be found on the last page HERE. This is a one-time registration. Once you register, your past and future donations will automatically count toward your school.

The Phlebotomy Bowl is all about inclusivity, therefore everyone can participate. Any student who is ineligible to donate themselves can recruit another donor, a non-med student, who will donate on their behalf. Donors-by-proxy are an important aspect of the competition and can make all the difference! For more information, check out our Phlebotomy Guide here!

I am really excited about this year’s competition! Save a life this fall and help your school win the Phlebotomy Bowl!

Apply for a CFMS Student Initiative Grant!

CFMS Student Initiative Grants were established in 2007 to provide support and funding to medical student initiatives. The fund was established in response to the increasing number of medical student run initiatives and the need for official and financial support from our national student organization.

Over the last two years many successful projects have benefitted from direct CFMS funding including charitable, educational and social events all organized by medical students. The goal is to assist students in realizing events or initiatives that promote interactions between CFMS students and schools.

To learn more about the SIGs and how to apply, check out this call for applications!  Make sure to submit a complete application form outlining your project!  Applications are due by October 24th 2014 to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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