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Medical Student Spotlight

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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. .

Call for Applicants - VP Global Health & National Officers

Are you committed to global health and health equity?

CFMS is inviting applications for Vice President - Global Health and for the Global Health National Officer Team.  


Vice President Global Health 

The Vice President - Global Health directs the delivery of the Global Health Program and supports Canadian medical students on matters pertaining to global health, international development, and public health. These include but are not limited to:

  • Leading the team of Global Health Program National Officer portfolios
  • Representing the CFMS internationally, acting as National Member Organization (NMO) President to the International Federation of Medical Student Associations (IFMSA)
  • Collaborating with the VP Government Affairs to organize the annual Federal Lobby Day

Applications are due October 6th, 2014

Please send all applications to President Bryce Durafourt - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .  Applications should include a CV and cover letter including your reasons for wanting the position, relevant experience, and your vision and ideas for the portfolio.  

To learn more about this position and the Global Health portfolio, consider exploring the global health program section of the CFMS website, reading past executive reports, (posted in the "General Meetings" section of the CFMS website), or contacting Andrew Bresnahan, VP Global Health 2013-14, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .  


 Global Health National Officer Team

Join a motivated team of medical students from across Canada committed to promoting global health and health equity! 

CFMS is inviting applicatns for the following National Officer positions in the Global Health Program:

CLICK HERE to learn about each of these exciting positions.

CLICK HERE to apply to these or any of the national officer positions at CFMS using the common applications form. 

All applications are due October 6, 2014.

I am heartened to know that students in the CFMS Global Health Program are our partners in the fight for health equity and social justice. You promote global health education, sexual and reproductive health, Indigenous health, and global health advocacy in Canada and around the world. Thank you for your commitment and solidarity, and thank you for being my retirement plan."

- Dr. Paul Farmer, Co-Founder, Partners In Health, Special Advisor to the UN Secretary-General for Community-based Medicine and Lessons from Haiti

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,
Andrew

Kirkham & Jack

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