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CFMS and IFMSA-Quebec Joint Statement on Climate Change and Health
On December 1st, delegates from more than 150 countries will gather in Lima, Peru, for the 20th Conference of Parties (COP20) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) to discuss the current progress and implementation of climate change commitments. Canada is a signatory to the UNFCCC, and though it officially withdrew from the Kyoto Accord in 2012, it has maintained its stated commitment through the 2009 Copenhagen agreement to reduce its fossil fuel emissions by 17% below 2005 levels by 2020.
Canadian medical students, in acknowledgement of the well demonstrated impacts climate change has on health, call on the Government of Canada to take a constructive and positive role in the upcoming negotiations and to redouble efforts at home to ensure that Canada meets its international obligations.
The CFMS and IFMSA-Quebec have come together to make a statement about the relationship between climate change and health. For the full statement, please click here.
You can also view this video created by the CFMS Global Health Team which highlights the health impacts of climate change and the opportunities to make a difference.
The Canadian Federation of Medical Students (CFMS) executive was saddened to learn of the passing of Dr. Émilie Marchand, a third year resident at the Université de Montréal. We would like to extend our condolences to Émilie’s friends and family in this difficult time.
We would also like to remind our members of the resources available to medical students, residents, and physicians in times of need. A list of contact information, divided by region, can be accessed through the following link:
Bryce Durafourt, CFMS President
On behalf of the CFMS Executive
View the complete letter here.
Pour voir la lettre en français, cliquez ici.
This weekend, approximately 70 medical student delegates from across Canada will travel to Ottawa to participate in advocacy training and meet with over 50 Parliamentarians to discuss the economic and health benefits of Pharmacare.
Canadian Pharmacare policy expert Marc-André Gagnon will share his extensive knowledge of the pharmaceutical system and the results of his research on Pharmacare. The Honourable Don Boudria, the second longest-serving Government House Leader in Canadian history, will provide delegates with advice on effective advocacy. We're also looking forward to advocacy coaching from the staff of the Canadian Medical Association.
Join in the conversation on social media using #cfmslobby
For more information, see the "Lobby Day" section of the CFMS website.
If you are interested in attending as a delegate from Canada, please consider submitting an application package, including:
Partial funding is available for you to attending. Please include details about your potential sources of additional funding in your letter of interest. These might include your school, your student council, etc.
NEW EARLY DEADLINE: Applications are due by December 10th, 2014 at 11:59 EST.
Click here for full application document.
Call for Applications - CFMS Bilingualism Taskforce
The CFMS is looking for bilingual students who are interested in being part of our bilingualism taskforce. After officially launching the french version of its website last year, the CFMS is looking for student volunteers to translate social media posts, policy papers, remaining portions of the website as well as our advocacy toolkit. It is a great opportunity to contribute to the bilingual aspect of your student federation and to stay up-to-date with all the latest developments in all CFMS activities!
Au plaisir de travailler avec vous cette année!
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!
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.
We look forward to receiving your bids!