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CFMS SGM Travel Awards - DUE February 27th

The CFMS has set aside funds for the 2014-2015 academic year to provide financial assistance for CFMS member medical students who wish to attend our Spring General Meeting, held this April 24-25, 2015 in Vancouver, British Columbia.

This initiative supports non-elected members to attend CFMS meetings with the goals of fostering greater member awareness of CFMS structure and function, promoting increased interest in the CFMS and facilitating increased participation in CFMS activities. The application process is competitive and the CFMS routinely receives a far greater number of applications than the number of funded spots available. Applicants are selected based solely on the merits of their written application as judged by a selection committee.

The application is available in English and in French.

Applications are due by February 27, 2015 and should be emailed to Carl White Ulysse, Quebec Regional Representative, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Essay Competition: FM-CFS Canada (DEADLINE EXTENDED: Jan 19th 2015)

DEADLINE EXTENDED: JANUARY 19th, 2015 

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. .

Selection of New CFMS Representatives to External Committees

FIRST DEADLINE January 16, 2015

SECOND DEADLINE January 30, 2015

Dear Medical Student,

As the representative voice of Canadian medical students, the Canadian Federation of Medical Students (CFMS) represents you and your colleagues to many national medical organizations including the Canadian Medical Association, the College of Family Physicians, the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and others.

Each fall and winter, the CFMS selects a new group of talented individuals to help represent medical students to these organizations and offers a chance to general CFMS members to be involved in shaping the future of medicine in Canada. Volunteering for these positions allows students to learn more about medical education, health promotion and more, all while acting as the voice of Canadian medical students. 

Positions available include:

  • CMA Specialist Forum
  • CMA General Practitioners Forum
  • CMA Committee on Health Care and Promotion
  • CMA Committee on Ethics
  • CMAJ Student Humanities Blog (Anglophone and Francophone positions available)
  • CACMS Jr.

 

Detailed descriptions of each position and application instructions can be found at the following link.

 

Any questions about the process can be sent to our Nominations Committee Chairs, John Schulte (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) and Kendra Komsa (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )  

 

CFMS and IFMSA-Quebec Joint Statement on Climate Change and Health

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.

 

A Message from the CFMS President on Student Wellness

 

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:

http://www.k4p.com/living/provincialphysicianhealthprograms

 

Sincerely,

Bryce Signature

Bryce Durafourt, CFMS President

On behalf of the CFMS Executive

 

View the complete letter here.

Pour voir la lettre en français, cliquez ici.

Lobby Day (November 24th, 2014)

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.

IFMSA Turkey - Call for Applicants (NEW EARLY DEADLINE December 10th)

 

 

Turkey IFMSA

If you are interested in attending as a delegate from Canada, please consider submitting an application package, including:

  • Letter of interest (1 page max) - please touch upon your previous experience with the Canadian Federation of Medical Students, global health, and what you hope to gain from this meeting.
  • Your CV (2 pages max)

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.

Please submit your application package to Christopher Charles, VP Global Health at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

NEW EARLY DEADLINE: Applications are due by December 10th, 2014 at 11:59 EST.

Click here for full application document.

IFMSA call for apps

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