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CFMS Call for Nominations: CFMS Executive Positions






What is the CFMS?

For thirty-eight 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 2015- 2016 academic year:

  • Vice-President Medical Education

  • Vice-President Communication
  • Vice-President Finance

  • Vice-President Student Affairs
  • 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 Windsor, ON, which runs from September 18th – 20th, 2015. Elections will be held on the afternoon of Saturday September 19th. 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.

Elections will take place immediately following speeches and the new executive will be sworn in following the elections. All positions are for a one-year term. The first executive meeting will take place October 17th  – 18th,  2015, in Ottawa, and all new executives are expected to attend.

Any CFMS member is eligible to run for a position. Descriptions of each position are provided below. For questions please contact CFMS Past-President and Chief Returning Officer, Jesse Kancir 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, Jesse Kancir, 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 19th, 2015.
  3. In your email please include your name, medical school attended, all of your contact information, and how you can be reached on September 19th if you will not be attending in person.
  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.
  5. 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,

Jesse Kancir

2014-2015 Past-President, Canadian Federation of Medical Students

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CFMS AGM 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 Sessions (tentatively scheduled for Saturday September 19, 2015). 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 SGM 2015 meeting documents section. Resolutions that include significant spending should be discussed with the CFMS VP Finance prior to submission (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ). 

Please pay close attention to the deadlines associated with the submission of resolutions. Details pertaining to deadlines and how to write and submit resolutions are outlined here

In summary, resolutions must be received by Kendra Komsa, CFMS AGM Chair, by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  on or before the following dates: 

  • Friday September 18, 2015 at 1700 EST 
  • Friday August 28, 2015 at 1700 EST - for all proposed mostions that includes spending of $1000 or more 
  • Friday August 28, 2015 at 1700 EST - for all resolutions that include position papers or other supporting documents that must be reviewed 

OMSA and CFMS Joint Message: Reduction of CMG PGY-1 Positions in Ontario

As medical student representative organizations, both the Ontario Medical Students Association (OMSA) and the Canadian Federation of Medical Students (CFMS) believe it is important to inform our members of an impending reduction in the number of residency positions that will be available in the province of Ontario for the 2016 and 2017 R1 Main Residency Matches. This reduction will impact the 2016 and 2017 graduating classes.

The Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care will discontinue funding for 25 Canadian Medical Graduate (CMG) PGY-1 residency positions across Ontario in 2016. A further 25 residency positions will be cut in 2017, for a total reduction of 50 positions in the 2017 Match compared to the number of positions available in the 2015 Match. We recognize that the match is already a competitive process, and we feel that our members deserve to be made aware of this significant change should they wish to incorporate this information into their career planning decisions. While the distribution of the reductions across specialties and programs is currently unknown, we will promptly communicate further details as they become available. We have not learned of any changes to the number of residency positions in other provinces.

Both OMSA and the CFMS have a history of advocating for evidence-based health human resource planning by federal, provincial, and territorial governments. We believe that residency positions should be allocated according to the current and future needs of the Canadian population in close consultation with the medical students and residents who will devote their careers to meeting those needs. We strongly believe in maintaining adequate opportunities for CMGs to enter the postgraduate medical education system. It is a costly and ineffective error when Canadian Medical School Graduates are unable to serve patients as they are trained to do.

Our organizations will continue to advocate on behalf of our members, patients, and the health care system in order to ensure any changes to postgraduate positions are made in a consultative and evidence-based manner. The Professional Association of Residents of Ontario (PARO) and Resident Doctors of Canada (RDoC) are providing their support for this shared vision. We welcome your questions, concerns, and feedback throughout this ongoing discussion using the contact information listed below. Together, we can create an efficient and socially accountable postgraduate medical education system.

Yours sincerely,

Ontario Medical Students Association                       Canadian Federation of Medical Students
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CFMS Gives Blood - Even in the Summer!


Rallying together to save lives

CFMS has a long-standing history of giving blood and saving lives. As future doctors, we appreciate how critical it is that blood products are available for patients at any given time. We’re pleased to do our part to help through a national partnership with Canadian Blood Services.  

As a Partner for Life organization, we pledge an annual goal for the number of blood donations that we will strive to contribute from CFMS members, family and friends. In 2015, we’re aiming for at least 1,250 donations. 

To help achieve our goal, we run the annual Phlebotomy Bowl – a friendly competition between schools to contribute the most blood donations per capita and the most first-time blood donors. This year’s challenge runs September 1, 2015 – February 29, 2016. 

Here’s how you can help:

  1. Download the GiveBlood App, visit to find your nearest blood donor clinic and book your appointment to donate. Giving blood takes about an hour and you can donate every 56 days.

  2. Be sure to register so your donation counts towards our annual goal and your school’s ranking in the Phlebotomy Bowl. Visit and register with your school’s Partner ID number. Once you register, your past and future donations will automatically count towards CFMS.

Medical School

Your school’s Partner ID and registration link (four letters, six numbers)

University of British Columbia – Vancouver


University of British Columbia – Island Medical Program


University of British Columbia – Southern Medical Program


University of Calgary


University of Alberta


University of Saskatchewan


University of Manitoba


University of Western Ontario


McMaster University


University of Toronto


University of Ottawa


Northern Ontario School of Medicine – Sudbury


Queen’s University


Dalhousie University – Halifax


Dalhousie Medicine New Brunswick


Memorial University


Questions about eligibility to donate?
Visit or call 1 888 2 DONATE and ask to speak with a Nurse. If you can’t donate yourself, you can still participate! Recruit another donor to give blood on your behalf (they can register per above), or consider volunteering to help spearhead our partnership with Canadian Blood Services at your campus. Some people who are ineligible to give blood are still eligible to join OneMatch and become a potential stem cell donor. 

The OneMatch Stem Cell and Marrow Network matches volunteer donors to patients who need stem cell transplants. Stem cells are used to treat more than 80 blood-related diseases and disorders – and less than 25 per cent of patients who need transplants will find a match in their family. The rest rely on those who have volunteered to donate stem cells to anyone in need. You may be eligible to join if you are between 17 and 35 years old and meet certain health criteria. There is an immediate need for ethnic males aged 17 – 35. Learn more

Choosing Wisely Canada: Student Recommendations (PRIZES AVAILABLE)


You are invited to be a part of Choosing Wisely Canada, a grassroots, physician-led campaign to engage physicians and patients in conversations about unnecessary tests, treatments and procedures.

In partnership with the Canadian Federation of Medical Students (CFMS), we would like your input on developing a list of “Five Things Medical Students Should Question” to reduce unnecessary care. This will be the first Choosing Wisely list of its kind, targeted at medical students.

This anonymous and voluntary survey will take under 5 minutes, and your input will be a part of changing the culture of medical education to reduce unnecessary care. Not to mention, upon completion of the survey, you have the opportunity to enter your name in a draw to win an APPLE WATCH and one of ten TIM HORTON’S gift cards!

The link to the survey is below:



CFMS Advocates: AFMC Student Portal Recommendations

With the launch of the AFMC Student Portal, the CFMS has strived to ensure that we are providing timely feedback to the AFMC and that this service is updated to meet the needs of our membership. The CFMS has worked to implement a feedback collection system.  Students can send concerns about the electives booking process to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

The CFMS Portal Feedback tool received a total of 283 suggestions between January and June 2015 that were compiled into a series of 19 recommendations which we delivered to the AFMC.  We will keep our members updated of the progress towards implementing our recommendations!

Special thanks to our Western Regional Representative John Schulte who represents the CFMS to the AFMC Student Portal Steering Committee and Enhancements Working Group and works tirelessly to advocate for students interests as it pertains to electives in Canada.

AGM 2015 Travel Funding - Windsor, ON - DUE August 7th, 2015

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In partnership with MD Financial Management, the CFMS provides financial assistance for CFMS member medical students who wish to attend our Annual General Meeting, held this September 18th-20th, 2015 in Windsor, Ontario.

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.

Applications for this year will be released next week and are due by August 7th 2015 and should be emailed to Carl White Ulysse, Quebec Regional Representative and Executive VP, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Please see the 2015 application form here.

**If you are applying for Travel Funding, please do not register for AGM until after the decisions have been released (August 12th)**

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Canadian Federation of Medical Students
267 O'Connor Street, Suite 401
Ottawa, ON  K2P 1V3
Phone: 613-565-7740
Fax: 613-565-7742

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