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3rd Annual Phlebotomy Bowl

The 3rd Annual Phlebotomy Bowl!

It’s time for the start of the 2015-2016 annual Phlebotomy Bowl!

Last year’s challenge was an amazing success – bringing in a total of 751 life-saving blood donations and a total of 105 new blood donors. Congrats to the top schools in 2014-15:

  • Most Donations Per Capita: Dalhousie Medicine New Brunswick
  • Most New Donors: University of British Columbia – Vancouver

This year’s challenge runs until February 29, 2016. Our goal is to contribute at least 800 donations, including at least 100 first-time blood donors. We’ll compete for two prizes again 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!

For more info, please see the attached document!

Call for Submissions - National Geriatric Interest Group

Hello medical students!


The National Geriatric Interest Group (NGIG) is assembling our fourth annual publication, and we are currently accepting submissions!

The NGIG is a centralized student-led group started by medical students with the goal of bringing together individual GIGs and creating Canada-wide education initiatives in the field of aging. Each year, we assemble a student run publication that covers a wide range of topics in the field of geriatrics, allowing students an opportunity to learn more about geriatrics and to showcase their work.


This year the theme of our publication is "Expanding Horizons: Innovative and Changing Perspectives in Geriatric Care". However, we are accepting submissions on any topic in geriatrics. We are looking for a variety of articles, commentaries, case reports/clinical encounters, creative writing, art, and photography. We are also accepting submissions for cover art. The deadline to submit isJanuary 10, 2016. Please see the attached poster for more information. Please email your submissions to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


Thank you,


NGIG Co-Editors-in-Chief

IFMSA-CFMS International Exchange Program (Summer 2016)

The CFMS Global Health Program (GHP) is pleased to announce that the application for the IFMSA-CFMS International Exchange Program (Summer 2016) is now officially open. We invite all CFMS members to partake in this exciting opportunity to experience medicine in other parts of the world.

Due to an overwhelming demand from our members, the National Exchange Officers have been working hard to increase our capacity to send students. This year, we are pleased to offer over 160 exchange agreements (up 90%+ increase from last year) with 47 countries and regions for clinical and research placements. 


Detailed information for application can be found on the Exchanges section of the CFMS website. Please carefully read and understand the FAQ section of the Exchanges section for details before applying.

The deadline to submit Step 1 (Country Match Application) is October 26, 2015 at 11:59pm EST. We encourage you to apply early. No late applications will be accepted.

Please direct all your questions and inquiries the Local Exchange Officers (LEOs) at your medical school.

Conference of Parties 21 on Climate Change - APPLY NOW!

In collaboration with the International Federation of Medical Students Associations (IFMSA), the Canadian Federation of Medical Students (CFMS) is proud to offer the following opportunity. Please note that you will need to have your application package signed off by the Vice President Global Health, prior to submission (please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ASAP).


This is to announce that we are looking for delegates to the COP 21 - the awaited Paris Climate change conference which will happen on November 30th - December 11th in Paris, France. The delegation will be composed of six (6) persons, including an IFMSA Official who will coordinate the delegation. This meeting will be overviewed by the IFMSA Liaison Officer for Public Health Issues 2015-2016.

What is COP?
Every year, the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) hosts its annual conference, known as the ‘COP’. This conference brings tens of thousands of key stake holders together from member states, Civil Society Groups and Inter Governmental Agencies from all over the world to talk about international collaboration on Climate Change. It will be an event that will be influencing global and national policy on adaptation and mitigation efforts.

All the eyes are on Paris. COP21 will be the event defining how the world will tackle climate change in the 21st century. It is expected that COP21 will serve as a platform where countries will adopt a legally binding and universal international climate agreement. This would be a first in over 20 years of climate talks!

For more information:

What about the delegation?
The delegation is expected to follow-up on the previous work achieved in prior climate change negotiations (especially COP20 and the ADP2.8-2.11), including promoting a great importance of health within the text. You can visit IFMSA Blog at for more insights on the achievements of previous delegations.

Important criteria for selection of delegates include interest and understanding of climate change issues, experience in advocacy, as well as potential to contribute to IFMSA's efforts on climate change education issues. However, we also encourage emerging members who are committed to learn new knowledge, gain new skills, and participate in IFMSA's projects even beyond the conference.

Delegates are expected to:

  • Have a basic understanding of climate change
  • Actively participate in the delegation's preparations and strategy elaboration
  • Collaborate with IFMSA Partners, such as the Global Climate & Health Alliance, the World Health Organization and YOUNGO
  • Fund their own travel expenses
  • Have a basic understanding of climate change and global health
  • Participate in the Conference of Youth 11 taking place prior to COP21
  • Attend the Climate and Health Summit (parallel event to COP21)
  • Be available for the full duration of the meeting

What do you need to do?
If you are interested, please submit the following to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. before Sunday September 25th 2015 23:59 GMT. Please put “Application to COP 21” as the subject of the e-mail. Late and incomplete submissions will not be accepted.

What do you need to submit?

  • Motivation Letter – maximum of 2 pages, explaining your interest in participating in COP21, your previous experience in the field, and your expected contributions to the delegation / IFMSA.
  • Curriculum Vitae – maximum of 2 pages
  • External Meeting Application Form (attached)
  • Certification Letter from NMO President – this should certify your membership in IFMSA and your student status. You will need to have this letter signed and stamped by the CFMS VP Global Health. Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ASAP.

Accepted applicants will receive online preparation as soon as the results are released. IFMSA commits to train, brief and prepare all delegates to the meeting; and to smoothly coordinate the delegation during the meeting.

Phlebotomy Bowl 2015

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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?
Take the eligibility quiz at or call 1 888 2 DONATE. 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



Apply for a CFMS Student Initiative Grant! (Deadline Oct 23, 2015!)

Call for Applications for CFMS Student Initiative Grants 2015-2016 Cycle

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. Click Here to download the form. 

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 member schools.

Projects will be considered based on the following guidelines and criteria:

- Enhancement of the educational expereince of Canadian Medical Students
- Enhancement of the Canadian Healthcare System
- Enhancement of the local or national community
Potential for sustainability
Practicality and level of planning in the proposal, including transparency and an Itemized budget
Bonus point awarded for proposals for projects that are deemed to have a significant potential for impact to the CFMS Member Students

** It is important to note that these criteria are general and not all-inclusive. If your project does not fill all of these criteria there is still great potential for funding **

Project guidelines:
Projects will NOT be considered if they have been recipients of CFMS Student Initiative Grants in the last 5 years (2010-2011 cycle)
- Projects will receive a maximum funding amount of $3000. Please do not increase your budget to ask
                  for this maximum, as we wish to fund as many projects as possible, however for projects with a
                  larger budget, please take note of this limit and look for funding from other sources such that
                  you are able to complete your project with only partial funding from the CFMS.
The Student Initiative Grants are NOT meant to fund academic research or travel funding to conferences for individual medical students

Projects that have received funding in the past are:
- Manitoba Perinatal Loss Education Project
- The Calgary Guide
- Western Canada's Icebowel
- NOSM's HumerUS! Magazine
- Memorial University's Rural Medicine Interest Group
Saskatoon Student Wellness Initiative Towards Community Health (SWITCH)
Dalhousie’s Student Led Clinic in Saint John, NB

The final deadline for the 2015-2016 Student Initiative Grants is October 23rd, 2015. Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for further information and to submit all applications. 

Additionally, each year the CFMS provides $500 of funding to a pre-determined event in each geographical region which unites the CFMS membership of that region. These events are: Atlantic Medical Student Conference (MUNDal), Med Games, OMSW and Ice Bowl. If you are applying for funding for one of these events, please fill out and submit the  SIGs Regional Event Funding Form.

FIGO World Congress on Gynecology and Obstetrics





Summary: Call for CFMS / IFMSA delegation to the FIGO Congress


Deadline: 16th September 2015 17:00 EST


Dear CFMS members,


It is with great pleasure we invite you to apply to be part of the official CFMS / IFMSA delegation to the FIGO Congress on October 4-9.


What is the FIGO?


The International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics (FIGO) is the only organisation that brings together professional societies of obstetricians and gynecologists on a global basis. FIGO's vision is for women of the world to achieve the highest possible standards of physical, mental, reproductive and sexual health and wellbeing throughout their lives. For over 60 years FIGO has collaborated with the world's top health and donor bodies. FIGO currently has Member Societies in 125 countries/territories. 


The 21st FIGO World Congress will take place in Vancouver, Canada from 4-9 October 2015. The beautiful city of Vancouver will play host to thousands of obstetricians and gynecologists from all over the world. The Congress Scientific Programme is shaping up to be an exciting blend of panels, workshops and interactive sessions that will provide attendees with the latest advances in quality care for women in every resource setting.


IFMSA will organize two sessions: SRH Leaders: The Next Gen and Global Surgery and Women Care in the post2015 -  What's next?


Interested? Please send a letter of intent (1 page max) and a copy of your CV to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Full registration costs will be covered, however participants will be responsible for their travel expenses and other associated costs. 


Kirkham & Jack

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