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CFMS SGM 2015: Registration is NOW OPEN!

Join us in Vancouver BC for the CFMS Spring General Meeting, in conjunction with the Canadian Conference on Medical Education, April 23-25, 2014!

The Spring General Meeting is an opportunity for Canadian medical students to get together and discuss important medical education, advocacy, global health, wellness issues, and more. Join the conversation, get involved, we want to hear from you!

Registration for SGM 2015 is now open. Please direct any registration inquiries to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

*Those applying for travel funding - please do not register until after results have been announced.

REGISTRATION FEES: Registration fee is $130 per delegate, payable by cash or cheque to CFMS or in person at SGM 2015. This DOES NOT include hotel accommodations. Students must arrange for their own hotels (excluding CFMS-funded delegates).

*NEW*: This year, all SGM 2015 attendees MUST register for CCME and will be required to pay a $50 student fee.

CFMS SGM 2015: Call for Nominations - CFMS President-Elect (DEADLINE April 24t

Dear Medical Students,

It is my pleasure to announce that nominations are now open for the position of President-Elect of the Canadian Federation of Medical Students (CFMS).

Nominations Process:

Interested individuals must forward their names and full contact information by email to Dr. Jesse Kancir, CFMS Past President, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by 5:00 pm PST on Friday April 24th, 2015.

Nominations will close strictly at this time. Any CFMS member student may run. While previous experience with the workings of the CFMS is strongly encouraged, it is not required.

Election Process:

The election will take place at the CFMS Spring General Meeting (SGM) which will be held April 24th – 25th, 2015, in Vancouver, BC. Votes will be cast by medical student society representatives and members of the Federation's executive, as detailed in the organization's bylaws. Candidates will be expected to deliver a short speech of no more than 4 minutes to the voters, either in person, by proxy or by electronic means. Designated time constraints must be followed. An opportunity for questions will then be given to the floor. You must notify Dr. Jesse Kancir one week prior to the meeting if you wish to deliver a speech by alternative means i.e., video, recorded audio, etc.

Please contact Dr. Jesse Kancir, Past President, for further information at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and see www.cfms.org for position description.

Sincerely,

Dr. Jesse Kancir, MD

Past President

Canadian Federation of Medical Students

 

For the full letter, please click here.

CFMS SGM 2015: Call for Resolutions (DEADLINE April 3rd, 2015)

Medical societies, meeting delegates and member medical students are invited to put forward resolutions for discussion and debate at the CFMS Spring General Meeting during the Members Resolutions Session (tentatively scheduled for Saturday, April 25th, 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 (and all resolutions including amounts greater than $1000 must be submitted 14 days in advance of SGM) .

Resolutions must be received by Anthea Girdwood, CFMS SGM Chair, by e-mail at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  on or before Friday, April 3rd, 2015 at 17:00 PST to be pre-circulated to SGM delegates.  For Executive sponsorship consideration and for assessment of resolutions with associated costs greather than $1000, submit by Friday April 10th, 2015 17:00PST.  To be considered at SGM, submit by Friday, April 24th, 2015 at 17:00 PST.

For full details, please see the attached document.

Winter External Representative Appointments

The Nominations Committee of the CFMS has recently concluded its Winter Call for External Representatives. We were extremely impressed with both the number and calibre of applicants.
It is our pleasure to announce the successful applicants as follows: 
 

CFMS Jr. Representative to the Committee on the Accreditation of Canadian Medical Schools (CACMS) - Cynthia Min (University of British Columbia) 

 

CFMS Rep to the Canadian Medical Association Specialist Forum - Yousif Atwan (University of Western Ontario) 

 

CMAJ Student Humanities Blog Editor - English - Teresa Li (University of Alberta) 

 

CMAJ Student Humanities Blog Editor - French - Nina Nguyen (Université de Sherbrooke)

 

CMA Committee on Ethics - Baljot Chahal (Billy) (University of Alberta) 

 

CMA General Practitioners Forum - Colin Siu (University of Alberta) 

Thank you to all students who applied.

If you have any questions or concerents about the CFMS' external representatives or the appointment process, please do not hesitate to contact John Schulte (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) or Kendra Komsa (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ), the Nominations Committee chairs,

National Geriatrics Interest Group 2015 Award Opportunities (DUE March 13 2015

The National Geriatrics Interest Group (NGIG) is currently accepting applications for The J.L. NGIG Student Leadership Award and for the NGIG Research Award. These awards, valued at $500 each, are a great way for students to be recognized for all the hard work they have done in the area of geriatrics.

The deadline for submissions is March 13, 2015 and the awards will be presented at the Canadian Geriatrics Society Conference occurring in Montreal, Quebec from April 16-18, 2015. The award descriptions and application instructions for each have been attached in both French and English. Any questions about these awards can be forwarded to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

J.L. NGIG Student Leadership Award - English and French

NGIG Research Award – English and French

Don't forget to like the National Geriatrics Interest Group on Facebook and follow us on Twitter @NGIG1415 to hear more about awards, events and our #whygeriatricswednesday initiative!

RBC Leadership Awards: NOW OPEN! (DUE March 13th)

Applications for the CFMS-RBC Leadership are now being accepted! For more details on how to apply, please click here.

The CFMS and RBC want to recognize some of the passionate, dedicated and caring medical student leaders across Canada who have made innovative contributions to their schools and communities. In recognition of their achievements, one student from each of the 14 member schools of the Canadian Federation of Medical Students (CFMS) will receive a Medical Student Leadership Award consisting of a certificate of recognition and a cash prize of $2500.

Applications are due by 11:59pm EST, Friday, March 13, 2015.

*Please be aware that NO EXCEPTIONS WILL BE MADE TO THIS DEADLINE. Applications received after this time, regardless of the reason, will be automatically disqualified.

Winners will be notified via email and announced at the CFMS Spring General Meeting, April 24 – 26, 2015.

For more information please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

*UPDATE* CFMS Question on Pharmacare Jan 29th in the Senate

*UPDATE*

Please click here to view the full discussion in Senate.  It would seem our question launched a small debate!  Congratulations, Advocacy Team!

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Great success on Pharmacare from out Advocacy Team!

Today, Senator Cowan will be asking our question on a universal Pharmacare strategy during Question Period in the Canadian Senate.  You can view the full question here. It is possible that other Senators will also rise to ask supplementary questions on our topic, resulting in a fullsome Pharmacare conversation today in Ottawa.

The question will be asked at the Senate session on January 29th, 2015 at 1:30PM.

If you would like to listen live to Senate proceedings you can do so here(click the one marked “Sen Sitting”).

A special congratulations to Vivian Tam, Lucy Soudek, and Henry Annan for their efforts advocating for Pharmacare!

Kirkham & Jack

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Phone: 613-565-7740
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