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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)**

MEDIA ALERT: CFMS Addresses the Residency Match in the Media

MEDIA ALERT – June 5th, 2015

Recent media reports have drawn attention to the integrity of candidates participating in the residency matching process in Canada.  The Canadian Federation of Medical Students (CFMS) supports its student members in upholding the highest standards of professionalism.  To further themselves as medical professionals, medical students must ensure that their behaviour, at all times, justifies the trust that the patient and the public place in medical practitioners and the medical profession.  In accordance with the CFMS Guide to Medical Professionalism, the CFMS expects that all medical students will be honest, trustworthy and punctual when recording clinical activities and procedures and in their CVs and applications, including residency applications.

We recognize the increasingly competitive nature of the residency matching process. It is important to ensure Canadian medical graduates are able to apply their training to serve the Canadian population. Thorough career counselling and detailed predictions on the type and number of physicians needed in the future will help medical students to make evidence-based career decisions that meet society's health needs.

The Canadian Federation of Medical Students (CFMS) is the organization representing over 8,000 medical students from 14 medical student societies from coast to coast.

For more information:
Anthea Girdwood, Vice President Communications
Canadian Federation of Medical Students
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CFMS President Co-Hosts Seniors Town Hall with the CMA

Harold Albrecht, MP for Kitchener-Conestoga, together with the Canadian Medical Association (CMA) hosted a town hall meeting to consult with local seniors, health care professionals, and service providers on preparing for Canada’s aging population.

As the first wave of the baby boom generation is turning 68 this year, seniors will account for about 25% of the population by the year 2031. This nearly doubles the proportion they represent today. With that in sight, the Government of Canada recognizes the necessity of being prepared to properly care for and provide services to our more experienced generations.

Joining Mr. Albrecht on the panel for discussion was Dr. Veronique Boscart, Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) & Schlegel Industrial Research Chair for Colleges in Seniors Care, and Bryce Durafourt, President of the Canadian Federation of Medical Students (CFMS), and CMA Board Member. 

Approximately 20 participants heard presentations from the panel and posed questions or suggestions regarding addressing the needs of Canada’s aging population.

MP Harold Albrecht noted, “The presentations by Dr. Boscart and Mr. Bryce Durafourt created an environment for lively dialogue and many great suggestions for improvement in our planning for the present and future care of Canadian seniors. It was encouraging to see so many community leaders in Kitchener-Conestoga take an active interest in addressing the challenges relating to the availability of health services across the continuum of care.”

Said Mr. Durafourt, “Canadians need and deserve access to high-quality health care.  This is why the Canadian Medical Association is pleased to work with members of Parliament in their communities to hear directly about the growing and evolving needs of our aging population.” He continued, “Hearing from the citizens of Kitchener-Conestoga is a great opportunity for physicians, politicians and constituents to work together toward a strategy that is built around the needs of individuals and their families and a system that puts the patient at the centre.”

Dr. Boscart emphasized the importance of integrated geriatric knowledge in the curriculum of current heath care students and discussed the great work that is being done at Conestoga College. As well, she talked about the necessity of implementing evidence-informed practices and team work in all settings when caring for seniors. “It’s never acceptable to provide suboptimal care because one is older or has a memory problem. Poor practice and dysfunctional team communication can no longer be tolerated. It’s time to clean up, get organized and provide the best care we possibly can to our seniors who deserve nothing less than excellence in our health care system.”

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