Canadian Federation of
Medical Students

Government Affairs and Advocacy

Welcome to the Government Affairs and Advocacy branch of the CFMS!

We are passionate about supporting medical student advocacy at the federal, provincial, and local level. Supporting an effective and sustainable health care system is our shared goal. As we advocate for the interests of Canadian medical students and patients in discussions with the federal government, we invite you to connect with us to ensure we provide excellent representation.

What do we do?

  1. Day of Action: Each year, medical students from across Canada gather in Ottawa to meet with Parliamentarians and propose positive changes for the Canadian health care system. In February 2020, our theme was Access to Contraception.
  2. Policy Documents and Position Statements: Policy documents and position statements are evidence-based resources that identify the Canadian medical student perspective for a variety of health systems issues. These documents guide our advocacy efforts. All members of the CFMS are invited to contribute to policy creation.
  3. Task Forces: We have a variety of strong student-led task forces on emergent topics and health issues. 
  4. Advocacy Education: We seek to provide medical students with the resources and skills they need to become better advocates for their patients and communities. Learn more about our CFMS Longitudinal Advocacy Training Series and the Advocacy Toolkit.

For More Information:

Sehjal Bhargava, Director Government Affairs
Canadian Federation of Medical Students
[email protected]