Canadian Federation of
Medical Students

Humans of Medicine

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“I worry that as I continue through my medical career, I may become acclimatized to various sub-optimal aspects of patient care and accept them as ‘the way we’ve always done things.’ I’m realizing more and more the importance of becoming involved in advocacy and quality improvement as I continue in my studies and future practice. However, making change in a system with a limited budget and one that is entrenched in tradition will require both patients and healthcare practitioners to speak up about sub-optimal aspects of care.”

  • Medical Student, University of Western Ontario

“It feels like people around me are always looking to be the face of a new idea or a big discovery. Imagine if we all worked together instead of trying to get our own recognition or praise. I challenge you all to forget about your resumes, focus on your goals, and find people who share your vision to make it happen!”

  • Medical Student, University of Manitoba

“I was a bright-eyed first year. You were an unmatched fourth year. I asked you for advice on the road ahead. I asked, ‘how do you stay emotionally strong?’ And one of the last things you said to me was ‘it’s not that I’m emotionally strong, it’s that I’m emotionally detached.’”

  • Medical Student, University of Toronto

“My personal goal for my medical career is to be an advocate for the disadvantaged. I want to help shape a more accessible healthcare system so that all populations have access to the services they require in a culturally sensitive way.”

  • Medical Student, University of Saskatchewan

“Wherever the art of medicine is loved, there is also a love of humanity.” (Hippocrates)

  • Medical Student, McMaster University

“I’m the first in my family to go into medicine. My parents, both farmers, are my role models and my biggest inspiration. They’re two of the hardest working people I know, and have worked extraordinarily hard not only to build our farm, but to give my siblings and I every opportunity they possibly could. Without their constant encouragement and support, I would not be where I am today. No matter where I go or where my career takes me, I’m following their example. And I know they’ll be proud of me, no matter what.”

  • Medical Student, University of Manitoba