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About CFMS

Our Mission

The Canadian Federation of Medical Students is the national voice of Canadian Medical Students. We connect, support and represent our membership as they learn to serve patients and society.

Our Vision

Tomorrow’s physicians leading for health today.

Letter from the President

Joseph Boyle
CFMS Interim President

Dear fellow medical student,

Congratulations! I am so proud to welcome you to our Canadian Federation of Medical Students (CFMS) family. The CFMS is a community of over 8,300 medical students across 15 schools, coast to coast. It is our mission to connect, support, and represent you as you learn the skills and knowledge necessary to serve society as a physician.

1. Connect: We host two General Meetings a year—these are opportunities for you to come and network with medical students from across Canada and discuss hot topics in medical education. We also facilitate cross-school collaboration through our roundtables. Sign up for our Communications team’s bi-weekly Communiqué through our website to learn about opportunities and resources for you!

2. Support: We strive to ensure that learner wellness is a top priority at all schools. Our Student Affairs portfolio supports members through programming such as our National Wellness Challenge. Our Finance team provides granting opportunities to support local and national student-led initiatives. We have a wide array of member discounts and resources so make sure to create an account on our website!

3. Represent: We represent your interests to national medical organizations to ensure that your concerns are always heard and considered. These include the Association of Faculties of Medicine in Canada (AFMC – the medical school deans), the Canadian Resident Matching Service (CaRMS – organizes our residency match), and the Canadian Medical Association (CMA – national physician representative body). Our Education portfolio has seats at many of these tables and works hard to improve your learning experience.

Furthermore, our Global Health portfolio supports grassroots global health initiatives and connects members to the International Federation of Medical Students Associations through international exchanges. Our Government Affairs portfolio provides opportunities for you to learn and apply advocacy skills such as through our National Day of Action, where students across Canada meet with MPs on Parliament Hill to discuss national health-related issues.

Medical school is a challenge at the best of times, and the year ahead will certainly be more challenging than most. Although national bodies can often feel distant, I encourage you to make it feel connected by getting involved and becoming part of our vision of Tomorrow’s Physicians Leading for Health Today. Whatever your background, passion, or skill sets, there is always a place for you at the CFMS. I look forward to meeting and working with you this year!

Take care, be kind,

Joseph Boyle

CFMS Interim President