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The official Canadian Physician Health Institute launch took place during the Newfoundland and Labrador Medical Association AGM on June 8th. Dr. John Haggie, past-President of the CMA, was on hand with me and Lee Gould, CEO of the Canadian Medical Foundation. We spoke about the fact that CPHI is now operational, announced the funding recipients and unveiled our new promotional video.
FM CFS Canada 2013 Essay Competition
This competition will award two first prizes of $1000.00 (one for the leading female entrant and one for the leading male entrant) and two second-place prizes of $500.00 (to the runner up female entrant and male entrant)
The essay title agreed by the Board of Directors of FM CFS Canada is:
“If a diagnosis is made (FM, ME or CFS) what can we learn from Patients?”
FM-CFS Canada has amended their scoring criteria and these are available to entrants in annex1. Essay entrants will see that FM-CFS Canada is trying to steer the essays to contain more personal insights as opposed to recreating medical journal material.
Specifically FM-CFS Canada would also like to provide to intended essayists some guidance in that their papers should consider and reflect 2-3 specifics like pain issues, treatments of choice, the role their physicians played in treatment, resources patients accessed etc. Please see the attached document for further information.
We also provide a link to past essays http://fm-cfs.ca/patients/whatsnew/FM-CFSCanada.pdf so that essayists can see what has been done in the past and what resources have been used in research for essay material. This should allow entrants to use more of their time formulating personal insights.
Essays will be adjudicated in accordance with criteria in the annex 1.
Closing dates for entries is Friday August 9th, 2013. Winners will be announced at the AGM of the Canadian Federation of Medical Students held in Vancouver on the 20th-22nd September 2013.
Dear Medical Student,
As the national representative of Canadian medical students, the Canadian Federation of Medical Students (CFMS) represents you and your colleagues on many national bodies. When possible, and appropriate, the CFMS selects talented individuals to represent medical students to these organizations and this is your chance to get involved. These positions are a great opportunity to represent your colleagues and to learn. At this time, we would like to call for applications for representatives to the following FMEC PG Transitions Working Groups:
What is FMEC PG?
The Future of Medical Education in Canada Postgraduate (FMEC PG) Project sets out a vision for educating the kind of doctors Canada needs—today and in the future. Part of this vision is for all physicians, by the end of their training, to possess the clinical expertise necessary to practice medicine based on the principles of quality, safety, professionalism, and patient-centred and team-based care.
The CFMS is looking for student representatives for the following working groups affiliated with the Transitions Sub-Committee:
Transition to Practice – this group will examine the final phase of residency training, and develop models that enhance the preparation of physicians for practice
Application to the Transitions to Residency committee is limited to students entering their final year of training
A detailed description of the position and application instructions can be found in the attached pdf.
Are you passionate about global health issues?
The CFMS Global Health Program has the opportunity to support Canadian medical students in attending the International Federation of Medical Students Associations (IFMSA) Meeting in Santiago, Chile from August 1st to 7th, 2013. The usual annual meeting which takes place in August has been changed slightly. It is brining together a smaller number of delegates for the purpose of speaking in depth about the organization and how it is governed. The theme of this year’s August meeting is “ehealth: technology-based medicine. Bringing future into present”. Successful applicants will be granted funding to cover the cost of registration and accommodation for the meeting, as well as up to $1000 to assist with travel expenses. The applicant is responsible for all other costs associated with attending.
CFMS is hoping for delegates with experience or interest in governance, strategic planning, bylaw and constitutional reform, and international policy.
VP Global Health
The Canadian Resident Matching Service (CaRMS) and the Canadian Federation of Medical Students (CFMS) have collaborated to reach out to medical students to clarify an event that occurred on match day for the 2013 R-1 Main Residency Match and hopefully in doing so answer your questions and address your concerns.
At CaRMS, we recognize the important role our organization plays in your career path and we understand that a glitch in our services can give rise to anxiety throughout the medical education community. Such was the case when our online interface displayed 21 incorrect match results on match day. We would like to take this opportunity to explain exactly what occurred – and more importantly, what did not occur – to alleviate any concerns about the accuracy of the match and validity of its results.
Please find the full letter of explanation here, with both English and French versions included.
What a wonderful Spring General Meeting along side the Canadian Conference on Medical Education this April 2013! Students from across the country participated in discussions about medical education and global health, as well as passed some important position papers about social media and professionalism and the social determinants of health. In addition, Jesse Kancir from the University of Toronto was announced as our CFMS President-Elect!
For a comprehensive update from CFMS President Robin Clouston, see the attached letter.
The Canadian Federation of Medical Students is now accepting applications for the positions of National Exchange Officer Assistant and National Exchange Officer for Incoming Students. Details about these two positions and how to apply can be found here for the NEO-A and here for the NEO-IN.
Interested students should submit their application no later than Friday, May 31, 2013.