The SRPC Student Committee is comprised of medical students from across Canada
collectively committed to supporting students interested in rural and remote medicine.

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NEW: CaRMS & Electives Information Slideshows

Since we were not able to see you at Rural & Remote 2020, we put together some slideshows for the presentations we planned on delivering! We know things will be pretty different for folks applying for electives and CaRMS this year, but we hope these slideshows can inspire some students about the future and motivate others to brainstorm while they have time. These are not meant to stress you out, just mix things up during a tumultuous time. Enjoy, and please let us know if you have questions or feedback. 

CaRMS Primer:  Tips for preparing for CaRMS as a rural applicant

Rural Elective Across Canada:  A sampling of electives, including one from each province!

Jasmine Waslowski
University of Toronto, Class of 2020


Mary Freymond
University of Toronto , Class of 2021

Rural Photo Contest for SRPC Students

Details here
Photo Contest

Jasmine is a lover of community, sustainability, and everything nature. Nowadays, you’d find her cycling to the Credit Valley hospital (Mississauga), cooking vegan treats, and advertising rural medicine to everyone at UofT!

Mary grew up in Bancroft, ON and is passionate about nutrition, exercise and rural medicine. Her goal is to increase student awareness and interest in rural medicine. Mary absolutely loves being outside snowboarding, biking, camping, fishing and training for her next marathon.


Congratulations to Tristan, a fourth year medical student from University of Toronto, for winning our 2019 fall photo contest!
This beautiful picture was taken during an elective in Smithers, BC.


Keeping up with the SRPC Student Committee

•Members can request to join the RuralMed Listserv for general SRPC communications, and or the Rural Med Student Listserv to keep in touch with us via email. 
•Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for quick updates, contests, and more!
•Join your school's Rural Medicine Interest Group for SRPC information specific to your medical school


   

 


Our Committee

As a subset of the Society of Rural Physicians of Canada, we are a committee of medical students from across Canada collectively committed to supporting student interest in rural and remote medicine.  Our aim is to increase the visibility of and engagement in student-relevant rural and remote medicine initiatives nation-wide.

Our committee includes student representatives from medical schools across Canada.  Committee members contribute to subcommittees working on specific initiatives, as student representatives on SRPC Physician Committees and as liaisons between their medical school communities and the SRPC.

Our growing committee includes liaisons from the schools listed below.

Check below to see which of your classmates represents your school.

Don’t see your school on the list? It is our goal to have representation from each of the 17 schools across the country, but we still need to fill some of those spots!  Contact us at chairstudents@srpc.ca if you know someone who could fill one of these vacancies.

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School Liaisons

      • Mary Freymond - Co-Chair - Toronto - 2021

      • Avery Palmer - Co-Chair - Ottawa - 2022

      • Connor Lengkeek - Communications Chair - Alberta - 2021

      • Bethany Power - Indigenous Health rep - MUN - 2021

      • Dakotah Janes - Maternal and Newborn Care Committee rep - MUN - 2021

      • Breton Burke - Outreach Committee - Ottawa - 2022 

      • Muskaan Sachdeva - Outreach Committee Co-Chair - Toronto - 2022

      • Danielle Robinson - Residency & Electives Catalogue Chair - Queens - 2021

      • Anchaleena Mandal - Residency & Electives Catalogue - Queens - 2023

      • Tommaso Romagnoli - Residency & Electives Catalogue - Western - 2021 

      • Hannah Hopper - Residency & Electives Catalogue, School Liaison - Western - 2022

      • Michelle Lutsch - Rural & Remote Committee, School Liaison - Queens - 2021

      • Catherine Palme, Rural Specialists Committee, School Liaison - Alberta - 2022

      • Emma Barlow - Communications (website), School Liaison - MUN - 2021

      • Erik Friesen - Rural Research Rep, School Liaison - Toronto - 2022

      • Patrick Mooney - Outreach Committee, School Liaison - McGill - 2021 

      • Gemma Percival - School Liaison - Calgary - 2021

      • Sina Sedighi - School Liaison - Dalhousie - 2023

      • Corli Barnes - School Liaison - Manitoba - 2022 

      • Elisabeth Fortier - School Liaison - McMaster - 2022

      • Erika Lau - School Liaison - NOSM - 2022 

      • Marie-Ève Dufour - School Liaison - Ottawa - 2021 

      • Lauren Klammer - School Liaison - Saskatchewan - 2023

      • Emily Wiesenthal - School Liaison - UBC (South) - 2023

      • Caitlin Blewett - School Liaison - UBC (North) - 2022

      Our committee doesn’t stop there!  We have members working on numerous projects.  For more information, contact your school liaison above, join the student Listserv and get connected with us via social media!

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      Upcoming Events

      Events


         

      Have an event you’d like added to the calendar?  Send us an email request

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      Current Initiatives

      We have been expanding our SRPC Student Committee team recently and are working to form connections with all Canadian medical schools. 

      Below are some of the exciting projects that we are currently working on.

      Rural Residency Catalogue

      No matter what point you are at in medical school, it is never too early to start thinking about residency!  With the number of rural options available throughout Canada, it can become overwhelming trying to learn about them all.

      The Rural Residency Catalogue sub-committee of the SRPC student section has developed a catalogue of the sites for rural family medicine residency programs across Canada. The catalogue includes some demographic information for each city/town that hosts a rural residency program, and while this has been developed with input from the residency programs it is not designed in any way to replace the information that is available in CaRMS. If there is a contradiction between information presented in the catalogue and that presented elsewhere by a program then the information from CaRMS or directly from the school should be taken as correct.

      Our student members have worked hard to keep this document as up to date as possible, but the rural programs for Toronto have not been updated for the 2019 CaRMS cycle. Additionally, if you notice any errors in the catalogue, or if you have suggestions for how this document could be more helpful for students applying to rural residency programs in the future please let us know through our feedback link available at the end of the document.

      Rural Residency Catalogue

      Rural Electives Catalogue

      Picture this as your one-stop shop for planning rural electives as a medical student.  This is meant to complement the AFMC student portal, focusing on rural and remote elective opportunities that may not be associated with a school.  Here you will find information about the various locations across Canada that accept learners, what specialties are available in each location, how to apply to them, and practical details about the areas.

      Rural Medicine Interest Group Toolkit

      Many medical schools across Canada have a rural medicine interest group (RMIG). We created a RMIG toolkit to help medical schools create and expand rural medicine interest groups. If you would like more information about the RMIG toolkit, please contact srpcstudentoutreach@gmail.com.

      Student-focused events at the Rural & Remote Conference

      Each year, the Rural and Remote course, organized by SRPC, offers a wonderful opportunity for medical students to learn about rural medicine. Unfortunately, this year's Rural and Remote course has been cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  We hope to see you at the 20th annual Rural and Remote medicine course in Niagara Falls, ON, from April 22-24, 2021.

      Update: Since we were not able to see you at Rural & Remote 2020, we put together some slideshows for the presentations we planned on delivering! We know things will be pretty different for folks applying for electives and CaRMS this year, but we hope these slideshows can inspire some students about the future and motivate others to brainstorm while they have time. These are not meant to stress you out, just mix things up during a tumultuous time. Enjoy, and please let us know if you have questions or feedback. 

      CaRMS Primer:  Tips for preparing for CaRMS as a rural applicant

      Rural Elective Across Canada:  A sampling of electives, including one from each province!

       Social Isolation handout, designed for the general public

      Click on Image to print the PDF

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      Contests

      Rural Electives Photo Contest


      What better way to see more of our beautiful country than through rural electives?  It’s no secret that this is one of the many benefits of travelling to learn in Canada’s rural and remote areas, so we want to hear about it!  Share a cool picture you took during a rural elective this semester for your chance to win a $25 gift card of your choice! The photo could be of the hospital or clinic that you worked at, some scenery you saw, an activity you participated in during your spare time there, or anything you can think of!

      Just remember to always maintain patient confidentiality and receive consent from anyone featured in your photographs.


      Submit photos via Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.  Posts will be featured for all our submissions and winners are announced three times a year.  We look forward to seeing your submission soon!

      Photo Contest



         



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      Medical Student Essay Contest


      Thank you to the medical students and residents who submitted essays for the 2019 essay contest!
      Congratulations to the winners:
      Anastasiya Lezhanska (Hamilton, ON) with "Small Town Big Experience My First Two Weeks as a Clerk"
      &
      Dr. Laura Downing (Dartmouth, NS) with "Steady on Doc".


      Each year, the SRPC Nomination and Awards Committee hosts a rural essay contest for medical students.  Students are instructed to submit a non-fiction essay with a rural elective theme. The winners’ essays will be considered for publication in the Canadian Journal of Rural Medicine.  The winner will also win the equivalent of $500 credited towards the cost of attending the annual Rural & Remote Conference.  Eligible costs may include registration, travel to and from the conference, as well as accommodations and social events.


      Length: 500 - 1000 words

      Deadline for submission: December 31st each year.
      Contest opens September 1st each year.

      Submit your essay to: submissions@srpc.ca


      Entrant must be a member of the SRPC.  

      Find more information on this contest here.

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      Rural Research Poster Presentation


      Each year, a rural research poster session is hosted at the SRPC’s Rural & Remote Conference.  Poster proposals must include a clear research purpose, objectives, methodology, summary of the research results, and conclusion. Posters will be judged on rural relevance, research methodology, impact, clarity of presentation and ability to answer questions regarding your research.  The winner of best student research poster will win the equivalent of $500 credited towards attending the conference.


      Size: Posters are restricted to a width of 4 feet and a height of 3 feet.

      Deadline for submission: Yearly on January 7th.  Stay tuned for the contest open date each year.

      Submit your proposal as a Microsoft Word or PDF document to: rrsubmissions@srpc.ca


      Entrant must be a member of the SRPC

      Find more information on this contest here

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