the Society of Rural Physicians of Canada


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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Student Committee Co-Chairs

Jasmine Waslowski
University of Toronto, Class of 2020

Brooke Edwards
Western University, Class of 2019

Fall 2018 rural photo contest.

Details here: student_photo_contest 

Deadline for submission is November 30, 2018 at 24:00 PST. 

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!

Brooke is a fourth year medical student at Western. She loves dogs, science, and food in no particular order. She's passionate about rural medicine, with special interests in women’s health, and emergency medicine.

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

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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 of about 20 students includes 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 if you know someone who could fill one of these vacancies.


School Liaisons

University of Alberta:  Julia Kuzyk, Class of 2020
McMaster University:
  Alex Pearce, Class of 2019
Northern Ontario School of Medicine:  
Victoria Shaw, Class of 2019

University of Saskatchewan:
Emmett Harrison, Class of 2019
University of Ottawa:
  Olwyn Foley, Class of 2019
Queen’s University:
 Laura MacMillan-Jones, Class of 2018
University of Toronto:
  Mary Allison, Class of 2021
Western University: 
Tommaso Romagnoli, Class of 2021

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

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


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.  This catalogue will be a compilation of this information to make it more readily accessible.

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 Mentorship Program

Mentors can have an immense impact on your medical training.  We are currently rolling out a project that matches medical students with an interest in rural medicine with mentors working in a rural area.  Starting at Western University, we are hoping to eventually expand to more areas.

Rural Medicine Interest Group Toolkit

A large number of medical schools across Canada currently have Rural Medicine interest groups.  Part of the role of our committee is to facilitate connections between these groups. We are currently developing a toolkit for students to start up or expand a similar group at their school.

Student-focused events at the Rural & Remote Conference

At past Rural & Remote Conference we featured a student lunch that was open to all student to attendees.  We received positive feedback on this and are hoping to include more student-oriented events in future R&R conferences.  We hope to see you at the next Rural & Remote Conference in Halifax NS - stay tuned for the schedule of student events closer to the date!

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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!
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Medical Student Essay Contest

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: Yearly on December 31.  Stay tuned for the contest open date each year.

Submit your essay to:

Entrant must be a member of the SRPC.  

Find more information on this contest here.


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:

Entrant must be a member of the SRPC. 

Find more information on this contest here.

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