Weekly Newsletter: September 26, 2022

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All Students

Opportunities and Events
Altitude Mentoring

We have an exciting opportunity for MD2026s and MD2025s to take part in a mentorship initiative. Altitude: Healthcare Mentoring is a program under the Ontario Medical Association which matches undergraduate students interested in healthcare/medicine with medical student mentors for a year. Our mandate is to empower students from underrepresented populations (low socioeconomic status, rural background, first in their family, etc.) interested in a career in healthcare.

As medical students, many of us benefited from strong role models and mentors, and Altitude gives students the opportunity to return the favour and help shape the next generation of our community’s healthcare workers. As mentors in this program, you will have the opportunity to mentor undergraduate students through one-on-one meetings and group workshops throughout the year, as well as strengthen your skills in community ownership and leadership. The deadline to apply is October 2nd, 2022 via https://forms.gle/oCwfuTFcby6eA5nm7

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to email us at altitudementoring.uottawa@gmail.com.

Peer Support Survey

Hello friends! Please take 10 minutes of your time to fill the quality improvement survey for the Ryan Séguin Peer Support Program (previously Side by Side Peer Support Program). Your participation will allow continuous improvement of the program to further meet the needs of our student community. By completing the survey, you will be eligible to win a 50$ gift card of your choice!


Medical ASL Workshop

Hello everyone! Once again, ASOC is looking to offer workshops to teach beginner medical American Sign Language (ASL) to students. Our goal is to provide more accessible health care to the Deaf and Hard of Hearing community. In this workshop, you will be taught basic medical ASL terms and phrases by Wissam Constantin – a well-known ASL teacher and advocate.

Last year, we ran 2 very successful ASL workshops and we would like to gauge student interest to attend these workshops this year. This is an amazing opportunity to gain insight into ASL and the Deaf community in a fun and immersive experience. Please fill out the google form below if you would be interested in participating in a workshop:

Link: https://forms.gle/pMdpcVBXQ6mdokRa7

CFMS President’s Tour

Join us for a special event with our Canadian Federation of Medical Students (CFMS) President, Montana Hackett, on Thursday, September 29 from 4 – 5 pm for pizza, prizes, and a chance to meet Monty and hear about the work that CFMS is doing to represent medical students across the country. Event will be in the Med Lounge at RGN 2135! Please fill out this form by Tuesday, September 27 at 11:59 pm EST so we can gauge numbers for pizza: https://forms.office.com/r/rsPfT4HNPy.

Murmurs - The Journal of Art and Healing, 10th Edition Editorial Team Recruitment

Interested in exploring the Arts and Humanities? Join the Murmurs Editorial Team! Each year, Murmurs publishes a bilingual magazine which features visual works and literary submissions from Canadian medical students to emphasize the creative elements of clinical practice and learning. We also explore a research topic related to Medicine and the Arts, which culminates in a poster presentation at the Canadian Conference on Medical Education (CCME)!

The commitment ranges between 5-8hrs/month and open positions are the following:

  • Administration/Logistics (1): Distribute call-for-submission announcements, manage magazine mail-outs, finances, social media posts.
  • Layout Editor (3): Organize submissions and oversee magazine assembly & formatting.

If interested, please complete the following application by Friday September 30th, 2022 at 11:59PM. We accept submissions in English and French. https://forms.gle/LCoD73FEbErGYztv8

You can see https://murmursmag.wordpress.com/ for online versions of our previous editions.

For more information, contact us at murmurseditors@gmail.com!

Physician Innovator

Interested in healthcare innovation/entrepreneurship? Physician Innovator (https://www.physicianinnovator.com/) has created a FB group dedicated to individuals just like you.

The group will serve as a space for Canadian MDs/residents/medical students to share interesting articles/stories, learn more about the business aspect of healthcare innovation, network with like-minded people etc.

All are welcome to join the FB group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/992159091474168

Bursaries and Research
Research Posting: Vascular Endotrauma Scoping Review

We are looking for medical students to assist with a vascular surgery research project, “Vascular Endotrauma Scoping Review”. Students involved in the project will have an opportunity to receive authorship on a high impact publication. If you are interested in surgery, emergency medicine, IR, trauma, or research, this is a perfect opportunity for you. For more information or to apply, please email your CV to ccagiannos@toh.ca.

Medical Specialties Resource Hub

The Student Wellness Committee is excited to launch a new initiative which we hope will help you explore the different specialties in medicine! The pandemic has been hard on a lot of levels. One reason that is particularly relevant to where we stand in our academic development is that we cannot explore our future career paths adequately through elective observerships. In order to mitigate this problem, we are launching the Medical Specialties Resource Hub – an initiative that is meant to be for students, by students. In the following document you will find a Resource Hub for every specialty in medicine. We have collaborated with interest groups who have provided some basic information and resources for their respective specialty. Now, we want to share the document with you and ask you to submit any type of resources that have come across and found useful (official documents, youtube video, social media links, etc.). 

Here is the document: https://docs.google.com/document/u/1/d/1_IfZ0a_zGEbJEZa-BUbzX66v2kXH8h6jFVJw6HTB1M8/edit?usp=drive_web&ouid=101066974006528520267

Equity, Diversity, Inclusivity and Anti-Racism
  • Past Meeting Minutes: click here
  • Educational Resources: click here
  • Mentoring Program for Sexual and Gender Minority (SGM) Learners:
    • In collaboration with the Medical Diversity and LGBTQ2SA+ Advocacy Group (MDAG) within the Aesculapian Society, the Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion has established a group/peer mentoring program for all SGM members within the Faculty of Medicine. Meetings are held monthly to connect SGM learners with one other and with SGM faculty. Whether you are an experienced faculty member or new to the Faculty of Medicine, if you would like to find out more about the mentoring process, are considering becoming a mentor/mentee, and/or would like to get together and network with other colleagues and faculty members from the SGM community, please contact the office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion at edifom@uottawa.ca.


Opportunities and Events
CaRMS Information Session: uOttawa Neurology

It’s CaRMS time!

The Ottawa Adult Neurology program is hosting its first info session on September 28, 20:00 EST time. Come meet some of our residents, learn more about our amazing program and ask all your questions. Link to register here: https://forms.gle/AnHTmaSdVpuPQN1a8

See you there!

COSIN Roundtable Events

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