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2016-04-11: Welcome to our 2016-2017 MSS Council!

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Hello everyone,

Congratulations to all the candidates in this year's MSS elections! You all ran impressive, thoughtful campaigns and brought a bunch of interesting ideas to the table. It's encouraging to see so much interest in the MSS! 

To next year's council - welcome! The opportunity to represent your student body is truly a privilege and the 2015-2016 council can't wait to start working with you. How quickly a year goes by...

Have a great week!

Kyle St. Louis
MSS VP Internal 2015-2016


Table of Contents

  • Wine and Cheese: Childhood Cancer Canada Foundation (April 28, 18h00)
  • Full Spectrum of Family Medicine: Presentation by the CFPC and CQMF Presidents!
  • Wellness Forum Wed April 27
  • McGill Journal of Medicine Launch Event - April 18th
  • Pam and Rolando Del Maestro William Osler Medical Students Essay Awards
  • "The Civics of Dying Well" - Council on Palliative Care
  • Apply to be an exec for UAEM McGill!
  • Canadian Association for Neuroscience - Bacon + Eggheads Breakfast Meeting
  • Volunteers Needed
  • Furniture - all kinds
  • 1 Bedroom Apartment Monkland April 15 or May 1
  • 2+1 Bedroom Apartment for Rent: Parc and des Pins
  • Studio for Rent on Simpson Street!

Wine and Cheese: Childhood Cancer Canada Foundation (April 28, 18h00)


Did you know that in Canada, childhood cancer remains the #1 disease causing death in children – more deaths than asthma, diabetes, cystic fibrosis and AIDS combined! However, only 3% of all cancer research dollars are directed to childhood cancer research. And yet, saving lives of children with cancer gives them over 70 years of life’s milestones and dreams to celebrate! With childhood cancer research being severely underfunded each year and the impact we could have to reverse this, a group of 4 McGilll medical students will be holding a fundraising event to support the fight against childhood cancer, in collaboration with the Medical Students Society (MSS).

The event will take place Thursday, April 28 at 18h00 in the Bellini atrium.

This event will feature a wine and cheese, a talk by Dr Nada Jabado (a world renowned hemato-oncologist that specialises in the field of pediatric brain cancers), a head shaving event, silent auction and many more!

This is the first time McGill medical students are participating in such a fundraiser and our goal is to raise $10,000! We would like to go beyond this goal and rival other medical schools that have been doing this for years now, such as UOttawa and UToronto. So please come unwind with some wine and cheese and get togther, all for a great cause!

Tickets are $25 available at:

You can also join our team if you want to pledge to cut/shave your hair, or make a donation directly by visiting our webpage at
All funds go directly to Childhood Cancer Canada, the country’s leading foundation dedicated to funding national research while delivering critical education, community and connectivity programs to children with cancer and their families.

Full Spectrum of Family Medicine: Presentation by the CFPC and CQMF Presidents!

MSS Clubs

Decided/Undecided about Family Medicine? Want to know more about +1s, Certificate of Added Competency and the difference between the 2?

FamSIG is hosting its first presentation by both Dr. Jennifer Hall, president of the CFPC (College of Family Physicians) and Dre. Maxine Dumas-Pilon, president of CQMF (Collège québécois des médecins de famille). The two presidents will be talking about the Family Medicine landscape in Canada and in Quebec.

To mark this big event, FamSIG and the CFPC will be providing SUSHI and notebooks for registered participants.

Spots are limited! To register:

Wellness Forum Wed April 27

MSS Clubs

The Medical Student Wellness committee is hosting a public forum for all med students. We want to know the wellness issues students are facing, the barriers and resources that hinder and promote student wellness and what, if anything, students would like to see change!

This data will shape our advocacy with the Faculty and will help us better respond to student needs.

Come out on Wednesday, April 27 at 6:30pm in room 206 of McIntyre and tell us what you need to be healthier next year!

McGill Journal of Medicine Launch Event - April 18th

Faculty of Medicine

We would like to invite you to the McGill Journal of Medicine’s Launch Event for our new online platform!

Come by to meet this year’s MJM editorial team, learn how to get involved, how to publish and let us share with you our vision for MJM’s future. We would love to hear what your priorities are at McGill and how MJM can help you whether it is through workshops on peer-review and editing or brown bag lunches with different experts.

Wine and appetizers will be served, hope to see you there!

Please RSVP on the Facebook event page:

Date: Monday April 18
Time: 4-6pm
Location: Bellini Life Sciences Building - Atrium

Pam and Rolando Del Maestro William Osler Medical Students Essay Awards

Faculty of Medicine

We are looking for submissions for the annual Pam and Rolando Del Maestro William Osler Medical Students Essay Competition! This is a great opportunity for students to explore any theme of interest to them in the history, social studies, sociology, ethics, and humanities of the health sciences.

PRIZES: $250 for third place, $500 for second place, $1000 for first place (and the Osler Library Board of Curators' medal)

(Tentative) deadline for submission (1 page proposal) is MAY 2, 2016. The essay will be written over the summer, and submitted in OCTOBER 2016.

**Essays in the humanities category of Research Fundamentals I qualify for submission** There is also the possibility of exemption from RFII for completion of the project (to be discussed)

There will be an info session (FREE FOOD) on April 18, 2016 at LUNCH. Details to come.
More info on the essay competition here:

"The Civics of Dying Well" - Council on Palliative Care

Faculty of Medicine

19th Annual Sandra Goldberg Lecture

The Council on Palliative Care, in its series Lessons in Living from the Dying, presents Dr. B. J. Miller.

“The Civics of Dying Well”
Tuesday, May 3, 2016, 6:00 P.M.
Charles Martin Amphitheatre, 6th Floor
McIntyre Medical Sciences Building, McGill University

Dr. B.J. Miller is a hospice and palliative care specialist in San Francisco, California. He brings unique experience to his role as Executive Director of Zen Hospice Project (ZHP). An electrical shock sustained while a Princeton undergraduate nearly cost him his life. He managed to survive but lost both legs below the knee and half of one arm. Through this lens, BJ has developed an extraordinary sense of presence and understanding that he shares freely with patients, community and the Zen Hospice Project. As executive director of this non-profit organization since 2011, BJ oversees its pioneering integration of social and medical services grounded in spirituality and humanity.

Working from the vantage point of death as an essential part of life, he is also actively engaged in cultivating a larger dialogue about this universal experience - as much through ZHP’s own human-centered model of care as through exploratory work with the international design firm IDEO, participation in various healthcare policy initiatives, including San Francisco’s Palliative Care Task Force, and through public speaking including the closing talk at TED2015, all helping to make empathy-driven end-of-life care available to all.

Following undergraduate studies in art history at Princeton, BJ received his MD at University of California San Francisco (UCSF) as a Regents' Scholar and completed his internal medicine residency at Cottage Hospital in Santa Barbara, CA, where he served as chief resident. He completed a fellowship in Hospice & Palliative Medicine at Harvard Medical School, with clinical duties split between Massachusetts General Hospital and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.
BJ also serves as Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine at UCSF, and is an attending specialist for the Symptom Management Service of the UCSF Helen Diller Comprehensive Cancer Center, one of the country’s very first outpatient palliative care clinics.

Apply to be an exec for UAEM McGill!

Other (Medical)

The McGill Students' Chapter of Universities Allied for Essential Medicine is looking for two individuals to join our exec team for the 2016-2017 school year. We are a club and working group of students striving to pressure the university administration to adopt an open-access framework for tech transfers to the private sector for innovations related to global health. We are looking for a VP Finance and a VP Events to help manage the club's day-to-day operations as well as join the fight to make access to essential medicine equitable. Please contact to apply by May 1.

Canadian Association for Neuroscience - Bacon + Eggheads Breakfast Meeting

Other (Medical)

Dear Colleagues,

The Canadian Association for Neuroscience has recently joined the Partnership Group for Science and Engineering (PAGSE), a cooperative association of more than 25 national organizations in Science and Engineering, representing approximately 50,000 individual members from the industry, academia, and government sectors. It was formed in June 1995 at the invitation of the Academy of Science of the Royal Society of Canada to represent the Canadian science and engineering community to the Government of Canada.
PAGSE, in partnership with the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC), sponsors a monthly breakfast meeting known as “Bacon and Eggheads”, to inform parliamentarians about recent advances in science and engineering.

In April, the subject of the Bacon & Eggheads Breakfast will be:
Exploring a simulated brain: from human behaviour to drug effects by Chris Eliasmith, University of Waterloo
We invite our members to participate in this event to meet parliamentarians interested in brain research.

Date: Thursday, April 14, 2016
Time: 7:30 am - 8:30 am (buffet breakfast is ready beginning at 7am & the talk begins at 7:45 am)
Location: Parliamentary Dining Room, Centre Block.
Registration deadline: Monday April 11th. Due to security measures on Parliament Hill, pre-registration is required. Register now. (Cost: $25. Limited seating. Payment must be made in advance by credit card. No refunds for cancellations after April 11th. No charge to Members of the House of Commons, Senators and Media.)

Get more details about this event on the PAGSE website.

Please consider attending this event, and encourage your local MP to attend!

Katalin Toth
Chair of the Canadian Association for Neuroscience Advocacy Committee

Version française
L'Association canadienne des neurosciences s'est récemment jointe au Partenariat en faveur des sciences et de la technologie (PFST), une association coopérative qui regroupe une vingtaine d’organismes nationaux dans le domaine des sciences et de la technologie représentant environ 50 000 individus membres provenant de l’industrie, du milieu universitaire et du gouvernement. Il a été constitué en 1995 à l’invitation de l’Académie des sciences de la Société royale du Canada pour représenter la collectivité des sciences et de l’ingénierie du Canada auprès du gouvernement du Canada.

Le PFST, en collaboration avec le Conseil de recherches en sciences naturelles et en génie (CRSNG), propose chaque mois un petit déjeuner-causerie sous le titre « Petit déjeuner avec des têtes à Papineau », qui a pour but de renseigner les parlementaires sur les derniers progrès scientifiques et technologiques.

En avril, le déjeuner aura pour titre:

Étudier le cerveau virtuel : du comportement humain aux effets des médicaments, avec Chris Eliasmith, University of Waterloo (en anglais seulement)

Date : jeudi, le 14 avril 2016 de 7 h 30 à 8 h 30 (la présentation commence à 7 h 45)
Lieu : Restaurant parlementaire, édifice du Centre
Date limite d'inscription : lundi le 11 avril. En raison d'un renforcement des mesures de sécurité au Parlement, la pré-inscription est maintenant obligatoire. Inscrivez-vous maintenant.
Coût : 25 $ Les places sont limitées. Le paiement doit être effectué à l'avance par carte de crédit. Il n'y aura pas de remboursement après le 11 avril 2016. Gratuit pour les députés, les sénateurs et les membres de la presse.

Obtenez tous les détails sur le site du PFST.

Considérez la possibilité de participer à cet événement, et encouragez votre député à y être!

Katalin Toth
Présidente du Comité de représentation de l'Association canadienne des neurosciences

Volunteers Needed

Other (Non Medical)


Anyone interested in Music, Fundraising, and supporting the Montreal Children's Hospital Foundation is welcome to contact me to volunteer for the upcoming event 'Symphonic Smiles' - a benefit concert and silent auction happening on May 6th 2016 at the St. Patrick's Basilica.

Best regards,

Etienne St-Louis
MDCM Class of 2013
PGY-3 General Surgery


Furniture - all kinds

Looking to sell all furniture, recently graduated and moving provinces. Cash only, need to be able to transport yourself, elevator in building. Most furniture only 2-3 years old. Also have a Yamaha Keyboard (piano).

Desk with extendable surface ($179 +tax) now $75, mild wear and tear where veneer has warn off, small chips on corners.
Filing cabinet, ikea ($79 +tax) now $40, good condition. 
SHARP 42" TV ($499 +tax) now $300, perfect condition, have box.
Extendable dining room table, ($299 +tax), good condition $150
4 matching dining room chairs ($80 + tax), good condition with red cushions $50
Hemnes Ikea Queen Bed frame ($329 +tax), excellent condition $250
Hemnes Ikea side table (tall) ($69 +tax), excellent condition $30
Hemnes Ikea side cabinets (2) (matches other bedroom furniture - no longer sold) ($49), $50 for both
Hemnes Ikea 3 drawer dresser ($169), good condition $90
Hemnes Ikea 3 drawer dresser with vanity mirror, some small wear and tear $90
Hemnes Ikea wardrobe ($349) small damage to back wall (not visible from front) $250
Ivar Ikea Shelves (2) ($113) - $50 each, have baskets/drawers that insert too - negotiable
Hesstun Ikea queen mattress ($499 +tax) for $300, always had protective cover used. Only 2 years old. 
Armchair, light green, Ikea (no longer sold) - good condition, most comfortable chair ever! $300
Couch, ikea, eggplant, three seater, some signs of wear and tear (scratch marks on one arm) $200
Coffee Table, ikea, $75
Coffee side tables (2), ikea, $25 each. 
Yamaha Keyboard (piano) weighted keys, with stand and bench, metronome, $400. 
Seinhauser cordless earphones $40

Name: Danielle Chard

Phone number: 514 441 1174
Contact email:


1 Bedroom Apartment Monkland April 15 or May 1

Looking for a lease transfer, my lease ends May 31st, looking for someone to take over the lease as of April 15 or May 1st. I'm leaving as I've finished school and have a job set up in BC. I'm also selling all the furniture seen in these pictures, feel free to enquire about this as well. 
Beautiful 1 bedroom apartment in Monkland, 5 min walk to Monkland Ave, Villa Maria Stn, and many buses to go downtown, major hospitals etc. 

Monkland is a vibrant area with tons of restaurants, cafés, Metro and Provigo about 10 min walk. Plenty of bakers, grocers near by. Large recreation centre with pool, YMCA with pool ~ 20 min walk or easy bus ride. 

3rd floor of 4 floor quiet building. Building is well maintained and caretakers are very responsive. 
Spacious with large living area and large bedroom. 
Hard wood floors, nice moulding details. 
Small balcony
Laundry in building (3 washers, 3 dryers, card operated, never occupied when I needed them). 
Utilities: Radiators with hydro bill ~$20/month. Not too hot, not too cold!
Lots of closet space, and storage unit in basement comes with apartment (no extra cost). 
Parking in building, I think there is a small cost associated with this.
Unclear about pets, I think it might be possible to have a cat or small dog. You will have to discuss with landlord/landlady. 

Rent is $995 for May, then $1005.00 for rest of lease. 

Name: Danielle Chard

Phone number: 514 441 1174
Contact email:


2+1 Bedroom Apartment for Rent: Parc and des Pins

 FOR RENT: 2+1 bedroom apartment at des Pins and Hutchison, available July 2016. Spacious, GREAT location (close to bus stop, metro, grocery, McGill), large kitchen, vaulted ceilings, hardwood floors, storage, common laundry area. $1600/month or $2000/month furnished. Building has a noise bylaw agreement. Phone or text Cheryl @ 514 457 1898 for more info.
Name: Cheryl

Phone number: 514-457-1898
Contact email:


Studio for Rent on Simpson Street!


Ideal for students/residents:

10 min walk to McIntyre/ MGH/guy metro station
15 min by bus to Jewish/ St-Mary's
30 min by metro to the Glen

1 1/2 renovated, furnished studio. Located on the 9th floor, it has a nice view on downtown and is sunny.
The building has 24 hrs security, recently renovated indoor pool & sauna.
The rental fee includes: heating, hot-water, electricity.
Rental fee:  850$/month without parking.
Apartment is available July 1st 2016.

Interested? Want to see pictures?
Email me

Name: Magdolna Velki

Phone number:514 916 8874


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