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2016-04-25: SPCI funding, Student Wellness Forum and Technical Glitches

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Hi everyone!

It's a quieter week this week, but make sure to check out the MSS Medical Student Wellness forum and the two wine+cheeses coming up this week. Also, it was brought to my attention that some of you were having issues submitting content to this week's Murmur - sorry about that! The issue has been fixed so feel free to re-submit for next week - let me know if you experience any further issues. 

And don't forget your SPCI funding applications! They're due on Wednesday :)

Have a great week everyone (and see you at OAP!)

Kyle St. Louis
MSS VP Internal 2015-2016



Weekly calendar of events

Mon Apr 25

Tues Apr 26

Wed  Apr 27

Thurs Apr 28

Fri  Apr 29

Sat Apr 30

Sun  Apr 31




Free 5a7 RBC cocktail (17h00, Place Ville-Marie)



Medical Student Wellness Forum (18h30, McIntyre 206)


"Alive Inside" film screening (19h00, Moyse Hall)

Childhood Cancer Canada wine + cheese fundraiser (18h00, Bellini auditorium)






Table of Contents

  • SPCI Funding: 2016 Application Period is Now Open!
  • Medical Student Wellness Forum Wednesday Apr 27 6:30pm
  • Talking with "Difficult" Patients
  • Medical Humanities & Arts Events - Whole Person Care Film Series
  • 4th and LAST Edition of Première Ligne now online!
  • CHAP Opportunity with Phonetree: Medical Translation Services!
  • Volunteers Needed: Reflection Day on Housing Instability and Homelessness
  • Fundamentals of Global Health Course
  • CMEQ 2016 - La technologie et le médecin de la génération Y
  • 2+1 Bedroom Apartment for Rent: Parc and des Pins
  • Studio for Rent on Simpson Street!
  • Cheap studio in downtown Montreal

SPCI Funding: 2016 Application Period is Now Open!


It is the TIME of the YEAR, once again! SPCI spring 2016 funding applications are now open!

SPCI provides funding to support student-led projects that would benefit the Montreal community and/or McGill students. Last fall 2015, SPCI granted funding to over 14 student initiatives! Here is your chance! Do you have a project in mind? Do you need monetary assistance? We want to hear from you! We want to financially support your project!

Deadline: April 27th by 23h59. Please email for the application form OR check your school FB groups and mcgill emails!

Medical Student Wellness Forum Wednesday Apr 27 6:30pm

MSS Clubs

Have ideas about what needs to be done to improve student wellness? Come to the wellness forum and have your voice heard! You'll be seated in small groups and will be given 10-15 minutes to brainstorm the answers to the following questions:

★ What are the wellness issues students experience?
★ What barriers keep students from being well?
★ What are the resources and strengths that exist in our Faculty?
★ What, if anything, would you like to see change?

This data will shape the Medical Student Wellness committee's advocacy with the Faculty and will help us better respond to student needs.

The forum will be on Wednesday, April 27 at 6:30 pm in room 206 of McIntyre. If you can't make it, but still want to let us know what you think, please use this form!:

Talking with "Difficult" Patients

MSS Clubs

McPIG (McGill Psychiatry Interest Group) is pleased to invite you to a dynamic discussion about how to talk with "difficult" patients -- with special guests Dr Ronald Fraser and Dr Melanie Bilbul!

No matter what your field of medicine, you'll encounter "difficult" patients. What does this mean, exactly? Who is the "difficult" patient, and what makes them be considered as such? What clinical skills and knowledge does consideration of the "difficult" patient call upon us to develop?

The event will take place on Tuesday, May 3, at 6:30pm in Thomson House, Room 404. Come for stories, tips, and clinical approaches for working with challenging patients. As usual, dinner will be provided!

We will be joined by:
Dr Ronald Fraser (Head, Inpatient Detoxification Services, Addictions Unit, & Director, Extended Care Borderline Personality Disorder Clinic at the MUHC)
Dr Melanie Bilbul (Psychiatry Resident at McGill, Borderline Personality Disorder Clinic at JGH)

To help us know how much food to prepare, please RSVP at Please see for updates!

Medical Humanities & Arts Events - Whole Person Care Film Series

MSS Clubs

If you'd like to receive a weekly events newsletter by email, submit recommendations, or simply meet other med students interested in the arts and humanities, please join All events are free unless indicated.

Apr 26 – “Alive Inside” (2014, 78 min), Whole Person Care Film Series – 7pm, Moyse Hall (McGill) - $5 for students,
“Filmmaker Michael Rossato-Bennett chronicles the astonishing experiences of individuals around the country who have been revitalized through the simple experience of listening to music.” Trailer:

May 1 - Throw Poetry Collective Poetry Slam - 7pm, Divan Orange 4234 St. Laurent
“We're an open Montreal-based poetry collective. We run a monthly poetry slam as well as workshops and other community events.” -

May 2 – Making End of Life Decisions Workshop – 7-9pm, BelArôme Holistic Health Centre (3285 Cavendish Blvd., #550, NDG) -
“The 5 wishes include: 1) The person I want to make care decisions for me when I can't; 2) The kind of medical treatment I want or don't want; 3) How comfortable I want to be; 4) How I want people to treat me; 5) What I want my loved ones to know.”

May 3 – “Trick or Treaty” (2014, 84 min), Whole Person Care Film Series – 7pm, Moyse Hall (McGill) - $5 for students
“This feature documentary by acclaimed filmmaker Alanis Obomsawin (Kanehsatake: 270 Years of Resistance) profiles Indigenous leaders in their quest for justice as they seek to establish dialogue with the Canadian government. In this powerful documentary, those who refuse to surrender are given a chance to speak out.” Trailer:

May 10 – “In Pursuit of Peace” (2015, 86 min), Whole Person Care Film Series – 7pm, Moyse Hall (McGill) - $5 for students
“In Pursuit of Peace is a riveting feature documentary film that makes the case for unarmed civilian peacemaking and mediation as a response to violent international conflict. As we follow our protagonists, we share their challenges and their hopes as they work to create alternative responses to war and violence.” Trailer:

May 24 – “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” (1975, 133 min), Whole Person Care Film Series – 7pm, Moyse Hall (McGill) - $5 for students
“Upon admittance to a mental institution, a brash rebel rallies the patients to take on the oppressive head nurse.” Trailer:

Calls for submissions:
Apr. 26, 2016 – The Intima: A Journal of Narrative Medicine (
Apr. 30, 2016 – McGill Radix magazine, theme “Journeys” (

4th and LAST Edition of Première Ligne now online!

MSS Clubs

The 4th and LAST edition of Première Ligne is now online! Articles (in French) include topics on:
- Social Pediatrics
- Mental Health and Family Physicians
- Electronic Medical Records
- Interview with Dre Natalia Vo who works in Palliative Care
- Refugee clinic in Sherbrooke
Bonne lecture à tous !


Faculty of Medicine

McGill Programs in Whole Person Care presents the second film of its series: Films that Transform.
Tuesday, April 26 at 7pm - Moyse Hall (in the Arts Building on lower campus)
Alive Inside is a joyous cinematic exploration of music's capacity to reawaken our souls and uncover the deepest parts of our humanity.
The screening will be followed by a discussion panel with Deborah Salmon, Music Therapist, MUHC, and Dr. Ronald Postuma, Associate Professor, Department of Neurology, McGill University, and moderated by Dr. Tom Hutchinson.
For information and reservations: tel.: 514-398-2298; email:

CHAP Opportunity with Phonetree: Medical Translation Services!

Faculty of Medicine

Do you speak languages other than English or French? Then this CHAP placement is for you!

I'm a Med-2 that's working with Phonetree: Medical Translation Services where we have a group of medical students interpret for allophone unilingual patients, translate pamphlets, and conduct phone-call follow-ups. Languages like Hindi, Urdu, and Punjabi are particularly high in demand! If you're interested or would like more information, please don't hesitate to email me at

Thank you! :)

Volunteers Needed: Reflection Day on Housing Instability and Homelessness

Faculty of Medicine

I am working with some local community groups to organize a "reflection day on housing instability and homelessness in Cote des Neiges" which will be held on Wed May 18 from 9:30am to 4pm. They are looking for 6-8 students who would be willing to be note-takers during the discussions in the afternoon from 12:30-4pm. Students would also be welcome to attend the full day and in the morning listen to presentations by local experts including community outreach workers, police department, community groups, CLSC, etc. Students who are interested can email me and I will put them in touch with the organizer.

Please contact me at:

Fundamentals of Global Health Course

McGill University

3-credit course back for the Fall 2016 semester! Registration is now open on Minerva (CRN 21616). Broaden your knowledge of global health issues, including: global burden of diseases and determinants of health, challenges in healthcare delivery in resource-limited settings and the variety of agencies and actors engaged in addressing global health challenges.

The course is taught by Professor Madhukar Pai, Canada Research Chair in Epidemiology and Global Health. The course takes place on Tuesdays from 2:30-5:30 PM and is open to graduate and undergraduate students.

No prerequisites required!


CMEQ 2016 - La technologie et le médecin de la génération Y

Other (Medical)

Only 2 weeks left before the CMEQ 2016 - La technologie et le médecin de la génération Y. - Topics: IBM Watson, Artificial Intelligence in Cancer Diagnostics, Genome Mapping and Personalized Medicine, 3D Printing. - Workshops: Medical technological assessment in hospital settings, Neurosurgical technologies, The neurosurgical simulator, Electronic medical records, Entrepreneurship in medical technologies, Emergency ultrasounds, The physician, telemedicine, e-mails, and social media, and Personalized medicine. Visit for more information and to reserve your place for this unique symposium!


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


Cheap studio in downtown Montreal

The Perfect Location for students! Steps away from:

- Montreal Museum of Fine Arts
- Church of St Paul
- McGill /Concordia University
- Guy-Concordia metro
- A diverse range of ethnic restaurants
- Night life experience - Crescent and St Catherine
- 15 minutes from Mount Royal for those who want to look at the sunset (or sunrise if you're an early bird), and get back in touch with nature.
- 10 minutes from PA grocery (they do delivery)

All of this for $675 (includes water, not hydro) - a very reasonable price for this hot location. This studio is tucked away on a quiet residential street, but you can enjoy all of the benefits of downtown within a 3-5 minute walk.

Apartment is on the 2nd floor. There is a laundry room in the basement.

I am doing a lease transfer because I am moving to Toronto for a new job in late June. So this means, you will get to keep the low price and sign up for a new 12-month lease. The place is not furnished, but I will be selling my furniture at a very affordable price if you're interested.

For pictures:

Name: Linda Sun

Phone number: 514 260 2522
Contact email:



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