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2016-05-02: Springtime and the Livin's Easy!

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Hello everyone,

It's May! We have the campus to ourselves and afternoons lying in the park are on the horizon. What could be better? Make sure to check out the cool events our lovely clubs have planned for you this week as well as some great volunteer opportunities.

Have a great week!

Kyle St. Louis
MSS VP Internal 2015-2016

Weekly calendar of events

Mon May 2

Tues May 3

Wed  May 4

Thurs May 5

Fri  May 6

Sat May 7

Sun  May 8



Palliative Care Interest Group: The Civics of Dying Well (18h00, McIntyre Martin)


McPIG: Talking with Difficult Patients (18h30, Thomson House)


MRIG/SIGN: Neuroradiology talk (18h30, MNI Rm. 536)





McGill Global Health: The Neglected Dimensions of Global Security (12h00, McIntyre-Palmer)


Table of Contents

  • Dining with the Docs - FamSIG Gala 2016!
  • Talking with "Difficult" Patients - Tuesday May 3 at 6:30pm!
  • INTERESTED IN ART? Join Art Effects + Help us make a Publication!
  • Volunteers Needed: Reflection Day on Housing Instability and Homelessness
  • Indigenous Health Curriculum Committee: Become a student rep!
  • Volunteers Needed: MUHC Annual Men's Health Day (Urology)
  • IHSP: Research to Policy Dragon's Den Invitation (Refugee Settlement Policy)
  • Dean of Medicine Distinction Lecture: Neglected Dimensions of Global Security
  • Survery for members of the SRPC (Society of Rural Physicians of Canada)
  • CMEQ 2016
  • Upcoming Medical Humanities & Arts Events
  • CaRMS Survey
  • MTL Open House
  • Cheap studio in downtown Montreal
  • Large 3 1/2 on Drummond - 1 block away from McIntyre building

Dining with the Docs - FamSIG Gala 2016!

MSS Clubs

FaMSIG is pleased to invite you to its annual end of year Gala! Come enjoy a cocktail hour followed by a four-course meal, where you will be seated with 1 family physician and 1 resident. After each course, the physician and resident will rotate to another table, so that by the end of the night you get to meet a total of 8 different family physicians!

When: Tuesday May 17th at 6PM
Where: Bitoque Restaurant, 3706 Notre-Dame West, Montreal, QC H4C 1P7
How much: Tickets are 25$ for a 55$ valued meal, wine included!

REGISTRATION LINK to be posted on the FB event on Monday May 2nd at 8PM:

Talking with "Difficult" Patients - Tuesday May 3 at 6:30pm!

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! And if you'd like to join the McPIG Facebook page to share psychiatry/mental health-related news and interests, please go here:

INTERESTED IN ART? Join Art Effects + Help us make a Publication!

MSS Clubs

We've made a new group called Art Effects -- please join!
Part of the McHAM (McGill Humanities & Arts in Medcicine) club, we hope to create an open space for students in the health field who are artists or have an interest in art. We'll be posting about art-related events and get-togethers we'll be holding, and other events across Montreal. Also, you can post about art you make, and events or get-togethers you'd like to organize.

We have projects we need your help with:
- A potential online & print publication of art and writing from students in the Faculty of Medicine at McGill, something that already exists in other universities across Canada. We are LOOKING FOR STUDENTS to help head: the website, editing submissions, be on the editorial board, finances, communications, and advertising.
- Planning for potential art exhibition(s), similar to the one we held at the MUHC Glen Campus.
Please let us know if you are interested in heading any parts of these projects! You can email myself (, FB message me, or post on the Facebook group.

-- Anita, Steph, Kate


MSS Clubs

The Clinical French Club (CFC) survey results are available! Thank you/Merci to all who provided their input! You can view either the infographic and/or the full report.

To read the full report:

Stay tuned over the next months for new Clinical French learning tools that YOU asked for! If you have any question/comment, please contact Yang at

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:

Indigenous Health Curriculum Committee: Become a student rep!

Faculty of Medicine

The Indigenous Health Curriculum Committee oversees the Indigenous curriculum in the MDCM program. Your role as a student rep is to give input on what's going on at the student level in terms of exposure/activities concerning Indigenous issues. There are two annual meetings, and the next one is Monday August 22nd/2016
The committee is composed of Dr Saylor, Charmaine Lyn (Office of Admissions), Paige Isaac and Kakwiranoron (First People's House), Yves Sioui (Provincial representative), Morgan Phillips, and many others.
If interested, please email Yang at with a short paragraph to describe your interest in being a student rep. Deadline is Thursday May 12th.

Volunteers Needed: MUHC Annual Men's Health Day (Urology)



“Expand your working experience,”
“Learn about various men’s health issues.”
“Work with a team of MUHC Urologists and nurses.”
Join us on the MUHC Men’s Health Day!

McGill University Health Center is organizing the 10th Annual MUHC Men’s Health Day on Friday, June 17, 2016 at Carrefour Angrignon in Lasalle. The goal of this public event is to increase awareness of various men’s health issues, including prostate cancer, sexual dysfunction, infertility and other urological disorders. We are in need of volunteer medical students to help us on this one-day event which will run from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m.
You can volunteer for the entire day, from 8 a.m. - 1 p.m. or from 1 p.m. - 6 p.m.

Examples of activities on that day that you can participate include:
1) Blood pressure measurement
2) Fitness booth
3) Laboratory tests
4) Physical examinations
5) Questionnaires for disease screening

You will be working directly with Urologists, nurses and other healthcare professionals of the McGill University Health Centre.

For further information on this event, please contact Lina Ordonselli at (514)-934-1934 ext 35489 or

IHSP: Research to Policy Dragon's Den Invitation (Refugee Settlement Policy)

McGill University

IHSP Research to Policy Dragon’s Den

June 6th-10th of 2016, the McGill Institute for Health and Social Policy (IHSP) is hosting a unique training opportunity in
translating research to policy. Mentored by a select group of academics, policy, practice and media experts, participants
will take on an important current policy challenge, develop an evidence-based proposal for policy change, and design
effective strategies for moving it to action.
Topic in 2016: Refugee Settlement Policy: We explore the different ways that refugees make their ways to Canada
(government-assisted, privately sponsored, asylum seekers) and the policy frameworks that shape their experiences
once they are here.
Participants will hone their skills in:
 Using research to impact policy
 Working and thinking across sectors and disciplines
 Developing policy proposals at community, local, provincial and national levels
 Validating and refining their proposals with input from practice and policy experts and from individuals who would
be impacted by the policy
 “Selling” an idea to prominent policy, practice, community and media leaders
This 5-day intensive workshop will include:
 Cross-disciplinary research and policy approaches for addressing a key current challenge to health and well-being.
 Team development of proposals for policy change at diverse levels of government, supported by expert mentors.
 Discussions with policymakers, practitioners and/or community leaders to validate and refine policy proposals.
 Team development of strategies for influencing policymakers and the media, supported by expert mentors.
 Dragon’s Den! Team pitching of policy proposal to prominent policy and media leaders.
 All proposals will be featured on the IHSP’s website and the best proposal will be highlighted in our bi-monthly
newsletter which reaches policymakers, researchers and community partners across Canada and globally.

This is non-credit training open to advanced students, practitioners and policymakers.
Participation fee: CAN $250. A limited number of travel bursaries are available.
Program and Application Details:
Please note: No prior experience or knowledge of refugee settlement is required to participate in this program.

Dean of Medicine Distinction Lecture: Neglected Dimensions of Global Security

McGill University


Dr Victor Dzau
President, National Academy of Medicine, Washington, D.C.

Title: The Neglected Dimensions of Global Security: From Pandemic Preparedness to strengthening health systems globally

Friday, May 6, 2016
12:00 to 1:00 p.m.

McIntyre Medical Building
3655 Promenade Sir William Osler,
Montreal, QC.
R. Howard Palmer Amphitheatre (6th floor)

Register now:

Survery for members of the SRPC (Society of Rural Physicians of Canada)

Other (Medical)

Hello everyone, we hope this message finds you well!

Calling all student members of the SRPC (Society of Rural Physicians of Canada).

The SRPC Student Committee wants to hear from you! We are looking to better understand your needs and interests via this brief survey:

Student Survey - English Version -

Student Survey - French Version -

The survey is anonymous and the results will be used to inform decision making to best serve our members. The results might also be used to create a piece for the CJRM in order to inform general membership of the findings and possible next steps.

All interested survey participants will be entered into a draw to win one of four $25 Tim Hortons gift cards or a copy of the Manual of Rural Practice. As mentioned above, the survey is anonymous, so interested parties will be asked at the end of the survey to provide their contact information. These details will be removed from the data following the draw.

We look forward to hearing and learning from you!

SRPC Student Committee

Melanie Fortune & Jenna Webber
Student Committee Co-Chairs, Society of Rural Physicians of Canada (SRPC)
Rebecca Hoffer - SRPC McGill Student Rep

CMEQ 2016

Other (Medical)

LAST DAY to buy your tickets to this year's CMEQ "Technology and the Gen Y Physician!"

Registration: MAY 6-7: Only $40 for both days!

- Cocktail and Networking!

- Renowned speakers: Personalized medicine, Artificial Intelligence and much more

- 2 workshops!

Students must register before May 2 at 11:59PM. Hurry before registration closes and workshops fill up!

Upcoming Medical Humanities & Arts Events

Other (Medical)

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.

May 2 – Making End of Life Decisions Workshop – 7-9pm, BelArôme Holistic Health Centre (3285 Cavendish Blvd., #550, NDG) -

May 3 – “Trick or Treaty” (2014, 84 min), Whole Person Care Film Series – 7pm, Moyse Hall (McGill)
This feature documentary profiles Indigenous leaders in their quest for justice as they seek to establish dialogue with the Canadian government; those who refuse to surrender are given a chance to speak out. Trailer:

May 5 – Vernissage of “Instinct” by Philippe Caron Lefebvre – 6pm, 350 Victoria Avenue
(Exhibition runs from May 6-29) Working primarily in sculpture and inspired by science-fiction, the artist is interested in forms which carry a mimetic logic inspired by the imitation strategies used in plant growth and animal behaviour.

May 10 – “In Pursuit of Peace” (2015, 86 min), Whole Person Care Film Series – 7pm, Moyse Hall (McGill)
This documentary 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 17 – Death Café – 7pm, Resto Vego St. Denis, 1720 Rue St. Denis near Metro Berri-UQAM
A Death Café is a group-directed discussion of death and how your thoughts or experiences with death impact how you live your life.

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

CaRMS Survey

Other (Non Medical)

Dear Class of 2016;

I have received an update from Geneviève Leroux of the CaRMS Office and she has confirmed that your class has a current completion rate of 36% on the CaRMS Survey. You have until May 3, 2016 to complete this survey – just go into your CaRMS online account to fill it out if you haven’t already.

If at least 80 per cent of students from your graduating class complete the survey, CaRMS will reward you with a cash prize of $500. If 100 per cent of your class completes the survey, they will provide a $2,000 award.

Start clicking! This should be easy money for you to obtain towards your graduation fund.

MTL Open House

Other (Non Medical)

MTL open house is a unique afternoon where students, young professionals and the general public can discover the talents and accomplishments of our companies whilst learning about a wide range of subjects including "UX" user experience, creativity, innovation, finance, philanthropy, social impact and much more. Actual programming content in the heart of Montreal. A unique chance of creating new connections and exploring new working environments.

MTL Open House is a great opportunity to create a direct link with a potential employer and to learn about the operations of companies.

Here are some of the participating companies:
Deloitte, Desjardins Lab, Pages Jaunes, Teo Taxi, Valtech, Aldo, Acceo, Accuracy,TP1, National, Fondation du Dr. Julien and much more.

When: 6th May 2016, between 12h and 17h
How: The participants can build their own path here ( using our web platform
Developpement: During the afternoon, we recommend between 1 and 3 visits per participants.
Price: 10$

Facebook event:


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:



Large 3 1/2 on Drummond - 1 block away from McIntyre building

Large clean 3 1/2 appt locate 1 block away from McIntyre building 
recently renovated
very large cozy private baclonny
Ideally located for med students and residents
24 hr doorman security
rooftop terrace
swimming pool
parking ( can be worked out on demand)
hot water and heating up to 18 degreees
Name: Badr Ibrahim

Phone number:+1-514-516-3559
Contact email:


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