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Hi all,

Not to fear, the Murmur is still a thing. It just needed to bake a little longer in the oven this week. Sorry for the delay and I hope that no one lost any sleep in the interim.

Below you'll find a bunch of neat things: a free app to practice history taking, priviledged access to a conference, and tons of moving- and textbook-related posts.

But above all...GO VOTE! I'm pleased to say that we have launched the first part of our NEW website. "LOG IN" --> Request a new password (Lost your password) --> see your emails --> GO VOTE!

Once you've done that, go get your bike, tricycle, roller blades, skooter, skateboard tuned up and ready to hit the dry roads. You'll get some wellness minutes in and will likely get to school or the hospital faster than you would by car or bus given Montreal's lovely traffic.

That'll all folks,

Natasha Caminsky, MSS VP Internal 2016-2017

Table of Contents

  • FamSIG Annual Gala: Thursday May 4th/2017 @ Bitoque
  • Med-1 Opportunity: Surgical Exploration and Discovery Program (SEAD)
  • Presence and Empathy: A Joyful Exploration of Being and Listening
  • Annual meeting of the American Society of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology
  • MOnc presents: Career Talk and Meet & Greet with ASPHO Pediatric Hematologist-Oncologists
  • Save the Date - Richard Stallman "Freeing Science - From Software to Medicine" - May 12
  • IMG Support Group
  • CFMS Communiqué April 7th, 2017
  • Call for submissions for "The Examined Life" Journal
  • Skin Spectrum Summit
  • CaRMS Website Survey (Class of 2017 and 2018 only)
  • Arts and health humanities events around McGill and Montreal
  • Clerkship textbooks for sale
  • Downtown Montreal – Beautiful, newly renovated 3 1/2
  • Furnished private rooms in award-winning townhouse. Parking available. 3100 Rue Joseph, Montreal, QC, Canada
  • 2 bdrm, 800 sf in NDG, $1250, prime location for clerks!
  • Large open concept 4 & 1/2 in Golden Square Mile

FamSIG Annual Gala: Thursday May 4th/2017 @ Bitoque

MSS Clubs

The Annual FamSIG Gala will take place on Thursday May 4th, at 6PM at Bitoque Restaurant (3706 Notre-Dame West). This is an excellent networking opportunity for you to come talk to staff and residents in Family Medicine!
The night will involve:
A cocktail hour + keynote speech by Family Medicine Program Director + a four-course Portuguese meal - Vegetarian options available
Tickets are 25$ for a 55$ valued meal and include wine!
To register: please send a 25$ deposit to
For more information:

Med-1 Opportunity: Surgical Exploration and Discovery Program (SEAD)

MSS Clubs

The Surgical Exploration and Discovery Program (SEAD) is a two week-long surgery immersion program (June 26 to July 7, 2017) that exposes MED-1 students to various surgical disciplines (ENT, trauma, thoracic, pediatric, plastics, general, neurosurgery, urology, orthopedic, and vascular) and surgical mentors early in their medical education.

**Complete the form by April 14, 2017, 7pm EST:

More info can be found on McGill Medicine Class of 2020 FB group.
Link to last year's SEAD report:

If you have any questions, please contact the SEAD program junior coordinators: Yujin Kang ( or Charmin Bang (

Presence and Empathy: A Joyful Exploration of Being and Listening

MSS Clubs

· Strengthen the quality of your presence
· Deepen your ability to listen to yourself and others
· Sharpen your reading of body language and emotions
· Explore playful and fun approaches in relating to a patient
· Discover joy as an instigator of action and care-giving

And to explore :
• Playful and fun approaches in relating to a patient
• Joy as an instigator of action and caregiving

This formation is taught by practitioners and trainers from the Jovia Foundation ( and is specific to the patient/caregiver relationship. Its mission is to contribute to improving the quality of life of hospital patients through its therapeutic clown programs that combine complicity, playfulness and imagination. However the goal of this workshop is not to learn therapeutic clowning per se, but to gain ways of relating to and communicating with those we will meet in our clinical work through practices such as play and movement.

If you are interested in registering, please fill out the sign-up form: . The workshop will take place on Saturday April 22 from 10am-5pm in the SSMU Building in the Southside Cafeteria space. The cost of the workshop is $80. If the cost might be a barrier, please get in touch with us at (MSS Humanities and Arts in Medicine) or with Melissa Holland at .

Annual meeting of the American Society of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology

MSS Clubs

The annual meeting of the American Society of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology (ASPHO) will be held in Montreal April 26-29 ( The ASPHO is generously offering 20 McGill medical students complimentary (FREE!) registration to attend the meeting. They understand that medical students will likely not be able to attend the entire meeting, but want to give you the chance to attend as much as you can to learn more about the subspecialty.

Please fill in the following form ( by Thurs April 13 11:59PM to express your interest in free registration to attend the ASPHO meeting. It is great timing for Med1s and Med2s who fill finish block exams on April 21 and we highly encourage you to seize this great learning opportunity.

In the interest of professionalism and respect for your colleagues, please only submit your name if you are seriously able to attend.

MOnc presents: Career Talk and Meet & Greet with ASPHO Pediatric Hematologist-Oncologists

MSS Clubs

The MSS Oncology Interest Group (MOnc) is honored to host some pediatric hematologist/oncologists of the American Society for Pediatric Hematology/Oncology (ASPHO) for a career event at McGill on Tuesday April 25 @ 6:30-8pm, on McMed 2nd floor (room TBA). This will be an informal session with slides of a few patient vignettes of diseases commonly managed by the specialty. Most of the session will be Q&A format to allow med students to gain a better understanding of day-to-day life in this specialty. Don't miss this chance to network with practicing pediatric hematologists/oncologists!


Faculty of Medicine

Dear Students,

The WELL Office strongly encourages you to complete this survey about an exciting initiative coming to the Faculty of Medicine: SPIN BIKE GARDENS

The Spin Bike Gardens have been designed to give staff and students at McGill University the opportunity to engage in physical activity in the places where you work or study. These Spin Bike Gardens will be located in buildings across campus in semi-private locations. They include 1-2 spin bikes that are virtually silent and face out a window with a view. For comfort each Spin Bike Garden has a fan for cooling and is installed behind 6-foot plant walls to provide privacy. A Spin Bike Garden will soon be arriving in the McIntyre Building and we would really appreciate it if you took less than 10 minutes out of your busy schedule to complete our preliminary survey. You will also have a chance to win one of 10 gift cards worth $10, redeemable at any McGill Food and Dining Services location for completing the survey.

Spin Bike Gardens Survey

Thank you for your time,

Spin Bike Gardens Team

Save the Date - Richard Stallman "Freeing Science - From Software to Medicine" - May 12

Faculty of Medicine

Freeing Science - From Software to Medicine
With special guest speaker
Richard Stallman, Father of the Free Software Movement

Featuring talks by Dr. Aled Edwards and Dr. Guy Rouleau

Friday, May 12, 2017 at 1:00 p.m.
New Residence Hall
3625 Parc Avenue

For more information, contact

IMG Support Group

Faculty of Medicine

The International Medical Graduates support group is aimed at providing a safe space for learners to discuss their unique experiences and challenges.

When: Wednesday, April 19th, 8:00AM-9:30AM
Where: The WELL Office Conference Room (Meredith Annex, 3708 Peel)

Facilitated by Stella Miller and Pascale Gendreau

Beverages and cookies will be provided!



Hello future doctors!
I am very happy to announce the ULaval has offered us a 6-MONTH TRIAL of their new “History Taking” application. This is a GREAT tool to practice your medical interviewing skills in FRENCH, which will be very useful during your rotations. This is how it works:
- Visit this website:
- Create an account using your email address. Check your inbox or junk mail; you will need to confirm your subscription.
- Pair up with a friend and log in.
- Choose a patient based on “reason for consultation”, “system” or “difficulty level” and click on the patient’s name (bottom of the page).
- Your partner (the patient) will read the scenario and get familiar with the case. He will then click on “débuter”.
- YOU, the doctor, will have a specific amount of time to go through the patient profile, the HPI, the PMH, etc. Your friend will be checking off boxes for every appropriate question you ask.
- Once you click on “terminer le cas”, you will be asked for a DDx, which will give you bonus points.
- A final grade will be given to assess how well you did!
Try it out, I swear it’s WORTH IT!
Justin Desroches

CFMS Communiqué April 7th, 2017


In This Communiqué...
1) CFMS SGM 2017 - Registration LAST CALL (Deadline: April 9th, 2017)
2) CFMS SGM 2017 - Call for Resolutions
3) CFMS SGM 2017 - Call for Nominations (Deadline: April 28, 2017)
4) CFMS Summer Studentship Opportunity (Deadline: April 24th, 2017)
5) Call for Nominations - CACMS (Deadline EXTENDED: April 12th, 2017)
6) Joule Innovation Grants - Call for Submissions (Deadline: May 1, 2017)
7) CAME Learner Faculty Poster Co-Evaluation Opportunity (CCME April/May 2017)

To read this edition of the Communiqué and subscribe to more, visit
To create an account, go to and enter the CFMS Authentication code “CFMSwebsite14”

Call for submissions for "The Examined Life" Journal

Other (Medical)

The fall issue of "The Examined Life" journal is seeking "works related to health and the human condition in all its myriad definitions". The due date is June 15. For more information, please see:

Skin Spectrum Summit

Other (Medical)

Objective: Third Annual Conference on Ethnodermatology

Date: Saturday, May 13th, 8AM-2:30PM
Location: Montreal Marriott Château Champlain

Topics include:
- Dermatologic concerns in Hispanic, South Asian, and East Asian skin types: clinical and cultural nuances
- Skin lightening: options and management strategies
- Psoriasis in darkly pigmented skin: diagnostic and management strategies
- Hidradentis suppurativa, and more

Educational objectives:
1. Participants will learn about the different skin disorders in ethnic populations including the manifestations of common dermatologic problems in these groups.
2. Participants will be able to improve their diagnosis of these conditions in this growing patient population.
3. Participants will be provided with strategies and tools to better manage these patients and the potential unique challenges that they may face in their treatment.

Register today for the special rate of 99$ (Standard rate is 179$)
Visit for more information.

CaRMS Website Survey (Class of 2017 and 2018 only)

Other (Medical)

Good morning/afternoon,

At CaRMS we want to ensure that all aspects of the match experience are as easy and efficient as possible for all of our users. Based on the feedback we’ve received and data that’s been collected, we’ve identified a need to upgrade the website experience on This redevelopment project does not include the CaRMS Online application, just our public facing website,

Before we begin we want your advice. Please take a moment to fill out this brief survey and help shape the future of

Thank you in advance for completing our survey and helping us to ensure that all aspects of the match experience are as easy and efficient as possible for all of our users.

Please note: the survey will close on April 14.

If you have any questions or comments, please don't hesitate to contact

Thank you.

Arts and health humanities events around McGill and Montreal

Other (Medical)

All events are free unless marked otherwise. (A=art & performance; M=medicine-focussed; S=society)

(A/M/S) Apr 12, 5-7pm – Free film screening: Creative Minds in Action
"Come help break the stigma surrounding mental health by watching and sharing the videos and documentaries from the participants of the RADAR project. Recovery Advocacy Documentary Action Research (RADAR) is a collective of academics and filmmakers creating documentaries and films about mental illness."

(M) Apr 20, 4pm – Do physicians follow guidelines? The roles that scientific evidence plays in learning how to think like a doctor, 3647 Peel Street (Don Bates Seminar Room)
Dr. Bryn Lander from UBC: “I explore the roles that scientific evidence plays for attending physicians and trainees when caring for patients, analyse guideline adherence for this group of clinicians, and discuss potential relationships between referring to evidence and adhering to guidelines. I argue that clinical practice guidelines represent just one of several evidence sources that are used when making care decisions and that team members draw on different forms of evidence as they learn how to think like a doctor.”

(A/S) Apr 24-30 – Blue Metropolis Literary Festival (bilingual), please see this link for schedule and ticket info. Some of the themes this year include: "Hospitals and Specialised Schools", "LGBTQ Series", and "Who's Afraid of the Past? Who's Afraid of the Future?"

Call for conference submissions
"The Examined Life" is an annual conference (Oct 12-14) dedicated to the arts, humanities, and medicine. It is currently accepting submissions for presentations until May 1. Click here for more information.

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 or email


Clerkship textbooks for sale

1) Blueprints Medicine - Fifth Edition. Highlighted. $20. 
2) Essentials of General Surgery - Lawrence, Fourth Edition. Highlighted. $30. 
3) The Digestive System: Basic science & clinical conditions. Smith & Morton, Second Edition. Like new. $30. 
4) Toronto Notes 2017 Clinical pocket book. New. $25.
5) Toronto Notes 2017 eBook (unused code). 60$.  
Name: Sam Moorcroft
Contact email:

Downtown Montreal – Beautiful, newly renovated 3 1/2

Beautiful 3 ½ apartment in the Golden Square Mile. Clean and safe building with access to indoor pool, sauna and 24 hr doorman.

Exceptional location: 5 minute walk to Montreal General Hospital, Mount-Royal (accessible from Dr. Penfield), Guy-Concordia metro station (Green Line), restaurants, bars, museums and shopping.

Ideal for medical students / residents; faculty building (McIntyre Medical Building) is 6 minutes by foot. In addition to the MGH, other major hospitals including the Jewish General, St. Mary’s and the Glen Site are easily accessible by public transport within 15-30 minutes.

$1585/month. Minimum 1 year lease. Start date flexible between May 1st and July 1st.  Listing ID #0012658

Furnished private rooms in award-winning townhouse. Parking available. 3100 Rue Joseph, Montreal, QC, Canada

Two large furnished bedrooms (10’ x 12’ + ample closet space) – $650/month each
One small furnished bedroom (7’ x 10’ + closet space) – $435/month
One indoor parking space – $190/month

Prices include: heating, electricity, Internet, cleaning, in-unit access to washer and dryer.
Seeking: respectful student or young professional with whom to share our living space. Non-smoker. No pets. We are vegetarian/vegan friendly.

We are two young professionals in law, fully bilingual, and vegan-friendly.
We have a very friendly miniature poodle (hypo-allergenic).

Available September 2017 Listing #0013118


- Special Discounted price for medical professionals
- Close to all the hospitals
-Patrimonial building with character right by Mount Royal on leafy Ridgewood street 
- South-facing corner unit, last floor (3rd floor, no elevator), very quiet 
- Heating and water is included in rent 
- Comes with interior heated parking lot, storage locker, and storage area for bicycles 
- The building is very well maintained and protected by security cameras 
- In summer, you have access to the building’s private park on the mountain and communal vegetable garden 
- In-suite amenities include new gas oven/stove, stainless steel appliances, washer/dryer (Apartment Size, larger w/d available in building's basement) 
- Large walking-closet and 1 regular closet 
- The unit was completely renovated two years ago. 
- Close to University of Montreal , Guy Concordia University, and 20 minutes to McGill University
- Right on Mount Summit Park and close to all services, including groceries, pharmacies, restaurants, schools, hospitals, dentists, and more! 
- In the middle of all the hospitals: 5 minutes to Saint-Mary’s Hospital, 10 minutes to the Jewish General Hospital, 10 minutes to the Montreal General Hospital, 15 minutes to MUHC-Glen Site. 
- Located by bus circuits 11, 165, 166, 369, and 435. 10 minutes to Cote-Des-Neiges Station (Blue Line) and Guy-Concordia station (Green Line). 
- Available July 1 2017 
Name: Julien

Phone number: 416-836-7225
Contact email:

2 bdrm, 800 sf in NDG, $1250, prime location for clerks!

Name: MP Bastrash

Phone number: 438 862 2003
Contact email:

Large open concept 4 & 1/2 in Golden Square Mile

Large open concept 2-bedroom apartment in Golden Square Mile. Steps away from McMed (3-minute walk)! Easy commute to all hospitals - 17-minute walk to MGH, 10-minute walk to the 165 bus for JGH and SMH, 5-minute walk to Peel metro or 3-minute walk to 24 bus for the Glen. Great kitchen with lots of storage and dishwasher. Large bedrooms with great closets. Air conditioning in living room. Flexible start date.
Extremely convinient to get to both McMed and the hospitals.
Available to start anytime from June 15 to July 1, then lease transfer starting August 1. Rent is around $1750 (still negotiating with landlord). We would be willing to give a discount on the rent before the lease transfer. Text or email if interested!
Please see Craigslist ad for more pictures:
Name: Leila Cohen

Phone number: 438-871-0720
Contact email:


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