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Hi everyone,

I hope Monday hasn't been too rough of a start to the week thus far. Make sure you don't forget about your #wellness and take a walk outside at least fun a large sunny window to sit next to, so you can pretend as if you were out in the sunshine.

As always, lots of cool stuff organized by so many of our amazing colleagues. Take some time to read through what's coming up this week. All events are also posted on the MSS Calendar that is on the homepage of The Thrill.

Take care,

Natasha Caminsky, MSS VP Internal 2016-2017

Table of Contents

  • Women's Health Conference
  • Quebec healthcare system : Where are we, where are we going?
  • Med/Dent Choir
  • Student Neurology Symposium 2017
  • Interest in Geriatrics Interest Group
  • Joint Career Event from the Oncology and Palliative Interest Groups
  • Humanities and Arts in Medicine General Meeting
  • **Call for Artwork and Writing** - Art Effects Magazine - **Deadline Extended!**
  • CHSP Lecture Series: Immigrant Health
  • Clinical French Club: Digestion (Feb 27th)
  • Medical Students 4 Haiti: Organize a Global Health Surgery Program
  • EBOH Applied Methods Group Meeting
  • Two Historians, a Folklorist, and a Virologist come together to discuss Vaccination
  • Biannual Simulation Center Interdisciplinary Open House
  • The Meditation Experience
  • Abdul K.I. Razack Memorial Prize for Social Justice in Medicine
  • Clerkship/USMLE Books for Sale
  • The 23rd Annual UofT Psychiatry Summer Institute June 5-9th, 2017
  • 3rd edition of Première Ligne now online!
  • Mayo Clinic Diversity Programs!
  • Zebra Connection
  • McGill Visual Arts Society
  • The Nahom Berhane Scholarship for Leadership and Inclusion
  • Clinically Oriented Anatomy (5th ed), Pathologic Basis of Disease (7th ed)
  • Beautiful, newly renovated 3 1/2 in Golden Square Mile!

Women's Health Conference


McGill’s Comparative Health Systems Program along with the MSS Government Affairs and Advocacy Committee invites you to our sixth annual conference based on the theme of Women's Health, which will be held on March 11th, 2017! This year our conference is based on the theme of Women’s Health, with a focus on its structural and social determinants within Canada and the Global South. We are providing informative and interactive workshops and panels about different clinical and social aspects related to Women’s Health. Our goal is to provide future clinicians and policymakers a better understanding of how healthcare systems and programs can impact the health and well-being of women. We will be providing lunch and refreshments throughout the day brought to you by our sponsors. The event is free admission and open to the public!

When: Saturday, March 11 at 9:15 AM - 3:30 PM
Where: SSMU Ballroom, 3480 McTavish Street, Montreal, Quebec H3A 0E7
More info:

Quebec healthcare system : Where are we, where are we going?


The Government Affairs & Advocacy Committee, in partnership with the FRESQue, is proud to present this stimulating event with esteemed guest speakers.

During this event, you will have the opportunity to take part in a discussion with our two invited speakers, Mr. Claude Castonguay & Mr. Damien Contandriopoulos. Mr. Castonguay is considered one of the founding fathers of Quebec's healhcare system as his 1967 policy laid the foundation for a state-run health insurance policy, a new health care network, as well as a new network of social service clinics now known as the CLSC. His policy eventually led to the introduction of hospitalization and medication insurance, with a plan was to eventually provide broader health care coverage, including psychiatric care, for the Quebec population. Join us for what promises to be a stimulating discussion on our healthcare's history and future directions!

When: Thursday, February 23, 2017 at 6pm
Where: Rm 521 Amphitheater, McIntyre Medical Building, 1200 Avenue des Pins
More info about the event:
There's no need to register, simply click "attending" on this page. There will also be a webcasting of the event.
More info about the FRESQue:

Med/Dent Choir

MSS Clubs

Our next practice will be on February 22nd! Hope you guys can make it out!
7:30-9PM. Room C-304, Schulich School of Music building

Student Neurology Symposium 2017

MSS Clubs

FREE, all-day event, filled with conferences, workshops, and networking opportunities in the field of neurology/neurosurgery!
Limited spot - Registration will be open on Feb. 17th at 7pm. Registration form can be found on the website or FB event page, linked below.

To participate in the Poster Competition, please submit your abstract here ( We welcome any topic related to the field. Abstracts can be submitted in English or in French.
All selected abstracts will have the opportunity to publish their abstracts in McGill Journal of Medicine (MJM).

Event date: Saturday, March 18, 2017 Event location: McIntyre Building, McGill University
FB Event:
Event website:

Interest in Geriatrics Interest Group

MSS Clubs

Dear Medical Students from All Years,

We are contacting you from the National Geriatrics Interest Group and wondering if you would be interested in starting a Geriatrics Interest Group at McGill University.

What is NGIG?
NGIG is the National Geriatrics Interest Group, a centralized student-led group started by medical students with the goal of bringing together individual GIGs and creating Canada-wide education initiatives in the field of aging. Our mandate focuses on providing guidance to students across the country who are setting up or running their own GIG groups, including advice and support for events, assistance with funding opportunities, and information dissemination (via the CGS student website). The NGIG also has an active role in the Canadian Geriatrics Society (CGS) by taking part in the Education committee of the CGS, addressing student issues, and helping with curriculum reviews. The NGIG creates a student-led presence that helps raise the profile of Geriatrics in the academic community, facilitates partnership and communication between the health care programs across Canada, and offers support to students interested in the field of aging and health issues of older adults.

A few advantages to joining us would be:
1. Funding: We have the great privilege of securing ample funding for each school with the help of Canadian Geriatrics Society.
2. Events Assistance and Ideas: Our events include Alzheimer's Society Initiative, Patient Outreach Program, #WhyGeriatricsWednesday, GIG Spotlight, etc.
4. Awards: Annual NGIG Student Leadership Award and NGIG Research Award - Submissions open!
5. Student Day: This year, Student Day is on April 22nd in Toronto ON! This is an event hosted by both the Canadian Geriatrics Society and the National Geriatrics Interest Group that brings together like-minded people Across Canada: including medical students, residents, and geriatricians.
6. Publication: We run a publication every year giving medical students the opportunity to publish and present their research, clinical, community, artist or personal experiences. Submissions also open!

Please let us know if there is anything we can do and thank you for your assistance. We look forward to your reply.

Best Regards,
Tina Chen and Paula Horsley
VP External of National Geriatrics Interest Group
Email us at:
Please visit our NGIG Website:

Joint Career Event from the Oncology and Palliative Interest Groups

MSS Clubs

The MSS-Oncology Interest Group and Palliative Interest Group invites you to this career event on the February 27th 2017, in McIntyre Medical Building, second floor room 201, from 18h30 to 20h00. Are you interested in a career in Family or Internal Medicine with sub-specialisation in Palliative Medicine or Medical Oncology? This is the event where you have the chance to ask your questions. Our invitees, Dr. Chaput and Dr. Khashayar will be there to tell you about their paths in medicine and explain how they chose their specialties.

Dr. Chaput is an MUHC Palliative Medicine Physician

Dr. Khashayar is a last year resident in Medical Oncology (R5), soon to start his career as staff.

Humanities and Arts in Medicine General Meeting

MSS Clubs

The general meeting is open to anyone and everyone interested in the intersection of the humanities, arts, and medicine. Come out to share ideas, plan events and projects, or simply to meet others who share similar interests! Please feel welcome to mark your preferred meeting time(s) in the Doodle poll:

About MSS McHAM:
We are a group of students who believe that the arts and humanities offer a side of medicine and the experience of illness, suffering, and healing that is missing from the formal health professional training curriculum. Through film, literature, music, philosophy, visual arts, and discussion, we can challenge our assumptions, immerse ourselves in alternate perspectives, engage with difficult issues, and be reminded of the beauty and complexity of human experience. Our goal is to cultivate a space for open discussion, critical dialogue, exploration, and escape, where students can remain in touch with their artistic, creative, and questioning selves during the busy and transformative period of health professional training. By engaging with the arts and humanities during our time as students, we hope to emerge from our training not only competent, knowledgeable, and technically skilled, but also empathetic, sensitive to diverse perspectives, comfortable with nuance and ambiguity, and better able to connect with whomever walks through the doors in the hospital or clinic.

**Call for Artwork and Writing** - Art Effects Magazine - **Deadline Extended!**

MSS Clubs

Are you a student in a program in the Faculty of Medicine? We’re looking for your work to publish in a student-led magazine!
• Paintings
• Drawings
• Sketches
• Photography
• Sculptures
• Origami / Paper Art
• Mixed Media
• Comics
• Narratives
• Reflections
• Poems
• …
Please send any submissions or questions to:
Include: your name, year of study, art/writing piece & title.
Optional for artwork: medium used & short blurb/reflection.
– McHAM (McGill Humanities and Arts in Medicine)

CHSP Lecture Series: Immigrant Health

MSS Clubs

Previous studies on immigrant health have often reported what seems to be a paradoxical finding: immigrants from Latin American countries to OECD countries appear to enjoy better health and live longer compared with the local population in the host country. The talk will discuss various possible explanations for these findings. In addition, it will present results from a recent study that examined this paradox and the possible conditions under which it may or may not exist. In particular, it will explore the role of age in determining the health and longevity of immigrants.

See our FB event for more details:

Clinical French Club: Digestion (Feb 27th)

MSS Clubs

Come join us for the fifth event of the Clinical French Club to practice digestion clinical scenarios and be as fluent in French as someone on Lax-A-Day. All level French speakers are welcome!

WHEN? February 27th, 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm (just before the R&E review for med1s)
WHERE? Room 131b at the McIntyre Library
Snacks will be served!

Facebook event page:

Medical Students 4 Haiti: Organize a Global Health Surgery Program

MSS Clubs

Interested in anatomy and surgery? Global health? Teaching and medical education? If so, Medical Students 4 Haiti is for you!

We are looking for a group of passionate students to lead MS4H. This will be the 5th year that the initiative organizes a 3 week summer program in Montreal for Haitian medical students to partake in. Your role will largely be involved in organizing and planning the program with the help of Dr. Noel. This program incorporates anatomy cadaver dissection sessions, surgical skills workshops in the SIM centre, pathology and trauma shadowing, and leading “Teaching How to Teach” small groups.

Please contact to become a part of this invaluable experience!

EBOH Applied Methods Group Meeting

Faculty of Medicine

Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Occupational Health Applied Research Methods Discussion Group
Friday, February 24th, 2017- 11:30-12:30 pm
Purvis Hall Room 25
Discussion Topic: Methods for Data Cleaning
Open to everyone! We discuss small and large problems
Light refreshments will be served
Please visit our blog for posts on past discussions!

Two Historians, a Folklorist, and a Virologist come together to discuss Vaccination

Faculty of Medicine

Please join us for Vaccination and Its Discontents: Historical and Contemporary Reflections on Vaccination and Vaccine Hesitancy, a multidisciplinary discussion panel hosted by the Osler Library for the History of Medicine on Monday, February 20th 5:30PM.

The panel discussion will include:
Bestiality in a Time of Smallpox: Dr. Jenner and the Modern Chimera
Rob Boddice, PhD FRHistS (Freie Universität Berlin), Historian of Medicine, Science and Emotions

“The grease taken from the heels of horses”: Collective Memory and Collective Silencing in the History of Vaccination Controversy
Cynthia Tang, MSc MA (McGill University), PhD student in the History of Medicine

Vaccination: Legend, Rumour, and Alternative Facts Throughout History
Andrea Kitta, PhD (East Carolina University), Folklorist specializing in medicine, belief and the supernatural

Should vaccination against measles and other infectious agents if proven safe be compulsory?
Mark Wainberg, PhD OC OQ FRSC (McGill University), Director of the McGill University AIDS Centre

This panel is being held in promotion of the Osler Library’s current exhibit, Vaccination: Fame, Fear and Controversy, 1798-1998, to explore some of the historical and contemporary cases of resistance to vaccination. Vaccination and Its Discontents: Historical and Contemporary Reflections on Vaccination and Vaccine Hesitancy will aim at analysing the character of the fears and doubts of anti-vaccinists, and the successes and failures of vaccination’s proponents in addressing the concerns of their opponents. The contemporary rhetoric surrounding vaccination is implicitly connected to, and draws upon, two centuries of rehearsal. Recognising the essential structure of anti-vaccinist arguments in particular may provide new ways to address them. The panel works towards novel approaches to vaccination controversies, opening up new possibilities for contending with vaccine hesitancy in our own times.

Please join us in this discussion, followed by a wine & cheese reception
Monday, February 20th, 5:30-7:30PM
3rd Floor McIntyre Medical Building
3655 Promenade Sir William Osler

For more details, click here.

Relevant reading:
Andrea Kitta and Daniel Goldberg, “The Significance of Folklore for Vaccine Policy: Discarding the Deficit Model,” Critical Public Health (2016).
Rob Boddice, “Vaccination, Fear and Historical Relevance,” History Compass (2016).

The exhibit, Vaccination: Fame, Fear and Controversy, 1798-1998, will run through the end of April 2017, Monday-Friday, 9AM-5PM, Free Admission
Both the exhibit and the speaker panel are co-sponsored by the McGill Faculty of Medicine and the Freie Universität Berlin.

Biannual Simulation Center Interdisciplinary Open House

Faculty of Medicine

Join us to:
-Learn more about the Sim Center & its role in your program
-Explore the facilities
-Try out what it has to offer
-Meet other students from different professional programs at McGill

When: March 16th 2017, 5:00 pm
Where: Steinberg Center for Simulation and Interactive Learning - 3575 avenue du Parc, suite 5640

**Pizza & beverages provided!**

Please RSVP to by March 3rd 2017 with your 1) student ID 2) program, and 3) year.

The Meditation Experience

McGill University

'The Meditation Experience' is intended for all medical students as well as any health care student interested. This course is prepared and provided by Antonio Di Cintio (4th year medical student) for all of those curious to try it, experience more of it, or simply be present with it.

1) The session series will be composed of 7 sessions, will take place every week (either a Tuesday or Wednesday) evening from 18:00-19:00 from Feb.15 - March 28th.

Week 1: Wednesday Feb.15 18:00-19:00 (DONE)
Week 2: Tuesday, Feb. 21 18:00-19:00
Week 3: Tuesday, Feb. 28 18:00-19:00
Week 4: Wednesday, March 8 18:00-19:00
Week 5: Wednesday, March 15 18:00-19:00
Week 6: Tuesday March 21 18:00-19:00
Final Week 7: Tuesday March 28 18:00-19:00

2) Cost: 10$. Offers entrance to ALL classes. Every cent of which is being donated to The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society; raising funds for blood cancer research since 1949.

3) Where: Room 204 of the 2nd floor McIntrye

4) Details regarding the weekly session including the dates and times are found in the GoogleDoc link.

Abdul K.I. Razack Memorial Prize for Social Justice in Medicine

McGill University

Abdul K.I. Razack Memorial Prize for Social Justice in Medicine
Applicants must be in their final year of medical studies, and provide a CV and 1-page letter demonstrating their commitment to addressing the health care concerns of local identified vulnerable and marginalized populations through either research or advocacy during medical school.
Awarded by the Faculty of Medicine: $1000 per year.
Send applications by email to Deadline extended to: no later than 4:00 pm on February 28th, 2017

Kind regards,


Sara Charbonneau, M.A., Project Administrator
The WELL Office (Wellness Enhanced Lifelong Learning)
Bureau SOURCES (Soutien et ressources-conseils aux études en santé)
Faculty of Medicine, McGill University
Meredith Annex l Room 216 l 3708 Peel Street, Montréal (Québec), H3A 1W9
T: 514-398-1781|F: 514-398-5071 |E: |W:

Clerkship/USMLE Books for Sale

Other (Medical)

All books in perfect condition, unless otherwise stated

Case Files Obs Gyn - 20$
Case Files Surgery - 20$ (minor highlighting)
Pre-Test Surgery- 13th edition- 25$
Rapid Surgery- Obi, Baker, Teo - 10$
Pre-Test Clinical Vignettes for USMLE Step 1 - 5th ed - 20$
USMLE Step 1- Princeton Review Prep book- 15$
Textbook of Physical Examination- Swartz- 5th ed - 25$
Clinically-Oriented Anatomy- Moore- 5th edition- 30$
First Aid for USMLE Step 1- 2011- 10$
Case Files Obs Gyn - 20$
Case Files Surgery - 20$ (minor highlighting)

Small McGill Med White Coat 10$

Contact Flora - 514-813-6577

The 23rd Annual UofT Psychiatry Summer Institute June 5-9th, 2017

Other (Medical)

Our award-winning program is open to 1st and 2nd year students enrolled at Canadian medical schools. The program includes lectures with world-class speakers on diverse and exciting topics in psychiatry. The program consists of seminars, afternoon electives, demonstrations and evening social events. Accepted applicants have the opportunity to interact with practicing psychiatrists and see patients daily at hospitals across Toronto.

To submit your application please visit this website.

The deadline to submit your application is March 10st, 2017 midnight. Students will be notified of acceptance by April 28th, 2017.

3rd edition of Première Ligne now online!

Other (Medical)

The "Première Ligne" editorial team (student-run magazine on Family Medicine) is proud to announce the publication of its third issue! Have a look at articles about LGBTQ health and student wellness, among other subjects (articles in French). Enjoy the read!

Mayo Clinic Diversity Programs!

Other (Medical)

The Visiting Medical Student Clerkship affords students a four-week rotation at one of the Mayo Clinic's three locations. Visiting medical students become an active member of a multidisciplinary health care team. In addition, students attend teaching rounds, conferences, take patient histories, perform physical examinations, and assist with operating room and other procedures.

We also invite you to visit this website;

Program Length: 4 weeks
Program Dates (application deadline): January-March (October 1); April-June (January 1); July-September (April 1); October-December (July 1)
Financial Support: $2 500 Diversity Scholarship
Program Contacts: MCR: Linda McConahey (, ARZ: Tamara Chauncey (, FLA: David Ausejo (

Best Regards,

Dennis C. Mays, Ph.D., Program Manager - Diversity Grants
Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science Office for Diversity

Cheryl Dornink, Education Administration Coordinator
Mayo Clnic College of Medicine and Science Office for Diversity

Zebra Connection

Other (Medical)

Location: 10th floor McIntyre Building (1034)
Time: 5-7pm
Date: 2/28/2017

Rare genetic conditions may be individually rare, but are collectively common. Close to 350 million individuals people around the globe are affected by a rare disease, more than AIDS and cancer combined. Come join us at McGill's first inaugural World Rare Disease Day event, and learn more about how rare genetic conditions transform the landscape of healthcare one "hoofbeat at a time".

World Rare Disease Day was created because treatment for many rare diseases is insufficient, as are the social networks to support individuals with rare diseases and their families. Today, World Rare Disease Day is recognized in more than 80 countries around the world.

An exciting discussion ahead with our accomplished speakers:

Dr.Brenard Brais, MD, PhD: Professor Co-director Rare Neurological Diseases Group Montreal Neurological Institute.

Dr.Terry Hebert, PhD; Professor, Pharmacology and Therapeutics, McGill Faculty of Medicine.

Ms.Mays Naccache; Coordinator of Orphanet, an online Portal for Rare Diseases and Orphan Drugs.

Dr.Pamela Trejo, MD; Endocrine Fellow at Shriners Hospital, Montreal.

Ms.Natalie Cinman: Patient and Health Advocate: Living with Osteogenesis imperfecta (brittle bone disease)

A huge thank you to McGill Student and Society and Oursquare for supporting our event!

McGill Visual Arts Society

Other (Non Medical)

The McGill Students’ Visual Arts Society is very excited to announce that we will be holding our third annual Year-End Art Show Thursday, March 23 and are looking for submissions! The sign-up form is attached below and the deadline is Sunday, March 12. This is our biggest event of the year and is a great opportunity for artists to display their work to the Montreal community. There is no specific theme and visual art of all types are welcome! These can include whole sketchbooks, paintings, illustrations, sketches, photography, prints, sculptures, installations, etc. Please email us at if you have any questions. We can't wait to help show the art of fantastic McGill artists!

Click here fore the GoogleDoc link.

The Nahom Berhane Scholarship for Leadership and Inclusion

Other (Non Medical)

Commemorating the life and legacy of Nahom Berhane, the Nahom Berhane Scholarship for Leadership and Inclusion provides assistance to youth with a proven track record of volunteerism, community service and leadership in the community, who are in need of financial support to attend a post-secondary institution including universities, colleges, and professional trades training.

The Scholarship is available for students who are registered to attend a post-secondary institution (in any year).

The ideal recipient of the Scholarship will be rewarded for their participation, contributions, and leadership in the community through volunteerism and community service.

The deadline for this year's scholarship competition is April 30, 2017

To learn more about the scholarship criteria, the initiative, or the life of Nahom Berhane, visit our website:

If you're interested, you can also read about last year's scholarship recipients, Melanie Manning and Andre Cochegrus, by clicking here:
About Scholarship Recipients

We look forward to hearing from you!


Clinically Oriented Anatomy (5th ed), Pathologic Basis of Disease (7th ed)

Excellent condition (rarely used). $20 each. For pick-up at my apartment across from the MGH.  Email or text if interested. Thanks

Beautiful, newly renovated 3 1/2 in Golden Square Mile!

Beautiful, newly renovated 3 1/2 with exceptional location: 5 minute walk to Montreal General Hospital, Mount-Royal (accessible from Dr. Penfield), Guy-Concordia metro station (Green Line), restaurants, bars and shopping. Ideal for medical students / residents; 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. 

-Spacious bedroom with lots of closet space
-Newly renovated kitchen (stainless steal appliances with dishwasher)
-Newly renovated bathroom (walk-in rain shower)
-Balcony (overlooking Mount Royal)
-Air conditioning
-Amenities (including TV and Internet)
-Fully furnished
-Laundry machines on the floor 

Please contact for more information / pictures. 
Asking $1750/month. Minimum 1 year lease, start date flexible between May 1st and July 1st. 

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