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Medical Students' Society of McGill University (MSS) Executive Council

The Medical Students' Society (MSS) represents the interests of students working towards the M.D.,C.M. degree and enrolled in the Faculty of Medicine of McGill University.  It serves to promote the views of its members in all dealings with the Faculty of Medicine of McGill University, McGill University, and the community at large.

The MSS serves to encourage interaction between its members and to disseminate information pertinent to the academic, professional and cultural enrichment of all its members.  Furthermore, the MSS coordinates and promotes the formation and functioning of Society organizations, clubs, and committees.

The General Council of the Medical Students' Society of McGill University (MSS) is the governing body whose role is to legislate and execute all regulations and enactments of the Society. The General Council transacts all business and engages in all affairs of the Society in the name of the Society.

The Executive Council consists of the Officers of the Society, all of whom are also members of the General Council. Also, each medical class elects its own Class Council.

The General Assembly, composed of all active members of the Society, has full authority over the Society. Thus, the General and Executive Councils are bound by all decisions made by a General Assembly.

A detailed description of the General Assembly, General Council, Executive Council and the four Class Councils can be found in Article 4 of the MSS Constitution (available online).

Name: Xin Mei Liu
Class: 2019

The President is in charge of ensuring that the MSS best serves the student body we represent. This entails:

  • Leading the MSS General Council in all decisions related to our activities, as well as serving as Chair of the MSS Meetings
  • Motivating everyone on the council to be actively engaged, and foster the development of new ideas and continual improvement of the MSS
  • Representing the MSS, and all 800 Medical Students at McGill, to the Faculty of Medicine, CFMS, FMEQ, and other external organizations
  • Advocating for all areas of student need, including student wellness and academics
  • Developing strategies and plans for the continual improvement of our society

Students with any questions about what we do or how to get involved with the MSS (or if you just want to say hi!) can get in touch with me at president.mss@mail.mcgill.ca

  • Doulia Hamad (2015-2016)
  • Nebras Warsi (2014-2015)
  • Carl White Ulysse (2013-2014)
  • Adam Parent (2012-2013)
  • Esli Osmanlliu (2011-2012)
  • Louis-Charles Moreau (2010-2011)
  • Matthew R. Robinson (2009-2010)
  • Ben Albright (2008-2009)
  • Amanda Lord (2007-2008)
  • Timothy Lussier (2006-2007)
  • Luke Lavallée (2005-2006)
  • Mahshad Darvish (2004-2005)
  • Maya Haasz (2003-2004)
  • Scott Owen (2002-2003)
  • Mark Kotowycz (2001-2002)
  • Ali Hashemi (2000-2001)
  • Matthew Erskine (1999-2000)
  • Andrew Nice (1998-1999)
  • Matthew Schumaecker (1997-1998)
  • Do you know who occupied this position from 1991-1997? Contact us!
  • George Chow (1990)
  • Do you know who occupied this position from 1979-1990? Contact us!
  • Michelle Fiore (1979)
  • Do you know who occupied this position from 1974-1979? Contact us!
  • John Gordon (1974)
  • Do you know who occupied this position from 1971-1974? Contact us!
  • Nick Robert (1971)
  • Do you know who occupied this position before 1971? Contact us!
Doulia Hamad

Name: Doulia Hamad

Name: Assil Abda
Class: 2019
 

  • Sophie Vincent (2014-2015)
  • Sarah Hosseini (2013-2014)
  • Melina Deban (2012-2013)
  • Mali Dawn Worme (2011-2012)

This position was previously known as MSS Executive Secretary.

  • Benjamin Goldstein (2010-2011)
  • Alyson Baker (2009-2010)
  • Lina Huang (2008-2009)
  • Gabriel Altit & Natasha Cohen (2007-2008)
  • Lucas Chartier & Tara McCarty (2006-2007)
  • Catherine Patocka & Marta McCrum (2005-2006)
  • Dalia Rotstein & Jennifer Bishop (2004-2005)
  • Rachel Fisher & Ziggy Zeng (2003-2002)
  • Adam Hofmann & Gerald Pfeffer (2002-2003)
  • Hilary Cohen (2000-2001)
  • Deidre Young, Laurence Peloquin & Rob Baird (1999-2000)
  • Ramy Abaskharoun, Carmine Nudo, Joseph Lam & Martin LaRocque (1998-1999)
  • Nick Carson, Kapil Sharma & Patrick Willemot (1997-1998)
  • Do you know who occupied this position before 1997? Contact us!

Name: Ali Salimi
Class: 2020
 

As the VP IT, you are in charge of anything that relates to the field of information technology: “the study, design, development, implementation, support or management of information systems; a general term that describes any technology that helps to produce, manipulate, store, communicate, and/or disseminate information” (Wikipedia).  

Main responsibilities:

  • Manage technology in general for the medical student body
  • Spearhead any new technological innovations and applications for the medical student body and the curriculum
  • Maintain a website for the Medical Students’ Society (MSS)
  • Maintain/oversee the technology installed (computers, printer) in the Med-Dent Student Computer Lab (McIntyre Bldg. room 501)
  • Maintain/oversee the technology installed (TV, projector, computers, printer) in the Lady Meredith Annex Student Lounge (3706 Peel St.)
  • Maintain the “Medicine and Dentistry Student Gateway” website (this website)
  • Help official clubs maintain a web presence linked to the MSS.
  • Have an opinion about technological issues in medicine and society.
  • Provide resources and/or help to people who approach you in need of technological assistance
  • Nicolas Scarborough (2015-2016)
  • Amol Raut (2014-2015)
  • Jules Eustache (2013-2014)
  • Kenjey Chan (2012-2013)
  • Thierry Live (2011-2012)
  • Xuejiao Joanna Li (2010-2011)
  • Amit Raut (2009-2010)
  • Jean Deschamps (2008-2009)
  • Danish Khan (2007-2008)
  • Unfilled (2006-2007)
  • Zeeshan Sardar (2005-2006)
  • Elie Sarraf (2004-2005)
  • Mahshad Darvish (2003-2004)
  • Lily Chu (2002-2003)

Name: Zaid Sweidan
Class: 2019

The VP Financial Affairs and Treasurer is responsible for managing the resources of the Society. This involves:

  • Preparing and managing the General Budget of the Society
  • Managing the bank accounts, investment portfolios and other assets of the Society
  • Serving as chair of the Scholarship committee and Conference Fund committee
  • Serving on the General Council of the Quebec Federation of Medical Students
  • Advising members of the General Council, club executives and individual members on financial and sponsorship matters
  • Negotiating sponsorship and partnership contracts, along with the Executive Vice President for Corporate Relations
  • Preparing the Society’s yearly financial audit
  • Designing, establishing, and maintaining an organizational structure to effectively accomplish the Society’s goals and objectives

Feel free to contact me should you have any questions, at vpfinance.mss@mail.mcgill.ca!

  • Daniel Peretz (2015-2016)
  • Alexander Lachapelle (2014-2015)
  • Mathieu Surprenant (2013-2014)
  • Armen Attarian (2012-2013)
  • Anthony Bozzo (2011-2012)
  • David Alcoloumbre (2010-2011)
  • Yalin Lin (2009-2010)
  • Jonah Marek (2008-2009)
  • Andrea Blotsky (2007-2008)
  • Mathieu Blanc (2006-2007)
  • Amy Ying Xin Yu (2005-2006)
  • Preeti Anand (2004-2005)
  • Sylvia Chen (2003-2003)
  • Oren Tessler (2002-2003)
  • Do you know who occupied this position in 2001-2002? Contact us!
  • Greg Chandler (2000-2001)
  • Dov Gandell & Sebastian Demyttenaere (1999-2000)
  • Rina Bansal & Robin Kalish (1998-1999)
  • Evelyn Constantin & Debbie Gerstein (1997-1998)
  • Do you know who occupied this position before 1997? Contact us!
Noémie La Haye-Caty & Florence Gagné

Name: Noémie La Haye-Caty 
Class: 2019

Name: Florence Gagné
Class: 2019

The VP Socials get to organize many unforgettable events every year! Our task is to put together events that allow our medical students to have some experiences that they will remember (or not) for the rest of their lives. Some of these events include:

  • A week long frosh for the incoming Med-1s
  • Malpractice Cup, where we show the law students who’s really got brains and brawns
  • Annual Halloween Party
  • Organizing the McGill portion of MedGames (t-shirts, goodies, buses and hotels)
  • InterNos, a classy evening bringing together all 4 years of medicine and dentistry
  • And many more, including anything else your heart desires

Not only are these a blast to plan, but it also allows you to get to know students in other years and work with some wonderful class reps and other council members to pull these memorable events together.

  • Claudèle Brault & Mathilde Labbé (2015-2016)
  • Lea Restivo & Sena Türkdoğan (2014-2015)
  • Alexandrine da Silva & Mickey Moroz (2013-2014)
  • Philippe Bouchard & Ariane Smith (2012-2013)
  • (Kevin) Shixiao He & Wanda Marini (2011-2012)
  • Phil Vourtzoumis & Georgia Vriniotis (2010-2011)
  • Jacques Balayla & Mher Barbarian (2009-2010)
  • Devin Hopkins & Robert Tremblay (2008-2009)
  • Kate Amiel & Tania Azar (2007-2008)
  • Robert Gizicki & Michael Pakdaman (2006-2007)
  • Kristin Lyons & Yasaman (Yassi) Rajabieh Shayan (2005-2006)
  • Francis Zih (2004-2005)
  • Jonathan Theoret (2003-2004)
  • Sara Stafford (2002-2003)
  • Do you know who occupied this position between 2000-2002? Contact us!
  • Anatoli Freiman & Avijit Chatterjee (1999-2000)
  • Elvira Isganaitis & Melina Vassiliou (1998-1999)
  • Julie Connolly & Philip Hedrei (1997-1998)
  • Do you know who occupied this position before 1997? Contact us!

Name: Natasha Caminsky
Class: 2019

The VP Internal takes care of the communication and events within the MSS student body. This includes:

  • Coordinate and organize clubs, and process club funding (the actual banking is handled by VP Finance)
  • Dissemination of information to the entire student population through the Murmur
  • Manage and improve the usability of the Gateway
  • Make all documents e.g. minutes, budget etc. of the MSS accessible to all MSS members via the Gateway
  • Correspond with external parties e.g. faculty and other medical students’ society
  • Take minutes during the MSS General Council Meetings

Students who are interested in starting a club or current club executives and members should direct their questions regarding club application and advice on club organization to the VP Internal. Anyone interested in reaching out to the McGill medical student population for publicity and promotion can also contact him/her at vpinternal.mss@mail.mcgill.ca.

  • Kyle St. Louis (2015-2016)
  • Amy Huang (2014-2015)
  • Thierry Live (2012-2014)

This position was previously known as MSS VP Communications and Student Affairs.

  • Terence Lee (2011-2012)
  • Jacques Balayla & Jordan Heuser (2010-2011)
  • Lei Ma & Chloë Bogaty (2009-2010)
  • Yanning Gao & Barbara Sproule (2008-2009)
  • Tanya Skamene (2007-2008)
  • Faisal Baddar (2006-2007)
  • Stephane Leung Wai Sang (2005-2006)
  • Selvan Rajakesari (2004-2005)
  • Sohil Rangwala (2003-2004)
  • Pierre-Luc Bernier (2002-2003)
  • Do you know who occupied this position from 2001-2002? Contact us!
  • Dov Weiss & Lisa Lefebvre (2000-2001)
  • Nicholas Ahmew & Leonard Bergeron (1999-2000)
  • Nicolas Chagnon, Shahin Zanganeh & Mohamed Nagi (1997-1999)
  • Do you know who occupied this position before 1997? Contact us!
Philippe-Antoine Bilodeau

Name: Philippe-Antoine Bilodeau
Class: 2019

  • Abrar Al-Jassim (2015-2016)
  • Neil Verma (2014-2015)
  • Pedram Mossallanejad (2013-2014)
  • Mali Worme (2012-2013)
  • Pooja Aysola (2011-2012)
  • Daniel Horspool (2010-2011)
  • Maeve Trudeau (2009-2010)
  • Michael Neszt (2008-2009)
  • Farhana Shariff (2007-2008)
  • Andrew Aw (2006-2007)
  • Parisa Momtaz (2005-2006)
  • Kenneth Rosenstein (2004-2005)
  • Stephanie Brill (2003-2004)
  • BJ Luria (2002-2003)
  • Do you know who occupied this position before 2002? Contact us!

Name: Justin Desroches
Class: 2019

  • To represent and further the objectives and best interests of the MSS within the FMEQ and other organizations within Quebec.
  • To transmit pertinent information from these organizations to the General Council and members of the Society.
  • To attend all meetings of, and actively participate in, these organizations.
  • To act as liaison and facilitate communication between the Society and other medical schools’ student societies within Québec.
  • Anaëlle Massenet (2015-2016)
  • Sarah Hosseini (2014-2015)
  • Alexandre Gauvreau (2012-2014)
  • Olivier Lavigueur (2011-2012)
  • Sonali Srivastava (2010-2011)
  • Catherine Truong (2009-2010)
  • Mallory Chavannes & Jenny Wong (2008-2009)
  • Eliane Raymond-Dufresne & Myriam Auclair (2007-2008)
  • Cynthia Qian & Eliane Raymond-Dufresne (2006-2007)
  • Sandie Ouellet & Zoe Lysy (2005-2006)
  • Andrew Khalil & Sandie Ouellet (2004-2005)
  • Luc Pham & Andrew Khalil (2003-2004)
  • Mylene Dandavino & Luc Pham (2002-2003)
  • Do you know who occupied this position between 2001-2002? Contact us!
  • Eric Forget & Dimitri Kalavrouziotis (1999-2000)
  • Jean-Sébastien Joyal & Eric Forget (1998-1999)
  • Marc Zerey & Jean-Sébastien Joyal (1997-1998)

Name: Lucy Luo
Class: 2019

  • Act as a liaison between the Medical Student Society (MSS) and the Canadian Federation of Medical Students (CFMS), various organizations on campus, the Montreal community, and McGill alumni.
  • Attend all relevant Canadian Federation Meetings (CFMS), including but not limited to: Annual General Meeting (AGM), Spring General Meeting (SGM), National Lobby Day.
  • Sit on the McGill Government Affairs and Advocacy Committee (GAAC) as voting member. 
  • Ivan Serwadda-Luwaga (2015-2016)
  • Sophie Weiwei Gao (2014-2015)
  • Kenjey Chan (2013-2014)
  • Helene Retrouvey (2012-2013)
  • Marina Ibrahim (2011-2012)
  • Leigh Chantal Pharand (2009-2011)
  • Florin Costescu & Carolyn Jack (2008-2009)
  • Navya Mysore & Florin Costescu (2007-2008)
  • Catherine Patocka & Navya Mysore (2006-2007)
  • Meghan Grant & Paul Gross (2005-2006)
  • Leslie Price & Paul Gross (2004-2005)
  • Ray Firszt & Leslie Price (2003-2004)
  • Chantelle Simmons & Ray Firszt (2002-2003)
  • Do you know who occupied this position between 2000-2002? Contact us!
  • Ashley Miller & Lili Nasseri (1999-2000)
  • Kendall Noel & Ashley Miller (1998-1999)
  • Marc Zerey & Kendall Noel (1997-1998)
Eugène Brailovski (VP Sr.) & Liang Chen (VP Jr.)

Name: Eugène Brailovski
Class:  2019

Name: Liang Chen
Class:  2020

 

The VP Global Health is the main liaison between the three main medical student global health bodies mainly the International Federation of Medical Students Quebec, the Canadian Federation of Medical Students and McGill Global Health Programs. The main roles of VP Global Health:

  • Encouraging, supporting and advertising student medical student global health initiatives
  • Providing global health opportunities to McGill medical students by linking them to appropriate resources/ groups ie international exchanges, internships etc.
  • Representing McGill Medical Students in global health at McGill, provincially and federally with the CFMS and IFMSA-Qc

Anyone who is interested in global health issues and looking for ways to build knowledge, skills and values to take on health leadership roles locally and globally should get in touch with VP Global Health at mcgill@ifmsa.qc.ca

  • Mark Woo (VP Sr.) & Eugène Brailovski (VP Jr.) (2015-2016)
  • Kelly Lau (2014-2015)
  • Susan Mengxiao Ge (2013-2014)
  • Danielle Godin (2012-2013)
  • Hélène Retrouvey (2011-2012)
  • Do you know who occupied this position in 2010-2011? Contact us!
  • Shama Cash-Goldwasser (2009-2010)
  • Jennifer Hulme (2008-2009)
  • Reena Pattani (2007-2008)
  • Rasa Izadnegahdar & Olivier Drouin (2005-2007)

This position was also known as International Health Liason.

Name: Camille Paradis
Class: 2019

The VP Annex, as the name implies, takes care of all the business related to our dear, dear Lady Meredith Annex! This includes:

  • Managing the Annex room bookings
  • Arranging for storage of items for the MSS Clubs and Class Councils
  • Taking care of retrieving the mail for above-mentioned clubs and councils
  • Making sure there is always a supply of kernels, oil and salt for the popcorn machine
  • Re-stocking the coffee and milk for the Keurig machine

If you have any questions, concerns or an intense and inextinguishable burning desire to help clean the Annex (you know you do…), don’t hesitate to e-mail me at annex.mss@mail.mcgill.ca!

  • Samantha Rivet (2015-2016)
  • Jasmine Vafi (2014-2015)
  • Simon Benoit Dubé (2013-2014)
  • Ange Diouf (2012-2013)
  • Émilie Gagnon (2011-2012)
  • Samantha Lavitt (2010-2011)

The Annex Rep position was created in 2010.

Name: Jake Prillo
Class: 2018

The SSMU Representative serves as liaison between the MSS and the SSMU (Students’ Society of McGill University), the student union that represents all undergraduate students at McGill and advocates on their behalf to the McGill administration, and provincial and federal governments.

The responsibilities of the SSMU Representative include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Sitting on the SSMU Legislative Council and on various committees to represent the best interests of the MSS and its constituents (medical students)
  • Communicating to the MSS and its constituents information from SSMU that may affect them
  • Working closely with the Medicine Senator, who sits on McGill Senate
  • Advertising for SSMU-related events (e.g. Activities Night, Minicourses)
  • Assisting constituents in SSMU-related activities (e.g. starting a club, booking rooms at the William Shatner University Centre, applying for SSMU funding for student groups and initiatives)
  • Joshua Chin Kar Yan (2014-2016)
  • David Benrimoh (2013-2014)
  • Pedram Mossallanejad (2012-2013)
  • Laurence Caroline Bernard (2011-2012)
  • Stephanie Ladowski (2010-2011)
  • Hallie Coltin (2008-2009)
  • Cameron Yau (2007-2008)
  • Donal Finegan (2006-2007)
  • Do you know who occupied this position from 2005-2006? Contact us!
  • Julie Okapuu (2004-2005)
  • Maryse Bouchard (2003-2004)
  • Hossein Samadi (2002-2003)
  • Do you know who occupied this position from 2001-2002? Contact us!
  • Mark Karanofsky (2000-2001)
  • Mark Karanofsky (1999-2000)
  • Shahin Zanganeh (1998-1999)
  • Asad Khan (1997-1998)
  • Do you know who occupied this position before 1997? Contact us!

Name: Joshua Chin

The Medicine Senator represents medical students on the McGill Senate, which is the highest governing academic body of the university, superseded only by the Board of Governors, who decide on finances. The Senate is charged with reviewing and passing any policies that have an impact on the academic life of students. This includes policies on purely academic things such as assessment, evaluation, and plagiarism, but also extends to things like student well-being, mental health, student rights, and the overall academic vision for the university. Senate is where new programs are founded, and things like campus-wide sexual assault policies are debated. Senate also oversees many subcommittees, which handle things like the formulation of new policies. Every Senator is expected to attend Senate meetings, to sit on at least two subcommittees, and to attend the weekly Student Senator Caucus. In addition, the Medicine Senator sits on the MSS Council and is expected to report  to the MSS Council and to their constituents, and should regularly consult medical students and ask for their feedback and opinions on issues. Finally, the Medicine Senator, working with the SSMU Representative, should act as a resource person for students who need help navigating the student government and the administration.

  • David Benrimoh (2014-2016)
  • Laurence Bélanger (2013-2014)
  • Do you know who occupied this position in 2012-2013? Contact us!
  • Mahmoud Almasri (2011-2012)
  • Do you know who occupied this position between 2005-2011? Contact us!
  • Alexandra Soroceanu (2004-2005)
  • Do you know who occupied this position between 2001-2004? Contact us!
  • Rakesh Khanna (2000-2001)
  • Bill Stansfield (1999-2000)
  • Do you know who occupied this position before 1999? Contact us!

Name: Lysanne Sun-Drapeau
Class: 2019

The MSS Wellness Representative is an the official liaison between the MSS and the MSW.  The Wellness Rep is a non-voting member of the MSS General Council and is the go-to person for anything wellness related.  In addition, the Wellness Representative attends and is a voting member at the Faculty's Curriculum Committee and New Curriculum Implementation Committee.  The Wellness Rep mandate includes advocating and promoting student wellness on issues that may include workload, vacation and inclusion of wellness activities in the new curriculum.

The rationale for the position is that this student representative's only mandate is to advocate for student wellness.  This is in stark contrast to the other members of the MSS sitting on these committees who must balance a variety of influences as an advocate for students in all aspects of their education.  This position would improve upon the status quo as the current MSW VP Academic is not an elected representative, despite advocating for wellness on these curricular committees.  Finally, this position will formalize the relationship between the MSS and the MSW.  This relationship will hopefully lead the culture change that is needed to improve medical student wellness.

Laurence Gariépy-Assal (2015-2016)

The VP Wellness position was created in 2015.