MSS Medical Education Committee (EdCom)

About us

The MSS Medical Education Committee (EdCom) is an MSS standing committee established in 2016 that functions to formalize and organize medical student representation and feedback to the Undergraduate Medical Education office and the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences as a whole. There are over 65 student representatives representing the student body and serving over 20 official sub-committees.

If you have an issue that you would like EdCom to address, please consult the list of representatives provided below and contact the appropriate person by email. (Please copy your class president on all correspondences). Alternatively, you may submit an anonymous feedback form below and we will ensure your feedback gets sent to the appropriate representatives.

MAPS Taskforce

One of EdCom’s academic initiatives is the MSS Academic Peer Support (MAPS) taskforce, whose mandate is to support students in FMD that are in a remedial situation to match with a peer tutor to help them review for the remedial. This process is confidential and allows a student in a remedial situation to select a peer tutor of their choice in a bank of peer tutors from Med-1 and Med-2. Sign-ups for students in remedial situation open a week after the block exam, so keep an eye out for the email!

To sign-up to be a peer tutor, please fill out the following form:
MAPS Peer Tutor Sign-up

To view the dates that MAPS will be available after each block exam, please see the following table:
MAPS availabilities dates

For any questions or concerns about the MAPS project, you can contact either VP Medical Education or either VP Wellness by email using the coordinates found below.

EdCom Reports 2022-2023 Academic Year

Your representatives for…

Class-Specific Issues
FMD

Renata Sabelli

Med-1 Class President (MTL)

Fahima Khan

Med-1 Academic Rep (MTL)

Daniel Dawoud

Med-1 Class President (CO)

Franciska Otaner

Med-1 Academic Rep

(CO)

Email

Daniel Mendelson

MD/PhD Rep

Physicianship

Email

Nayra Abdel Fattah

Physicianship Med-1 Rep

LFME

Email

Linda Ma

LFME Rep

CHAP

Email

CHAP Med-1 Rep

CHAPP (Campus Outaouais)

E-mail

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CHAPP Jr Rep

Physicianship (Campus Outaouais)

Yoomin Lee

Physicianship Rep Jr (CO)

FMD + TCP

Email

Taylor Morganstein

Med-2 Class President (MTL)

Hélène Rukundo

Med-2 Class President (CO)

Eric Landry

Med-2 Academic Rep (CO)

Daniel Mendelson

MD/PhD Representative

Physicianship

Email

CHAP

Email

CHAPP (Campus Outaouais)

Email

Emily Zhang

Physicianship Med-2 Rep

Jenna Kliot

CHAP Med-2 Rep

CHAPP Junior Rep (CO)

Yoomin Lee

Physicianship Jr Rep (CO)

TCP Courses

Surgery

Dorsai Ranjbari

Surgery Senior Rep

Nehal Islam

Surgery Junior Rep

Pediatrics

Amanda Bianco

Pediatrics Senior Rep

Fangfang Sun

Pediatrics Junior Rep

Malick Turenne

Internal Med-2 Rep

Dimitri Yang

Family Med-2 Rep

Clerkship

Email

Physicianship

Email

Thomas Barabé

Med-3 Class President (MTL)

Daniel Josué Guerra

Med-3 Class President (CO)

Sidratul Rahman

Physicianship Med-3 Rep

CHAP

Alicia Shen

CHAP Med-3 Rep

Félix Rousseau

CHAPP Senior Rep (CO)

Wassim Senouci

Senior Physicianship Rep (CO)

Xena Wang

Senior Physicianship Rep (CO)

Specialties

Surgery

Dorsai Ranjbari

Surgery Senior Rep

Nehal Islam

Surgery Junior Rep

Amanda Bianco

Pediatrics Senior Rep

Fangfang Sun

Pediatrics Junior Rep

Demitri Evangeliou

Internal Med-3 Rep

Han Zhang Huang

Family Medicine Med-3 Rep

Anna Reiter

OBGYN Senior Rep

Hillary Chappus-McCendie

OBGYN Junior Rep

Shadi Hadj-Youssef

Psychiatry Senior Rep

Martina Erdstein

Psychiatry Junior Rep

Sophie Hallot

Geriatrics Junior Rep

Clerkship

Email

Physicianship

Email

PHPM

Email

Abed Baiad

Med-4 Class President

Evan Jette

Physicianship Med-4 Rep

Elyse Bowitsch

PHPM Rep

Wassim Senouci

Physicianship Rep Sr (CO)

Xena Wang

Physicianship Rep Sr (CO)

PIAT

Email

Sophie Leblanc

PIAT Senior Rep

Saad Razzaq

PIAT Junior Rep

TTR

Email

Gowtham Thangathurai

TTR Senior Rep

Ahmad Al-Asmar

TTR Junior Rep

Specialties

Ranuka Sivanathan

Emerg Rep

Chris Rafiaa

Geriatrics Senior Rep

Sophie Hallot

Geriatrics Junior Rep

Alex Nguyen

Family Med-4 Rep

Haroon Munir

Internal Med-4 Rep

Wellness

Email

Admissions

Email

Arielle Grossman

VP Wellness (Montreal)

Jacob Nicodemo

VP Wellness (Outaouais)

Max Williams

Senior Admissions Rep

Darelle Cong-O Agtang

Junior Admissions Rep

Program Evaluation | PECO

Email: Montreal Campus

Aïnhoa Olazabal

PECO Senior Rep

Amanda Morrone

PECO Senior Rep

Magan Solomon

PECO Junior Rep

Email: Campus Outaouais

Misha Fotovati

PECO Outaouais Rep

Theme: Basic Science | BSCTKT

Email: Montreal Campus

Alissa Rutman

BSCTKT Senior Rep

Amir Razaghizad

BSCTKT Junior Rep

Marilou Lussier

BSCTKT Outaouais Rep

Theme: Public Health | SAPHHA

Email: Montreal Campus

Aalya Hamouda

SAPHHA Senior Rep

Shanthiya Nallathamby

SAPHHA Junior Rep

Emanuele Lucia

SAPHHA Outaouais Rep

Arjun Gupta

VP Education Montreal

Email

Lily Fakhouri

VP Education Outaouais

Email

Adam Hassan

Executive President

Email

Hongda Li

Outaouais President

Email

Taliah Hyjazie

EdCom Secretary General

Email

The UGME committees we sit on

MSS-EdCom Committees

At these meetings, elected student representatives who sit on both the MSS Council & EdCom discuss emerging issues with the Associate Dean UGME. This is an excellent opportunity to improve communication and collaboration between MSS, EdCom, and UGME, and troubleshoot any issue if necessary.

N.B. This is not an official subcommittee of the UGME or MDCM Program Committee, but rather an informal meeting between the Associate Dean UGME and the MSS/EdCom student representatives.

Frequency of meetings: 1X / month

Montreal Campus:

Arjun Gupta

VP Education (Montreal)

Adam Hassan

Executive President

Hongda Li

Outaouais President

Sarah Moussa

Past VP Education

Amanda Morrone

Past President

Arielle Grossman

VP Wellness

Fahima Khan

Med-1 Academic Rep (MTL)

Renata Sabelli

Med-1 Class President (MTL)

Taylor Morganstein

Med-2 Class President (Mtl)

Thomas Barabé-Tremblay

Med-3 Class President (MLT)

Abed Baiad

Med-4 Class President

Daniel Mendelson

MD/PhD Student Representative

Campus Outaouais:

Lily Fakhouri

VP Education (Outaouais)

Hongda Li

Outaouais President

Adam Hassan

Executive President

Jacob Nicodemo

VP Wellness (Outaouais)

Daniel Dawoud

Med-1 Class President (CO)

Franciska Otaner

Med-1 Academic Rep

(CO)

Hélène Rukundo

Med-2 Class President (CO)

Daniel Josué Guerra

Med-3 Class President (CO)

Eric Landry

Med-2 Academic Rep (CO)

Mahmoud Moustafa

Med-4 Class President (CO)

Program Committees

This committee is the highest decision-making body for the UGME, chaired by the Associate Dean UGME (Dr. Mondou). It is where all policies, course objectives, assessments tools, and major changes in the functioning of the program must be approved. 

Our student representatives share feedback from the student body, and represent students’ interests during the decision-making process. They have one junior vote, one senior vote, and one Gatineau vote.

Frequency of meetings: 2-3 X / month

Arjun Gupta

VP Education (Montreal)

Lily Fakhouri

VP Education (Outaouais)

Amanda Morrone

Past President

Approved Delegates

Adam Hassan

Executive President

Taylor Morganstein

Med-2 Class President (Mtl)

Sarah Moussa

Past VP Education

Thomas Barabé-Tremblay

Med-3 Class President

Abed Baiad

Med-4 Class President

PECO promotes the continuous improvement of the MDCM program by making recommendations about program objectives, content, instruction, learning environment, compliance with Faculty policies, and the performance of cohorts of medical graduates from McGill.

Student representatives provide this committee with the student perspective, particularly in interpreting student survey responses and in ameliorating the surveying process.

Frequency of meetings: 1X / month (10 total per year)

Aïnhoa Olazabal

PECO Senior Rep

Amanda Morrone

PECO Senior Rep

Magan Solomon

PECO Junior Rep

Misha Fotovati

PECO Outaouais Rep

The mandate of the Wellness and Learning Environment Subcommittee is to review policies and data that relate to the learning environment and to participate in the development and implementation of curriculum content aimed at promoting wellness and resilience in learners.

The student’s role is to provide feedback about these policies and data and suggest new ways to improve the content of the current wellness curriculum.

Frequency of meetings: 2X / year

Arielle Grossman

VP Wellness (Montreal)

Jacob Nicodemo

VP Wellness (Outaouais)

This committee has final responsibility for the selection and admission of students to the Faculty of Medicine MDCM and Med-P programs. It determines the design of the admissions process and the selection criteria applied to prospective candidates. Of late, the Admissions Committee has focused on modifying the admissions process to accommodate the upcoming McGill Medicine Satellite campus in Gatineau. 

The responsibility of the student representative is to represent the student body in all decisions and actions taken by the Admissions Committee.

Frequency of meetings: at least 3X / year 

N.B. This committee does not fall under the MDCM Program Committee; it has direct oversight from the Associate Dean UGME and from the overarching Faculty of Medicine.

Max Williams

Senior Admissions Rep

Darelle Cong-O Agtang

Junior Admissions Rep

The mandate of the Curriculum Management Subcommittee is to assist the MDCM Program Committee in ensuring alignment between the curriculum elements and maintaining a contemporary curriculum the MDCM Program. It is an advisory subcommittee to the MDCM Program Committee. It reports regularly on its findings related to curricular management of the program and makes recommendations to the MDCM Program Committee with the goal of ensuring alignment between the program learning objectives, assessment strategies and the curriculum.

The responsibility of the student representative is to represent the student body in all decisions and actions taken by the Curriculum Management Committee.

Frequency of meetings: at least 4X / year 

Sarah Moussa

Previous VP Medical Education (MTL)

Lily Fakhouri

Current VP Medical Education (CO)

Theme Committees

The Basic Science, Critical Thinking and Knowledge Translation curricular theme guides the teaching of Basic Sciences, Social Studies of Medicine, Research Fundamentals, Evidence-Based Medicine (EBM), and Critical Appraisal throughout the four years of the MDCM Program. 

The student representative provides student input and feedback related to the themes and courses falling under the purview of the BSCTKT committee. They obtain student feedback through surveys and focus groups.

Frequency of meetings: 4X / year

Alissa Rutman

BSCTKT Senior Rep

Amir Razaghizad

BSCTKT Junior Rep

Marilou Lussier

BSCTKT Outaouais Rep

Daniel Mendelson

MD/PhD Rep

The SAPHHA committee, chaired by Dr. Anne Andermann, is responsible to advise the MDCM Program Committee on matters related to content and integration of the Social Accountability, Primary Health & Health Advocacy curricular theme within the MDCM Program. This committee has oversight of the Molecules to Global Health course (Block A), the CHAP course, and longitudinal teaching of this theme across the curriculum.

The students represent the Medical Education Committee on the Social Accountability, Primary Health & Health Advocacy Subcommittee. Their role is to gather and report student feedback to this subcommittee with the goal of improving teaching related to the SAPHHA theme.

SAPHHA was created in 2018 by merging two previous committees: PHCPH (Primary Health Care and Population Health) and SAHA (Social Accountability and Health Advocacy).

Frequency of meetings: minimum 2X / year

Aalya Hamouda

SAPHHA Senior Rep

Shanthiya Nallathamby

SAPHHA Junior Rep

Emanuele Lucia

SAPHHA Outaouais Rep

Component Committees

This committee has oversight of all courses taught during the first 1.5 years of the curriculum, from Block A to Block J, including the longitudinal courses of FMD.

Frequency of meetings: minimum 4X / year (average 1X / month)

Fahima Khan

Med-1 Academic Rep (MTL)

Renata Sabelli

Med-1 Class President (MTL)

Taylor Morganstein

Med-2 Class President (Mtl)

Dent-2 Class Presidents

This committee oversees all clerkship courses, in collaboration with the clinical departments’ UGME committees. 

Frequency of meetings: minimum 4X / year (average 1X / month)

Thomas Barabé-Tremblay

Med-3 Class President (MTL)

Abed Baiad

Med-4 Class President

Daniel Josué Guerra

Med-3 Class President (CO)

Mahmoud Moustafa

Med-4 Class President (CO)

This committee oversees all courses in TCP, the 6-months long transition period between pre-clinical and clinical teachings in our curriculum. 

Frequency of meetings: minimum 4X / year (average 1X / month)

Taylor Morganstein

Med-2 Class President (MTL)

Hélène Rukundo

Med-2 Class President (CO)

Thomas Barabé-Tremblay

Med-3 Class President (MTL)

Daniel Josué Guerra

Med-3 Class President (CO)

The physicianship component committee is responsible for the oversight of many courses such as Physician Apprenticeship, Clinical Methods, Medical Ethics and Health Law, Community Health Alliance Project, Mindful Medical Practice, and Transition To Residency. 

The role of the student representatives on the PCC is to advocate for student issues regarding the courses this committee oversees.

Frequency of meetings: 6X / year

Nayra Abdel Fattah

Physicianship Med-1 Rep

Emily Zhang

Physicianship Med-2 Rep

Sidratul Rahman

Physicianship Med-3 Rep

Evan Jette

Physicianship Med-4 Rep

Campus Outaouais (Rôle du médecin)

Yoomin Lee

Physicianship Jr Rep (CO)

Wassim Senouci

Physicianship Sr Rep (CO)

Xena Wang

Physicianship Sr Rep (CO)

Course Committees

The committee is chaired by Dr. Laurie Musgrave and includes the LFME coordinator, FMD Component Director Dr. Colin Chalk, and other physicians including family physicians involved in medical education.

The role of the LFME Committee Representative is to represent the first year medical school class on all issues related to the LFME experience. The committee discusses current concerns and future programming, and it is the student representative’s job to bring forward class feedback to the committee.

Frequency of meetings: 4X / year

Linda Ma

LFME Rep

The Community Health Alliance Project (CHAP) is a course that gives students the opportunity to work with local community organizations and projects, in the context of a service learning placement, to improve the health of a community or population. The CHAP committee reviews current and potential service learning placements (i.e. community organizations), assignments and exercises assigned to students, and also reviews student comments and feedback.

Student representatives make themselves available to answer student questions and concerns related to the course and represent their interests on the CHAP committee.

Frequency of meetings: 4X / year

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CHAP Med-1 Rep

Jenna Kliot

CHAP Med-2 Rep

Alicia Shen

CHAP Med-3 Rep

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CHAPP Junior Rep (CO)

Félix Rousseau

CHAPP Senior Rep (CO)

The aim of the committee is to ensure that the PHPM is meeting its course objectives. This committee ensures student satisfaction with the course and strives to improve the course.

The student representative gathers feedback from their peers about the PHPM course and represents these interests at course sub-committee meetings.

Frequency of meetings: 2X / year

E-mail

Elyse Bowitsch

PHPM Rep

Putting it All Together (PIAT) is a 4th year course designed to brush up students’ understanding of basic science and social science research, ensuring that they graduate as well-rounded physicians who are able to incorporate the academic world around them into their practice. 

The student representatives represent students’ input in the shaping of this new course and liaise between their class and the course director (Dr. Hébert).

Frequency of meetings: 4X / year

Sophie Leblanc

PIAT Senior Rep

Saad Razzaq

PIAT Junior Rep

The TTR committee consists of an interprofessional body of McGill faculty and student representatives and oversees the design and the smooth implementation of the Transition to Residency Course based on the feedback received from preceding years.

The student representatives liaise between the student body and faculty in order to ensure students’ input in the design of the TTR course in Med 4.

Frequency of meetings: 2X / year and additional phone meetings

Gowtham Thangathurai

TTR Senior Rep

Ahmed Al-Asmar

TTR Junior Rep

UGME Clinical Departments Committees

This committee oversees the family medicine curriculum during FMD (LFME), TCP (Family Medicine), and Clerkship (Family Medicine– Urban & Rural, electives). Course and site directors sit on this committee.

The student representatives attend meetings of the Family Medicine Undergraduate Education Committee and provide feedback from their class on the Family Medicine curriculum.

Frequency of meetings: 1X / month (total of 7 per year)

Dimitri Yang

Family Medicine Med-2 Rep

Han Zhang Huang

Family Medicine Med-3 Rep

Alex Nguyen

Family Medicine Med-4 Rep

The Undergraduate Internal Medicine Committee oversees the curriculum of Internal Medicine in TCP and Clerkship. The committee is made up of student representatives from Med-2, Med-3 and Med-4 as well as the Internal Medicine site directors. 

The student representative’s role is to provide feedback and recommend changes to the curriculum in Internal Medicine throughout TCP and clerkship.

Frequency of meetings: 1X / month

Malick Turenne

Internal Med-2 Rep

Demitri Evangeliou

Internal Med-3 Rep

Haroon Munir

Internal Med-4 Rep

The SUEC is composed of members from general surgery, as well as all surgical subspecialties to which students may be exposed during their core clerkship surgery rotation. Topics include student teaching, supervision, evaluation, and scheduling. 

The SUEC student representatives fulfill 2-year mandates by representing the interests of their fellow peers regarding the core clerkship surgery course.

Frequency of meetings: 4X / year

Dorsai Ranjbari

Surgery Senior Rep

Nehal Islam

Surgery Junior Rep

The purpose of the pediatrics committee is to continuously assess and improve the pediatrics curriculum for second-year TCP and third-year clerkship students. 

The student representatives act as intermediates between the student body and the pediatric clerkship directors. The final goal is to work with the committee to enrich the clerkship pediatrics experience.

Frequency of meetings: 4X / year

Amanda Bianco

Pediatrics Senior Rep

Fangfang Sun

Pediatrics Junior Rep

The Psychiatry Committee is in charge of the clerkship component of psychiatry education at McGill. It is composed of the site directors, the course director, two student representatives and one resident representative. 

The student representative role is to provide a student’s perspective in the conversations within the committee. He/she also advocates for his/her colleagues’ best interests to maximize the learning experience of psychiatry rotations.

Frequency of meetings: 10-12X / year

Shadi Hadj-Youssef

Psychiatry Senior Rep

Martina Erdstein

Psychiatry Junior Rep

The OBGYN Clerkship committee is involved in all aspects of the Obs-Gyn core clerkship rotations. It includes all site directors and their respective student affairs coordinators.

The student rep is involved in obtaining student feedback from their Obs-Gyn rotation experience, offering support to students, and sitting in with the committee members to raise students’ concerns.

Frequency of meetings: 4X / year

Anna Reiter

OBGYN Senior Rep

Hillary Chappus-McCendie

OBGYN Junior Rep

The Emergency Medicine Clerkship Committee is the program committee consisting of the site coordinators and administrators in charge of the 4th year clerkship rotation in emergency medicine. 

The student representative’s role is to attend committee meetings and provide student perspectives in order to strengthen the rotation.

Frequency of meetings: Variable

Ranuka Sivanathan

Emergency Medicine Rep

The Geriatrics Committee consists of physician representatives from every site, including Gatineau, as well as resident representatives and administrative staff. 

By attending committee meetings, student representatives are able to provide staff members with students’ feedback on their experience during the geriatric rotations, be it site-specific or more general.

Frequency of meetings: 5X / year

Chris Rafiaa

Geriatrics Senior Rep

Sophie Hallot

Geriatrics Junior Rep

UGME Organization Charts

Please refer to these charts for a global view of the structure of UGME governance.

If you wish to contact the chair or secretary of any of these committees, click here. We strongly advise you to contact the student representatives before trying to get in touch with faculty, as your concerns might have already been discussed with them.