Global Health Committee

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MISSION

Work on improving health and achieving equity in health for all people worldwide.

The Global Health Standing Committee serves as a collaborative environment to create meaningful events and initiatives that promote Global Health through an equity lens.

RECRUITMENT

Positions open – Fall 2022

  • CFMS Local Officer of Reproductive and Sexual Health (Jr and Sr)
  • CFMS Local Officer of Indigenous Health
  • CFMS Global Health Advocate
  • CFMS Local Exchange Officer (Jr and Sr)

  • IFMSA-Qc Local Officers of Reproductive Health including HIV/AIDS
  • IFMSA-Qc Local Officers of Human Rights and Peace
  • IFMSA-Qc Local Officers of Global Health
  • IFMSA-Qc Local Officers of Public Health
  • IFMSA-Qc Local Officers of Clinical Exchanges
  • IFMSA-Qc Local Officers of Research Exchanges

Join our team!

The Global Health Committee fall recruitment form can be found here.

CALENDAR

View Global Health events, opportunities and deadlines here!

STRUCTURE

Canada has two main medical student associations. The Canadian Federation of Medical Students (CFMS) and the Fédération Médicale Étudiante du Québec (FMEQ). The CFMS represents all Canadian medical schools outside of Quebec plus McGill and the FMEQ represents all medical schools in Quebec, including McGill. Therefore, McGill is part of both CFMS and FMEQ.

Each of these organizations has an international branch that works on global health topics only: FMEQ has IFMSA-Québec and CFMS has CFMS-Global Health. The international branches of all medical student associations are under the umbrella of an international organization that only works on global health projects: The International Federation of Medical Students’ Associations (IFMSA). So as you probably noticed, the nomenclature used to name the international branch of each medical student association is not consistent. Indeed, some use IFMSA and then add the region (e.g., IFMSA-Qc), while other add global health to the name of the student association (e.g., CFMS-GH). This might cause some confusion, but remember that IFMSA-Qc and CFMS-GH are equivalent organizations, but they simply represent different schools. They also have the same internal structure.

Each organization has an executive council and one national officer for each portfolio. In each school, there are local officers for each portfolio. The national officer oversees the work of the local officers in his or her portfolio.

OUR TEAM

MSS VP GLOBAL HEALTH SENIOR

Sarah Gaudreau

  • vpglobalhealth.mss@mail.mcgill.ca

MSS VP GLOBAL HEALTH JUNIOR

-To be elected (MSS Fall 2022 Elections)

PORTFOLIOS

HUMAN RIGHTS AND PEACE

Responsible for leading and implementing projects and initiatives at McGill that advocate for human rights issues of their choosing, such as refugee health and access to essential medicines.

REPRODUCTIVE AND SEXUAL HEALTH

Responsible for leading and implementing projects and initiatives at McGill that promote knowledge and awareness of reproductive and sexual health, such as awareness days (World AIDS Day, International Women’s Day), workshops, and electives.

  • Examples of projects
    • Sexual health workshops in high schools (SEXPERT);
    • HIV/AIDS awareness activities;
    • Raising awareness towards sexual diversity;
    • Dinner talk on urban health.

PUBLIC HEALTH

Coordinate awareness initiatives revolving around major public health issues, such as organ donation.

Raises awareness towards global health issues and health injustice, as well as train a generation of students aware of their role on the global scale and their impact on health.

  • Examples of projects:
    • Talks on global health matters;
    • Climate change awareness workshops;
    • Attending global health conferences such as the Canadian Conference on Global Health.

INDIGENOUS HEALTH

Works to raise awareness of the health issues of the Indigenous peoples of Montreal, Quebec, and Canada. Approaches human rights through a health perspective and demonstrates the direct link between human rights and the social determinants of health.

GLOBAL HEALTH EDUCATION

Aims at promoting and preserving health by acting upstream on the social determinants of health, such as life habits, access to proper healthcare, education and environment.

  • Examples of projects:
    • Mental health awareness activities;
    • Nutrition workshops in primary schools;
    • Talks on public health matters such as non-communicable disease and epidemiology;
    • Mental health workshops in high schools.

GLOBAL HEALTH

Works in conjunction with the Global Health Committee to coordinate awareness initiatives revolving around major global health issues, with particular focus on the IFMSA-QC global health theme of the year.

GLOBAL HEALTH ADVOCACY

Coordinate local and national advocacy initiatives around the CFMS advocacy theme and participate in promoting collective action for various causes. The Global Health Advocate also has an executive (voting) position on the Government Affairs and Advocacy Committee (GAAC) as the representative of global health in advocacy work.

  • Examples of projects:
    • Work with the VP GH and the GAAC president to organize global health advocacy for Provincial and National Lobby Day to represent the MSS at these initiatives.

EXCHANGES

RESEARCH EXCHANGES

Responsible for organizing the IFMSA research exchange program (SCORE) at McGill, by helping prepare the outgoing students’ applications, facilitating the application process, and more.

CLINICAL EXCHANGES

Responsible for organizing the IFMSA clinical exchange program (SCOPE) at McGill, by helping prepare the outgoing students’ applications, facilitating the application process, and more.

QUICK LINKS

List of global health opportunities @ McGill

Contact the VPs Global Health at vpglobalhealth.mss@mail.mcgill.ca to add McGill-based global health opportunities to the list.

List of summer opportunities in global health

Contact the VPs Global Health at vpglobalhealth.mss@mail.mcgill.ca to add regional, national and international global health opportunities to the list.