News: Schulich Medicine & Dentistry to host the Canadian Federation of Medical Students 2020 Annual General Meeting

Schulich Medicine & Dentistry at Western University has been selected as the host school for the 2020 Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Canadian Federation of Medical Students (CFMS).

Taking place September 18 to 20, 2020, the CFMS AGM is an opportunity for Canadian medical students to meet and discuss important issues about medical education, global health, advocacy and learner wellness.

“Western University and the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry were thrilled to learn that we were selected as the site for the 2020 CFMS AGM following a competitive bid process,” said Dr. Jay Rosenfield, Vice Dean, Medical Education.

“The CFMS is a critical organization in Canada that helps support a variety of important initiatives that benefit our medical students, including international exchanges, support for the residency match, advocacy for the health of Canadians and wellness resources for our students,” Dr. Rosenfield explained. “Having medical students from all over the country on our campus will enrich our learning environment and facilitate an exchange of ideas around curriculum and socially responsive programs that benefit the health of Canadians.”

The CFMS represents more than 8,000 medical students across Canada.

“The impact of this AGM will support career interests and peer networking relationships for our learners while allowing Schulich Medicine at Western University to showcase the warmth and opportunities London and our region provide to all,” said Dr. Gary Tithecott, Associate Dean, Undergraduate Medical Education.

The Schulich Medicine & Dentistry – Windsor Campus previously hosted the AGM in 2015. Schulich Medicine & Dentistry was chosen as the 2020 host after a successful bid from the School’s Hippocratic Council.

Angela Fan, VP External of the Hippocratic Council, says she was inspired to bid to host the 2020 AGM after attending this year’s meeting in Newfoundland. It’s her hope that having the meeting in London will better engage learners at the School with the CFMS.

For Jessica Garabon, President of the Hippocratic Council, being selected to host the meeting is an honour.

“Our medical students are some of the most kind and passionate people I have ever known, and I continue to be amazed by my colleagues' accomplishments and the supportive environment they create. The Schulich Medicine & Dentistry family is unlike any other and I am thrilled that we have the opportunity to showcase that when we welcome medical student leaders from across the country this fall,” Garabon said.

“It is my hope that hosting AGM 2020 will provide additional opportunities for our students to become involved in advocacy and initiatives at the national level because the incredible qualities and leadership of our students could benefit medical students and citizens in all areas of Canada.”