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Tuesday, June 24, 2014

The Canadian Medical Association (CMA) has an exciting opportunity for you that you won’t want to miss. You are invited to participate in the CMA’s inaugural Medical Student Ambassador Program that will be held during the CMA’s annual General Council (GC) meeting in Ottawa from Sunday, August 17 – Wednesday, August 20.

Given that Ottawa is the host city this year for GC, this special engagement program is open to students in the host province of Ontario. There are 10 Medical Student Ambassador positions to be filled.

Benefits to You
The agenda is filled with rich learning opportunities on key issues of importance to all Canadian physicians. There are also excellent networking opportunities, including several evening social functions. In addition, special learning and networking activities have been added as part of the Student Ambassador Program to further maximize your learning and networking opportunities, beginning with a kick-off orientation dinner on Sunday, August 17.

General Council Attendees
GC attendees include CMA Members (physicians from across Canada), CMA Board of Directors including student Board representative Jesse Kancir and other members of the Canadian Federation of Medical Students (CFMS), invited guests including senior government officials, CEOs and senior staff of a variety of health care organizations, staff from Provincial and Territorial Medical Associations and affiliate/associate societies, among many others.

Benefits to the CMA
Medical students are a key component of the CMA’s membership base. The purpose of the Student Ambassador Program is for the CMA to:
• strengthen your involvement and focus in medical politics,
• engage you in its governance process,
• build stronger ties with the you and the broader student physician population, and
• better understand your needs.

As a CMA Student Ambassador, you will be expected to actively participate in GC by sharing your experience (i.e. via social media, networking, etc.) and talk about the benefits of CMA membership with fellow students upon your return to school.

Expenses
In an effort to make your attendance as cost effective as possible, the Canadian Medical Association will cover your costs for the 3 days, as follows:

Hotel: 3 nights at a downtown Ottawa hotel (Westin Ottawa or the Chateau Laurier) - August 17, 18, 19

Meals: All meals will be covered from Sunday dinner until Wednesday lunch, with the exception of your Tuesday dinner

Application and Selection Process
If you are interested in participating in the Medical Student Ambassador Program, please complete the application form no later than Monday, July 14, 2014. CFMS will review the list of applicants and in partnership with the CMA, select 10 students. Selection will largely be based on what you expect you will gain from participating in this Program and ensuring representation from across Ontario. You can expect to receive a follow-up response by August 1, 2014 indicating the status of your application.

If you have any questions, please contact Jennie Ding from the CMA (E-mail: jennie.ding@cma.ca, Phone: 613-731-8610 x2102).





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