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Meds and Residents - opportunities in Engaging Students in Public Health project

Thursday, April 25, 2013

If you would like to help raise the profile of clinical public/population health in medical education, please consider these opportunities to become a member of the following Advisory and Working Groups from the Engaging Students in Public Health project, supported by the Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada (AFMC).

This is a 30-month national project to enhance the teaching and profile of clinical public health in Canadian medical education. The project centres on three concurrent activities: engaging students to create innovative public health learning tools, improving the assessment of public health educational objectives, and better connecting students to Public Health and Preventive Medicine physicians and training programs. The essential element linking these three activities is the active engagement of students. Project management and some administrative assistance will be provided by AFMC.

Opportunities: Listed below are eight opportunities for medical students and eight for residents. These are voluntary unpaid positions. Any required travel will be paid for by the project. Project members will be acknowledged for their contributions in project reports posted to the AFMC web site, and other suitable forms of recognition.

Please send the requisite information listed for each opportunity you are interested in to publichealth@afmc.ca by May 8, 2013. Send any enquiries to the same email, or call 613.730.0687, ext. 235 Mondays to Wednesdays.

Project Advisory Group

Wanted: One medical student and one Public Health & Preventive Medicine resident.

Role / Responsibilities: Provide feedback on planned activities and evaluation strategies to project working groups and project manager.

Group Members: AFMC Public Health Educators' Network (representatives from all 17 faculties of medicine), one AFMC Senior Management representative, one PHAC representative, one student representative, one resident representative.

Time Commitment: project runs until September 2015. Participation in up to four teleconferences each year. One in-person meeting may be held in Ottawa or Toronto in 2013. Interested parties can apply for a partial or full-term.

To Apply: Send a short narrative describing your interest in this project, what attributes you would bring to the Advisory Group, your availability (partial term to June 2014 or full term until Sept. 2015), and include a brief note of support from a public health educator at your faculty.

Application deadline: Send to publichealth@afmc.ca by May 8, 2013.

Working Group for Developing Clinical Public Health Learning Tools

Wanted: Two medical students and two residents: one from the Public Health & Preventive Medicine specialty program and the other from any accredited Canadian medical specialty program, including Family Medicine. A student or resident member will be one of the group co-chairs. Being chosen for the co-chair role is a great opportunity to develop and demonstrate your leadership skills.

Objective: Facilitate a process that engages students in the creation of new learning tools that illustrate public health concepts, especially as applied to clinical practice. The process may involve a call for proposals to create new tools.

Role / Responsibilities: Members will develop the process and budget for creating new tools, the assessment of proposals made, and will evaluate the final tools and the group's activities. Consultation with representative groups, e.g. students, subject experts, may also be needed.

Group Members: There will be up to seven members from the AFMC Public Health Educators' Network, two students, two residents, and one AFMC representative. The group will decide if additional members are needed.

Time Commitment: project runs until September 2015. Participation in up to six teleconferences each year. One in-person meeting may be held in Ottawa or Toronto in 2013. Interested parties can apply for a partial or full-term.

To Apply: Send a short narrative describing your interest in this project, what attributes you would bring to the Working Group, your availability (partial term to June 2014 or full term until Sept. 2015). Please indicate if you are interested in being a co-chair or member.

Application deadline: Send to publichealth@afmc.ca by May 8, 2013.

Working Group for Engaging Students in Prevention & Clinical Public Health

Wanted: One medical student and one Public Health & Preventive Medicine resident from each of the following 5 regions - British Columbia/Alberta; Saskatchewan/Manitoba; Ontario; Québec; Atlantic Provinces; for a total of 5 medical students and 5 residents.

Objective: Help raise the profile of clinical public health in medical education, and support recruitment into Public Health & Preventive Medicine (PH&PM) residency programs.

Role / Responsibilities: Consult with representative groups, e.g. students with other students, in order to bring feedback and ideas to the working group. Participate in the planning, execution and assessment of activities developed by the working group.

Group Members: Five regional student representatives, five regional resident representatives, Up to five members from AFMC Public Health Educators' Network, Two PH&PM residency directors, President or representative from Public Health Physicians Canada.

Time Commitment: Project runs to September 2015. There will be up to six teleconferences per year. Interested parties can apply for a partial or full-term.

To Apply: Send a short narrative describing your interest in this working group and what attributes you would bring, your availability (partial term to June 2014 or full term until Sept. 2015), and include a brief note of support from a public health educator at your faculty.

Application deadline: Send to publichealth@afmc.ca by May 8, 2013.