Roles and Responsibilities
Vice President of Community Engagement & Canadian Federation of Medical Students Global Health Liaison
This position, which is known as ‘VP of Community Engagement’ at the University of Alberta and ‘Global Health Liaison’ within the CFMS, is part of the MSA Executive. The VP serves as the contact between our medical students, the Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry’s Division of Community Engagement, and the CFMS’s Global Health Program. The VP also supports Community Engagement Team members and helps coordinate all events, electives, initiatives, and exchanges that fall within the Community Engagement Team’s portfolio. If you have any questions for the current VP of Community Engagement, click here for contact info.
Community Service Learning Coordinator
The Community Service Learning (CSL) program for medical students, which is run by the Division of Community Engagement, partners students with community organizations to gain a better understanding of marginalized populations in Edmonton. The CSL Coordinator serves as the liaison between the Division of Community Engagement and medical students, helping students to learn about and navigate the program. Click here to learn more about the CSL program.
Environmental Sustainability Representatives (Senior & Junior)
This position, which was created in 2017, has a wide range of responsibilities, including promoting environmental sustainability within the MSA; serving as a resource for fellow students interested in having more sustainable practices on campus; working with the University of Alberta’s Office of Sustainability to integrate sustainable practices into MSA workspaces and MSA sanctioned events; collaborating with the Canadian Federation of Medical Students Health & Environment Adaptive Response Task Force; and more. Click here form more information.
International Exchanges Social Committee Leads (Senior & Junior)
This position is responsible for providing social support to international students coming to the Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry at the University of Alberta. The Social Committee Leads help international students navigate day-to-day living in Edmonton and coordinate social events to ensure that the students feel welcome. They also help find international students further opportunities to engage with the MD program. Contact the Social Committee Leads to find out more.
Local Officers (Senior & Junior) of Exchanges
The Canadian Federation of Medical Students (CFMS) has an exchange program that enables Canadian medical students to participate in research and clinical exchanges in foreign countries. Our Local Exchange Officers (LEOs) collaborate with the CFMS National Exchange Officers and LEOs from other medical schools to help facilitate these exchanges, as well as to host incoming students from foreign countries. Click here to learn more about CFMS exchanges.
Global Health Advocates (Senior & Junior) / Local Officers of Global Health Advocacy
Medical students have a valuable opportunity and responsibility to advocate for vulnerable populations and global health equality. The Global Health Advocates (GHAs) organize a 12-hour elective that aims to equip students with the necessary skills to raise awareness on issues such as refugee health, homelessness, and pharmacare. In addition to engaging students at the University of Alberta, the GHAs work with the Canadian Federation of Medical Students National Officer of Human Rights and Peace and GHAs from other medical schools to collaborate on nationwide initiatives. Click here to learn more.
Local Officers (Senior & Junior) of Global Health Education
This position manages education-related activities within the Division of Community Engagement’s Global Health Program. For those medical students interested in completing an international elective, the Local Officers of Global Health Education (LOGHEs) work with faculty and staff to coordinate the pre-departure training, global health elective sessions, and post-departure debriefing. The LOGHEs also correspond with the Canadian Federation of Medical Students National Officer of Global Health Education and LOGHEs from other medical schools in order to bring medical students the best possible access to global health knowledge. Click here to learn more.
Local Officers (Senior & Junior) of Indigenous Health
Immense health disparities exist between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples in Canada, and it is vital that, as future medical professionals, we engage with these issues and become advocates for the rights of this underserved population. The Local Officers of Indigenous Health (LOIHs) work towards this goal by coordinating educational opportunities on Indigenous Health. One such opportunity is the 12-hour elective that the LOIHs put on every year for first and second year medical students. The LOIHs also work with the Canadian Federation of Medical Students (CFMS) National Officer of Indigenous Health and LOIHs from other Canadian medical schools on initiatives, such as the development of Indigenous Health curriculum, to increase student awareness of Indigenous Health specific issues at a national level. As the LOIH position does not exist at all Canadian medical schools, the CFMS recently passed a position paper for the introduction of LOIHs at medical schools across Canada. This will increase collaboration on and help strengthen nationwide projects. Click here to learn more.
Local Officers (Senior & Junior) of Inner City Health
This position was established in 2016 to serve as a resource for medical students interested in pursuing advocacy for Inner City Health, which includes all marginalized and under-served communities within the city. The Local Officers of Inner City Health (LOICHs) engage with community organizations and work with them to build connections between medical students and Inner City communities. The LOICHs also develop a 12-hour elective that provides first and second year medical students with the opportunity to learn about Edmonton’s Inner City communities, as well as the resources available to Inner City patients in Edmonton. Click here to learn more.
Local Officers (Senior & Junior) of Sexual and Reproductive Health
Discrimination based on gender and sexuality has a major impact on patient health and is prevalent in the Canadian healthcare context. As such, the Local Officers of Sexual & Reproductive Health (LORSHs) aim to increase awareness of the issues and advocate for changes to improve sexual and reproductive health in our local, national, and global communities. As part of the Community Engagement team, LORSHs provide opportunities for medical students to join projects and initiatives in the area of reproductive and sexual health, as well as providing resources for students to further their learning. Every year, the LORSHs create a 12-hour Community Engagement elective for first and second year medical students. Click here to learn more.
The SHINE (Student Health Initiative for the Needs of Edmonton) clinic is a student-run clinic for under-served youth. It provides numerous forms of programming for Inner City youth, focusing on preventive and social medicine. Current programming involves students from a variety of health disciplines working with youth to cook and prepare healthy meals. The role of the SHINE representatives is to coordinate and organize the involvement of medical students with the SHINE clinic and to promote opportunities for medical students to engage with Inner City youth. Click here to learn more.