2018-2019 MSA Council Committees

The MSA Council has elected positions that include medical advocacy, health and wellness, and community engagement as part of their portfolio. These representatives fulfill their roles on council by carrying out a diverse range of initiatives that include but are not limited to fundraisers, sporting events, student resources, and health promotion.

Any MSA Council Member who would like to share their current projects is encouraged to do so here by contacting MSA VP External, Julie Le, at msavpext@ualberta.ca.

Committee Leader(s) Contact
Accreditation Eleanor Crawford msapresident@ualberta.ca
Affair of the Heart

Bryce Tkachuk

Gayathri Wewala

Julie Le

Krystle Samways

Sofia Sagaidak

Aashna Duggal

Jennifer Ridder

Alec Watts

Alberta Medical Student Conference & Retreat
Cassandra Nysten
Huaying (Helen) Zhao
Joanna Yuen
Thomas Kellner

VP Internal:huaying@ualberta.ca
VP Finance:jhyuen@ualberta.ca
VP External:tkellner@ualberta.ca

Community Health

Julia Swatkzy

Brianne St. Hillaire



Constitution & Bylaw Ines Zuna msavpadm@ualberta.ca
External Affairs Julie Le msavpext@ualberta.ca
Finance Daphne Cheung msavpfin@ualberta.ca
Government Affairs and Advocacy Kaylin Bechard msagaac@ualberta.ca
Global Health Bernadine Jugdutt msavpcommunity@ualberta.ca
Health and Wellness

Louann Claasen

Gurleen Brar



MD Ambassadors Leaders Paul Barber msavpint@ualberta.ca
MSA Executive Eleanor Crawford msapres@ualberta.ca
MSA Sports

Chantal Allan

Thomas Kellner

Party Like a Pro

Anna Lee

Katharine Jensen



Social Committee (SOCOM)

Marissa Burns

Eleanor Crawford

Patrick Curry

Patrick Hamilton

Erin Hessey






Student Curriculum Emily Chapman msaeduc@ualberta.ca
Student Professionalism

Anna Lee

Katherine Jensen


Committee Structure and Function

All committee report to MSA Council and must must meet at least once per academic year. Committees are generally responsible for specific projects and are legislated under the MSA Constitution. All committees must submit a final report to MSA Council by May 1 of the academic year.

Committee Report Forms

Committee chairs are to complete the MSA Standing Committee Report Form two (2) times per year as follows:

  1. December 1, 2015
  2. May 1, 2016

Reports not submitted on time will be noted in the MSA Council Minutes which are available to the the MSA and public.

The MSA Council has elected/appointed positions that include medical student and community engagement as part of their portfolio. These representatives fulfill their roles on council by carrying out a diverse range of initiatives that include fundraisers, sporting events, student resources, and health promotion.

Any MSA Council Member who would like to share their current projects is encouraged to do so here by contacting MSA VP External, Julie Le, at msavpext@ualberta.ca.

AMSCAR Committee

Leaders: Cassandra Nysten, Huaying (Helen) Zhao, Joanna Yuen, Thomas Kelner
Committee Members: Dawson Lafleur, Kiersten Schwann, Patrick Albers, Kalutota Samarasinghe, Tracy Pham
AMSCAR Dates: January 18-20, 2019

Alberta Medical Students' Conference and Retreat (AMSCAR), developed to help promote medical student health and wellness, is truly a one of a kind conference weekend for Albertan medical students. On January 18-20, 2019, the annual tradition will continue, as University of Alberta and University of Calgary medical students will head to Banff for an amazing weekend filled with learning, professional development, and celebration!

Upon arrival, the energy at AMSCAR is incredible, as students take full advantage of the welcome reception and celebrations to catch up with each-other, and also begin meeting students from the University of Calgary. Saturday is filled with a diverse range of conference sessions that students can participate in, including yoga, mindfulness, financial management, clinical skills, charcoal sketching, sexual health, nutrition, fitness classes and many more! Throughout the rest of the weekend, students experience the best Banff has to offer by hitting the slopes, visiting the hot springs, and exploring the town. This weekend is a highlight of your undergraduate medical experience, you don’t want to miss it!

Community Health Reps

Senior Representatives: Julia Sawatzky and Brianne St. Hillaire
Junior Representatives: Amy Du and Heather Halperin

Community Health Reps sit on both Class Council and the MSA Council. The role of the reps is to help organize and coordinate community health opportunities, charitable events and other campaigns held throughout the year.

Annual Events and Projects:

  • Blood Donation Drives: Community Health Reps help promote the CFMS Partners for Life Campaign through Canadian Blood Services. Students help organize drives regularly for medical students to donate blood and achieve the target blood units.
  • Class Cause: Students help coordinate and run fundraisers for the class cause, a charity determined each year by the GHHS committee in consultation with the rest of the class. Events may be but not limited to helping organize bake sales, silent auctions, candy gram fundraisers and film nights in conjunction with other committees and annual events throughout the year.
  • Human Sexuality Program: Volunteer medical students are trained to deliver sexual health education presentations to junior high school students in Edmonton. The presentation content is designed to cover material not regularly touched upon in standard school curricula.Topics include pregnancy and parenting, contraception, communication, sexually transmitted infections, and sexual decision making.
  • Sun Safety Presentations: Students work on an interdisciplinary team to deliver exciting, interactive presentations to Edmonton’s youth that focus on teaching sun safe attitudes and behaviors as well as introducing basic scientific information about UV light and skin cancers. The overall program goal is to promote both skin cancer awareness and to equip students with the knowledge and tools necessary to decrease both skin cancer incidence and skin cancer death.

Health and Wellness Reps

Senior Representatives: Louann Claasen and Gurleen Brar
Junior Representatives: Cynthia Nguyen and George Kinley 

The role of the well being representatives are to act as a source of information and support regarding general health and wellness. Health and Wellness representatives sit on both the class council and MSA class council.

Annual Events:

  • Balance Night is meant to be an evening for medical students to get away from studying or school responsibilities to participate in new activities and learn how to adopt a more balanced lifestyle. Activities are meant to expand students' interests and engage students in a relaxed, friendly environment.
  • CFMS Wellness Month is a national initiative through the CFMS to promote wellness across the country! A friendly competition between medical schools, with groups of students completing varous challenges throughout the month of March all working to keep them physically, mentally and emotionally well
  • Snack Fund - each week, the MSA Lounge is stocked with healthy snacks for all medical students to enjoy, keeping us all fueld up and able to do our best in whatever we are doing!

MSA Sports Reps

Leaders: Chantal Allan and Thomas Kellner 

The MSA Sports Reps have four main events to coordinate throughout the year: Icebowl, Slo-Pitch Tournament, Ski Trip and Interphase.

Annual Events:

  • Icebowl is a yearly event pitting the 5 Western Canadian medical schools against each other in a weekend hockey tournament. Each University enters up to 3 hockey teams - a men’s competitive, a men’s non-competitive and a women’s team - and sends as many fans as possible. The weekend is centered around fun, sport, and getting to know your future colleagues within your class and in the other schools. With parties planned for both Friday and Saturday night, as well as other events throughout the weekend, Icebowl is a highlight of the medical school experience. This year’s event is being held September 15-17th @ UBC Vancouver campus. (Also U of A has won it 7 years running!)
  • Slo-Pitch will take place in late September or early October and will be a great way to welcome new and returning students back for the school year. This weekend tournament will be played on Corbett Field just south of the University Hospital.
  • Ski Trip is the annual shreddin’ excursion to the mountains. Time and location of this event vary year-to-year but fun times in the snow are standard.
  • Interphase is a multisport tournament including basketball, hockey and volleyball between each of the four classes at U of A. There is a competitive, non-competitive and women’s division for each sport and an overall champion class will be crowned.


Senior: Marissa Burns, Eleanor Crawford, Patrick Curry, Patrick Hamilton, and Erin Hessey 
Junior: Matthew Mancuso, Brianna Salverda, Jennifer Gelfand, Nicolas Gibson, and Zander Affleck

Annual Events:

  • MedFormal is an annual University of Alberta Medical School tradition, bringing together all four medical classes and faculty members. Attendees enjoy an evening of fine dining, dancing, and entertainment--including performances by the student choir and jazz band, showcases of student talents and the presentation of MSA awards. The night continues with profound and amusing speeches from faculty keynote speakers. Come dressed to the nines and enjoy one of the most highly anticipated celebrations of the year! This night of fun is sure to warm up your cold Alberta winter!
  • The Gingerbread Making Party is an annual event in December where students form teams to compete to make the best looking gingerbread house! This event is also a fundraiser for the campus food bank. The top secret prize is worth coming out for!
  • The Reading Week Trip is an annual trip planned by SoCom to a warm destination like Mexico or Cuba. It is the perfect time to get away from the bitter cold of Edmonton and enjoy some nice beaches in the heat! All first and second years are encouraged to come.
  • Monthly social events are also planned by SoCom that range from bowling, potlucks, games nights and ice cream stands!