Medical Students' Association

External Organizations

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The External Affairs Committee

The External Affairs Committee is a group that consists of student representatives from affiliations that are outside of the Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry.

Click on the links to find out more about each of the external organizations and learn about the 2017/2018 Reps

For those interested in developing partnerships with the University of Alberta MSA, please contact the VP External (

Position Name E-mail
Alberta College of Family Physicians (ACFP) Tanya Chernezky
Alberta Medical Association (AMA) Keon Ma (Sr.)
College of Physicians and Surgeons of Alberta (CPSA) TBA
Canadian Federation of Medical Students (CFMS) Swati Chavda (Sr.)
Victor Do (Jr.)
Council of Faculty Associations (COFA) Victor Do
General Faculties Council (GFC) Brandon Christensen
Health Sciences Students' Association (HSSA) Mariam Narous
International Federation of Medical Students' Associations Nikita-Kiran Singh
Professional Association of Resident Physicians of Alberta (PARA) TBA
Government Affairs and Advocacy (GAAC) Howie Wu
University of Alberta Students' Council Brandon Christensen

External Associations

Level Associated Link
University of Alberta Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry
Learner Advocacy & Wellness
Undergraduate Medical Education
University of Alberta Students Union
Alberta Alberta Medical Association
Alberta College of Family Physicians
College of Physicians & Surgeons of Alberta
Professional Association of Resident Physicians of Alberta
Canada Canadian Medical Association
Canadian Federation of Medical Students
Royal College of Physicians & Surgeons of Canada
Affiliate Schools UBC Medical Undergraduate Society
Calgary Medical Students’ Association
Manitoba Medical Students’ Association
Student Medical Society of Saskatchewan
Northern Ontario School of Medicine Student Society
University of Western Ontario Hippocratic Council
McMaster Medical Student Council
University of Toronto Medical Society
University of Ottawa Aesculapian Society
Queen’s Aesculapian Society
Medical Students’ Society of McGill University
Dalhousie Medical Students’ Society
Memorial University Medical Students’ Society

Alberta College of Family Physicians (ACFP) Representative

The Alberta College of Family Physicians is a provincial, professional voluntary organization, representing more than 3,500 family physicians in Alberta. It promotes excellence in family medicine for patients, families, and communities through advocacy, education, and research.

The ACFP has student initiatives that help foster students’ interests in family medicine. These include informal student information luncheons with family physicians, free ACFP membership for students, funding to the Annual Scientific Assembly in the spring and a family physician shadowing program for incoming students. As the representative of the ACFP, it is my responsibility to be a conduit between the ACFP and the medical student body.

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Alberta Medical Association Representative (AMA)

The Alberta Medical Association (AMA) represents Alberta’s physicians, residents and medical students in matters related to the promotion of health, the provision of and payment for medical services, and the integrity of the profession. The AMA Representatives liaise between the AMA and medical students, organize opportunities for students to connect with the AMA, and represent students on its governing bodies. In the past few years, “hot topics” within the portfolio have included negotiating an agreement with Alberta Health, international medical graduates, and physician workforce planning.

As well as electing a representative from each class, medical students are involved with the AMA in a number of different ways. Student representatives from the University of Alberta and the University of Calgary sit on AMA committees, including the Health Issues Council, the Committee on Constitution & Bylaws, the Fees Advisory Committee and the Physician & Family Support Program Advisory Committee. Each school also sends three student observers, chosen by a draw of those interested, to the AMA’s Representative Forum, which takes place twice a year.

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Canadian Federation of Medical Students (CFMS) Representatives

The Canadian Federation of Medical Students (CFMS) is a group of over 7500 medical students from 14 different medical schools across the country. This organization represents our students to the public, national medical organizations, and the federal government. You are all members of the CFMS and have access to the numerous resources and opportunities available through this organization including international electives, bursaries, student discounts and academic resources. Whether its global health, political advocacy, or discussions of the curriculum, there are plenty of ways to get involved with the CFMS. All of our students are eligible to apply to attend the annual general meeting as well as the spring general meeting.

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Council of Faculty Associations (COFA) Representatives

MSA Executive

The Council of Faculty Associations (COFA) is a consultative body that includes executive members from every Faculty Association (FA). It exists to ensure that all faculty associations are knowledgeable about prevailing issues, and to offer an opportunity to collaborate efforts.

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General Faculties Council (GFC) Representatives

General Faculties Council is the body responsible for academic and student affairs of the University. Composed of 158 members including all University Vice-Presidents, Deans from all Faculties, and chaired by the President of the University, GFC covers issues ranging from approval of the Academic Plan and Budget Proposal of the University, to policies governing programs and academic awards.

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Health Sciences Students’ Association (HSSA) Representative

The University of Alberta Health Sciences Students' Association (HSSA) is a local chapter of the National Health Sciences Students' Association (NaHSSA), a national collaborative student organization aiming to promote interdisciplinary teamwork among health and human service students across Canada. Throughout the year, the HSSA will organize academic and social events that provide opportunities for students of different professions to network and mingle.

As your HSSA Senior Representative, I sit on the HSSA executive council and am the official liaison of medical students to other health sciences faculties at the UofA. I encourage you to attend the HSSA events to learn about and collaborate with our future colleagues in health care. As well, if you have a student initiative or an event to advertise, I would be happy to pass it along to the other faculties.

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Professional Association of Resident Physicians of Alberta (PARA) Representatives

PARA is an resident-run organization representing physicians who are enrolled in residency programs in Alberta. PARA advocates for residents in areas of education, patient care, working conditions, and personal well-being. Each year, the MSA VP external acts as the PARA representative and attends PARA meetings throughout the year to discuss key topics relevant to both medical students and residents.

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International Federation of Medical Students' Associations and the Global Health Team

The IFMSA is an international organization that represents associations of medical students around the world. The core purpose of the organization is to “bring together the global community of medical students at the local, national and international level on social and health issues”. The IFMSA currently consists of 108 National Member Organizations (including the CFMS) from over 100 countries in 6 continents, thereby representing 1.2 million students worldwide. The organization was developed to impact the world and inspire generations of medical students to engage in challenges and issues that can improve the world thus making them culturally aware and socially engaged. The mission of the IFMSA is to “offer future physicians a comprehensive introduction to global health issues. Through our programs and opportunities, we develop culturally sensitive students of medicine, intent on influencing the transnational inequalities that shape the health of our planet.” The Canadian IFMSA Representatives selected through the CFMS' Global Health Program.

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Students' Union Council Representative

The University of Alberta Students’ Union (SU) is the body that represents all undergraduate students and advocates for students at all levels of the government. Many MSA representatives sit on different committees that branch from the SU. We work closely with representatives from the Student Union to deal with campus-wide issues and interact with other faculty associations and programs.

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College of Physicians and Surgeons of Alberta Representative

The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Alberta is the regulatory body responsible for the registration, regulation, and discipline of physicians, surgeons, and other regulated members. The student representative position will alternate between students at the University of Alberta and the University of Calgary each year. This representative attends four meetings per year and where appropriate, expresses their perceived views of the student body to the governing Council of the CPSA.

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