Club leaders who would more information about MSAC, including how to book rooms, event alcohol policies, wi-fi at the MSAC, and VC bridge information, please refer to the MSAC Club Leader Orientation Package. Please direct your questions to the 2018-19 Clubs Representative: Reem Aziz at email@example.com
The Aboriginal Health Initiative serves to increase awareness and knowledge of Indigenous health issues in Canada within the UBC medical student population.
The Anesthesiology Interest Group (AIG) strives to teach medical students important practical skills such as vascular access and airway management through hands-on workshops. The AIG also aims to increase exposure to the exciting specialty of anesthesiology and provide opportunities for medical students to meet staff attendings and residents.
Arts in Medicine is a club dedicated to promoting different forms of artistic endeavours (visual, literary, and performing arts) as a means of expression and self-care for the medical student body. By creating a space for the UBC medical community to participate in the creation and enjoyment of art, our club hopes to inspire reflection on how the creative and medical arts can interact, and the role that art has in promoting health and well-being. We hold several well known annual events, including:
- two coffeehouses, one for each term;
- painting nights;
- UBC Faculty of Medicine Art Show
UBC AiM is a great way to meet like-minded colleagues and mentors. We have strong support from the practicing medical community. Previous artistic experience is not required to be a part of our club!
The Black and Blues jazz band is a band of UBC medical and dental students unified by the love of music and jazz! Together we hone our musical skills, learn more about jazz, and unwind from school during our weekly practices. We perform at the Med/Dent Gala, the Arts in Medicine Coffeehouse, and at other events. No prior jazz experience required. All instruments and skill levels are welcome. We’d love to jam with you!
Board of Med is all about self-care, community, and a little bit of critical thinking on the side. We're there to help you de-stress and get to know your classmates all while you're trying to figure out who those darn werewolves are. There's no lack of fun at a Board of Med board game night; we have a plethora of games available for all skill levels and interests. Whether you're new to board games and are looking to learn or an experienced veteran looking for a challenge, we've got you covered.
We host board games nights on a monthly basis and advertise through out Facebook group "Board of Med", so join up if you are interested!
We are UBC Medicine's all-male a cappella group, performing everything from pop to rock to standards. We typically perform at the two coffee houses and spring gala every year.
The Career and Financial Wellness club hosts a speaker series which aims to guide medical students and residents in their career and in financial planning. Through this speaker series, we hope to help students with major life planning events such as setting up lines of credits, determining whether to buy or rent a house, and how to maintain work-life balance while studying and practicing. Guest speakers such as doctors, residents, accountants and lawyers will be invited to the talks to provide students with mentorship and insight regarding the new profession in which they are embarking.
The Society’s mandate is to foster fellowship among the Chinese-Canadian physicians of BC, promote health awareness in the Chinese Community, and to advocate on the health concerns of Chinese-Canadians. Given the linguistic and cultural barrier often facing immigrants, we try to bridge the gap with annual events within the community. Interested in learning medical language in Chinese? Or networking among the Chinese-Canadian community of physicians? If so, welcome to our club!
PS: You do not need to be Chinese to join!
Choosing Wisely Canada (CWC) is a national initiative that aims to promote resource stewardship--the fair and appropriate allocation of healthcare resources. This is achieved by creating evidence-based guidelines, by physicians, for physicians, that aim to reduce unnecessary healthcare tests and treatments to prevent patient harm. We will be conducting a speaker series, outreach events, and conduct a curriculum review to integrate CWC principles to MDUP.
The Clinician-Scientist Career Group aims to facilitate career building, mentorship, and peer support for medical students interested in clinician-scientist careers. The Clinician-Scientist Career Group aims to organize a mentorship program between established clinician scientists and students as well as peer mentorship between students. The Clinician-Scientist Career Group also aims to create a speaker series regarding the practical aspects of clinician-scientist career planning – such as when to seek funding, how to establish a lab, and how to include research in your career besides having a traditional one-PI lab. Lastly, the Clinician-Scientist Career Group aims to create a network of clinician-scientist trainees so that there is more peer support between students who are pursuing this career path. The Clinician-Scientist Career Group will be open to all students interested in clinician-scientist careers. All students from all sites are welcome.
The Dermatology Interest Group is meant to facilitate interest in dermatology as a medical specialty, and bring together other medical students interested in dermatology to form a network and share experiences. We also host workshops and speaker series with faculty from Dermatology, and work closely with UBC SCAN to help with sun safety awareness projects.
The Digital Anatomy Club (DAC) exists to educate medical students in both anatomy and radiologic imaging. Students will use the Sectra table during the radiology enriched anatomy labs, and have the opportunity for additional training with the table. While learning cadaveric anatomy, students will learn from residents and faculty of the Department of Radiology at the table through the existing collaboration with anatomy professors. Additionally, students will have the opportunity for longer, more hands-on sessions with the table under the guidance of trained upper-year medical student tutors. There is also potential for independent learning sessions. Some of the planned events include: five interactive case-based sessions, monthly meetings with club curriculum developers for session and club assessment, peer tutor training (current radiologists will train undergraduate medical students as tutors for the following year) and radiology research and anatomy curriculum speaker series.
Exercise is Medicine on Campus at UBC (EIMC UBC) is an initiative aimed at encouraging exercise in clinical practice and fostering early inter-professional relationships. UBC medical students across all four sites will have the opportunity to collaborate with medical faculty, health care professionals, and students in other fields (eg. physiotherapy, nursing, kinesiology) to create physical activity opportunities and events promoting exercise as a means to preventing and managing chronic disease.
Health care is a team-based endeavour and inter-professional collaboration is essential to optimize patient outcomes. This club additionally aims to encourage medical students to begin building inter-professional relationships. EIMC UBC will equip students with the education (eg.medical evidence supporting the benefits of exercise) and tools to prescribe physical activity both in the short term (eg.through community events) and the long term (eg.through future clinical practice). We want to collaborate with Doctors of BC to promote existing events (eg.Walk with your Doc) as well as host new events for students (eg.a motivational interviewing workshop accessible by all sites illustrating how motivational interviewing can be used to elicit positive behaviour change). EIMC UBC strives to provide multiple exposures and experiences for students to learn how to incorporate and emphasize the importance of physical activity in the future of medical care.
The UBC Family Medicine Interest Group (FMIG) is open to anyone interested in learning about primary health care. The UBC FMIG, one of the first Canadian interest groups for family medicine, is run by students for students.
Here you'll be able to find information about our upcoming events, how to get involved with the UBC FMIG, and much more.
If you have any questions, concerns, or you are interested in getting involved with the group, please don't hesitate to contact us.
FIFEgirls is UBC Med's first (and best!) all-female acapella group! We plan on perform at many different events throughout the year, including Spring Gala and the Arts in Medicine Coffeehouses. When we're not singing, you can find us trying to convert pop songs into acapella arrangements and plotting the downfall of Boys2Med.
First Aid for Everyone is a community service club aimed at developing and delivering age specific first aid courses to older adults in Greater Vancouver.
Club members, under the guidance of the Emergency Services Institute, can volunteer to teach "First Aid for Older Adults", a course designed by UBC medical students for elderly members of our community. The course covers the recognition and management of emergencies affecting seniors including, but not limited to, stroke, myocardial infarction, altered level of consciousness, and traumatic falls.
Genetics in Medicine is a MUS club that aims to expand the scope of genetics education in our medical undergraduate curriculum. Our mission is to improve student awareness of the rapidly growing field of genetics in medicine and the impact of genetics on future clinical practice in all fields of medicine.
For everyone interested in care of the elderly! Events that we hold throughout the year include: Elderly Sexual Health, Living with Alzheimer's & other Mental Health Disorders, OSCE workshop and Career Panel. We also run Grandpal Penpals, a letter exchange/visit program that pairs up seniors in residential facilities with elementary school children.
GHI is a student-led initiative including students with various backgrounds and different levels of global health knowledge. Students, through GHI, have the opportunity to learn more about global health in both workshops and lecture series. GHI also offers the opportunity to participate in a global health project during the summer, either internationally or locally.
Health Education Alliance (HEAL) is an interdisciplinary collaboration dedicated to advancing health education through curriculum development, community outreach, and interprofessional workshops.
HEAL aims to minimize knowledge gaps in healthcare by educating patients, healthcare professionals, and professionals-in-training.
HEAL partners with local high schools to design applicable health education programs, and trains volunteers to deliver these programs.
In addition, HEAL partners with UBC Medical Language Initiative in developing and delivering the Chinese medical language workshops for health professional students and practitioners.
Feel free to contact HEAL if you would like to get involved, or have a great idea to bring to life!
Hip Hop gives all med students the opportunity to learn how to pop, lock and groove. No previous dance experience is necessary to join; everyone is welcome! We rehearse once a week, and perform in the Spring Gala every year.
The University of British Columbia (UBC) Chapter of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) Open School is a multidisciplinary community of students and professionals striving for a more efficient, effective and safe healthcare system that provides the best possible care for all patients.
Through educational and networking events, our chapter provides students the opportunity of becoming active leaders in improving the quality of care available within our community. Health care touches everyone, and the necessary improvements and solutions will be the result of everyone’s participation and effort.
Come on and slam, and welcome to the jam. We aim to provide a space where medical students can mingle and play music in a social environment as a form of stress relief and self care. As members of the jam fam, students will not only be invited to rad music events (live music nights/jams at the MSAC, music shows around Vancouver, workshops, etc), but they will also have access to a large number of other med student musicians to set up new bands and informal, interest-specific jam sessions with. All instruments and skill levels are welcome!
We're a group of a martial artists that perform every year at the Med/Dent Spring Gala in March. We welcome all types of martial artists and experience levels, so be it Jiu-jitsu, Tae-Kwon Do, Karate, or Kung Fu. We also hold training sessions for those wanting to sharpen their skills or learn new ones!
The MGM Club is composed of medical students and residents interested in volunteering to provide medical care, conducting research, and educating fellow colleagues on events and mass gatherings in BC. We work in conjunction with the MGM Interest Group, a group that began in 2008 after the highly successful Pemberton Music Festival. The MGM Interest Group is an evolving team of professionals from many disciplines who are all working together to study, teach, improve standards, and provide world-class care at events in our communities. Mass Gathering Medicine Club aims to get interested medical students involved in the vast area of pre-hospital and mass gathering medicine through providing opportunities to participate in pre-hospital care, research, education.
MD Ridaz aims to improve the mental and physical wellness of the UBC Medicine community via promotion of cycling for recreation, fitness and transportation, through social and educational events. We aim to connect and support cyclists of ALL levels.
To sing and make music together, expressing ourselves through music.
To connect and make friends across all medical classes.
We are a group of around 30 singers who meet once a week, learning how to sing together. Our goal is to have two songs ready to sing at the Spring Gala.
Medical Students for Choice (MSFC) is dedicated to ensuring that women receive the full range of reproductive healthcare choices. MSFC recognizes that one of the greatest obstacles to safe and legal abortion is the absence of trained providers. As medical students, we work to make reproductive health care, including abortion, a part of standard medical education and residency training. Each year we host speaker nights, a lunch time lecture series, skills nights and shadowing opportunities with local providers.
The UBC Medical Undergraduate Student Ensemble (MUSE) aims to promote musical expression among medical students and alumni. MUSE accepts all orchestral instruments and rehearses weekly at the Medical Student and Alumni Centre on Mondays from 6:00-7:30 pm. We share our music by performing at the annual Spring Gala and Coffeehouse events.
UBC MedPlay is an annual production put on by medical students at the University of British Columbia in collaboration with a professional director from the community. Performed in the MSAC during the first two weekends of February, MedPlay gives medical students a chance to explore their creativity while fostering empathy and communication skills. All proceeds from the play are donated to a charity chosen each year by the producers, with last year's sold-out production of Boeing-BOEING! raising a record $3400 for Hope Air.
The mandate of the MedSweat Club is to promote fitness and well-being, and to incorporate regular exercise into the busy medical student schedule. Check out the weekly MedSweat emails and our Facebook page for workout times. There are usually two per week: one put on by the first years, and one by second years. All are welcome at either!
Mental Illness Network for Destigmatization (MIND) was founded in 2014 by UBC Medical Undergraduates to promote mental health awareness and to destigmatize mental illness within the medical community and the larger UBC community. Our goal is to advance understanding about mental health through targeted projects and to provide avenues for open discussions about mental wellbeing. Thereby, MIND will facilitate a better understanding of mental health amongst UBC students, faculty, administrators and the general public.
MMM@UBC aims to:
1. Provide free weekly opportunities for healthcare providers, medical students, patients, and their families to learn and practice mindfulness meditation at the VGH, MSAC and distributed sites. Experienced meditation practitioners and mindfulness-based stress reduction instructors volunteers to facilitate these sessions.
2. Spread awareness of the research that has been done on the effects and benefits of mindfulness training.
3. Foster resilience among healthcare providers.
4. Provide a space for discussion of the intersections between science, health, philosophy, and spirituality. We host a variety of speaker events related to these topics.
The OBGYN Interest Group (OBGYNIG) is committed to inspiring interest and empowering UBC medical students to explore the OBGYN specialty. The OBGYNIG seeks to connect students with the broader OBGYN community by bridging the gap between medical students, and residents and physicians. The OBGYNIG is dedicated to:
1. Increasing the awareness of OBGYN amongst medical students
2. Supporting the learning and development of obstetrical and gynecological skills
3. Connecting medical students interested in OBGYN with residents and physicians
Our club hosts information sessions on CaRMS and residency programs, plan a suturing workshop, and provide opportunities for students to explore the OBGYN specialty.
The Pathology Interest Club (PIC) organizes events throughout the year to introduce students to exciting specialties within the world of pathology, including Anatomical Pathology, Neuropathology, General Pathology, Hematopathology, Medical Microbiology, and Medical Biochemistry. Events planned for this year include Forensic Pathology Night, Pathology Info Night, and possible morgue visits!
Sites: VFMP with VC to other sites
In PMME, first year medical students are mentored by resident physicians and second year medical students in small groups. The mentors hold weekly workshops and mock clinical consult sessions to medical students and try to give practical advice in preparation for clerkship. These regular sessions build a tight-knit community that offers ample leadership, teaching, and research opportunities.
Our mandate is to empower medical professional growth through supportive mentor-ship and innovative education. By creating safe-learning spaces for everyone, we hope to build towards a longitudinal cross-year peer-teaching network defined by empathy and inspired by passion.
We are an official branch of the MUS, and part of the national CFMS GAAC (Government Affairs and Advocacy Committee). Our mandate includes but is not limited to:
- Outlining educational, political, and social issues of importance to medical students
- Advocating for change on behalf of UBC medical students
- Educating and training students how to advocate for systemic change
Some of what we do is help plan and implement CFMS Lobby Day, plan and conduct BC Lobby Day, organize education events, develop position papers, engage with medical curriculum, and provide input into other GAAC initiatives. We believe strongly in the CanMeds role of Health Advocate which includes the responsibility to “respond to the needs of the communities or patient populations they serve by advocating with them for system-level change” (Royal College). Therefore, our advocacy work focuses on patient and community issues (such as the social determinants of health), and we are striving towards more bottom-up engagement. Any current UBC medical student is welcome on PAC, and we happily collaborate with other groups interested in patient-focused health advocacy.
We aim to bring together students that have an interest in public health. Our activities will not only examine traditional public health (infectious disease control, sanitation, etc.), but also newer concepts that relate to health, such as the multiple social determinants of health (socio-economic status, social environment, etc.) as well as the promotion of health in our communities and beyond. Come meet some like-minded people and help bring awareness to the important role of public health in medicine!
Medical Imaging is an important aspect in all fields of medicine. The Radiology Interest Group has two primary objectives:
1) Provide all medical students with opportunities to learn to interpret diagnostic imaging and understand its significance in clinical decision making.
2) Provide students who are interested in the field of radiology with opportunities to learn more about the specialty. This include opportunities to meet radiologists, residents, and senior clerks to learn about the CaRMS application process, training in radiology, and life as a practicing radiologist.
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
The Refugee Health Initiative aims to aid refugees’ transition to life in British Columbia, particularly focusing on challenges associated with navigating the healthcare system and accessing community resources. One way the RHI seeks to accomplish this is through it’s partnership program, where medical students are paired with refugee families to meet weekly or biweekly over the course of 1 year. Accompanied by volunteer interpreters, medical students help their paired refugee families in a number of ways, including orienting them to their communities, providing information on how to enrol in various community resources and programs, and helping understand healthcare visits.
In addition to our partnership project, the RHI hosts a number of workshops and events throughout the year open to all medical students. This year we will be hosting workshops on working with interpreters, refugee health policy, and trauma-informed care.
For more information, check out our website at https://ubcrhi.wordpress.com/
SOS’s mandate is to provide a peer-based support network to enhance students’ sense of well-being by both actively participating in the delivery and having a venue for accessing support. Traditionally, support has been delivered via phone calls or emails. SOS also offers series of events throughout the year to aid students in their careers, such as our annual CaRMS Demystified and CaRMS Unmatched events, which are geared towards preparing and debunking myths associated with the CaRMS process, a source of stress and anxiety for many medical students.
The Student Interest Group in Neurology (SIGN) is dedicated towards supporting medical student interests, knowledge and skills related to the field of neurology. Throughout the year, we offer various workshops and speaking events, such as a Neurology Careers Night. We also organize an annual "Making Connections" neurology-themed art contest. SIGN organizes ward shadowing, and supports students in finding opportunities in neurology.
Students Interested in Internal Medicine (SIIM) is a group dedicated to providing exposure to the field of internal medicine and its subspecialties. We host various events throughout the year, including speaker series, ABG and ECG workshops, Procedures night and CaRMS night. Our popular bedside mentorship program pairs medical students with IM residents, giving them a unique opportunity to be involved during morning rounds or a portion of a call shift.
Students Interested in Medical Simulation (SIMS) provides UBC medical undergraduate students exposure to educational experiences in Medical Simulation and advocates for greater simulation opportunities to be incorporated into UBC’s academic curriculum.
Students Interested in Medical Simulation (SIMS) is a student-led initiative aiming to facilitate educational opportunities for UBC students to get involved with Medical Simulation. We look to set up simulation workshops throughout the year and host speaker events to promote sim as a learning tool to develop clinical knowledge, procedural and communication skills. SIMS intends to collaborate with other Medical Simulation groups in BC and to facilitate interdisciplinary simulation opportunities with nursing and respiratory therapy programs. If you are interested in medical education, emergency medicine, critical care, anesthesia, paediatrics, general surgery or obstetrics and gynecology - this may be the club for you!
Students Interested In Paediatrics is a club for all students interested in a career in paediatrics. The club holds events to help students learn more about the field of paediatrics and career options. Events include speaker series, including speciality nights and residency/CaRMS information evenings, as well as speaker workshops on play in paediatrics and rural paediatric practice.
The Technology in Medicine club promotes awareness of past, present and future synergies between biomedical engineering and medicine. Topics covered by the club include demonstrations of medical technology, medical technology development and the medical technology industry sector. The club offers guest speakers, workshops and resources with a special emphasis on fostering collaboration between engineering and medical students.
TiM is thankful to have the support of our faculty sponsors, Prof. Antony Hodgson, and Dr. Chris Nguan.
Members of the TBC club host “Teddy Bear Clinics” at daycare centres and preschool programs in the greater Vancouver area. During these clinics, medical students guide the children and their teddy bears through several stations that are typical for a pediatric appointment (waiting room, exam room, vaccinations, X-Ray). The goal of these clinics is to familiarize children with what to expect from a visit to the doctor’s office, thereby reducing fear and anxiety related to clinic and hospital visits. It also offers a chance for medical students who are interested in pediatrics and primary care to interact with children in a low-risk setting.
The Medical Innovation and Design club is the MUS division of Hatching Health. Our goal with Hatching Health is simple: we aim to bring together the best in British Columbia’s engineering, medical, and design communities to tackle challenges in healthcare. Far too often those facing these challenges are not connected with the expertise and resources to hatch solutions. Through our Hatching Health 2018 event, we will be able to bridge the gap between different disciplines, connect innovators with professionals and industry experts to accelerate the realization of their solutions. We will bring professionals, students and mentors in biomedical engineering, health care, design, and tech together for 2 days to kickstart projects that tackle contemporary healthcare challenges.
The Reading Bear fosters a more conscientious and loving society by providing intergenerational mentorship through literacy that encourages early literacy, social wellbeing, and emotional health across generations and communities. Medical student volunteers read to at-risk kindergarten and pre-school students at Strong Start programs, nurturing a love for reading and relationships with Vancouver’s most vulnerable children.
We are a group of students who are passionate about sport and exercise and want to promote safety regarding sport-related head injuries in young athletes in the local area. Our mandate is to provide education on the recognition and safe management of sport-related concussions in young athletes.
As part of a larger organization that began at Queen’s University (Concussion Education, Safety and Awareness Program), our group will make presentations to high school and club-level sports teams and their coaches. The presentation material will include sport-related concussion awareness, the recognition of concussions and identification of red flags for more severe head injury, the proper assessment of concussions as identified by the SCAT-3, and the proper management of concussions
People with developmental disabilities make up almost 3% of the Canadian population and suffer far greater rates of morbidity and mortality than the average Canadian. Unfortunately, MD students are graduating feeling ill equipped to properly care for patients with DD. This club aims to provide opportunities for MD students to learn how to care for this population, specifically through practice evenings with special olympics athlete-volunteer patients.
The UBC Emergency Medicine Interest Group (EMIG) exists to promote the breadth of practice included in Emergency Medicine. We host events with Emergency Physicians who share their perspectives, skillsets, and connect students with research opportunities. We also connect students with community opportunities such as BC Ambulance ride alongs, CAEP conference engagement, mass gathering event medicine opportunities, and more.
The goal of French in Medicine is to provide medical students with the opportunities and resources to improve their French language skills, and to encourage students to pursue French-speaking opportunities in medicine! Our events include weekly conversation groups with native French speakers, physical exam workshops, and social events. Come join us and learn/improve your French in a fun and relaxed atmosphere!
UBC Med Bhangra is a club for anyone and everyone interested in learning a new dance and being a part of a team environment. Through joining the club, you’ll learn bhangra dance moves and choreography and will be exposed to Punjabi/Indian music. During the start of the year, we hold weekly drop-in sessions for you to get a feel for bhangra and what’s in store for the year. With weekly practices, the team works together to create a synchronized dance and perform at the UBC Med Gala. With all 4 years participating, bhangra’s a great way to get to know your colleagues and get some much-needed self-care! If you haven’t seen our performances or want to get a taste of what bhangra is like, check out our Med Gala videos on YouTube!
To provide a safe, inclusive environment for students to have fun and relax by playing chess, to develop skills in chess, and to teach chess to beginners.
The UBC Med Sexual Health Club is interested in promoting awareness on sexual health and how health care providers can engage in conversations on sexual health. This year, we are excited to host events on trans health, sexual health and mindfulness, and sexual health at all ages.
The UBC Med Sexual Health Club aims to provide sex positive information to the medical student body. We provide education initiatives through speaker series and workshops. This year, we also hope to provide student shadowing opportunities with Options for Sexual Health. Our previous event topics include Trans Gender Health, Mental Health and Sexual Health, How to Take a Sexual History, Global Health and Sexual Justice, and many others. We welcome potential collaborations with other UBC Med clubs/interest groups. All workshops and speaker series are video-conferenced to the distributed sites to facilitate participation by site students. We are also available to support the organization and execution of any relevant events at the sites.
If you are interested in our events, please check out our Facebook page.
If you would like to collaborate/get involved, please contact us at our email address. Hope to hear from you and/or see you at our events! 🙂
Our team aims to enhance the wellness of all 4 years of UBC medical students by offering weekly yoga classes at the MSAC. A variety of teachers participate and organize sequences that incorporate multiple styles of yoga including hatha, ashtanga and yin. Yoga blocks and mats are provided for an enhanced practice and extra challenge. Semi-annual workshops are held to promote stress management and offer additional postures to practitioners.
Help save lives by donating blood! Members of this club will actively participate in recruiting blood donations to the Canadian Blood Services, including organizing blood drives, educational events, and social events. There is currently a shortage of donors in Canada. The process is short and simple, you can donate every 56 days, and save up to 3 lives each time! For more information, please contact one of the club organizers.
It is important for students to have outlets for their stress, to practice and engage in the arts as a form of coping, stress management and reduction. In engaging in healthy outlets we give people resilience to go forward and handle the increasing demands that are seen in our undergraduate medical curriculum and further in their residency training. The UBC Medicine Bookclub aims to promote wellness through regular meetings discussing various medically related pieces of literature. In addition, the club sponsors an annual essay competition, in which the winning essay will be published and presented at the Spring Coffeehouse.
The UBC Medicine Dance Team, affectionately known as Terpsichore (named after the Greek Muse of Dance), is a contemporary dance group for more experienced dancers. We meet once a week throughout the year to collaboratively choreograph a performance piece for the annual Medicine and Dentistry Spring Gala. If you have had at least 5 years of dance experience and are looking to keep dancing during med school, our fun-loving group is for you! Watch out for our recruitment med-all email at the beginning of the school year to join.
Love, pirouettes, and attitudes,
Your dance team captains
The University of British Columbia Medical Journal (UBCMJ) is a student-driven academic journal with a goal to engage students in dialogue in medicine. Our scope ranges from original research and review articles in medicine to medical trends, clinical reports, elective reports and commentaries in the principles and practice of medicine. We strive to maintain a high level of integrity and accuracy in our work, to encourage collaborative production and cross-disciplinary communication, and to stimulate critical and independent thinking.
The UBC Medicine Show Choir aims to bring together students sharing a love of song and dance. Our goal is to provide a platform for students to showcase their artistic abilities through the domains of music, dance, and theatre.
The UBC Medicine Show Choir aims to bring together the realms of music and theatre in the form a friendly and welcoming glee club. We are a space for students with diverse interests in singing, dance, instrumentation, or acting to collaborate in putting together fun, multidisciplinary performances. Whether you hum showtunes in the shower or just have an urge to try something new, we have a space for you.
Our club’s mission and values are to address the health concerns and advocate for the health of the South Asian community of the Lower Mainland. Driven by UBC medical students, the club will reach out to this population through the creation of seminars and booths at community events. Our members will work to tackle language barriers that prevent many South Asians from receiving the care they need. An integral part of this club will also be to encourage optimal diet and exercise strategies for individuals of all ages. We hope to increase health awareness in this population. Moreover, with the use of workshops, this club hopes to educate medical students on basic language and cultural skills that can help build rapport with South Asian patients.
UBC Medicine Spring Gala is a spectacular display of the many hidden talents held by UBC medical students. From Juilliard trained pianists to acrobats to acapella singers and a full blown musical, this show packs the Chan Centre year after year and is guaranteed to knock your socks off. All proceeds go to a charity of the UBC Medicine class's choosing. In order to put together this extravaganza extraordinario, a terrific team meets and through tears and triumph, tries to tactically and technically create, the most tremendous, and most tumultuous applause from the crowd. Centric to this creation is culminating a crafty crew consisting of non-cumbersome meetings that concoct clever contributions. Welcoming all whimsical wizards who will not wither and never wander who with unwavering and wicked devotion will lead to a wonderful work. Should be a great show this year!
The UBC Psychiatry Student Interest Group (also known as UBC PsychSIGN) is a group intended to enrich UBC medical students' knowledge about the practice of psychiatry and increase interest in pursuing this fascinating and challenging medical specialty. UBC PsychSIGN aims to organize talks and educational sessions about various aspects of psychiatry and mental health, provide shadowing opportunities with psychiatrists, link up psychiatry residents with UBC medical students, and share psychiatry-related research and news. Whether you have just a general interest in the brain and mind or you're counting down the days until you can submit your CaRMS application to Canada's psychiatry residency programs, everyone is welcome to join!
The Rural Medicine Interest Group (RMIG) is a network of students who share an interest in rural medicine. The group encompasses all specialties of medicine and connects students with rural BC communities. This year, the RMIG will be hosting various events including guest speaker series, as well as spearheading a mentorship program with rural undergraduate students interested in rural medicine. This group is a great way to learn more about the experience of rural/remote medicine, and will provide information to help prepare for future careers in this exciting area of medicine.
The Surgical Club aims to build awareness and interest in surgical specialties as a career. We organize presentations by surgeons, offer suturing workshops led by surgical residents, and have a shadowing program that gives students the chance to spend time in the operating room during a surgery.
We hold hands-on workshops and events designed to give students a chance to learn about ultrasonography and practice their skills on live models. We host an annual ultrasound symposium, where 70+ students gather to practice sonography under the guidance of residents and staff physicians who use ultrasound regularly. We also hold several smaller group workshops with 7-8 students per instructor. Additionally, we are exploring shadowing opportunities for students, to show them how bedside ultrasound is used clinically. The club has members from distributed sites, who coordinate their own events including workshops.
The UVic Health Advocacy Club hopes to bring together passionate UBC medical students and UVic undergraduate students to provide an environment where they can collaboratively promote healthy choices for the UVic community.
The University of Victoria Health Advocacy Club is a brand new initiative looking to promote health in all domains on UVic campus and within the community. Our club is collaboratively run by UBC (IMP) medical students and undergraduate students with a passion for health promotion. Mental health, physical health, diet/exercise are all major focuses for our club. We are planning to promote all health related events on campus e.g. medicine based lectures from medical students and faculty, vaccination clinics supported by UVic, or mindfulness workshops. We are also hoping to run info booths related to diet, exercise, safe sex, mental health and more. We are major supporters of UVic’s mental health initiatives.
The Vancouver Street Soccer League is a volunteer-run organization which reaches out to individuals who have been homeless, are currently homeless, or are at risk of homelessness, as well as individuals who feel marginalized within their communities, or are recovering from drug and alcohol addictions."
On the first sunday of every month, a group of UBC medical students volunteer to play soccer with the VSSL and bring some food for the players after the game. It is a really amazing experience and fun for all! For anyone who enjoys getting outside, team building, and playing some great soccer we would love for you to join!
The Wellness Initiative Network is your go-to wellness resource as a UBC medical student. We believe that the happy and healthy medical students make happy and healthy residents and attending physicians, which then translate into better medical care for our future patients. Thus, our mandate is to foster resiliency, mental health, and community in our student body, and we hope to accomplish this in a few ways
WIN acts as a central hub for wellness related initiatives and clubs at UBC Medicine. We hope to integrate and combine efforts to bring wellness to our student body for a more effective wellness plan for our medical students.
As a student run division of UBC Medicine Student Affairs, WIN executives work with Undergraduate Medical Education committee members, Student Affairs, MUS, and class councils to advocate for student wellness in our curriculum. WIN also holds events throughout the year that are aimed at creating positive interactions with our colleagues and exploring our core beliefs that affect the way we handle adverse situations. As an MUS club that is also funded by UBC Medicine Student Affairs, we also sponsor other wellness events throughout the year, including the Arts in Medicine Coffeehouses and MedPlay!. Check out our website at www.ubcmedwellness.ca.
The Wilderness Medicine Club is an opportunity to explore your interests in medicine as it relates to the backcountry. The club is not just for those with lots of experience in the wilderness! It is designed for students who are interested in low resource, rural and remote medicine, acute care and a desire to improve their confidence as first-responders in the backcountry. We host a variety of events including speaker sessions on topics such as common backcountry injuries, splinting, and hypothermia as well as sessions on basic first aid and avalanche safety and rescue among others. We also organize a nine-day Wilderness Medicine Elective in Whistler, BC that is open to all UBC medical students.
The Women's Health Initiatives is a student interest group for anyone interested in women's health topics. The club focuses on educational events aimed at sharing women's health knowledge with medical students who are interested and looking for more information outside the existing curriculum. Educational events include speaker series nights, suturing nights and a women's health skills workshop. The club also works in community outreach including reproductive presentations for middle and high school-aged kids and prenatal classes for women at risk in the community. The club is always growing and adapting and is keen to include new events and ideas every year.