Club Directory

Club leaders who would more information about MSAC, including how to book rooms, event alcohol policies, WiFi at the MSAC, and VC bridge information, please refer to the MSAC Club Leader Orientation Package. Please direct your questions to the 2020-21 Clubs Representative: Adrian Marcuzzi at ubcmusclubsrep@gmail.com

Acne vulgaris is a common skin condition that generally occurs during puberty and can extend into adulthood. Research has shown various flaws with public understanding about the causes of acne and appropriate measures for its management. For example, many patients believe that dirt and uncleanliness cause acne. Acting on these beliefs would entail more vigorous and routine face washing and stripping the face of its natural sebum. However, dry skin is harmful to acne treatment. Similar misunderstandings include reliance on non-evidence based techniques including the application of home made remedies, or excoriation. These solutions may be harmful or ineffective and delay seeking meaningful treatment. Literature has widely shown that acne has devastating impacts psychosocial impacts on children. Many pediatric patients with acne have underlying issues with stigma and bullying that can translate into low self-esteem, depression and anxiety. Our club’s goal is to educate elementary and junior high school students about acne care since acne vulgaris is most commonly developed at the pubertal age due to hormonal changes. Proper education to dispel myths about acne can help to mitigate potential negative outcomes arising from psychosocial issues or long term scars arising from improper management. We will accomplish our goals by creating resources for dissemination and providing presentations to our target population.

Contact: acneubc@gmail.com

Anesthesia Interest group hosts events to support Interest in medical students as well as grow their technical skills. We organize a CARMS night with advice from newly matched residents, technical skills nights in airway managment and vascular access managment as well as a general interst night.

Contact: ian.malnis@alumni.ubc.ca

Book Clubs are ways in which people can socially come together to cover topics within the books of interest. This book club is specifically meant to get us to start thinking about the racism that is ever present within our society and to challenge the framework in which our society is built. We would also like to emphasize that education is merely a starting point and should not be the end-point of our journey towards becoming anti-racist.

Contact: ubcmedbookclub@gmail.com

Our club provides open, creative spaces of self-expression and interpersonal connection such as paint nights, coffeehouses, and art shows. We encourage the appreciation of and active participation in the arts, including visual arts, music, dance, film, writing, and literature. We also support all creative endeavours in the medical community.

Contact: artinmed@gmail.com

The Black and Blues jazz band is a band of UBC medical students unified by the love of music and jazz! Together we hone our musical skills, learn more about jazz, and unwind from school. We typically perform at the Med/Dent Gala, the Arts in Medicine Coffeehouse, and at other events. This may change due to COVID-19, but we will organize other events, such as listening parties, in their place. No prior jazz experience required. All instruments and skill levels are welcome. We’d love to jam with you!

Contact: blackandbluesubc@gmail.com

CAMSAHT is a Canada-wide organization of medical students trying to tackle the lack of training that medical schools offer regarding the issue of human trafficking in Canada. Through social and educational events, as well as research, we hope to get more medical students involved in and aware of this important issue.

Contact: kirsten.roche@alumni.ubc.ca

The Cardiology Interest Group (CIG) is a student organization that provides medical students who are interested in cardiology opportunities to learn more about this specialty through guest speakers, workshops, and networking with cardiologists in various subspecialties. This will help students gain a better understanding of the field of cardiology and the many subspecialties and how to successfully enter into cardiology.

Contact: ubccardiologyinterestgroup@gmail.com

To foster fellowship among Chinese-Canadian physicians and medical students of BC and to promote health awareness in the Chinese community.

Contact: andy.an@alumni.ubc.ca

Meetings every Thursday at 7:30 pm, on Zoom. Meetings may include discussion on topics related to faith and medicine, catching up and supporting each other, discussion about the Bible, and prayer.

All students welcome! Includes UBC medical and dental students from all years and all sites. Hosted by Drs. Rob and Margaret Cottle, and affiliated with the Christian Medical and Dental Association of Canada.

Contact: mmcottle@mac.com

CSCG aims to create a network of clinician-scientist trainees so that there is more peer support between students who are pursuing this career. We support students' career development through a monthly seminar series, monthly journal clubs, and meet and greet program. Students from all sites are welcome.

Contact: sinasafa@student.ubc.ca

Community Womxn’s Initiative (CWI) is a student-led organization comprised of medical students in British Columbia who are united with a common goal to support and empower womxn. CWI promotes equality, opportunity, and safety for womxn in challenging circumstances through education, fundraising, and raising awareness.

Contact: cwivancouver@gmail.com

The DIG hopes to provide introductory opportunities for medical students. This is done through a CARMS info night hosted by residents who will share their experiences applying for CARMS as well as their current experiences in dermatology. DIG also organizes workshops, including how to describe a lesion for both pre clinical students interested in dermatology and those looking for a refresher. This year we plan to increase interest in dermatology through a new monthly newsletter.

Contact: ubc.dig@gmail.com

The ENT Interest Group is meant to facilitate interest in otolaryngology as a medical specialty, and bring together other medical students interested in otolaryngology to form a network and share experiences. We also host workshops and speaker series with faculty from Otolaryngology, and work closely with residents to promote career development opportunities and skills sessions.

Contact: ubc.entig@gmail.com

EiMC UBC looks to fostering early collaborative inter-professional relationships between exercise and health care professionals. Students in the club work together on initiatives aimed at creating physical activity opportunities for both UBC students and the larger community and also to promote physical activity as a chronic disease prevention and management strategy.

Students benefit from EIMC-UBC by working with like-minded students from many health faculties who are also passionate about the benefits of physical activity. We are working both to improve the teaching around exercise in our curriculum as well as the health of Canadians across the UBC Campus and beyond!

Contact: eimc.ubc@gmail.com

Our group is interested in providing information and events related to skills and questions associated with family medicine. In years past, we have run speaker series on a variety of topics (finance, emergency, geriatrics, women's health) related to family medicine, run skills workshops (suturing, etc), and organized a dinner with doctors throughout the community.

Contact: ubcfamilymedinterest@gmail.com

Our club comprises the FMWC-UBC branch, which is a student-run branch of the nationwide FMWC organization. We are dedicated to the development of women physicians-in-training and the well-being of all women in Canada. UBC FMWC provides medical students with opportunities to connect with women in medicine, as well as advocate for women’s health issues. Together, we are mentors and mentees, women's health advocates, educators, community allies, and changemakers. Empowerment and gender equity are at the forefront of what we’re working towards. Our initiatives and programs are designed to help members reach their professional and personal goals and fulfill their potential.

Contact: ubc.fmwc@gmail.com

We deliver first-aid presentations (now virtual) and provide hands-on (pre-COVID) CPR workshops. The original founders have designed a curriculum, which was approved by the Emergency Services Institute, and delivered it successfully. Club members can teach the course, expand the curriculum and publish the results of this project in peer-reviewed journals.

Contact: ubcfafe@gmail.com

The UBC Geriatrics Interest Group (GIG) promotes awareness of health and wellness issues that are especially relevant to older adults. In a series of seminars and special events throughout the year, we provide interdisciplinary clinical skills training and professional learning activities for students interested in geriatric medicine.

Contact: gig.ubcmed@gmail.com

GHI is a UBC-wide student-led initiative. GHI provides skills training to UBC students via a series of skill-building workshops. GHI also offers students the opportunity to participate in several global health projects. Further, GHI works with faculty to develop core competencies used to drive future curriculum development related to global health.

Contact: ubc.ghi@gmail.com

The Health Education Alliance (HEAL) is a MUS club that runs health workshops throughout the year primarily in Vancouver-area high schools. Workshop topics range from how to access medical services in British Columbia and confidentiality in healthcare, to digital health literacy and mental wellness.

Contact: healubc@gmail.com

Karotid Chop is the official martial arts club of UBC Medicine. We welcome people of all experience levels and martial arts styles, and our weekly training sessions are open to anyone looking to sharpen their skills or learn new ones! Every year, we perform at the annual Spring Gala, combining comedy and martial arts in our performance.

Contact: ubckarotidchop@gmail.com

Strategy: The KCEI will hold community engagement events that are tailored to identified needs of the community. Community healthcare advocacy can take the form of information stands for screenings that should be considered, for example. We plan to accomplish our mission through: 1) collaboration amongst members: a network of future physicians that create opportunities and share initiatives amongst one another 2) collaboration with other clubs (eg. If a member in our community wants to aid in a nursing home in the kitsilano area, we would collaborate with the geriatrics interest group), 3) Events throughout the year where we actively engage the community: Affiliate with local events/institutions like the kitsilano community centre, farmers market, Winter market. In the event of COVID restrictions, we would remain active by meeting monthly for brainstorming and planning sessions. 4) Planning for our major highlighted event, Kits Fest 2021. We have collaborated with the Kits Fest founders to provide services via tents for Kitsilano's largest community event where we would provide services (eg. information for sports injuries & heat injuries, and sports med tent involvement)

Contact: pmoeini@student.ubc.ca

1. Provide free opportunities for healthcare providers, medical students, patients, and their families to learn and practice mindfulness meditation. 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.

Contact: mindfulness.ubc@gmail.com

MEDLift is a weight lifting community at UBC Medicine. We encourage and guide medical students strive for physical fitness amidst their hectic schedules.
We teach lifting techniques through our clinics and offer fitness challenges through out the school year.

Contact: ubcmedlift@gmail.com

MedPlay cast, crew, and producers are all medical students working with a professional theatre director. MedPlay allows students to explore their artistic side while building a strong community. They put in around 12 hours each week for 5 months outside of school commitments for the show, all while raising funds for a local, sustainable cause.

Contact: medplayatubc@gmail.com

Restrictions due to COVID-19 have put older adults at risk for social isolation. Medical Students Supporting Older Adults connects medical students with older adults who have been referred to the program by their healthcare providers in communications across BC. This student-led program was started during the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic with the BC COVID-19 Medical Student Response Team and will continue into the future beyond the COVID-19 pandemic to support older adults in our community.

Contact: ubc.mssoa@gmail.com

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.

Contact: msfcubc@gmail.com

The Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) interest group aims to reach medical students who have an interest in humanitarian medicine and the organization MSF, and provide them with information and stories from medical professionals that have worked in this career field. The club liaises closely with MSF Vancouver to arrange events and speakers.

Contact: dshearer@alumni.ubc.ca

The UBC Ophthalmology Interest Group organizes a variety of events and initiatives to stimulate interest in ophthalmology amongst medical students. It provides students with the ability to engage in community initiatives and get involved with ophthalmology research. Key events include a clinical skills night and a presentation by the chief resident.

Contact: ophthalmologyinterestgroup.ubc@gmail.com

The Palliative Care Interest Group (PCIG) is a team of medical students who share an interest in palliative medicine. There continues to be misconceptions amongst the public and healthcare professionals surrounding palliative care, and how these areas of medicine relate to each other. Generally, death continues to be a taboo subject that sometimes prevents healthcare providers from having important end of life discussions with their patients. The goals of the PCIG are to reduce discomfort when talking about death and dying, educate medical students on the role in palliative care, and provide information on what a career in palliative care might look like.

Contact: PCIGUBC@gmail.com

Our club runs events introducing medical students to many different aspects of pathology. These events will have a variety of speakers from the different subspecialties of Pathology, who will share more about their specialty and their journey through medicine and pathology.

Contact: pathology.ubc@gmail.com

RIG is an interest group dedicated to helping students gain exposure to the field of Radiology. We will hold educational series focused on improving students' clinical decision making. We also strive to conduct speaker series to help students gain insight into the field of Radiology as a career.

Contact: rig.ubc@gmail.com

We hope to give members of the rare diseases community a platform to share their stories through events such as talks or discussion. We aim to develop empathy through the separation of the person and the disease, educate students on the variety of less discussed conditions, and mold a generation of doctors to be better equipped for working with rare conditions.

Contact: rarediseaseinitiative@gmail.com

Through personal mentorship over the course of one year, we aim to help refugees adapt to life in BC by facilitating access to various community resources, increasing refugees’ health literacy and ability to navigate the BC healthcare system, promoting healthy living and being a friendly resource in a new and unfamiliar setting. Together with a volunteer interpreter, medical students meet with their paired family 1-2 times a month.

Contact: ubc.rhi@gmail.com

The Run for Rural Medicine is an annual fundraising run/walk. The purpose of the run is to raise funds to support rural health charities and initiatives while increasing public awareness of the shortage of physicians in rural BC. This year the Run for Rural Medicine will donate its proceeds to the charity Hope Air, a registered national charity that provides complimentary flights for rural Canadians who must travel to access healthcare in urban centres but cannot afford the airline ticket costs.

In addition, this great event helps support a healthy and active lifestyle amongst its participants! In the past, this Vancouver event featured a 10km run and a 5km run/walk and drew 300+ runners and walkers from the medical community and beyond. This year will see the 17th annual running of this event, with medical students from all of UBC Medicine’s four distributed sites participating.

Due to COVID-19, Run for Rural Medicine 2021 will be a virtual or social distanced race. We will be exploring creative and fun ways to make this event engaging for the medical and running community!

We will incorporate cycling into this event and contribute to the UBC Med Run & Ride initiative. We are creating training pods (groups of 2-4 students) to connect students with monthly contests and workshops in collaboration with UBC MD Run Club and MD Ridaz. The goal of this initiative is to encourage people to run/cycle, make new connections, and train/build up to Run for Rural medicine where we'll have teams competing for top mileage and fundraising goals.

Contact: ubcmed.ruralrun@gmail.com

The Rural Medicine Interest Group (RMIG) is a network of students who share an interest in Rural Medicine. The group encompasses all fields of medicine and connects students with rural BC communities. This year, the RMIG will be hosting various events including speaker events, a mentorship program with rural undergraduate students interested in medicine, and a photo contest. This group is a great way to learn more about the experience of rural medicine, and will provide information to help prepare for future careers in rural/remote medicine.

Contact: ubc.rmig@gmail.com

The South-Asian Health Club (SAHC) organizes blood pressure monitoring clinics at local Gurdwaras. SAHC also works to develop educational campaigns in various languages (i.e. Punjabi, Hindi, etc.) to improve health literacy among South-Asian populations. For medical students, this is a fun opportunity to learn how to engage and communicate with a diverse patient population. SAHC is supported by clinicians who also went to UBC and work closely with South Asian populations across BC

Contact: arshdeepsinghmarwaha@gmail.com

This interest group aims to expose medical students to the fields of Sports Medicine and Physiatry, also known as Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R). These are two distinct yet related musculoskeletal-oriented fields. All students from all sites are welcome.

GOALS

1.  Increase awareness and cultivate interest in this fun and exciting realm of medicine
2. Host educational sessions with physicians from various backgrounds (family medicine, emergency medicine, orthopedic surgery, physiatry) as well as practitioners from other disciplines (physiotherapy, athletic therapy, occupational therapy, dietitians, and strength & conditioning coaches)
3. Enhance medical student knowledge of MSK injuries and the ways medicine can be used to treat athletes

Contact: smpigubc@gmail.com

We, a team of UBC medical students, have developed a relationship with Coast Mental Health (CMH), which is a non-profit organization that provides social and housing services for socioeconomically disadvantaged individuals living with mental illness across Metro Vancouver. It operates multiple supportive housing units, community centres, and social services that are accessed by more than 5000 clients. One of their sites, the Resource Centre, is in Downtown Vancouver, and offers low-cost meal programs, recreational activities, and housing support to approximately 500 community members. This site has multiple rooms available for therapy and acupuncture groups, as well as other group activities. In addition, it has an empty unused medical room equipped with a basic diagnostic panel and an examination table. The Resource Centre, a site that feels safe and comfortable for its clients, is an opportune site for students to initiate a health promotion and education program for a vulnerable Vancouver population.

The UBC Student-Run Community Health Initiative will offer services via two phases: 1. Public Health 2. Primary Care. Both services will be provided under supervision. Under phase 1, we will provide health navigation consultations and health promotion workshops. Health Navigation Consultations is to guide patients through the complex healthcare system based on their health values, needs, and preferences through comprehensive interviews. Health promotion workshops are monthly workshops on various public health related to metabolic syndrome and mental illness. Phase 2, Primary care, will provide health care services for clients of CMH to manage metabolic syndrome and mental illness on a weekly basis. This allows co-delivery of both health and social services in the same location that clients are already familiar and comfortable with. Students will be under supervision and be similar to family practice. Finally, all of these services will be evaluated through various research methods.

Our club is to gather like-minded students passionate about supporting their communities and accomplish the goals stated above. In order to accomplish delivering sustainable services of public health and primary care services, great teamwork between faculty, students, and Coast Mental health is required. The club will have designated student roles in research, training, service provision, and leadership to be part of larger community effort in supporting marginalized populations.

Contact: coastsrc@gmail.com

SIGN hosts events to support neurology interest in medical students. We organize an annual Neurology Career Night, workshops, shadowing, and a school wide art contest. Due to the limited clinical exposure to neurology through medical school. We also run clinical skills workshops for all students to practice their physical exam and decision making.

Contact: ubcsign@gmail.com

To provide introductory clinical opportunities for medical students, SIIM organizes bedside mentorship shadowing sessions in CTU for MSI1 and 2s. SIIM also provides clinically-relevant education through speaker series with IM clinicians, IM-specific training sessions (i.e. ABG, ECG) and discussion groups with IM residents. Recently, we expanded our club to the distributed sites as well (i.e. SMP).

Contact: ubcsiimclub@gmail.com

The SIMS club creates opportunities for MD students to explore simulation-based learning. We host workshops to increase access to simulations to develop clinical, procedural and communication skills. We collaborate with UBC and Langara Nursing programs to provide interprofessional simulations. We also offer BLS certification for MD students.

Contact: izivkovic@alumni.ubc.ca

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.

Contact: sips4ubc@gmail.com

Club originally designed to foster inter year connectivity and wellness. Has been through several iterations with a mix of annual events attended by over one hundred students including Strategies for Academic Success (a panel where upper year students share learning and study tips) and CaRMS Demystified and CaRMS Unmatched (a panel of upper years to educate students about the matching process), in the past has included a peer support line but this was discontinued due to lack of use and liability issues. Plenty of room for creativity and new ideas as all current club execs are 4th year students.

Contact: ubc.fom.sos@gmail.com

We are a knitting and needle craft group from UBC Medicine.

Contact: theubcmedneedlesticks@gmail.com

The UBC CGSTA is a club that serves to educate medical students about global inequalities in surgery and provide insight into how we can help as future physicians. We host speaker series that feature physicians who have extensive first-hand experience in global surgery, information sessions for programs that provide training for global surgery, as well as suturing workshops. We collaborate with surgeons from the Branch for International Surgical Care at UBC to bring exciting opportunities to UBC medical students and potentially residents.

Contact: info.ubc.cgsta@gmail.com

The UBC EMIG exists to connect medical students and healthcare professionals to clinical, research, and collaborative opportunities in emergency medicine. UBC EMIG is a student lead interest group that hosts several emergency medicine related events per year for UBC medical students. These include information events with various EM physicians, research nights, skills nights, and CaRMS information nights.

Contact: ubcemig@gmail.com

• Organizes events to promote environmentally-conscious living (waste reduction, environmentally friendly transportation, reduced energy consumption)
• Organizes advocacy efforts at the level of the UBC medical student body and in coordination with other organizations such as CFMS and CAPE
• Works for the incorporation of environmental issues in the medical school curriculum
• Arranges speaker series

Contact: ubcenviromed@gmail.com

French in Medicine is geared towards improving French knowledge and the ability of medical professionals to better treat francophone individuals. We partner with RésoSanté, an organization focused on French language health services, to have meetings every 2 weeks with students and health care professionals. In addition, francophones new to Canada/BC who are interested in improving their English and their health knowledge are encouraged to come participate.

Club members are able to come on a drop-in or regular basis. These get togethers are informal and geared towards improving French language through engaging games, interdisciplinary health care discussion, exploring cultural differences, and regular social events. All levels of French are encouraged to attend.

Contact: paul.clerc@alumni.ubc.ca

UBC Med Badminton aims to bring badminton enthusiasts from all years and skill levels together to train and improve our badminton skills. We hold regular drop-in sessions and training workshops for members in a variety of locations as well as an annual tournament. It’s a great way to socialize and connect with your peers through some much-welcomed exercise! No previous experience required.

Contact: UBCMedBaddy@gmail.com

Mental Illness Network for Destigmatization (MIND) is a UBC Medical Undergraduate Society club dedicated to decreasing stigma associated with mental illness and empowering medical students to advocate for and speak up about mental health.

Contact: ubcmedmind@gmail.com

We meet once/week to practice at MSAC and practice classic concert band songs typically pre COVID. This year we still want to provide students with an avenue to express their artistic abilities as well as stress relief and so we will be creating a socially distanced safe music video.

Contact: ubcmuse@gmail.com

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!

Contact: ubcmedicinebhangra@gmail.com

The UBC MedEthics club was created in order to provide opportunities for students to learn the foundational theory of Medical Ethics, discuss the practical applications of these theories, and ultimately make informed, ethical decisions as clinicians. Through the guidance and instruction of leading Ethical practitioners, along with student led discussion and engagement, the UBC MedEthics club seeks to provide a safe environment for medical students to enrich their understanding of ethical principles, challenge their current thinking, and apply ethical principles to nuanced clinical situations in real time.

Contact: UBCMedEthics@gmail.com

The MUS Medical Cooking Club (MCC) grew out of the desire to explore food as a means to enhance skills, learn about various cultures, consider dietary lifestyles, and understand and the important role it plays in our lives. Through the love of food, we hope to connect with one another by various initiatives to promote culinary curiosity, skill development, healthy living, and mindful eating. These initiatives include teaching medical students how to cook diverse meals through various workshops, composing a recipe book to be passed down to future generations, collaborating with sustainable food organizations and nutrition experts to create informative symposia, and giving back locally through fundraising and community cooking. We also aim to bridge cultural gaps by exploring various cuisines from around the world and understanding the significance that the culinary landscape plays in developing cultural identity.

Contact: medcc.mus@gmail.com

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.

Contact: external.editor@ubcmj.com

The UBC Medicine Climbing Club is a recreation-based club and welcomes those with both ample experience or a curiosity about climbing and with no prior exposure. We meet up informally at indoor climbing gyms a few times per month and aim to enjoy a couple of outdoor climbing days each year.

Contact: ubcmedicineclimbingclub@gmail.com

The UBC Med Social Justice Collective aims to create a space where medical students and residents can come together to discuss and develop actionable changes promoting social justice, inclusivity, and anti-oppressive practices within UBC Medicine through collaboration with administration and members of the local community.

Contact: ubcmedsjcollective@gmail.com

The UBC Medicine Spring Gala is an annual tradition and UBC Medicine’s largest event of the year. It is one night dedicated to featuring UBC medical student talent in the performing and visual arts and aims to foster community, an appreciation for the arts, and student well-being in UBC Medicine across all years and sites. This year, the show will be pre-recorded with professional videography at the Chan Centre and premiered online to a BC-wide audience. As always, Spring Gala will also promote and fundraise for a local charity.

Contact: ubcmedgala@gmail.com

Our club is dedicated to recruiting potential stem cell donors to add to the Canadian registry of stem cell donors that is used when doctors need to find a donor for a lifesaving stem cell transplant. We encourage people to sign up to the registry which just entails filling out a form and providing a buccal swab. This person is then on the registry until they’re 65 and if they ever happen to be a genetic match for a patient in need they are contacted and asked to donate which would save the life of that patient!
We also seek to increase knowledge about the stem cell donation process among medical students, since this is an area largely overlooked in the current curriculum but of utmost importance for patients suffering from Leukemia, anemia and other blood-related diseases. It is important for medical students to have an understanding of how important the OneMatch program is for helping patients (perhaps some of their own future patients) who are unable to find a match for a stem cell transplant within their own families. Without this program, these patients would not be able to survive. Instead of feeling disheartened and helpless in the face of the large number of individuals who are still waiting for a match, our club provides a concrete opportunity for medical students to make a difference, at the current stage of their career.

Contact: hayley13@student.ubc.ca

We are a group of around 30 singers, of all levels and experience! Pre-COVID, we met each Tuesday to sing together and learn songs for coffee houses, Yule Duel, Med Gala, and other UBC and community events.

Contact: ubcmedchoir@gmail.com

Oncology represents a large burden of disease to society. The vast majority of clinicians will encounter cancer-related care in their practice. However, relatively little curricular time is devoted to this pertinent, growing topic. The role of OIG is to bridge this gap and offer support for students who are interested in oncology. In the past, we have held speaker series, shadowing opportunities, support groups, resident tours, etc. to give students greater exposure and insight into oncology. This year, we will aim to deliver the same content in virtual settings so students can still explore their passions in a low-risk environment.

Contact: jimli.9706@gmail.com

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!

Contact: psychsignubc@gmail.com

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!

Contact: ubcpublichealth@gmail.com

We are a group UBC medical students working alongside undergraduate student volunteers with a passion for public health in the form of skin health and sun safety. Each year UBC SCAN prepares a team of volunteer undergraduate students from all over the Lower Mainland to deliver educational presentations to local high schools. Since 2014, we have delivered educational presentations to thousands of high school students around the Lower Mainland on skin cancer and how to stay safe in the sun.

Contact: med.ubcscan@gmail.com

The Surgical Club runs events and services dedicated to helping students explore surgical interests and navigate career options in surgery. Speaker events touch on many topics such as the history of surgery as well as information nights about the various specialties and resident/program director panels. Normally, we would run workshops that teach important technical skills and shadowing
opportunities that provide hands-on experience; however, these activities have been indefinitely suspended due to the ongoing pandemic.

Contact: ubcsurgicalclub@gmail.com

The Technology in Medicine club promotes awareness of past, present and future synergies and collaborations between the fields of technology, 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, activities and resources with a special emphasis on fostering collaboration between engineering and medical students.

Contact: ubctimclub@gmail.com

UBC medical students connect with members of the community who are homeless, at risk of being homeless, are recovering from drug or alcohol addictions, or feel marginalized through playing soccer together. The VSSL provides an opportunity for medical students to create meaningful relationships within the community.

Contact: ubcmedvancouverstreetsoccer@gmail.com

We would like to provide an organization to meet medical peers who are interested in volleyball, spike-ball, board-ball, cross-net and alternative volleyball-like sports. This would be open to ALL skill levels.

We would provide coaching sessions for teams or individuals that want to learn OR improve in volleyball. We want to provide the opportunity for students to play at a higher competitive level if desired.

We will provide the option for competitive play. We will host tournaments amongst students. These players may request coaching from us. This would allow athletes to play competitively in an organized format while testing their newly learned skills.

As a past organizer of intramural sports, I am aware that there are many students who wish intramural volleyball had weekly coaching sessions. Unfortunately, UBC REC did not have the funds, resources, or initiative to continue with these coaching sessions.

During COVID our club would hold weekly or biweekly small-group coaching sessions or drop-in sessions outdoors (weather-permitting) or indoors. Larger events would depend on COVID circumstances.

We will also open positions for students who would like to become peer-coaches for other members. We may connect students to volunteer volleyball coaching positions in local high schools or elementary schools as well.

Our club will provide the outdoor volleyball courts, outdoor volleyballs, and spikeball nets, thus allowing us to have events at any park at a flexible time.

Contact: ubcmedvolleyspike@gmail.com

WIN is a club that promotes student wellness by holding collaborative events, integrating the other wellness initiatives that are already present into one accessible resource and using our funding to promote and support existing wellness initiatives. We are the only club that works with Student Affairs and the faculty to help students at large.

Contact: ubc.med.win@gmail.com

The Wilderness Medicine Club’s main purpose is to expose medical students to the acute medical skills needed in emergencies based in a wilderness or remote setting. The club organizes 3-4 initiatives every year including workshops, speaker series’, and outdoor workshops, for example, first aid nights on Cypress Mountain with experienced ski patrol personnel. For the speaker series’ and workshops we recruit experienced physicians in the area so the content delivered is current and informative in a constantly changing landscape.

Contact: lionel.jensen@alumni.ubc.ca

The UBC WHI was started in 2012 by a medical student who saw the need for more education and outreach regarding women’s health in the UBC Medicine community. Through speaker series and round-tables, the WHI aims to expand awareness about topical issues in women’s health to medical students to complement the learning they receive in medical school. The WHI brings in physicians and other healthcare professionals that medical students would otherwise never get a chance to meet and hear from, providing valuable perspectives on women’s health. The WHI also works in outreach, specifically with educating underprivileged populations about women’s health.

Contact: ubcmedwhi@gmail.com

The goal of Womxn in surgery is to create a space for individuals who identify as a womxn (woman, non-binary, transgender, etc.) to explore careers in surgical specialties. We would like to showcase the accomplishments of womxn in surgery and provide role models and mentors for aspiring surgeons. The mentorship program would pair residents and staff with medical students and provide unparalleled opportunities to develop relationships and learn more about the experiences of female and minority surgeons. We hope to create a vibrant community that is supportive and encourages students to pursue surgery. We would also like to create an open dialogue about the challenges faced by womxn in surgery including discrimination, pay equity, family leave, and work-life balance. We hope that these discussions will bring about ideas for change and help others understand the challenges that many face. This club is inclusive and welcomes any supporters of womxn in surgery.

Contact: quejessica@alumni.ubc.ca

To fulfill its mission, YHI will collaborate with pediatric and adolescent medicine residents and faculty to provide several events around the year. Through evening seminars, students have the opportunity to learn about and ask questions about adolescent medicine, addictions, and pediatrics to experts in that research field. Through (online) resident-student mixers, students can learn more about adolescent medicine training and ask advice about how to decide if that field is right for them. Through the YHI sponsored shadowing program, interested students are matched to a physician willing to have students spend the day with them in the clinic, once shadowing is allowed. Through community events students gain exposure to the community of youth at large and have the opportunity to give something back. Finally, through its mentorship program, medical students will be able to form meaningful relationships with youth from around British Columbia.

Contact: youthhealthinitiative@gmail.com

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