Club Directory

Mandate: The Acne Education Project serves to inform elementary and junior high school students about proper acne care. We hope to increase public knowledge of proper practices and reduce psychosocial harms from unresolving acne by giving presentations and disseminating evidence based resources.

Description: 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

Mandate: To promote interest in the specialty of anesthesia and provide opportunities for students to gain exposure to anesthesia through skills building workshops.

Description: Skills building workshops (airway access night, vascular access night), CaRMS info sessions (pre- and post-CaRMS).

Contact: caelie.stewart@alumni.ubc.ca

Mandate: To encourage UBC medical students to explore how the arts can positively impact personal well-being as well as inform future medical practice.

Description: 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

Mandate: We strive to create a space for all students to practice and enjoy Jazz in an encouraging and supportive environment

Description: Weekly practice, the opportunity to participate in coffeehouse performances, Med Gala and local events

Contact: mahesh14@student.ubc.ca

Mandate: Goal: to socialize, to build friendship, to destress and to have fun
Values: Providing inclusive and safe environment for students to have fun and enjoy through friendly competition of board games.

Description: We hold regular meetings where medical students can freely drop by to play board games together.

Contact: Ubcmedboredgamers@gmail.com

Mandate: To educate UBC medical students about the devastating and very real issue of human trafficking in Canada.

Description: 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: stefpo@student.ubc.ca

Mandate: 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. We aim to provide opportunities for students with mentorship and Chinese medical language development. Students do not have to be Chinese in order to join.

Description: Our club's most popular offering is the mentorship program, where they are paired up with a practicing physician member. They are also given the opportunity to gain Chinese language skills for medical settings. Students also have opportunities to provide service to the public at our Health Fair events, attended by thousands annually.

Contact: aytcheng@student.ubc.ca

Mandate: Choosing Wisely Canada aims to increase resource stewardship and awareness regarding best medical practice with reduction in healthcare waste. The goals of CWC is to provide equitable, high quality healthcare and reduce unnecessary tests. STARS are a group of medical students across the country working together to create student-led initiatives and implement CWC principles within their curriculum.

Description: Host events that help increase awareness regarding resource stewardship, host mini-cases with residents and physicians to detail where unnecessary testing is often seen in the healthcare system and provide resources to students that outline CWC principles.

Contact: choosingwiselyubc@gmail.com

Mandate: Our goal is to be a community where students feel at home and always welcome; to model Christ's love by supporting and encouraging each other; and to create an open space where students can discuss how faith and medicine connect. Everyone is welcome, Christian or not.

Description: We meet every Wednesday night, 7:30 pm, at the Cottles' house for dinner. We also have the opportunity to attend a student retreat in January, a leadership retreat in spring, and other conferences/meetings in spring and fall.

Contact: mmcottle@mac.com

Mandate: EMPOWER WOMEN THROUGH EDUCATION
We believe that learning and sharing knowledge are pivotal in empowering women. CWI provides educational webinars and confidential virtual tutoring sessions to women and children.

ENGAGE OUR COMMUNITY BY RAISING AWARENESS
Local women's organizations have expressed that there is a critical need to raise awareness of women's issues in our community. We advocate for women by sharing their stories and creating easily accessible social media materials that promote women's physical, mental, and spiritual well-being.

FUNDRAISE FOR ORGANIZATIONS & SHELTERS SUPPORTING WOMEN
Currently, women's shelters in Canada are overwhelmed and underfunded. CWI provides financial support to local women's shelters and organizations by fundraising through a GoFundMe page, and collaborating with local businesses and charities to host fundraising and item-drive events. Further, CWI serves as a liaison between community partners and shelters to ensure resources get to those who need them most.

Description: Events: Winter fundraiser to raise money for Women's shelters, Conference related to Women's Health. Services: Tutoring and educational presentations for Women's shelters

Contact: cwivancouver@gmail.com

Mandate: Our goal is to raise interest in dermatology and provide opportunities for learning through a series of educational initiatives.

Description: The DIG hopes to provide introductory opportunities to dermatology 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 preclinical 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

Mandate: The ENT Interest Group serves to increase student awareness of otolaryngology as a specialty and provide opportunities for students to explore this specialty through speaker series, research night, and events with staff and residents. Further, the club works to foster opportunities for connection between students with a shared interest in ENT and ENT staff across the province.

Description: The ENT Interest Group facilitates interest in otolaryngology as a specialty and brings together medical students interested in otolaryngology to form a network and share experiences. We host workshops and speaker series with otolaryngology faculty and work closely with residents to promote career development opportunities and skills sessions.

Contact: ubc.entig@gmail.com

Mandate: Exercise is medicine at UBC is a student-run group engaged in promoting the benefits of physical activity at the University of British Columbia. We aim to empower students, faculty, staff, and the greater UBC community to overcome barriers and integrate physical activity into their lifestyles and health care practices. This group represents one chapter of a global Exercise is Medicine initiative.

Description: 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. This year, we will be hosting three events: A careers night to expose students to the many careers options that promote physical activity in different ways, a research conference to enhance knowledge around physical activity and disease prevention/management, and move month to engage student in a month of physical activity!

Contact: eimc.ubc@gmail.com

Mandate: FMIG aims to provide information and events related to skills and questions associated with family medicine. We hope to provide exposure to the various ways that family medicine can look to prospective family doctors.

Description: 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

Mandate: The Federation of Medical Women of Canada (FMWC) is a national organization committed to the professional, social and personal advancement of women physicians and to the promotion of the well-being of women both in the medical profession and in society at large.

Description: 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.

In previous years, we held a number of events to promote women's health issues, as well as to promote the careers of women in medicine. This was traditionally accomplished through in-person events, workshops and fundraisers. However, in light of the pandemic we transitioned our events virtually with great success, which ultimately improved access for students all over the province to attend. Our fundraisers and social media campaigns were also easily accomplished remotely. Some examples of annual events include:

1. Intimate partner violence workshop (NMP)
Two experts in providing care to survivors of intimate partner violence provided a workshop for UBC medical students to expand their knowledge on how to approach these patient situations. The workshop was provided via zoom.

2. The X-factor
Female physicians and residents from traditionally male-dominated specialites (i.e. surgical specialties, radiology etc) took part in a speed-dating format event where they spoke to our medical students about their careers, and their experiences as women in their fields. The event was very well received and can be moved to an online format for this year.

3. Clerkship event for women
Upper-year female medical students from our FMWC-UBC club provided a short workshop to the incoming 3rd yr class about what to expect in clerkship (your role as a med student, what makes a good clerk, helpful resources, how to prepare for each rotation etc), and some specific tips for women (i.e. what clothes and shoes will be needed for various rotations etc). This was provided online via zoom.

4. The balancing act (IMP)
Female physicians acted as panelists in this event for UBC medical students, to discuss issues like work-life balance, having a family, and career success in medicine. This was a popular IMP event and can be moved to an online format for this year.

5. HPV awareness
We hosted a screening of a short film highlighting the story of a woman with HPV, to increase medical student awareness of HPV.

6. You can do it! Social media campaign
We hosted a social media campaign with positive messages from women in male-dominated specialties (i.e. surgical specialties) to provide encouragement and positive representation to aspiring female physicians. The purpose of this campaign was to �counterbalance' the messages that many women get when they disclose their interest in a surgical specialty (i.e. questioning about whether it's a good idea as a woman to enter a specialty where you will have little time for your family, etc).

Contact: ubc.fmwc@gmail.com

Mandate: Creating awareness and disseminating first aid knowledge/ knowledge.
Facilitating communication and connection between med students and general public through first aid.
Advocating for accessible and affordable first-aid training to the community.
Making first aid training affordable in the community.
Increasing the number of people in the community who have essential life-saving skills.

Description: We deliver first-aid presentations and provide hands-on CPR workshops to the general public in the Lower Mainland. The original founders have designed a curriculum, which was approved by the Emergency Services Institute, and delivered it successfully. Club members teach the course, expand the curriculum and publish the results of this project in peer-reviewed journals. Our club allows medical students to lead workshops and connect with the general public by providing life-saving skills through our educational program.

Contact: ubcfafe@gmail.com

Mandate: GHI seeks to enhance global health education by providing a variety of workshops and the opportunity to participate in a global health project.

Description: 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

Mandate: Empower youth to understand the healthcare system and take control of their health through educational workshops & outreach in schools and community.

Description: 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

Mandate: Karotid Chop's goals are to promote physical wellness among all medical students by practicing martial arts together. We also aim to foster social connections by building an inclusive community where everyone feels welcome. We value both physical and mental wellness, as well as team work and resilience!

Description: 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

Mandate: To normalize conversations about mental health and to support the physical and emotional well-being of medical students.

Description: 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

Mandate: We aim to provide students a space to destress through music and community. We value the idea that students shouldn't have to give up their passions, even when medical school can be busy and stressful. We also value sharing music with those who are not a part of the club, through performances!

Description: We practice concert band and orchestral music once per week at the MSAC, offering students an opportunity to express themselves musically and to be part of our musical community! All instruments and ability levels are welcome.

Contact: ubcmuse@gmail.com

Mandate: MD Ridaz aims to both promote and enable cycling among the UBC Medical community as a means of fun, personal wellness and environmental consciousness.

Description: MD Ridaz is a student led network of UBC Med cyclists aiming to support new riders, coordinate experienced cyclists for group rides and generally share enthusiasm for two-wheeled fun. We stock a repair-supply locker at the MSAC, hold professional bike repair workshops and promote the benefits of active transport.

Contact: swics@student.ubc.ca (temp)

Mandate: To help alleviate social isolation among older adults living in BC. By communicating effectively with older adults as medical students we can practice our empathy skills, practice mindfulness, and help vulnerable individuals navigate through the Covid19 pandemic more easily.

Description: Each medical student is paired with an older adult living within BC. Students and their older adult work together to make a schedule for phone calls, as little as 5 minutes per month to 1 hour each week

Contact: jesandhu@student.ubc.ca

Mandate: Point of care ultrasound education. Hands on practice using sonosite ultrasound linear, phased array and curvilinear probes.

Description: On the first Monday of every month we will host an event (10 pre-determined ultrasound practice sessions between September and June annually).

Contact: Salexis9@student.UBC.ca

Mandate: OIG stands as a platform to bring students, clinicians, researchers, and patients together. Caring for patients with cancer is a rewarding opportunity that straddles cutting-edge research findings, challenging ethical decision making, and satisfying physician-patient connection. Therefore, the Oncology Interest Group hopes to shine light on the career options available in oncology, provide opportunities for students to connect with oncology patients, as well as a chance to network with other students who share a similar passion for oncology.

Description: Speaker Series: Our speaker series events provide medical students with the opportunity to explore careers in oncology as well as to network with CaRMS program directors, other clinicians and residents in the field of medical, radiation, and surgical oncology. Our reps in the distributed sites have also collaborated with other interest groups, such as FMIG to hold speaker nights highlighting career paths in oncology outside of Vancouver.

Support Group Speaker Series: Our support group speaker series events provide medical students with the opportunity to connect with cancer patients and learn about their experiences and relationships with their medical teams. Since it will be held virtually, it will be available for all sites.

Shadowing Rounds: Our shadowing rounds provide medical students with the opportunity to connect one-on-one with a medical, surgical or radiation oncologist for a day.

BCCA Tour: A tour of the BCCA Vancouver Centre facility, led by residents.

Coffee with MD Virtual Mentorship Program - if shadowing is still not possible for medical students due to COVID-19 restrictions, this will be the alternative initiative. Medical students will have the opportunity to connect one-on-one with residents/attending physicians from medical, surgical, and radiation oncology.

Contact: ubcmedicineoig@gmail.com

Mandate: Our goal is to promote interest in ophthalmology among the medical students. The UBC MD curriculum only has 6 lectures over 2 years about the eye. We hope our club will be a place where people can explore their interests more. Getting involved in research is also quite difficult. We hope out networking events as well as community outreach events will be a great gateway for students to build their CV's and explore their interests. We also want to make this an inclusive and non-judgemental club, having a diverse exec across the 4 years of MD students.

Description: Our club is an interest group which will offer educational information regarding the career of ophthalmology as well as provide a platform for students to explore their interest and foster networks with residents, physicians, and medical students interested in the field.

Contact: arsh24@student.ubc.ca

Mandate: PLM is focused on the use of lifestyle or behavioural medicine strategies to prevent and manage chronic disease, both mental and physical. While we acknowledge the important role played by typical medical management, the use of behavioural strategies in our healthcare system is lacking, and education in this area is equally lacking. We aim to help fill this gap.

Description: Our club works towards quality improvement in the education and implementation of behavioural medicine strategies by running a student-run lifestyle medicine clinic that offers behavioural health coaching training (motivational interviewing techniques and Brief Action Planning) to medical students, and provides them the opportunity to practice these techniques through 1 on 1 health coaching relationships with community members throughout BC.

Contact: ubchealthlab@gmail.com

Mandate: The Palliative Care Interest Group welcomes medical students who share an interest in palliative medicine and end-of-life care. Death and illness are parts of life; we believe that it is important for future physicians to have a firm understanding of how to provide dignified, holistic care for patients and their families at the end-of-life. The goals of the PCIG are to familiarize medical students with issues surrounding palliative medicine and the end of life; normalize conversations about death and dying within medical education and clinical practice; provide medical students with clinical pearls and tools for providing compassionate, patient-centered palliative care in their eventual practice; and educate medical students on the role of palliative care in diverse clinical settings.

Description: The interest group is planning:
- A speaker series (see description in budget)
- Two workshops (see description in budget)
- Journal club/social events (see description in budget)

Contact: ssmiley@student.ubc.ca

Mandate: To increase awareness of, foster interest and form connection in Pathology as a specialty and the many subspecialties that are encompassed within Pathology.

Description: 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 (both faculties and residents), who will share more about their specialty and their journey through medicine and pathology.

Contact: pathology.ubc@gmail.com

Mandate: The purpose of PIG is to cultivate and expand students' interest in pursuing a plastic surgery residency (�plastics�) through events, opportunities and exposure. We feel plastics is an under-represented specialty in undergraduate medical curricula and thus students do not get exposure to what this career path can offer. Additionally, plastics is often misrepresented in media depictions which perpetuate a false narrative that it is mostly cosmetic enhancement procedures. On the contrary, there are many sub-specialties within plastics that provide critical surgical, reconstructive, and wound-healing care to patients with great medical need. This misrepresentation and lack of exposure within the curriculum has meant that students with interest in plastics have few resources to gain accurate information about the profession. Our goal is to dispel these myths and expose students to what a career in plastics really is like.

Description: We will offer 4 types of events/services: career planning, research opportunities, advocacy/outreach engagement, and scholarship. These will be in the form of speaker events, connecting/recruiting students to principal investigators for research projects and informing students of different charitable organizations they can get involved with such as Operation Smile.

Contact: plastics.ubc@gmail.com

Mandate: 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.

Description: UBC PsychSIGN aims to organize talks and educational sessions about various aspects of psychiatry and mental health, provide opportunities with psychiatrists, link up psychiatry residents with UBC medical students, and share psychiatry-related research and news. We've done research nights, training certifications and Post Carms events in the past.

Contact: Psychsignubc@gmail.com

Mandate: 1. Increasing the awareness of public health in both the healthcare community and the population at large
2. Supporting the learning and development of the importance of public health through promoting dialogue, prevention, and empowerment
3. Bringing together future interdisciplinary healthcare professionals to facilitate a team-based approach to public health

Description: 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

Mandate: RIG is an interest group dedicated to helping students gain exposure to the field of Radiology.

Description: We will hold educational series focused on improving students' clinical decision making including approach to chest x-ray and introduction to POCUS. We also strive to conduct speaker series to help students gain insight into the field of Radiology as a career by hosting Radiology careers night, Radiology CaRMS night as well as creating a mentorship program between medical students and Radiology residents.

Contact: rig.ubc@gmail.com

Mandate: The goal of the rare disease initiative is to bring students together with patients and specialists involved in the treatment process of rare diseases. We hope to increase awareness and comfort in working with patients with less common presentations. Overall creating a generation of knowledgeable and compassionate physicians.

Description: We hope to offer patient speeches and QnA periods as well as specialist talks.

Contact: rarediseaseinitiative@gmail.com

Mandate: RMIG aims to promote rural medicine through engagement with rural doctors and other activities. We aim to provide opportunities for early exposure to rural medicine for medical students and to foster a community for students with similar interests to connect.

Description: Rural Medicine Photo Contest
Rural Medicine Speaker Series: Locumming and Financial Incentives
Rural Medicine Speaker Series: Specialties in Rural Areas
Skills Nights

Contact: ubc.rmig@gmail.com

Mandate: Our Mission
1. To provide a substantial voice in promoting skin cancer awareness and skin health in British Columbia
2. To cultivate SCAN members to be strong community health advocates and educators

Description: Workshops/lectures on skin cancer awareness and sun safety for youth and students across the province. Typically grade 10 students in science, health, careers, or PE classes. Community engagement outside of this wherever possible, including promotion of sun safe practices on our social media.

Contact: med.ubcscan@gmail.com

Mandate: 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.

Description: 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

Mandate: SIGN's goal is to increase student interest in neurology and help aspiring neurologist realize their potential.

SIGN values include:
1. Provide numerous and diverse opportunities for students to explore a career in neurology
2. Provide insight into CaRMS and help students become competitive applicants
3. Help student develop their neurological exam skills through interactive workshops

Description: SIGN hosts events to help cultivate interest in the field of neurology. With limited exposure to neurology in our medical school curriculum, it is vital that our club host multiple events to provide insight into a career as a neurologist. We organize an annual Neurology Career Night, CaRMS Night, Pediatrics Night, OSCE Night, and art contest. We are also developing a shadowing data base with hopes to connect students with mentors.

Contact: ubcsign@gmail.com

Mandate: Our goal is to raise interest in internal medicine and provide opportunities for learning through a series of educational initiatives.

Description: 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

Mandate: The SIMS Club aims to increase exposure to medical simulations and provide opportunities from medical students to participate in simulations. We believe that high-fidelity training in low stakes settings will help reduce stress in real world settings students may encounter. We also aim to foster inter-professional collaboration through simulations sessions with nursing

Description: 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 inter-professional simulations.

Contact: hannah.kapur@alumni.ubc.ca

Mandate: 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.

Description: We aim to host events highlighting the field of pediatrics to the students of all years in UBC Medicine. Through various events, we aim to showcase the wide variety of careers that work in the field of pediatrics and help students understand what it means to provide care for children within our healthcare system in both community and hospital settings.

Contact: sips4ubc@gmail.com

Mandate: To foster relationships between medical students across different years and to provide academic and social support to medical students in a faculty-free space
-To provide a safe environment for MSI4s to discuss matching strategies and advice for incoming cohorts
Our goal is to help facilitate collaboration and inter-year mentorship

Description: Students Offering Support (SOS) is a club dedicated to supporting medical students across all four years in terms of academics and providing knowledge about CaRMS. One of our key flagship events is the CaRMs Demystified event - where we deliver most of our programming. Here, we usually attract 300+ students where they listen to recently matched MSI4s across all specialties. In particular, we invite an unmatched MSI4 and allow them to share their experience with the student body.

Contact: ubc.med.sos@outlook.com

Mandate: The Reading Bear Society (RBS) is a not-for-profit initiative that promotes early literacy and healthy living in children through intergenerational mentorship. Our aim is to strengthen empathy and compassion while improving lifelong learning and health outcomes across British Columbia. We are volunteer-run and supported by physicians, medical students, educators, academics and community members.
The Reading Bear Society has 4 distinct but interrelated pillars: early literacy, educating the mind, intergenerational mentorship, and community.

Description: Through our programs we facilitate outreach visits in the community and online to:
Familiarize children with the doctor's office through our A Visit to Dr. Bear program.
Promote early literacy through community outreach and our buddy reading program.
Develop evidence-based early childhood resources.

Contact: info@thereadingbear.ca

Mandate: We are a knitting and needle craft group from UBC Medicine who seek to promote wellness and community through needle crafts, as well as supply community initiatives with our creations.

Description: We offer regular knitting/crafting meetups, both in-person and virtually. We also offer workshops on creating knitted goods for BC Cancer and for general crafting tips.

Contact: theubcmedneedlesticks@gmail.com

Mandate: UBC AIMSS is part of the national group - Artificial Intelligence Medical Student Society, which aims to inform and educate students on the applications of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) in the medical field. From AI-controlled robotic surgery and intelligent prosthetics, to health outcome prediction and precision medicine, this interdisciplinary effort aims to foster a collaborative community between computing sciences, engineering, and medicine.

Description: Artificial intelligence and computer-aided analysis have been progressing rapidly, with many potential applications to address clinical problems. AIMSS offer an annual Intro to AI in medicine workshop series to introduce key AI concepts to medical students to be comfortable in engaging with AI in their clinical careers. No technical background is required.

We also have opportunities in the national expansion of AIMSS, with numerous community projects, research projects and collaborations with other AIMSS branches in Canada.

https://www.aimss.ca/

https://ubcaimed.github.io/

Contact: ubcaimss@gmail.com

Mandate: CAMSAHT UBC (Canadian Medical Students against Human Trafficking). Our main goal is to educate providers and advocate for individuals affected by Human Trafficking. This involves sexual, organ and labor trafficking.

Description: Health Care education module on Human Trafficking: https://docs.google.com/.../1FAIpQLSd0d8R-J.../viewform
This course includes two 1 hour lectures on clinical pearls on how to recognize and assist victims of HT in a healthcare setting

Outreach campaign and website to educate teens and youth on HT: https://www.knowthesignsofhumantrafficking.com/

Our upcoming interprofessional symposium Nov 6/7th (details to be provided close to the date)--keep on your radar to attend!

And many more

Contact: camsahtubc@gmail.com

Mandate: The UBC CGSTA chapter aims to educate, inspire, and unite UBC medical students and residents through engagement, research, and mentorship in the field of global surgery.

Description: 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

Mandate: CSCG aims to facilitate career development, mentorship, and peer support for medical students interested in clinician-scientist career paths.

Description: The Clinician-Scientist Career Group (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 meet and greet program, seminar series on relevant topics, and opportunities to build experience through grant competitions and conferences. Students from all sites are welcome.

Contact: ubccscg@gmail.com

Mandate: 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.

Description: We typically offer events focused on introducing students to the field of Emergency Medicine, including talks and speaker events by EM residents and physicians, skills nights that focus on EM-specific skills led by residents, and case sessions based on developing clinical reasoning skills with a focus on EM cases.

Contact: ubcemig@gmail.com

Mandate: UBC Medicine FIFE Girls Acapella Group is a student-run ensemble for experienced singers. We arrange all of our own music and perform challenging arrangements of popular songs, new and old. Our members include medical students from all years. Our goals are:
1. To provide outstanding, high-level performances of challenging acapella arrangements.
2. To provide a fun community space for singers in all years of medicine to bond over our love of singing.

Description: We perform at least three times per year: at the Fall and Spring Coffeehouse events and at Gala, as well as being open to other small gigs that may come up. We rehearse once per week.

Contact: ubcfifegirls@gmail.com

Mandate: French in Medicine allows students to improve their knowledge of French language and culture to better serve francophone patients. French is not only one of Canada's two national languages, but is also spoken by over 200 million people around the world. Providing medical services in the patient's own language can reduce errors, improve the patient-physician relationship, and foster a trusting relationship between patients and our healthcare system.

Description: French in Medicine is geared towards improving French knowledge and the ability of medical professionals to better treat francophone individuals. We regularly partner with ResoSante, an organization focused on French language health services. We aim to have virtual and in-person meetings once a month with students and health care professionals. In addition, francophones new to Canada/BC who are interested in improving their English and knowledge of the local healthcare system are welcome to come.

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 healthcare discussion, exploring cultural differences, and regular social events. All levels of French are encouraged to attend. In March, one club representative is chosen to represent B.C. at a national conference called "Ambassodocteurs" to network with other medical students who speak French as well as to discuss pertinent issues relating to delivering health services in French.

Contact: ubcfrenchinmedicine@gmail.com

Mandate: 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. This club is meant for musicians of all skill levels, and is a judgement-free and collaborative space.

Description: Welcome to UBC JamMed! 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!

Contact: medjamfam@gmail.com

Mandate: Goals: The Volleyball-Spikeball Club exists to provide exciting and unique opportunities for group student enjoyment, community building, learning volleyball skills, and athletic recreational participation. Our club will strive to bring students together from diverse backgrounds, and to unite them under the common interest of volleyball and spikeball.

Values: To create connections and build community amongst students while having fun and learning volleyball. Also to provide an outlet to de-stress!

Description: 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 would also 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.

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.

Contact: ubcmedvolleyspike@gmail.com

Mandate: The purpose of the UBC Med Badminton Club is to promote the physical well-being of medical students and develop a close-knit community of badminton enthusiasts at the University of British Columbia. Our goal is to promote an active lifestyle, maintain overall fitness, and provide opportunities to de-stress from academic and extracurricular workload. This will be accomplished by:
1. Providing a suitable training atmosphere for members of any skill-level by hosting regular drop-in workshops and annual club tournaments
2. Assisting members in learning to play and appreciate the sport of badminton
4. Equipping members with ample experience in badminton matches/tournaments
5. Organizing social events for members to build team-work and club unity
6. Arranging mentorship opportunities for novice members to train regularly with experienced players

Description: 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

Mandate: To bring together colleagues across classes within the program to participate in community outreach and advocacy programs, as well as socialize through watching and playing basketball

Description: Socially:
Intramural teams
Watch parties
Group chat

Outreach:
Underprivileged youth
At-risk youth
Vancouver eagles
Tents at events
Info stands
Sports med involvement

Contact: Simkaky@student.ubc.ca

Mandate: To promote Bhangra, the regional dance from Punjab to the medical community at UBC.
To engage fellow medical students in dance as a means of social and physical well being.

Description: 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

Mandate: Our goals are to promote a sense of connection in the student body while encouraging healthy lifestyles through exploring the outdoors.

Description: All season hiking trips accessible to all students and skill levels.

Contact: medhikingclub@gmail.com

Mandate: If you love taking photos or posing in front of the camera, come join our club!

Description: nan

Contact: ubcmedicinephotography@gmail.com

Mandate: To advance social justice initiatives within UBC Medicine by advocating for curricular changes and organizing events to combat medical discrimination.

Description: 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.
Over the years, the Social Justice Club has started many initiatives including curricular development, advocating for gender neutral bathrooms at LSC, and holding an annual Diversity and Equity conference. Our uniting goal is to create a more inclusive and welcoming space and provide opportunities for our students to reflect on their biases and privileges. We are always open to new projects from our members that align with our club mandate.

Contact: ubcmedsjcollective@gmail.com

Mandate: Our overarching goal is to provide opportunities for medical students in our program to learn the framework of medical ethics, discuss the practical applications of these principles, and ultimately make informed, ethical decisions as clinicians.

Description: The UBC MedEthics Club will be hosting monthly seminars on current topics in medical ethics, with a presentation followed by real case discussions led by a clinical ethicist.

Contact: ubcmedethics@gmail.com

Mandate: Advocate for and facilitate physical activity among UBC medical students with an emphasis on strength training.

Description: Fitness challenges, strength training workshops.

Contact: ubcmedlift@gmail.com

Mandate: MedPlay is an annual non-profit medical student-led theatrical production that aims to not only foster creative expression within medicine, but also serve as a means to raise funds for a local charity.

Description: MedPlay is an ongoing and much-loved tradition going back over 18 years. Every year, MedPlay performs a full-scale production for hundreds of people in the community. The actors, crew, and producers are all current UBC medical students, while the director is a professional in the local theatre community. MedPlay gives UBC medical students a chance to explore their artistic talent, form friendships with our peers, and develop a sense of community. They put in countless hours outside of medical school studies and commitments to put on the show, all while raising funds for a local, sustainable cause. The play takes place in Vancouver, but is live streamed to the other distributed sites so other medical students part of UBC Medicine will be able to experience the play.

Contact: medplayatubc@gmail.com

Mandate: 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.

We have a goal of establishing ourselves as one of the leading student-driven publications in Canada and internationally, and expect high quality from our submissions. We accept articles in all areas of medicine, including but not limited to research, reviews, case reports, medical history, ethics, medical anthropology, epidemiology, public health, and international health.

Description: The UBCMJ is student-driven academic journal with a goal to engage students in dialogue in medicine. The UBCMJ publishes twice per year in the Fall and Spring, providing students with the opportunity to submit academic articles, case reports, reviews, news and letters, and commentaries supporting their research and academic interests. The UBCMJ is composed of approximately 60 student volunteers and 50 faculty reviewers. Each article submitted undergoes screening followed by a rigorous double blind review process, ensuring that high quality research is published. Students are also encouraged to submit to our blog, where they can share their research interests, travel experiences, and opinions on medicine and medical education.

Contact: external.editor@ubcmj.com

Mandate: The UBC Medical Student ObGyn Journal Club discusses select recent academic literature that is practice-changing, with the concurrent goal to provide high yield academic and clinical learning points in the field of obstetrics and gynecology. It provides an opportunity for OB-interested students (i) to appraise and keep up to date on recent literature, (ii) to gain familiarity with academic obstetric research design and presentation for application to their own research projects and authored manuscripts, and (iii) to practice teaching and in so doing also deepen their own understanding of content. These goals are themselves toward the end goal of the long term wellbeing of mother and baby.

Description: The UBC Medical Student ObGyn Journal Club discusses select recent academic literature that is practice-changing, with the concurrent goal to provide high yield academic and clinical learning points in the field of obstetrics and gynecology. In each session, we discuss the background to a topic in the specialty, elements of the corresponding SOGC guideline and local institutional practice, followed by presentation and discussion of a recent paper. It provides an opportunity for OB-interested students (i) to appraise and keep up to date on recent literature, (ii) to gain familiarity with academic obstetric research design and presentation for application to their own research projects and authored manuscripts, and (iii) to practice teaching and in so doing also deepen their own understanding of content.

Contact: ubc.og.jc@gmail.com

Mandate: Connect the UBC med bouldering community and Get UBC med students bouldering together! Being inclusive, having fun, getting stoked about bouldering!

Description: Outdoor group bouldering, indoor bouldering meetups, socials, etc!

Contact: hana.brath@alumni.ubc.ca

Mandate: Promoting health and wellness
Introducing students to the sweet science of boxing
To encourage students to be active and incorporate their new skills into their own training routines at the gym or at home.

Description: As medical students we have a very busy schedule and it may be very difficult at times to find time to exercise. UBC Medicine Boxing allows students to build an active community around the sport of boxing. Members will improve their boxing skills, achieve their fitness goals, and connect with students and residents from all years.

Events:
Boxing sessions once a week at the MSAC gym.
Boxfit and cardio focused sessions
PPV box nights.
Athletes at all levels are welcome!

Contact: Ubcmedboxing@gmail.com

Mandate: Promote and encourage students to become involved with the game of golf

Description: Discounted golf rounds, tournaments, run MAA wellness week with alumni

Contact: ubcmedgolfclub@gmail.com

Mandate: Connect the UBC medicine climbing community and get UBC med students climbing together! Inclusivity, positivity, and having fun!

Description: Outdoor group climbs, indoor gym meetups, socials, etc!

Contact: ubcmedclimbs@gmail.com

Mandate: The UBC Medicine Spring Gala is a celebration of the arts: an evening where UBC medical students from all four years come together to showcase talents outside of the medical realm and enjoy the performances and artistry of their peers. Alumni, family, and members of the community are also welcomed as an essential part of the celebration! The event takes place at the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts at the UBC Vancouver Campus. All proceeds go towards a charity chosen by the students each year.

Description: UBC Medicine Spring Gala is a night of performances ranging from singing to martial arts that brings together the medical community. This year we are planning for an in-person event at the Chan Centre sometime in late March-early April.

Contact: ubcmedgala@gmail.com

Mandate: Terpsichore is a contemporary/jazz club for students with previous dance experience to keep up their skills through weekly practices and occasional performances (often at the Med gala and coffeehouses).

Description: Terpsichore runs weekly dance practices offering the opportunity to student to lead warm ups or choreography. The group also puts together a performance every year for the med gala and other events.

Contact: terpsichoreubc@gmail.com

Mandate: The UBC Pathways to Medicine is a club run by current UBC Medical Students that offers equitable access and guidance to students who would like to learn more about the field of Medicine and BC's only Medical School. Through events and programming, we would like to highlight the range of unique pathways students can take to end up in a career of medicine and provide support to students on this journey. Our main focus is to assist people from communities currently underrepresented in medicine and those who may face additional barriers as we believe that a pathway to medicine, no matter what that looks like, should be accessible by all.

Description: This club will give you an opportunity to speak with current medical students each with a unique story of how they got into medicine, physicians, and others. It will also give you an opportunity to gain new skills to help with the medical school application process as well as provide information on all the steps from planning to application.

In addition to large events as stated above, we will be commencing an online peer mentorship forum where students can ask any questions they might have to current medical students as well as small group mentorship based on similar demographic factors.

Contact: ubcpathwaystomedicine@gmail.com

Mandate: The goal of the UBC Refugee Health Initiative (RHI) is to empower medical students to help refugees adapt to life in BC. This model involves pairing medical students with a refugee family for one year to help them navigate the health and education system in BC, integrate into their new community, and pursue their aspirations.

Description: Students in RHI will complete the following:
Family Meetings: ~1-2 family visits per month for ~2 hours each, with appropriate follow-up to address the family's concerns.
Debrief Meetings: Attendance at regular de-briefing meetings with the RHI team (approximately 1-2x a semester)
Reflections: Completion of an online reflection after each family visit to document each visit
RHI Workshops: RHI workshops are put on throughout the year; they address various topics such as trauma informed care and working with vulnerable populations

Optional: involvement in related research projects, create and present workshops to refugees at local non-profit organizations, hold workshops for medical students to teach them about various aspects of refugee resettlement

Contact: ubc.rhi@gmail.com

Mandate: The purpose of Run for Rural Medicine is to raise funds to support rural health charities and initiatives while increasing public awareness of the shortage of physicians in rural BC.

Description: The Run for Rural Medicine is a fundraising run/walk that has taken place in-person in Vancouver (prior to 2021) and has also been run as a month-long virtual challenge (in 2021 due to provincial health guidelines). 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. Last year, we more than doubled our goal and raised $35,627 in one month, providing 142 flights to individuals in financial need who must travel far from home for medical care.

In addition, this event helps support a healthy and active lifestyle amongst its participants! Last year, the event featured weekly challenges throughout the month on March and engaged 227 runners, walkers, and cyclists from the medical community and beyond. This year will be the 18th annual event, with medical students from all of UBC Medicine's four distributed sites participating.

For the Run for Rural Medicine 2022 event, we plan to include both a virtual event and potentially an in-person race (depending on COVID-19 provincial guidelines). Similar to last year, we will be exploring creative and fun ways to make this event engaging for the medical and running community!

We plan to once again incorporate cycling into this event and contribute to the UBC Med Run & Ride initiative, creating training pods (groups of 2-4 students) to run and cycle together 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

Mandate: To support navigating chronic disease prevention and management for socioeconomically disadvantaged individuals living with mental illness, and to provide healthcare professional students with experiential learning opportunities.

Description: The UBC Student-Run Community Health Initiative (SCHI) is a team of UBC medical students and allied health professionals with the goals of improving and navigating chronic disease prevention and management for socioeconomically disadvantaged individuals living with mental illness, and to provide healthcare professional students with experiential learning opportunities. We have partnered with a non-profit organization called Coast Mental Health (CMH) that provides social and housing services for socioeconomically disadvantaged individuals living with mental illness across Metro Vancouver.

Contact: coastsrc@gmail.com

Mandate: We aim to educate students about surgery, introduce them to technical skills, and guide them through a surgical career that starts in medical school.

Description: The Surgical Club runs events and services dedicated to helping students explore surgery and navigate its career options. Speaker events touch on many topics, such as the history of surgery, principles of wound healing, as well as information nights about the various specialties and resident/program director panels. Previously, we ran workshops that taught important technical skills, and we coordinated shadowing opportunities that provided hands-on experience; we are excited to resume these activities this year, and anticipate increased student demand relative to previous years given the restrictions on such events last year.

Contact: ubcsurgicalclub@gmail.com

Mandate: The UBC Technology in Medicine club promotes awareness of past, present and future synergies and collaborations between biomedical engineering and medicine. Topics covered by the club include demonstrations and talks about medical technology, medical technology development, and the medical technology industry sector.

Description: The club offers guest speaker lectures, lab tours, and medical technology workshops and demonstrations to medical students that broaden their scope of understanding for innovations in medicine. We also hold a multi-disciplinary research symposium and a case competition with a special emphasis on fostering collaboration between engineering and medical students. Through these events, students will also have the opportunity to network and connect with industry professionals, physicians, and scientists applying medical technology in their practice.

Contact: ubctimclub@gmail.com

Mandate: UBC ultrasound club aims to teach medical students basic hands-on Point of Care Ultrasound (PoCUS), foster the next generation of ultrasound users, and enhance clinical care.

Description: We organize and facilitate hands-on ultrasound teaching events (5-10 workshops and a full-day Symposium) led by enthusiastic ultrasound-trained faculty and residents. These are very popular and well-attended (>150 students prior to COVID). We also collaborate with interest groups (e.g. radiology, anesthesia, emergency) on focused sessions. This year, the ultrasound club has also procured an ultrasound machine of its own to use for student events, thus being able to run far more events than ever before.

Contact: rsand096@student.ubc.ca

Mandate: The Wilderness Medicine Club exposes students to the medical skills needed in emergencies based in remote or otherwise resource-reduced settings.

Description: The WMC is an opportunity for students to explore interests in medicine as they relate to resource-reduced and pre-hospital settings, rural and remote medicine, and acute care. We welcome students with a desire to improve their confidence as first responders. We host a variety of events including workshops, speakers, and in-field training.

Contact: healj@student.ubc.ca

Mandate: The yoga club is a recreational club allowing students of any skill level to practice and teach yoga in a safe environment. Yoga is so beneficial for the mind and body yet so expensive. We provide a space for students to access this wonderful practice for free. No experience necessary!

Description: Once per week yoga sessions either in person or virtual. Opportunities for both participation and teaching.

Contact: Shailagunn@gmail.com

Mandate: Here at the Vancouver Street Soccer League (VSSL), we pride ourselves on inclusivity, equity, and positivity. The VSSL 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.

Description: 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. We start the session with drills and then move onto a game. And then we chat and eat after! It is a really amazing experience and fun for all!

Contact: ubcmedvancouverstreetsoccer@gmail.com

Mandate: Our main goal is to expand students' interest in pursuing a general surgery or vascular surgery residency through events, opportunities and exposure. We feel vascular surgery is an under-represented specialty in undergraduate medical curricula and thus students do not get exposure to what this career path can offer. General surgery, on the other hand, is so broad that it is difficult for students to gain an appreciation for all of the possibilities within the specialty. General and Vascular surgeons work very closely together, so we feel that by having a combined group we can help students to differentiate these specialties and understand how they work together. Our goal is to advocate for students interested in either of these surgical specialties, and to provide resources and opportunities for career planning and CaRMS.

Description: The focus of our event will be on advocacy, career planning, research opportunities and workshops. These events will be in the form of speaker series, creating connections to staff/residents, research fare, and CaRMS info night.

Contact: arahavi@student.ubc.ca

Mandate: Our mission is to foster medical student resiliency, mental health, and community by promoting awareness, integration, and collaboration of UBC MD Undergraduate Program wellness resources.

Description: We strive to be the go-to resource for wellness clubs and initiatives in the UBC medical student body, aimed at fostering well-being. We will be hosting wellness-related events including a resiliency workshop, post-midterm breakfast event, and puppy therapy. We are also in charge of disbursing funding to other wellness clubs. We also contact businesses to negotiate promotions to fitness studios that is made available to all MD students.

Contact: ubc.med.win@gmail.com

Mandate: To support women or other marginalized individuals in medical school who are interested in pursuing a career in a surgical specialty.

Description: The goal of Women in Surgery is to create a space for individuals to explore careers in surgical specialties. We would like to showcase the accomplishments of women 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 women 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 women in surgery.

Contact: ubcwomeninsurgery@gmail.com

Mandate: Our club's mandate is to improve the health of women at every stage of their lives through education, outreach, fundraising and mentorship. Health is a complicated field as it has many facets through which it is influenced. Ultimately, whether it is teaching future physicians skills specific to women's health or outreach to youth, our initiatives aim to increase a women's ownership and empowerment around her health, instead of it being a taboo or uncomfortable subject. Health is one of the most intimate aspects of one's life; therefore, having positive experiences with her health can lend way to positive outcomes in other aspects of her life.

Description: 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

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