About the MMSA

The Manitoba Medical Students Association (MMSA) is the student governing body for the College of Medicine at the University of Manitoba.

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News, Events, and Downloads

For news and events, please see the Manitoba Medicine 2015/2016 Facebook group. If you are not a part of this group, ask one of your classmates to add you.

Downloads that students might find helpful are available through the MMSA's official Google Drive. It can be accessed through the Manitoba Medicine 2015/2016 Facebook group. If you would like to contribute files to this group, please ask your class president.

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MMSA Executive Council for 2015/2016

Senior Stick
Robert Schmidt
umschmir@myumanitoba.ca
Honourary Senior Stick
Dr. Mark Torchia
Mark.Torchia@umanitoba.ca
Vice-Stick Internal/Academics
Josh Palay
umpalay@myumanitoba.ca
Vice-Stick External/CFMS
Bryce Barr
umbarrb@cc.umanitoba.ca
CFMS Junior
Gurmeet Sohi
sohig@myumanitoba.ca
Senator
Mathieu Bourrier
bourriem@myumanitoba.ca
UMSU Representative
Elliot Wong
wonge348@myumanitoba.ca
Senior Treasurer
Robyn McClellend
ummccler@cc.umanitoba.ca
Junior Treasurer
Alexey Mylnikov
ummylnik@cc.umanitoba.ca
Events Programmer
Nicole Dubois
umduboin@cc.umanitoba.ca
Events Programmer
Thomas Hedley
umhedley@myumanitoba.ca
Global Health Liason Senior
Evan Graham
umgrahae@cc.umanitoba.ca
Global Health Liason Junior
Ruth Habte
umhabter@myumanitoba.ca
Communications Representative
Mike S.
manitobamedical
studentsassoc@gmail.com
Corporate Relations Representative
Leigh Minuk
minukls@cc.umanitoba.ca
Medicine I Representative
Richard Zhang
zhangb36@myumanitoba.ca
Local Officer of Indigenous Health Senior
Ryan Foyle
rdjfoyle@gmail.com
Local Officer of Indigenous Health Junior
Ryan Boyd
rdboyd15@gmail.com
Government Affairs and Advocacy Rep Sr
Sara Matyas
matyas@cc.umanitoba.ca

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Class Councils for 2015/2016

Class of 2019

Lucas Vasas - President - vasasl@myumanitoba.ca
Janelle Quintana - Academic Rep
Alyssa Archibald - Academic Rep
Carlo Navarro - Social Rep
Alec Shultz - Social Rep
Matthew Kochan - Sports Rep
Hayden Glor - Sports Rep
Alexander Mckinnon - RIG Rep
Samantha Frost - RIG Rep
Gabriel Dmytryszyn - JPP Rep
Holly Cole - JPP Rep
Curtis Nixon - Community Outreach Rep
Alex Beaumont - Community Outreach Rep
Romina Levy - Children's Hospital Rep

Class of 2018

Evan Graham - President - umgrahae@cc.umanitoba.ca
Natalie Doughty - Academic Rep
Matthew Paschak - Academic Rep
Summer Debreuil - Social Rep
Andi Kulyk - Social Rep
Elizabeth Simones - Sports Rep
Elliot Wong - Sports Rep
Peggy Hamilton - JPP Rep
Jessica Bednarz - JPP Rep
Alexandra Dansen - JPP Rep
Evan Graham - Global Health Liaison Sr.
Wayne Hicks - RIG Rep
Sara Matyas - RIG Rep
Julia Mayba - Treasurer
Ryan Best - Treasurer
Keely Loewen - Secretary
Kevin Shek - BSc Med Rep

Class of 2017

Sam Sanders - President - sandersa@myumanitoba.ca
Ryan Foyle - Academic Rep
Kevin Stockwell - Academic Rep
Evan Klajncar - Social Rep
Katelyn Sinclair - Social Rep
Alexey Mylnikov - Sports Rep
Laura Sutherland - Sports Rep
Conrad Goerz - BSc Med Rep
Evan Wiens - Treasurer
Mitchell Darr - Treasurer
Michael Onotera - Yearbook Rep

Class of 2016

Amit Bharj - President - amit.bharj@gmail.com
Kamal Gill - Academic Rep
Mark Xu - Academic Rep
Ken Sun - Treasurer
Simon Walker - Treasurer
Patrick Boreskie - Social Rep
Antonio Paletta - Social Rep
Matt Kulas - Sports Rep
Adam Erickson - Sports Rep
Lyra Barchet - JPP
Bryan Tordon - JPP
Kate Adey - RIG Rep/WISH Prog
Diana Houle - RIG Rep
Jordan Banman - RIG Treasurer
Priya Sharma - RIG Member
Melanie Ngo - Yearbook Rep
Jitender Gill - Yearbook Rep
Sam Neufeld - Yearbook Rep

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Policies

We are currently in the process of updating our policies. Please feel free to contact Robert, Josh, or Bryce should you have any questions.

  • Constitution
  • Interest Groups Policy

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    Meeting Minutes

    MMSA meeting minutes are available by request. Ask any member of the MMSA Executive to get them.

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    Interest Groups

    This section lists all student interest groups and associations that are registered with the Manitoba Medical Students' Association (MMSA).

    The purpose of these student groups is to provide MMSA members with the opportunity to pursue interests related to medicine and/or connect with peers who have similar interests (medical or not).

    To learn more about interest groups, please peruse the information below - feel free to contact interest group executives regarding future events. Attending Interest Group Night (held annually in September) is another opportunity to meet interest group leaders and learn more.

    In order to obtain/retain official MMSA interest group status, an annual application must be returned to the Vice-Stick Internal. There are separate applications for new groups and returning groups. Groups wishing to apply for MMSA funding must also submit a Programming and Budget Proposal by October 1st.

    For more information, please refer to the MMSA's Interest Group Policy.

    Please contact manitobamedicalstudentsassoc@gmail.com or Josh Palay to update information in this section.

    I) Quick Reference - Interest Groups and Interest Group Leaders:

    1. Anesthesia Interest Group (AIG): Jay Gorman & Mathieu Bourrier - umanesthesiaig@gmail.com
    2. Canadian Blood Services Student Council (CBSSC): Adam Warelis - blooddrive.umanitoba@gmail.com
    3. Christian Medical and Dental Society (CMDS): Devin Hasanally & Rachael Loepkky - cmdsmb@gmail.com
    4. Dermatology Interest Group (DIG): Uliana Kovaltchouk & Jun Li - dig.manitoba@gmail.com
    5. Emergency Medicine Interest Group (EMIG): Sam Sanders & Jay Gorman - emig.umanitoba@gmail.com
    6. Family Medicine Interest Group (FMIG): Dorothy Yu - uofmfmig@gmail.com
    7. French Interest Group (FIG): Stefany Morrison & Garrett Johnson - fig.umanitoba@gmail.com
    8.Geriatrics Interest Group (GIG): Aakanksha Sharma & Gurmeet Sohi - uofm.gig@gmail.com
    9. Global Health Interest Group (GHIG): Evan Graham & Ruth Habte - umgrahae@cc.umanitoba.ca
    10. Immigrant and Refugee Health Interest Group (IRHIG): Lydia Gindy & Julia Mayba - umanitoba.irhig@gmail.com
    11. Indigenous Health Promotion Group (IHPG): Montana Johnston - ihpguofm@gmail.com
    12. Institute for Health Improvement (IHI): Thomas Hedley - ihi.manitoba@gmail.com
    13. Integrative Medicine Group (iMed): Jun Li - imedmanitoba@gmail.com
    14. Internal Medicine Interest Group (IMIG): Garrett Johnson - imig.manitoba@gmail.com
    15. LGBTTQI* Interest Group: Shayne Reitmeier, Tharuna Abbu, Jack Heard - lgbttqi.ig@gmail.com
    16. Medical Women Interest Group (MWIG): Rachael Loeppky & Stefany Morrison - mwig.umanitoba@gmail.com
    17. Medicine Art Club (MAC): Summer Debreuil - mmartclub@gmail.com
    18. Music Interest Group: Josh Aquin - medmusic.umanitoba@gmail.com
    19.Obstetrics and Gynecology Interest Group (OGIG): Natalie Doughty - ogig.umanitoba@gmail.com
    20. Ophthalmology Interest Group: Ryan Henrie - umhenrir@myumanitoba.ca
    21. Pediatric Interest Group (PIG): Susan Telencoe - umtelenc@myumanitoba.ca
    22. Physiatry and Sports Medicine Interest Group (PSMIG): Elliot Wong - wonge348@myumanitoba.ca
    23. Psychiatry Interest Group (PInG): Nicole Brokopp - ping.ufom@gmail.com
    24. Public Health Interest Group (PHIG): Sam Fineblit - PHIG.umanitoba@gmail.com
    25. Rural Interest Group (RIG): Wayne Hicks & Sara Matyas - riguofm@gmail.com
    26. Simulation Interest Group (SIG): Matt Kulas & Sam Sanders - sandersa@myumanitoba.ca
    27. Student Advocacy Committee (SAC): Sara Matyas & Dorothy Yu - advocacy.umanitoba@gmail.com
    28. Student Interest Group Neurology (SIGN): Steven Nolin - sign.uofm@gmail.com
    29. University of Manitoba Surgery Club (UMSC): Jordan Crosina - surgeryclub.umanitoba@gmail.com
    30. Writing Club: Quinn Richert - writersgroup.umanitoba@gmail.com

    II) Group Descriptions:

    1. Anesthesia Interest Group (AIG): Jay Gorman & Mathieu Bourrier - umanesthesiaig@gmail.com
    Dedicated to providing University of Manitoba students with a greater understanding of anesthesiology and perioperative medicine. This will be accomplished with educational and networking sessions that are complementary to the medical school curriculum. In addition, the AIG aims to encourage students to consider anesthesiology as a possible career choice. Activities for the 2015/16 year will include clinical skills and procedure stations, interactive talks, and a critical care medicine session.

    2. Canadian Blood Services Student Council (CBSSC): Adam Warelis - blooddrive.umanitoba@gmail.com
    The Canadian Blood Services Student Council aims to increase student awareness for the thousands of Canadians requiring blood and blood products each year. We aim to raise blood donations from the University of Manitoba Medicine student population and to increase student knowledge on donating blood by holding multiple blood drives throughout the year.

    3. Christian Medical and Dental Society (CMDS): Devin Hasanally & Rachael Loeppky - cmdsmb@gmail.com
    We are the Manitoba medical student chapter of the national group. CMDS is an organization of Christian physicians, dentists, and students, each holding an individual membership, who seek to honour God by integrating faith with professional practice. Visit our local FB page by searching UofM CMDS or the national page at CMDS (cmdscanada.org).

    4. Dermatology Interest Group (DIG): Uliana Kovaltchouk & Jun Li - dig.manitoba@gmail.com
    A group aimed at teaching students about the field of Dermatology and its subspecialties. The goal is to foster an interest in Dermatology as a career and act as a forum for those already interested. Various events will be held throughout the year ranging from guest speakers to skills nights in an attempt to increase awareness and exposure to the field. It is worth noting that due to the high prevalence of skin pathologies in practice today, these events will be beneficial for students interested in almost any speciality.

    5. Emergency Medicine Interest Group (EMIG): Sam Sanders & Jay Gorman - emig.umanitoba@gmail.com
    Our goal is to assist students in learning more about emergency medicine. We will organize sessions that will serve as an opportunity to learn more about this specialty as well as to practice emergency medicine related clinical skills. We hope to provide a congenial environment for networking with other students, residents, and faculty.

    6. Family Medicine Interest Group (FMIG): Dorothy Yu - uofmfmig@gmail.com
    FMIG provides Med I and Med II students with an appreciation of the benefits and challenges of Family Practice. Throughout the year, FMIG organizes several lunchtime speaker sessions, a Dinner with the Docs and Dinner with the Residents, and a number of suture clinics. FMIG works closely with the Manitoba College of Family Physicians, with the senior chair reporting to the College during its monthly board meetings. FMIG is also active on a national scale, sending representatives to the College of Family Physicians of Canada’s Family Medicine Forum to meet with representatives across the country.

    7. French Interest Group (FIG): Stefany Morrison & Garrett Johnson - fig.umanitoba@gmail.com
    For all students interested in developing French language skills for use in clinical settings.

    8. Geriatrics Interest Group (GIG): Aakanksha Sharma & Gurmeet Sohi - uofm.gig@gmail.com
    We are a group based on the common interest of working in, or learning more about the field of geriatrics. We are involved in networking with similar groups nation wide and organizing opportunities to learn geriatric specific knowledge and skills with our classmates, as well as getting involved in the community! We are a fun group to work with and broadening your understanding of geriatric medicine is an invaluable part of your medical training!

    9. Global Health Interest Group (GHIG): Evan Graham & Ruth Habte
    The Global Health Interest Group aims to increase students’ exposure to current global health issues while providing students the opportunity to be involved in a selected group of advocacy campaigns. We also arrange various fundraisers throughout the year to support the surrounding community and local NGOs.

    10. Immigrant and Refugee Health Interest Group (IRHIG): Lydia Gindy & Julia Mayba - umanitoba.irhig@gmail.com
    IRHIG aims to promote peer learning of the various health challenges faced by immigrants and refugees locally and nationally, through lunchtime presentations showcasing various local organizations committed to refugee settlement, and an annual collaboration with EAL groups in Wpg for a hands-on clinical simulation event.

    11. Indigenous Health Promotion Group (IHPG): Montana Johnston - ihpguofm@gmail.com
    IHPG provides an opportunity for Indigenous medical students to become involved and create a sense of community, while bringing important health-related information to fellow students. Our group also strives to foster understanding of others when working with Indigenous populations.

    12. Institute for Health Improvement (IHI): Thomas Hedley - ihi.manitoba@gmail.com
    The IHI Chapter is designed to enable committed individuals and organizations to innovate together, share knowledge, and collaborate on the difficult, rewarding work of improving health care. We help promote the IHI Open School Basic Level Certification, work on organizing an inter-professional ward simulation, and this year will be offering a unique inter-professional breastfeeding education program.

    13. Integrative Medicine Group (iMed): Jun Li - imedmanitoba@gmail.com
    Alternative therapies are becoming more and more popular in the present. iMed’s goal is to expose medical students to these therapies in an effort to foster greater understanding of how they might be relevant to their future practice.

    14. Internal Medicine Interest Group (IMIG): Garrett Johnson - imig.manitoba@gmail.com
    IMIG is an interest group that provides opportunities to learn about Internal Medicine and the many sub-specialties that are within it. In addition, the group offers events that allow students to learn more about various medical topics and attend clinical skills workshops in the Clinical Learning Simulation Facility (CLSF). We also provide networking opportunities to students by being able to meet professors, physicians, and residents in the Internal Medicine field and as well connect with these individuals for shadowing experiences.
    Oncology Rep: Zach Raizman - zraizman@gmail.com

    15. LGBTTQI* Interest Group: Shayne Reitmeier, Tharuna Abbu, Jack Heard - lgbttqi.ig@gmail.com
    The ​LGBTTQI* Interest Group is dedicated to raising awareness about the unique healthcare needs of LGBTTQI* populations and providing practical advice on how to improve quality of care to these communities. We look to empower non-LGBTTQI*-identified students to be respectful and effective allies, while dispelling common stereotypes held about LGBTTQI* individuals. It is our goal to improve collegiality by bringing to light the challenges faced by LGBTTQI*-identified medical students and physicians. We hope to encourage advocacy in the wider community, both medical and non-medical.

    16. Medical Women Interest Group (MWIG): Rachael Loeppky & Stefany Morrison - MWIG.umanitoba@gmail.com
    This group is focused on mentoring female medical students. Events include evenings with practicing female physicians from a variety of specialties who can provide practical support, advice and encouragement to future female physicians.

    17. Medicine Art Club (MAC): Summer Debreuil - mmartclub@gmail.com
    The Medicine Art Club is a student-run organization whose goal is to create a larger art presence within our college.

    18. Music Interest Group - Josh Aquin - medmusic.umanitoba@gmail.com
    A group dedicated to supporting the varied musical interests of students within all 4 years of medical school. We aim to promote student well-being through music.

    19. Obstetrics and Gynecology Interest Group (OGIG): Natalie Doughty - ogig.umanitoba@gmail.com
    The Obstetrics and Gynecology Interest Group is committed to educating medical students about the issues in women’s health that affect all areas of medicine. Women’s health in general is an area of medicine that is quickly growing with various fellowship opportunities already available and even the future possibility of a new “Plus One” program in Family Medicine. OGIG will provide information for those students specifically interested in obstetrics, gynecology, or other aspects of women’s health.

    20. Ophthalmology Interest Group: Ryan Henrie - umhenrir@myumanitoba.ca
    A student interest group aimed at promoting the field of ophthalmology by providing exposure to relevant clinical skills and information about the residency program. Events including speeches, Q&A sessions, and skills nights will be held throughout the year in order to engage students in this exciting field.

    21. Pediatric Interest Group (PIG): Susan Telencoe - pig.umanitoba@gmail.com
    An interest group designed to expose undergraduate medical students to the exciting field of Pediatrics and Pediatric subspecialties, in addition to providing informational and practical opportunities to explore the specialty as a whole. Through events such as Paediatrician Speed Dating nights, clerkship and residency information sessions and panel discussions, the group attempts to provide relevant information to students about the specialty and subspecialties available, what life as a paediatrician is like and the path one must take to get there. In addition to information, the PIG organizes and executes various other activities and fundraising opportunities related to Paediatrics, such as Bake Sales and holiday appearances on Children's Hospital's CHTV.

    22. Physiatry and Sports Medicine Interest Group (PSMIG): Elliot Wong - wonge348@myumanitoba.ca
    An interest group designed to expose undergraduate medical students to two musculoskeletal-oriented fields: Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (aka PMR or Physiatry) and the 2+1 Sports Medicine program within Family Medicine. By providing information sessions as well as practical opportunities to explore these fields, PSMIG acts as a forum for students interested in pursuing a career in Physiatry or Sports Medicine.

    23. Psychiatry Interest Group (PInG): Nicole Brokopp - ping.uofm@gmail.com
    This interest group provides an exposure to the subspecialties of psychiatry. We facilitate panel discussions by specialists on topics ranging from mood disorders to child and adolescent psychiatry.

    24. Public Health Interest Group (PHIG): Sam Fineblit - PHIG.umanitoba@gmail.com
    From prevention and control of communicable diseases such as influenza, HIV and SARS to assessing environmental threats to human health, the public health sector represents a vital component of our health-care system. The Public Health Interest Group aims to promote careers and learning in the field of public health; both through the formal community medicine program, as well as alternatives career paths that include elements of public health and health policy.

    25. Rural Interest Group (RIG): Wayne Hicks & Sara Matyas - riguofm@gmail.com
    RIG is an interest group designed to provide Med I and II students with exposure to Manitoba Rural Medicine (i.e. beyond the Winnipeg Perimeter). RIG does this by planning a variety of events throughout the year to showcase the many opportunities for careers in Rural Medicine. These include lunch presentations by Rural Regional Health Authorities, dinners with rural clinicians (both general and specialist), and RIG Trips(!). We also assist in planning Rural Week exposures at the end of Med I.

    26. Simulation Interest Group (SIG): Matt Kulas & Sam Sanders - sandersa@myumanitoba.ca
    SIG offers an interactive and hand-on experience for students to learn practical skills that they can utilize in the clinical setting. Small group sessions will be paired with short didactic lectures that supplement theory into the tactile experience.

    27. Student Advocacy Committee (SAC): Sara Matyas & Dorothy Yu - advocacy.umanitoba@gmail.com
    A collaborative committee formed by representatives from the Government Affairs & Advocacy Committee (GAAC) as well as Global Health Advocacy (GHA), SAC represents the interests and concerns of medical students to all levels of government. Annually, SAC organizes a delegation of medical students to travel to Ottawa for Lobby Day. Additionally, SAC organizes opportunities for students to become better advocates at a local and international level.

    28. Student Interest Group Neurology (SIGN): Steven Nolin - sign.uofm@gmail.com
    SIGN aims to stimulate medical student's interests in neurology and make them aware of opportunities within the field. SIGN, being the University of Manitoba chapter of the American Academy of Neurology, looks to accomplish this by creating an environment of like-minded individuals and provide the encouragement and opportunities to pursue their neurology based interests.

    29. University of Manitoba Surgery Club (UMSC): Jordan Crosina - surgeryclub.umanitoba@gmail.com
    We are a student-run initiative that promotes the field of surgery through:
  • Access to surgeons & organizations
  • Links & resources
  • Talks on surgical topics
  • Networking opportunities
    To find out more, please visit our website at http://surgeryclub.weebly.com/.

    30. Creative Writing Group: Quinn Richert - writersgroup.umanitoba@gmail.com
    The U of M College of Medicine writers' group is for anyone aiming to improve their fiction or creative non-fiction writing skills. fiction or creative non-fiction writing skills. We are happy to help with scientific and medical writing as well. The group meets approximately once per month under the direction of full-time Winnipeg writer Maurice Mierau, where members are encouraged (but not required) to share their work for discussion. We discuss writing techniques, exercises, reading, and publishing. All are welcome to attend.

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