Interest Groups
To add a student group to this list or update an existing entry please contact Adam Yan

I) QUICK REFERENCE:
1. Anesthesia Interest Group (AIG): Jared Davies
2. Books With Wings (BWW): Sophia Sweatman
3. Canadian Blood Services Student Council (CBSSC): Rebekah Rittberg & Mark Collister
4. Christian Medical and Dental Society (CMDS): Bryan Janzen & Meridith Penner
5. Dermatology Interest Group (DIG): Mohammad Pannu
6. Emergency Medicine Interest Group (EMIG): Kaitlin Cyr & Kelby Cleverly
7. Family Medicine Interest Group (FMIG): Jeremy Levi & Wilfred Chan
8. French Interest Group (FIG): Katlin Mallette
9. Geriatrics Interest Group (GIG): Caroline Hougen & Linda Pan
10. Global Health Interest Group (GHIC): Shilpa Elizabeth 
11. Government Affairs and Advocacy Committee (FAAC): Sam Fineblit
12. Indigenous Health Promotion Group (IHPG): Kaitlin Cyr & Katelyn Sinclair
13. Immigrant and Refugee Health Interest Group (IRHIG): Allison Marmel & Angela Cung
14. Institute for Health Improvement (IHI): Adam Yan & Jordan Crosina
15. Internal Medicine Interest Group (IMIG): Nitin Wadhawan & Andrew Kochan
16. Medical Ethic Book Club (MEBC): Kaitlin Adey
17. Medical Women Interest Group (MWIG): Eileen Burnett
18. Pediatric Interest Group (PIG): Emma Schon & Allison Marmel
19. Physiatry Interest Group (PhIG): Gail Pollard
20. Psychiatry Interest Group (pIG): Jess Enns & Milind Saxena
21. Public Health Interest Group (PHIG): Emma Schon & Sam Fineblit
22. Rural Interest Group (RIG): Danielle Paradis & Kilmeny Melnick
23. Student Interest Group Neurology (SIGN): Yohannes Teferi
24. University of Manitoba Surgery Club (UMSC): Jordan Crosina
25. Women’s Health Interest Group (WHIG): Rebecca Lang & Jessy Burns  

II) COMPLETE LISTING:
1. Anesthesia Interest Group (AIG): Jared Davies Dedicated to providing University of Manitoba students with a greater understanding and breadth of the field of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine. This will be accomplished through a variety of professional, educational and networking opportunities, including meet and greets, hands-on clinical sessions, and talks. In addition, with the primary clinical exposure and introduction to Anesthesia not taking place until clerkship, AIG looks to facilitate the interests of students considering the field Anesthesia and Perioperative Medicine as a possible career choice. Activities for the 2014/2015 include: airway workshops, a Critical Care Day, and interactive talks. Group Email: umanesthesiaig@gmail.com  

2. Books With Wings (BWW): Sophia Sweatman A student group designed to promote education globally by sending donated books to universities in places where, because of conflict, poverty, or internal strife, students are in need of textbooks. Books With Wings began as a collaborative project between Canadian students and their counterparts in Afghanistan. Since 2005 thousands of textbooks have been shipped yearly to a variety of universities across Afghanistan. Group Email: bookswithwingsmb@gmail.com  

3. Canadian Blood Services Student Council (CBSSC): Rebekah Rittberg & Mark Collister Canadian Blood Services Student Council has aimed to increase student awareness for the thousands of Canadians requiring blood and  blood products each year. With multiple events throughout the year including blood drives and 'What's you type?' we aim to raise blood donations from the University of Manitoba student population and to increase student knowledge on donating blood.  

4. Christian Medical and Dental Society (CMDS)Bryan Janzen & Meridith Penner 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 orthe national page at CMDS. Group Email: cmdsmb@gmail.com    

5. Dermatology Interest Group (DIG): Mohammad Pannu A newly created 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. Group Email: dig.manitoba@gmail.com    

6. Emergency Medicine Interest Group (EMIG): Kaitlin Cyr & Kelby Cleverly  We are a group of proactive medical students recognized by the Emergency Medicine Department of the University of Manitoba. Our goal is to promote emergency medicine as a specialty and to serve as a point of contact between medical students and the Department of Emergency Medicine. Group Email: emig.umanitoba@gmail.com                    

7. Family Medicine Interest Group (FMIG): Jeremy Levi & Wilfred Chan
The main focus of FMIG is to provide Med I and Med II students with an appreciation of the benefits and challenges of Family Practice. We strive to increase student interest in the specialty, and to provide students with skills that may benefit them should they choose Family Medicine as a career. Throughout the year, FMIG organizes several lunchtime speaker sessions covering a wide array of topics. Ideally, these will include: a CRMs information session, information regarding 2+1 residency programs, perspectives on the first 5 years of practice, and other relevant Family Medicine topics. FMIG hosts two large dinners throughout the year. The first event allows medical students the chance to meet and interact with Family Medicine residents. The second, and more formal event is held in conjunction with the Rural Interest Group, and allows students to interact with both rural and urban Family Doctors.FMIG is also involved in organizing several suture clinics throughout the year. In these sessions, Family Medicine residents are brought in to teach students the art of suturing.The Family Medicine Interest Group works closely with the Manitoba College of Family Practitioners (the main source of FMIG's), with FMIG's senior chair reporting to the college during its monthly board meetings. This year, Manitoba Health has also pledged funding for FMIG's activities.FMIG is active on a national scale, sending representatives to the College of Family Practitioners of Canada's Family Medicine Forum, held in November each year. Group Email: uofmfmig@gmail.com  

8. French Interest Group (FIG): Katlin Mallette
For all students interested in developing French language skills for use in clinical settings. Group Email: fig.umanitoba@gmail.com

9. Geriatrics Interest Group (GIG): Caroline Hougen & Linda Pan
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! Group Email: uofm.gig@gmail.com

10. Global Health Interest Group (GHIC): Shilpa Elizabeth 
Opportunities to get involved in Global Health Education, Travel, Community Outreaches and Initiatives, and Global Health Advocacy both on a local, national, and international level. Group Email: GHLiason@gmail.com

11. Government Affairs and Advocacy Committee (FAAC): Sam Fineblit
The GAAC represents the interests of medical students to all levels of government. Each year, the GAAC organizes a delegation of students from each Canadian medical school to travel to Ottawa for Lobby Day. In addition to meeting with policy makers to discuss advocacy initiatives, the GAAC is also mandated to help medical students become better advocates.
 
12. Indigenous Health Promotion Group (IHPG): Kaitlin Cyr & Katelyn Sinclair
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.

13. Immigrant and Refugee Health Interest Group (IRHIG): Allison Marmel & Angela Cung
- To provide an opportunity for Indigenous medical students to become involved and create a sense of community.
-To allow Indigenous students to bring important health related information to fellow students.
-Increase others desire to work with the Indigenous population Group Email: umanitoba.irhig@gmail.com

14. Institute for Health Improvement (IHI): Adam Yan & Jordan Crosina
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. Group Email: ihi.manitoba@gmail.com

15. Internal Medicine Interest Group (IMIG): Nitin Wadhawan & Andrew Kochan
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. Group Email: imig.manitoba@gmail.com

16. Medical Ethic Book Club (MEBC): Kaitlin Adey
The Medical Ethics Book Club aims to discuss two novels per year with Dr. Merril Pauls, head of the pre-clerkship Medical Ethics course. The group is open to students at all stages of training. Novels are chosen by students and may focus on overtly medical topics or psychosocial themes faced within the medical field. Group Email: ethicsbookclub@gmail.com

17. Medical Women Interest Group (MWIG): Eileen Burnett
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.

18. Pediatric Interest Group (PIG): Emma Schon & Allison Marmel
An interest group designed to expose undergraduate medical students to the exciting field of Paediatrics and Paediatric 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 innformation 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.

19. Physiatry Interest Group (PhIG): Gail Pollard
An interest group designed to expose undergraduate medical students to Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation also known as Physiatry. By providing information sessions as well as practical opportunities to explore the specialty, the Physiatry Interest Group acts as a forum for students interested in pursuing a career in Physiatry. 
 
20. Psychiatry Interest Group (pIG): Jess Enns & Milind Saxena
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. Group Email: phig.ofm@gmail.com

21. Public Health Interest Group (PHIG): Emma Schon & Sam Fineblit
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. 

22. Rural Interest Group (RIG): Danielle Paradis & Kilmeny Melnick
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:
- RIG Lunches (Presentations by Rural Regional Health Authorities, Office of Rural and Northern Health)
- Rural Specialist Dinner
- Family Med Dinner (planned in conjunction with the Family Med Interest Group)
- RIG Trips(!)
- Assist in planning Rural Week exposures at the end of Med I
Group Email: riguofm@gmail.com

23. Student Interest Group Neurology (SIGN): Yohannes Teferi
The student interest group in neurology aims to stimulate medical student’s interest in neurology and make them aware of opportunities in the field. This is pursued through various activities organized by the interest group: neurology-related talks, speed dating and skills night events. Group Email: sign.uofm@gmail.com

24. University of Manitoba Surgery Club (UMSC): Jordan Crosina

25. Women’s Health Interest Group (WHIG): Rebecca Lang & Jessy Burns
The Women’s Health Interest Group is committed to educating medical students about the issues in women’s health that affect all areas of medicine. Women’s health is an area of medicine that is quickly growing with various fellowship opportunities already available and the future possibility of a new “Plus One” program in Family Medicine. The group will provide information for those students specifically interested in women’s health, but also generate awareness to facilitate the effective collaboration and teamwork between all specialties in the future. Group Email: whig.uofm@gmail.com