List of SMSS Student Groups and Committees
Aboriginal, Rural, and Remote Health Group (ARRHG)
The Aboriginal, Rural, and Remote Health Group (ARRHG) focuses on the three areas of health outlined in the title. We host speaker sessions and cultural education sessions throughout the year, along with trips to rural or remote areas. We are an interprofessional group with students from medicine, nursing, physical therapy, nutrition, and many others.
Communications Feed: http://www.saskmedstudents.com/category/student-groups/sg-arrgh/
Advocates for Bringing Light to and Education on Disabilities(ABLED)
To facilitate collaboration and reciprocal learning between medical students, healthcare specialists, people with special needs and their families in order to increase awareness and understanding of intellectual and/or physical disabilities.
Communications Feed: http://www.saskmedstudents.com/category/student-groups/abled/
Anesthesia Interest Group
The Anesthesia Interest Group (AIG) aims to provide a wider range of exposure to anesthesiology than is available through the University of Saskatchewan College of Medicine curricular experience. We provide opportunities for mentorship, education, and hands-on experience with anesthesiology faculty and residents. Our objectives are:
1. To promote interest and awareness in field of Anesthesiology
2. To provide students with the opportunity to interact with Anesthesiology faculty and residents
3. To provide education relevant to Anesthesiology interests
4. To provide opportunities to learn and practice various skills required in Anesthesiology
5. To promote and participate in interdisciplinary collaboration with other student groups in the College of Medicine in order to maximize learning opportunities
Membership is open to all students enrolled in the University of Saskatchewan College of Medicine. Furthermore, members are invited to attend weekly Anesthesia Grand Rounds in addition to any group events.
Communications Feed: http://www.saskmedstudents.com/category/student-groups/sg-anesthesia-interest-group/
Cancer Medical Education for Trainees and Students (CanMETS)
In their undergraduate curriculum, medical students are exposed to the names and pathologic processes of many different types of cancer. However, basic principles of oncology and management of patients with cancer is severely lacking. CanMETS has been created in response to this identified need. CanMETS is motivated to:
1. Provide undergraduate medical students with opportunities to learn about cancer medicine through engaging and interesting events.
2. Promote a career in cancer medicine, focusing on facilitating interaction between students and faculty members.
3. Demonstrate how cancer physicians collaborate with other specialties including but not limited to psychiatry, surgery, family medicine, integrative medicine, pediatrics, radiology, pathology, internal medicine, and anesthesiology.
4. Improve student understanding of the psychosocial, emotional, mental, and spiritual impact of cancer on patients and their families and to discuss the role of the physician in supporting patients with cancer.
Communications Feed: http://www.saskmedstudents.com/category/student-groups/sg-canmets/
College of Medicine Choir
As a College, our students take pride in being leaders regarding physician wellness and community engagement. This group will allow students a means of stress management, present new learning opportunities in the realm of fine arts, and present opportunities to engage with patients outside of the physician patient relationship.As a College, our students take pride in being leaders regarding physician wellness and community engagement. This group will allow students a means of stress management, present new learning opportunities in the realm of fine arts, and present opportunities to engage with patients outside of the physician patient relationship.
Communications Feed: http://www.saskmedstudents.com/category/student-groups/sg-com-choir/
Diagnostic Interest Group (DIG)
The Diagnostic Interest Group (DIG) helps students develop essential skills in imaging and pathology through monthly skills lunches and skills nights; exposes students to research, residency, and career opportunities within diagnostic radiology and pathology; and provides students with helpful information and tools to assist them in JURSI and CaRMS. Join our Facebook group, check the SMSS calendar for upcoming DIG events, or email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions!
Communications Feed: http://www.saskmedstudents.com/category/student-groups/sg-diagnostic-imaging-group/
Emergency Medicine Interest Group
This group serves as a starting point for students to gain more information about emergency medicine. We aim to recruit students to a career in emergency medicine.
Communications Feed: http://www.saskmedstudents.com/category/student-groups/sg-emig/
Family Med Club (FMC)
The Family Medicine Club (FMC) is open to all students in the College of Medicine. Our purpose is to promote interest in family practice and provide you, the medical student, with information about clinical practice and life as a family physician (regardless of which specialty you might be considering). We offer the opportunity to meet and mentor with Saskatchewan doctors. We also give you an opportunity to learn and practice clinical skills, and introduce you to a few aspects of clinical practice.
Communications Feed: http://www.saskmedstudents.com/category/student-groups/sg-family-med-club/
University of Saskatchewan Ultrasound (USUS)
To promote and teach clinician performed ultrasound (CPU) to medical students for clinical evaluation and to guide susequent treatment for patients
Communications Feed: http://www.saskmedstudents.com/category/student-groups/sg-university-of-saskatchewan-ultrasound/
Integrative Medicine Interest Group
Integrative Medicine (IM) can be defined as healing-oriented medicine that takes account of the whole person, including all aspects of lifestyle. It emphasizes the therapeutic relationship between practitioner and patient, is informed by evidence, and makes use of all appropriate therapies. At the U of S CoM we have more Integrative Medicine being delivered within our curriculum than any other medical college in Canada. We are therefore leaders in this area of medicine, which is very important to help facilitate health prevention and promotion, especially in the area of chronic disease, which is a huge burden to our medical system. Integrative medicine increases the options available for patients to utilize when accessing health care. This group allows students to join together and learn more about Integrative Medicine, ways to incorporate it into their future practices and their own lives, and ways to help facilitate even further growth of this area of medicine within our CoM.
Communications Feed: http://www.saskmedstudents.com/category/student-groups/sg-integrative-medicine-interest-group/
Health Everywhere is a student group that is all about just that: Health, Everywhere! Our focus is on health in a global setting and we plan and hold events that focus on this. This focus manifests itself in unique events including skills training nights where we learn to address power differences between doctors and patients, learn to work with and around language barriers, as well as teaching the globally important practice of suturing! Other events that we hold in order to encourage global health education include speaker’s sessions and presentations by faculty, alumni, and others in the community that are
involved in, or have been affected by, global health issues, including many under-served populations.
So why Join Health Everywhere? Well why not! Health Everywhere is always open to new members who are interested in global health issues. This includes people with all kinds of skills and experiences, from those who have already worked with global health issues, all the way to those who have only just heard about them. Being a member of Health Everywhere will not only provide you with priority attendance to any of our events, but also with the opportunity to help shape the types of events and speakers that YOU would like to see! And all you have to do to be a member is to join us for a lunch-time meeting. So watch the SMSS calendar to find out about our next meeting, and we hope to see you there!
Communications Feed: http://www.saskmedstudents.com/category/student-groups/sg-health-everywhere/
Undergraduate Medical Education Journal Club is a group created by students. It is designed for pre-clerkship medical students interested in current and clinically relevant research. Students are given the opportunity to evaluate and present research from a variety of medical fields. Students gain the ability to critically analyze scientific journals, develop an understanding of the significance of scientific research, build confidence in making presentations to their peers and are exposed to a variety of topics within medicine.
Journal Club takes place every 2nd Wednesday throughout the semester, totaling 6-7 sessions per term. Journal Club is open to join at the start of each semester, with students receiving credit on their Dean’s Letter for the time they spent and actively participated in the group.
For further information please contact the UGME Journal Club Presidents.
Communications Feed: http://www.saskmedstudents.com/category/student-groups/sg-journal-club/
Medicine Interest Group
The Medicine Interest Group will expose and educate students to the specialty of Internal Medicine and the sub-specialties within it. Additionally, we would like to increase the communication between the student body and the Department of Medicine at the University of Saskatchewan, as well as in the Regina Qu’appelle Health Region.
Obstetrics and Gynecology Interest Group (OGIG)
Obstetrics and Gynecology is a medical and surgical specialty concerned with women’s health throughout the lifespan – including pregnancy, delivery, and treatment of disorders of the female reproductive tract. The Obstetrics and Gynecology Interest Group is designed to provide students interested in the specialty information regarding the field at an early point in their medical training. We aim to get students interested and involved in the field by providing resources, information, and education about a career in obstetrics and gynecology. Major goals of the group include dispelling common misconceptions about the field and fostering good-working relationships between the students and faculty of the Obstetrics and Gynecology Departments. We also provide shadowing in Obstetrics and Gynecology through a bi-monthly sign-up sheet available to the college.
Cost of Membership: $5 (one-time fee)
Yearly Turnover: April
Paediatric Interest Group
The Pediatric Interest Group (PIG) is a student-run group with a focus on pediatrics. From birth through to adolescence, paediatrics encompasses a variety of interests – there really is something for everyone! Our group aims to promote pediatrics as a career in medicine, and offer information and experience in the field to interested students. We host a variety of informative speaker sessions throughout the year, as well as interactive and hands-on experiences in pediatrics such as our annual Skills Night.
Communications Feed: http://www.saskmedstudents.com/category/student-groups/sg-paediatric-interest-group/
Psychiatric Interest Group
The Psychiatry Interest Group aims to enhance exposure of psychiatry to the student body and to educate students about various psychiatric conditions.
Communications Feed: http://www.saskmedstudents.com/category/student-groups/sg-psychiatric-interest-group/
Reproductive Action Group (RAG)
The Reproductive Action Group (RAG) focuses on the areas of reproductive and sexual health, including: reproductive rights, contraception, healthy relationships, and LGBTQ health. We aim to supplement our the formal medical curriculum with topics important to patients, but often overlooked by physicians. RAG hosts a series of guest speakers, a sexual health skills night and many other events to promote awareness of the importance of reproductive and sexual health in patient wellbeing. 2013-2014 academic year events include: guest speakers (domestic violence, physical disability and motherhood, midwifery, and Planned Parenthood), Vagina Monologues, Sexual Health Skills Night, and a Wellness Week Passion Party. RAG also partners with the USSU Women’s Health Centre to provide sexual and reproductive health medical knowledge to the campus community (ie. Participation in the Carnival of Sex).
We aim to offer information important to those interested in a career in family medicine, obstetrics & gynecology, and urology. In addition to the listed events, members receive perks such as a tour of the Women’s Health Centre (Saskatoon & Regina), suggested conferences, and emails containing useful reproductive and sexual health resources. Membership is anonymous, free, and is open to students outside the College of Medicine.
Sask Students for MediCare
As a Canadian medical school, in the birthplace of Medicare, students are passionate about Medicare and the issues surrounding Medicare. The group would facilitate better understanding of Medicare and allow students to support Canadian doctors for Medicare.
Communications Feed: http://www.saskmedstudents.com/category/student-groups/sg-sask-students-for-medicare/
Student Neurological Society (SNS)
The University of Saskatchewan Student Neurological Society exposes students to residency and career opportunities in neurology and neurosurgery; facilitates student research in clinical neurosciences; and helps students develop knowledge and skills in neurology and neurosurgery through lunch presentations and hands-on skills nights. Join our Facebook group or check the SMSS calendar for upcoming SNS events!
Communications Feed: http://www.saskmedstudents.com/category/student-groups/sg-student-neurological-society/
Student Surgical Society (SSS)
To foster the interest of surgical specialties in students at the University of Saskatchewan
Communications Feed: http://www.saskmedstudents.com/category/student-groups/sg-student-surgical-society/
Women in Medicine (WIM)
The Women in Medicine student group is committed to promoting initiatives concerning women's health at local, national and international levels by developing leadership, education, networking, advocacy, mentoring and strategic alliances.
Communications Feed: http://www.saskmedstudents.com/category/student-groups/sg-women-in-medicine/
The SMSS has 5 committees that work on various projects in different topic areas. These committees collaborate with the SMSS, faculty, administration, the Canadian Federation of Medical Students, and community organizations
Government Affairs and Advocacy Committee (GAAC)
The Government Affairs and Advocacy Committee (GAAC) serves to develop and communicate to the College of Medicine provincial and national government activities relating to healthcare. The committee consists of medical students interested in influencing health policies while also becoming better advocates, an identified CanMEDS role of a medical expert.
SMSS Wellness Committee
The SMSS Wellness Committee was created to improve the wellness of students and the college of medicine. We do this through initiatives, events, and creating college-wide change.
Student Curriculum Representative Committee (SCRC)
SMSS Committee on Global Health