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TopicPosition Link for Reference Where did the MSS advocate for it?When?What happened?Related CFMS position
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2018(W)
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Unmatched medical studentsthe MSS advocates for increased flexibility in the completion requirements of PIAT and TTR to facilitate accommodations for unmatched students given the matching occurring and affecting these periods and the MSS advocate at the FMEQ to bring the issue to the table deconcertation for the access to clinical electives for unmatched graduates, in full recognition of its
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https://drive.google.com/file/d/11fZrBLMxBMxxgvyi2eGlr0Udm_aUew_w/view?usp=sharing1) Student Leadership meeting (with Dr. Cummings) 2) Dean's meeting (with the Dean) 3) FMEQ 4) CFMSSpring 2018 and Fall 20181) 2) Basically "this is impossible because the QC Government does not want to let students do a 5th year since there are so many family medicine spots left in Quebec" 3) originally "this is impossible because the QC Government does not want to let students do a 5th year since there are so many family medicine spots left in Quebec", but MSS advocated for FMEQ to create a working group on unmatched students. As of Oct. 2018, they will be working on identifying different strategies to help the unmatched studentsSupport for unmatched Canadian medical students (2017)
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QC's Resident Physicians MSS stands in solidarity with the ARM and the FMRQ in their effors to secure better working conditions, and called on its members to suppeor and collaborate wiht residents undertaking pressure tactics. The MSS calls upon Minister of Health to negotiate in good faith with ARM and FMRQhttps://drive.google.com/file/d/11fZrBLMxBMxxgvyi2eGlr0Udm_aUew_w/view?usp=sharingN/ASpring 2018The residents had a strike day and the Minister of Health re-negociated with ARM and FMRQ
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Oppose Physician's Remuneration Raises and to Support a Strong Public Healthcare Systemthat the MSS oppose the raises of remuneration for physicians and support a fairer distribution of resources across the health care budget; Be it further resolved, ​that the MSS mandate its President and Vice-President External Quebec to take a stance at the FMEQ against the recent remuneration raises and to advocate for a better distribution of resources across healthcare services; Be it further resolved, ​that the MSS endorse the protest “United for healthcare” organized by Médecins québécois pour le régime public on March 24th. https://drive.google.com/file/d/11fZrBLMxBMxxgvyi2eGlr0Udm_aUew_w/view?usp=sharingFMEQSpring 2018The MSS wanted FMEQ to take position on this issue and therefore brought it at the FMEQ congrès public in April 2018. 2 out of 3 of the other associations had not taken position on the issue, and FMEQ could therefore not take an official position. However, in Fall 2018, the Délégué aux affaires politiques formed a working group on doctors' remuneration in order to create an informing document for all medical students.
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McGill Medical Admissions Processthe MSS, specifically the Executive Committee should raise the delayed publication of the diversity survey results as an issue that needs to be addressed, and collaborate with Faculty Members to implement a strategy to solve this issue. Be it resolved, ​that the MSS supports the development of resources to assist applicants much like U of T’s Community of support (COS) model. Be it resolved, that ​the MSS support an admissions strategy that allows applicants from underrepresented groups in medicine to have their personal statement reviewed in the same way as University of Toronto’s Black Student Application Program.https://drive.google.com/file/d/11fZrBLMxBMxxgvyi2eGlr0Udm_aUew_w/view?usp=sharingMSS VP Global Health portfolioFall 2018 / Spring 2019The MSS VP GH Sr for 2018-2019 has taken it under her responsibility to develop a program to help applicants from underrepresented groups to apply to medicineDiversity in medicine (2010)
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2017(F)
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Letter to appeal Bill 62We are very concerned about this Bil (62). We believe it is Islamophobic and discriminates against Muslim women who wear niqabs and burqas.https://drive.google.com/file/d/1b0CS3p1eK2A93RDvszJmqcX85CDS9MJX/view?usp=sharingLiang?
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Conflict of Interest Policymedical students, as future physicians, should be aware of potential conflicts of interest in their dealings with industry and outside agencies or organizations;https://drive.google.com/file/d/17_CodoY9cmuPfsct3LVpjNtGB-fpNslI/view?usp=sharingLiang?
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QMA(?) brought to an external meeting no follow-up: That all McGill Medical Students will pledge $20 per year to the QMA, paid through their annual student fees, to be exempt from the anticipated QMA registration rate. -- MSS students are already members of the QMAhttps://drive.google.com/file/d/17UfdP4Idjhg0xJuencV1EvTZcYsxBMXV/view?usp=sharingLiang?
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Gatineau Campus MSS actively lobby the Quebec Government to change the language of instruction of FMD lectures at the Gatineau Campus from French to English.https://drive.google.com/file/d/1M5o-BJ2F6EImtvI0D-EGJrb0CTMIoZwW/view?usp=sharingLiang?
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FMEQ JAPthat the MSS will endorse the FMEQ’s position in favour of an improvement of the medical coverage offered by the RAMQ and the FMEQ’s position in favour of raising public awareness of the myths surrounding vaccination and, if necessary, working to deconstruct
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https://drive.google.com/file/d/1NnN0-bIfJ-F-gy8WoQRmAACXq9Q6e1TW/view?usp=sharingFMEQ JAPSpring 2018These two positions were endorsed and represented by the FMEQ at the provincial Lobby Day (Journée d'Action Politique) in 2018
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FMEQ CaRMSthat the MSS oppose any law, rule or policy aiming at limiting the interprovincial mobility of medical students and graduates.https://drive.google.com/file/d/1Yxa_kFIONBqQd84cks-ggEdRMkSLg9i_/view?usp=sharingLiang?
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2017(W)
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Adoption of an Equity PolicyMcGill Medicine’s Diversity Statement recognizes that not all populations have equal opportunity in society. It affirms not only the importance of creating a diverse faculty, but of working to ensure the meaningful participation of all its members as a way of serving our community to the best of our ability.https://drive.google.com/file/d/0Bz_slOXwm60lRHV5Y3VFOWZ6RmM/view?usp=sharingEquity?
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Canadian Campaign in favor of Neutral and Standardized Packaging of TobaccoMedical Students’ Society of McGill University supports that Canada demands neutral and standardized packaging of tobacco products as followshttps://drive.google.com/file/d/0Bz_slOXwm60lRHV5Y3VFOWZ6RmM/view?usp=sharingCFMSFall 2017The resolution was postponed and I am not sure if it was resubmitted in the next SGMPaper withdrawn by author - "Canadian Medical Students Updating Position on Tobacco – Tobacco Industry Interference in the Development of Governmental Policies through Front Groups & Plain and Standardized Packaging of Tobacco” (2017).

See Resolution 7 at https://www.cfms.org/meetings/agm-2017-ottawa.html
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Motion to endorse FMEQ’s Comité d’étude sur la légalisation du CannabisHas 10 recommendations that they have agreed uponhttps://drive.google.com/file/d/0Bz_slOXwm60lRHV5Y3VFOWZ6RmM/view?usp=sharingJustin Desroches?
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2016
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MUHC Glen Site Gym/Fitness Center (6a)MSS support in creation of the gym at the MUHC https://docs.google.com/document/d/1TUMES-8POLOWuliEumPa81_oXcWT-qFqor5Onfp5ty8/edit?usp=sharingDoulia?
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MSS Support on MedPASS Report Recommendations (6b) [Amended]Healthcare is a shared jurisdiction between the federal and provincial governments. As it stands currently, Bill 52 does not go as far as the Carter ruling goes as it limits physician-assisted death to patients at the end-of-life, whereas the Carter decision allows for anyone who is in grievous suffering have access to this service.https://docs.google.com/document/d/1TUMES-8POLOWuliEumPa81_oXcWT-qFqor5Onfp5ty8/edit?usp=sharingDoulia?
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Approval of Provincial Lobby Day Positions (6d)1. "In favour of increasing access to psychotherapy services by increasing the public coverage of psychotherapy delivered by psychologists and physicians" [1] 2. "In favour of using specialized organ donation centres ("Centres de Prelevements D'Organes [1]") to improve rates of organ donation and access to organs for transplantation"https://docs.google.com/document/d/1TUMES-8POLOWuliEumPa81_oXcWT-qFqor5Onfp5ty8/edit?usp=sharingDoulia?
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MSS Support for an Advocacy and Leadership Curriculum (6e)MSS support the adoption of the Policy Paper on the Inclusion of an Advocacy and Leadership Curriculum in Canadian Medical Student Curricula by the CFMS, and support the integration of an Advocacy and Leadership Curriculum into the McGill Medicine Curriculum.https://docs.google.com/document/d/1TUMES-8POLOWuliEumPa81_oXcWT-qFqor5Onfp5ty8/edit?usp=sharingDoulia?Curricular Advocacy (2017)
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MSS Support on Paper Regarding Human Trafficking (6f) MSS support a position paper submission to the CFMS aiming to include in the curriculum of medical schools across Canada a class on the statistics, validated screening methods, and interventions for human trafficking. Support the implementation into the McGill curriculum as wellhttps://docs.google.com/document/d/1TUMES-8POLOWuliEumPa81_oXcWT-qFqor5Onfp5ty8/edit?usp=sharingDoulia?Educating Pre-Clerkship Canadian Medical Students About Human Trafficking (2016)
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Out-Of-Province Medical Student Return of Service (6g)MSS seek legal advice on this matter, and consider legal avenues for resolution should alternative efforts, such as direct contact with the MSSS, fail to result in an acceptable outcome. The MSS take a stance against the return of service requirement for medical students from elsewhere. The MSS engage in advocacy aimed at eliminating this requirement, including the sending of the letter in Appendix A to the appropriate contacthttps://docs.google.com/document/d/1TUMES-8POLOWuliEumPa81_oXcWT-qFqor5Onfp5ty8/edit?usp=sharingDoulia?
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MSS Community Refugee Co-Sponsor for a Syrian Family (6h) [Amended]A subcommittee of the MSS be created to examine the MSS becoming a community refugee co-sponsor for one Syrian family (two adults and two small children) in the Montreal region, and that this subcommittee present its findings with regards to the legal and financial implications to the general MSS membership via online referendumhttps://docs.google.com/document/d/1TUMES-8POLOWuliEumPa81_oXcWT-qFqor5Onfp5ty8/edit?usp=sharingDoulia?
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2015
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FMEQ's Demonstration against Bill 20The MSS Officially support the FMEQ’s strike against Bill 20.https://docs.google.com/document/d/1hMLILODFm4cWgZsu2TrF1kVaUa5n9HDoC3YNILglc8U/edit?usp=sharingNebras?
Modification to the Structure of meetings of the MSS General Council: This was a vote to create the meeting structure of the MSS, where we split the meetings into meetings of the “Executive Council” (President and VPs) and meetings of the “General Council” (all execs) less frequently.
Reallocation of the funds procured through the MSS IT Fund: I can’t remember the exact specifics of this, but I think there was interest building on the IT fund and this motion allowed the MSS to use that money for other purposes beyond just IT enhancements.
Participation of the MSS in the FMEQ’s demonstration against Bill 20: I see this in already in your file. This was essentially the student “strike” against Bill 20.
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IFHP CutsMedical Students’ Society (MSS) does not support the reduction healthcare coverage available to refugees in Canada.https://docs.google.com/document/d/1pEWXoJfpmhjjp0QjSS6uvJwnQ1CTPuLSAkY-hO7Tj7A/edit?usp=sharingCarl?
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Tuition DifferentiationMedical Students’ Society (MSS) does not support the differentiation of student fees.(More expensive tuition for certain fields of study)https://docs.google.com/document/d/1pEWXoJfpmhjjp0QjSS6uvJwnQ1CTPuLSAkY-hO7Tj7A/edit?usp=sharingCarl?
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