Meet the 2021-2022 CAPM&R Medical Students Committee

The Medical Students Committee (MSC) is a national committee of medical students that serves as the voice of the CAPM&R’s student members; connecting CAPM&R with medical students across Canada. The committee will aim to foster a community for all students interested in pursuing physiatry to learn and grow together.

Responsibilities and opportunities

  • Develop strategies to encourage and foster interaction among medical students interested in a career in physiatry.
  • Recommend or develop ideas, programs, and products to encourage medical students to explore physiatry.
  • Obtain and share feedback from medical students regarding physiatry education at the undergraduate level.
  • Advocate for medical students interested in physiatry. 

Accountability and reporting relationships

The MSC communicates with the CAPM&R Board of Directors. An annual plan will be submitted by the second month of the new term. An annual report of activities will be submitted at the end of each term. All activities will be subject to the approval of the Executive team.

Selection

Any medical student in MS1-MS4 in Canada was eligible to apply. A lottery was conducted to select the incoming candidate for each position.

The following members are asked to participate for 1 year, from July 1 - June 31. Members can serve for up to 3 terms.

Yihong Yu - Chair

Yihong Yu is a fifth year medical student completing her degree at Laval University in Quebec City. Prior to attending medical school, Yihong completed cegep at Marianopolis College in Montreal, her hometown. Her career as a provincial gymnast sparked her interest in physiatry through her own experience with concussions and musculoskeletal injuries. She is especially passionate about maximizing patient’s function and quality of life as well as multidisciplinary teamwork approach to patient care. She joined the CAPM&R Medical Student Committee to encourage students to explore physiatry as a potential career and give interested applicants additional tips, resources and opportunities. In her free time, Yihong enjoys gymnastics, dance, circus, cheerleading, hiking, working out and traveling.

 

TBD - Vice-Chair

 

John Christy Johnson - Secretary

John is a second year medical student and third year MSc. Biomedical Engineering student at the University of Alberta cranking the gears on a wheelchair biomechanics project at the university’s Rehabilitation Robotics Laboratory. His interest in physiatry is fueled in part by his childhood passion for playground physics. Whenever he needs to recharge his batteries, John switches it up with long bike rides by Edmonton's River Valley, doing SuDoku puzzles, or racing with his identical twin brother.

Dan Sequeira - Education/Mentorship

Dan Sequeira is a 3rd year medical student at McMaster. His interest in physiatry stemmed from his background playing hockey and distance running from a young age. Dan joined CAPMR to help make physiatry more accessible to med students across Canada. Most schools don’t have a physiatry “core” rotation in clerkship, and Dan’s goal is to ensure that every Canadian medical student has an opportunity to discover PM&R.  In his free time, Dan loves singing and playing guitar, working out, cooking, and watching friends/the office/modern family.

Nathan Chen - Communication

Nathan is a 3rd year medical student at the University of British Columbia. His background as a physiotherapist has sparked his passion for PM&R because of its focus on optimizing function and interdisciplinary collaborative care. He joined the committee to advocate for medical students interested in PM&R. In his free time, he enjoys cycling, a variety of outdoor physical activities, board (and video) games and travelling.

Naomi Simisola Abayomi - Membership

Naomi is a first year medical student at the University of Ottawa. Her background in biomedical physics, interest in sports and wellness and prior musculoskeletal injuries have led to her interest in physiatry and its focus on optimizing function after injury. She joined the CAPM&R to spread awareness of the field of physiatry and provided mentorship and networking opportunities to interested medical students. In her free time she enjoys strength training, playing sports such as basketball and biking and learning about ways to improve access to healthcare and medicine within underserved populations.

 


Medical Students Committee
Terms of Reference

Purpose
The Medical Students Committee (MSC) is a national committee of medical students that serves as the voice of the CAPM&R’s student members. We connect the CAPM&R with medical students across Canada. Ultimately, we aim to foster a community for all students interested in pursuing physiatry to learn and grow together.

Responsibilities and opportunities

  • Develop strategies to encourage and foster interaction among medical students interested in a career in physiatry.
  • Recommend or develop ideas, programs, and products to encourage medical students to explore physiatry.
  • Obtain and share feedback from medical students regarding physiatry education at the undergraduate level.
  • Advocate for medical students interested in physiatry. 

Accountability and reporting relationships

The Medical Student Committee communicates with the Executive team of the CAPM&R. An annual plan will be submitted by the second month of the new term. An annual report of activities will be submitted at the end of each term. All activities will be subject to the approval of the Executive team.

Members

  • 1 Chair
  • 1 Vice-Chair
  • 1 Secretary
  • 1 Education/Mentorship representative  
  • 1 Membership representative
  • 1 Communications representative

All members are expected to:

  • Participate in at least 8 meetings per year of 1 hour each
  • Participate in projects between meetings, amounting to approximately 6 hours/month

Term:

Members are asked to participate for 1 year, from July 1st to June 31st. Members can serve for up to 3 terms.

Selection:

Any medical student in MS1-MS3 in Canada is eligible to apply by submitting a statement of interest and their resume. A lottery will be conducted to select the incoming candidate for each position. Selected candidates may swap positions amongst themselves if all parties are mutually agreeable. The deadline for the swapping period is one week following the release of the results of the lottery.   

Committee Membership:

  • Eligibility:
    • 5 medical students across Canada in MS1-MS3
    • Active member of CAPM&R at time of application
  • Membership roles:
    • Chair (1)
      • Organizes Medical Student Committee annual action plan and pursues set goals
      • Presides over all student council meetings
      • Serves as a liaison to the CAPM&R
    • Secretary (1)
      • Assists Chair with organizing the annual action plan
      • Organizes Medical Student Council meetings and conference calls
      • Takes roll call and records meeting minutes
    • Education/Mentorship representative (1)
      • Works with the CAPM&R on faculty and resident mentorship programs for medical students
      • Collaborates with the Communications representative to develop webpage with compiled resources
      • Organize quarterly virtual journal club sessions
    • Membership representative (1)
      • Provides information and support to current Student Interest Groups throughout the country
      • Assists CAPM&R staff with marketing and communications efforts focused on recruiting medical students to join the CAPM&R and attend the CAPM&R's Annual General Meeting
      • Compiles quarterly newsletter for student membership
    • Communications representative (1)
      • Promotes online engagement focusing on medical student interests
      • Works with CAPM&R staff to update and maintain the CAPM&R Medical Student Council webpage
      • Manages the Medical Student Council Twitter account

Meetings:

  • Biweekly virtual meetings
  • Annual general meeting at the CAPM&R

Activities 2020-2021:

  • Quarterly newsletter
    • Update membership on MSC activities and opportunities for engagement
  • Networking and educational events at the CAPM&R Annual General Meeting
    • Potential events include: Speed Mentorship, Tips for PM&R Electives, Student scholars networking
  • Resource compilation
    • Webpage compiling resources for medical students interested in physiatry
  • Virtual journal club
    • Quarterly virtual journal club inviting student/resident presenters to discuss journal articles of significance in the field of physiatry
  • MS4/Resident/Faculty panels
    • Virtual sessions covering topics from career paths in physiatry to tips for residency applications
  • Virtual Webinar Series