5th Annual Family Medicine Research Division and Student Society Research Symposium 2019

The Family Medicine Research Symposium is an annual student-run event hosted by the Family Medicine Graduate Students’ Society (FMGSS). This year marks the 5th consecutive Research Symposium, which brings together faculty, students, and community members to share and discuss current advances in research conducted by graduate students in areas such as family medicine, community health, health technology, and health policy. This year our invited keynote speaker will be Sister Monique Bourget (MDCM’92) a family physician who, for the past 22 years, has been a leader in establishing Primary Healthcare in São Paulo, Brazil. Sister Monique will share her lessons learned in changing healthcare practices in the global health context. We will also host a panel discussion titled Life After Your Degree: Career Planning for the Primary Care Research Graduate, which will feature perspectives from recent graduates in primary care and health-related research programs. Additionally, FMGSS is partnering with the McGill Journal of Medicine to publish the top 15 student abstracts in a special June 2019 issue. Financial support from PGSS is integral in our efforts to increase participation in the event and create a forum for students to gain valuable experience presenting their research to faculty, clinicians and community members.

Family Medicine Research symposium 2018

The 4th Annual Family Medicine Research Symposium will be held on Wednesday, May 30, 2018 at Thomson House. This is an excellent opportunity to present your thesis work to your peers and our faculty and receive valuable feedback!

We are thrilled to share that this year we have partnered with the McGill Journal of Medicine (MJM), which will publish a special conference proceedings issue featuring the top 15 submissions from our Symposium. This is the first special conference proceedings issue for our Department, and significant in that our students’ work can be made visible to both Canadian as well as international clinical audiences.

The abstract submission deadline is closed. Please click here to register for the event. Note that registration is open to the general public. 

The keynote speaker is Dr. Mark Clarfield, from Ben Gurion University of the Negev. Dr. Clarfield was received his MD from the University of Toronto in 1975, and went on the specialise first in Family Medicine, then Community Medicine and Public Health and finally in Geriatrics. He was with the Faculty of Medicine at McGill University from 1978 -1992, where he was Chief of Geriatrics at the Sir Mortimer B. Davis – Jewish General Hospital as well as head of the McGill University Division of Geriatric Medicine. He maintains an adjunct status at McGill University.  Dr Clarfield’s research interests include Alzheimer disease and the related dementias, the organization of health care services, medical history and ethics. As well, he publishes medical humour, book reviews and miscellaneous pieces in various newspapers. A bit of a journalistic nudnik,  he has published many letters to the editor in publications around the world.

Please do not hesitate to reach out to the peer review committee coordinators Stephanie Long or Vaso Rahimzadeh for any questions you may have regarding the peer review process and/or the special issue. We are looking forward to another successful Symposium and to working closely with the MJM to highlight your abstracts!

Other conferences

Students are encouraged to submit abstracts to present at conferences. Listed below are a sample of the conferences FMGSS members may be interested in:

Organizational Behaviour In Health Care (OBHC)

May 13-16 2018, Montreal

McGill Family Medicine Annual Research Symposium

May 30 2018, Montreal

TUFH Annual Meeting

August 16-20 2018, Limerick (Ireland)

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